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Oh for God's sake. Low unemployment? If some kid makes twelve dollars an hour delivering pizza, is that a job? An employed person earns a living wage. Right now, that's around $18 an hour.
If you earn less than that, you are unemployed. And if you actually want to raise a family, that requires $30 an hour. All this employment nonsense is cooked-up by old people who made their money in better times. So now they try to hide their enormous wealth, and deceive their own children into believing that the American dream is still alive. It's not. Those kids got sold out.
Unemployed means not employed, not "something less than ideally employed." Anyone who's ever actually been unemployed knows the difference. Sensible people also know that being simply "employed" is not the same as being enough of a grownup to support a family: it's just a start, and the younger the start, the better.
I'm not likely to vote for anyone who'd knowingly depress the employment rate out of pique that not enough jobs meet his lofty standards. But I think it's exactly that kind of thinking that leads Democrats to sulk furiously during an announcement of record employment levels, and I sure hope other voters notice.
Fred, you made some good points. But let's put this in perspective. Fifty years ago, couples in America got married as young as sixteen. The reason was that girls are supposed to have their babies between the age of eighteen and thirty. Fertility rates, and the danger of having a down's baby become a problem after that age. So we had a lot of young married couples, and not too many old people. I think that the average life-span was around sixty.
I blame this phenomenon entirely on feminists and blacks. Many women are anti-marriage because they think that there is "gender inequity". Blacks hate marriage, because they like to have a lot of random sex. But both groups agree that sexual gratification is a good substitute for happiness. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7r7X04AzBP/?igshid=1e0rbmsakutlg
In your post, you said that earning twelve dollars an hour is only a temporary situation. But it's not. Many people have to live on that wage forever. They are called the "working poor" and "the working homeless". You should read a book entitled "Nickle and Dimed". The author describes how wages have collapsed in America, relative to the cost of living. All of the wealth of our country is concentrated in the hands of the elderly. And Mexicans have driven the cost of unskilled labor down to eight dollars an hour. So I stand by my claim: If you don't earn enough at a full time job to survive, then you are unemployed.
Mr. Lieberman, I agree with some of what you write but mostly not. I'm an employer of construction types, from minimum wage laborers up to engineers and architects, and I've been at it for over 40 years, nearly retired but still have a few small project on the go.
I see the same thing over and over-
1. Low skill work for which there is more supply than demand gets low wages. Nothing new here except that some work which used to be low skill but with higher demand now pays little because of technology and too much immigration.
2. Low skill, low energy, low impulse control people do not get trained, do not hold jobs long and cannot resist spending all they earn. Once again nothing new but worsened by breakdowns in family and societal structure.
3. Hard working, self controlled people get training, find and keep jobs, save money, invest and do very well, even if from a dirt poor background and entering adulthood with little education and no assets.
There has always been a large under class and always will be. Half of us are subnormal.