Thursday, June 12, 2014

Screwed up priorities

For this post, I'm veering away from romance, though what I'm writing about has to do with a lot of my romance writing friends, plus many, many others in the country.

Namely, the whacked out, screwed up, totally crappy unemployment stuff going on.

Almost every week, an author writes that she's been pink-slipped, terminated, laid-off. Choose the term you want - it's all the same. Her economic life has hit a brick wall. If she's lucky enough to get another job right away, chances are the wages will be less, there won't be benefits, and she might not even see full time.

If she's not lucky enough to land a job, forget about any unemployment benefit extensions. That only makes unemployed people - many who have worked for decades - lazy. At least according to some in government.

Several of my writing friends have told me that not only were they terminated at their positions - without warning - it just happened one fateful day, they were required to train their replacement - that is, if they wanted those last days of pay. That's what you get with 'at will' employment. You can be tossed aside if your employer wants someone cheaper, with most of those employees being overseas.

What is wrong with this country? Talk about screwed up priorities.

During the Great Recession, we bailed out the banks. They're doing fine. In fact, the people at the top are richer than ever even though they brought our economy to a screeching halt. No one went to jail for what happened. They got bonuses.

I want a job like that.

When yet another of my author friends posts about a job loss, bills that can't be paid, no employment on the horizon, I'll try to be positive, but it's hard to do that when people are still losing their homes, have to go on welfare (what little there is of it) and beg politicians to help.

During the midterm elections, let's remember those politicians who gave American workers help and those who had the absolute gall to call them 'lazy', 'entitled', 'moochers', and 'takers'. Let's remember the ones who voted themselves a raise when they work only a third of the year. No forty hours for them. No crappy healthcare. No having to do a good job or get fired. No having to clip coupons. They get a platinum parachute when they leave office, most often after they've messed up the country for the rest of us.

This has to be turned around. Especially if you have children, it has to change. If it doesn't, what are we leaving for the next generation?

Tina Donahue

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SENSUAL STRANGER (Book of the Year 2010)
DEEP, DARK, DELICIOUS (Holt Medallion Award of Merit)

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Fiona McGier said...

Amen, Tina! I've been working a succession of part-time jobs since I made the decision to have kids almost 30 years ago. Staying home to raise them was the best thing I ever did, producing 4 adults I'm proud to call my best friends, in addition to their being my children.

But I haven't been able to get anything full-time since then. So I work multiple poorly-paying jobs to help with their college costs and the bills. All the while wondering why the titans who sent all of the jobs overseas are the ones who bleat the loudest about pride in America. Huh? Yet when they lose money, they're the first ones with their hands out for the "evil government" to make sure they don't lose any money. But cuts in unemployment and food aid come from the politicians they own.

There's a tee shirt slogan that says, "Politicians should wear stickers like NASCAR drivers so, do at least we'd know who owns them." Would be funny if it wasn't so true...and sad.

Fiona McGier said...

(Blogger lost my first comment.)

Amen, Tina! I've been working multiple part-time jobs since I first started having kids almost 30 years ago. Staying home with them was the best thing I could have done, producing 4 adults who are not only my children, but my best friends. But the work world has no interest in women who raise kids. I'll be stuck in "bottom-feeder" jobs for the rest of my life.

Yet the same industry titans who bleat about pride in the USA are the same ones who sent all of the jobs overseas to save themselves a nickel. They've tanked the economy, but when their profits were threatened, they're the first ones in line with their hands out, expecting "the evil government" to bail them out.

There's a tee shirt slogan that says, "Politicians should wear stickers like NASCAR drivers, so at least we'd know who owns them." Would be funny if it wasn't so true...and sad.

Fiona McGier said...

Opps! Guess both are up now. Sigh. Didn't mean to double-post. Sorry!

Tina Donahue said...

I'd love to get one of those T-shirts.

This is so sickening. When you consider that millions of adults are working two, three, maybe more jobs just to survive, then you can see why we don't have enough jobs in this country. Multiple jobs are held by a dwindling number of people just so they can have a place to live and enough to eat.

That's shameful.

If the inequity in this country doesn't change soon, there will be hell to pay. When people can't house or feed their kids, they're not going to be nice about it. They will revolt.

Fiona McGier said...

I wish I could believe that, Tina. But first folks would have to disconnect from their various devices long enough to notice what's going on, then do something about it. Everyone is either paralyzed with inactivity, or too busy working too many jobs to have the time to do anything else. Electing politicians who understand and care is a huge first step, and I certainly hope Bernie Sanders runs for president! But it will take a whole lot more than one man to make a difference when the almighty dollar runs our country, and those with the most wealth, who've been getting wealthier every year, own all of the politicians.

The other tee shirt slogan I like: "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."

Tina Donahue said...

God, I love that T-shirt slogan. Excellent.

I wish Bernie Sanders would run too, along with Elizabeth Warren.

Even a cornered rat will fight. It might take some time, but this can't keep going on as it is. Even the establishment media (CBS, CNN) are beginning to run stories about income inequity, the long-term unemployment problem.

jean hart stewart said...

Gotta have that t-shirt,,, It say so much...

Fiona McGier said...

Those tee shirts and many more, along with bumper stickers, etc. are on the Northern Sun website. I get their catalog and always find cook stuff in there!