Entries Tagged as 'unemployment'

Jobless, With Dwindling Options

November 29th, 2011 at 12:00 pm 39 Comments

‘Galatea’ is a columnist writing about her experience looking for work after her recent downsizing. Previous entries in her series can be read here.

When I first lost my job, one of my old writing professors—a reclusive Famous Person who didn’t particularly like people—got in touch with me. Or rather, I got in touch with him by sending a numb email, which ended with something along the lines of “I don’t know what to do next. Just tell me something to make it better.”

In the interests of maintaining his privacy I won’t reprint the email verbatim, but here’s a condensed version of his story.

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Fat and Unemployed is No Way to Live

November 19th, 2011 at 12:45 am 35 Comments

‘Galatea’ is a columnist writing about her experience looking for work after her recent downsizing. Previous entries in her series can be read here.

It took me a few weeks to stop spending all my free time lying face down in my bed after I sent out my resumes, hospital thinking about how much my life sucked now that I didn’t have a job. The pizza boxes and sodas clustered around my bed like tiny mountains, illness and occasionally I’d roll over onto my back and onto a pile of laundry that I was too unmotivated to fold.

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To Reduce Unemployment, Slow Immigration

November 7th, 2011 at 12:00 am 55 Comments

The November 4th unemployment report indicated that the economy is not producing sufficient jobs for the 300 million American citizens, health and that there is no end in sight to the crisis. This should make us ask why we need more immigrants.

All Republican presidential candidates are rhetorically against illegal immigration. But what are their views on the more significant question of legal immigration?

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No Benefits for You!

November 3rd, 2011 at 12:13 pm 34 Comments

‘Galatea’ is a columnist writing about her experience looking for work after her recent downsizing. Previous entries in her series can be read here.

“You’re gonna hate this idea, shop Gala, but you should definitely file for unemployment.”

No. NO. DOES NOT COMPUTE. THIS IS A CLASS THREE VIOLATION OF YOUR STAUNCH LIBERTARIAN PRINCIPLES.

“Are you sure, Chris?” I asked, bewildered.

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The Day I Was Fired

October 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 am 62 Comments

On Thursday, viagra sale out of nowhere, Ed told me that they were letting me go.

This was not how this conversation was supposed to go. I walked into my boss’s office of my own volition to talk about a long-term project. I was bright, and cheerful, and putting on the semblance of being happy. I wasn’t supposed to be sitting here, mouth agape, hearing that I no longer had a job.

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What the 99 Percent Gets Right

October 14th, 2011 at 2:46 pm 48 Comments

Over at National Review, editor-in-chief Rich Lowry has a thoughtful take on why the Occupy Wall Street Movement deserves more sympathy than it’s getting:

Far from the street theater and lefty ravings of the Occupy Wall Street protest, ordinary people are posting dispatches about their economic struggles at the “We Are the 99 Percent” Web page.

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Getting to No

David Frum October 7th, 2011 at 8:49 am 180 Comments

Watching the President’s press conference yesterday was again desperately dispiriting. The President’s supporters say he is “framing” a choice for the country: my way or their way. To support that frame, however, the President needs Republicans to say “NO” to his jobs proposals. The surest way to gain that “NO” is to barb job proposals in ways predictably unacceptable to Republicans.

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Daniels: Government Faces “Limits” When Helping the Unemployed

September 28th, 2011 at 1:39 am 43 Comments

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels visited Georgetown University on Friday, September 23rd, for a refreshingly intimate conversation sponsored by the Georgetown College Republicans.

Daniels is known for his candor and modesty, and both were on display when I asked him what could be done for the 14 million unemployed workers as well as for myself and the graduating classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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Attack the Plan, Not the Man

David Frum September 19th, 2011 at 3:41 pm 45 Comments

In my column for CNN, I explain why the GOP needs to focus on attacking Obama’s economic plan, or risk alienating many voters:

Republican partisans loathe Barack Obama even more viscerally than core Democrats despised George W. Bush. Yet as with Democrats in 2004, it’s hard for Republicans to keep in mind: The typical voter does not feel as they do.

Even now, only 48% of Americans blame Barack Obama for the state of the economy, as opposed to 71% who blame George W. Bush.

Even now, Americans continue to show considerable personal support for Barack Obama, even as the Republican brand remains toxic, with 68% disapproving of the job Republicans are doing in Congress.

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The New Poor

David Frum September 14th, 2011 at 5:48 pm 65 Comments

In my column for The Week, I discuss what needs to be done to reduce rising poverty levels:

The collapse of the American job market has pushed the poverty rate to the highest level since 1993 — back before welfare reform was even enacted. The poverty rate touched bottom in the year 2000 at 11.3 percent. It has now surpassed 15.1 percent. More than 46 million Americans now count as poor, including more than one in four black Americans and more than one in four Hispanics.

This recessionary surge in poverty is driven by one old-fashioned fact: Joblessness.

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