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American Workers Under Attack!!

Posted by Wendy A. on February 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM Comments comments (1)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/careers/ask-marcia/sfl-unemployment-benefits-bill-adances,0,1010822.story

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We cannot allow the Koch Brothers to win!

The Way I See It

Posted by C me cry for our Country on February 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM Comments comments (2)

The way I see it is this:

 

1.  The Government through the fault of their own has made sure that society seeing the unemployed, they shun them, get irrated at them, see them as hopeless and homeless just like the drug addicts in this country.

They laugh, and poke fun seeing tent cities in this country and not thinking that they could be next, for this country is at the abyss, and something so small could put it in a spin, like a WMD or Nature's Polar Shift, when electric could go down for a moment that could last for weeks.

 

But we fight as never before and continue to work at finding employment, with credit scores down to the bottom of hell, where this Government has seen fit to act upon at making the unemployed feel worthless and fools, but

I truly feel that the Government doesn't know with all their education how to deal with unemployment and set it aside thinking it will go away.    The words of Pelosi "It is better to get people on welfare, then to give them work."  What insanity is that?

 

2.  Our country's unemployed are trying, yet the new bred in the Government don't see fit to help the unemployed, by making sure the businesses that hired have their taxes hiked, the healthcare bill plan seen as not good for businesses and they sit on their money and don't hire.  They make sure that those employed see brighter days, but the unemployed every bill that could help them - the President now makes sure that the heating bill in place for displaced and people still living in homes is lowered, so that they have to pay more.  You wait weeks to go on Welfare or not, depends on the mood the employed in Government, decide whether you can have it or not.  You go through Unemployment and they say every thing is fine in your State, so the last tier that is life and death for you is taken away.  And the snowball small starts to race down the hill into a snowball that buries you.  When you write 2 Congressman, an Ex-Governor, the President and John Boehner, each tells you something other then what the media has said and Employment Agencies.

 

2 Congressman in my State alone said:  9.8% unemployed

1 Ex-Governor 10% unemployed

1 said President - writes a letter that has been written before - so doesn't mean much.

1 said John Boehner talks the talk, but isn't worth the words set on paper.  Doesn't mean much to him!

 

The Media here says 7.5%, but when asked Unemployment Agencies in my State and looked for work for the city recently and took their test - this is the answers I received.

 

Unemployment Agency one of them of many said:  "Where are you getting your information from, we see loads of people looking for work every day."

 

A city employer told me this yesterday night just before test time:

 

300 people looked for work for a Secretary for the Fire Department.

200 people looked for work for a Secretary for the Police Department.

39 people + myself were looking for Library Page at 96.00 an hour, that doesn't even pay the bills.

 

Add those numbers up 540 people showed up and 3 people out of that bunch got work.

 

So who do you trust in society?  Who do you trust in Government?  Is this all leading up to something really bad happening in this country, where people are taken elsewhere and taken away from their families, never to be seen again. 

 

My conclusion to all this from hearing from creditors and the Government:  Die or get a divorce or hospitalized, then we will help.

 

 

 

Can unemployment make us i'll

Posted by rickone on January 16, 2011 at 12:18 AM Comments comments (2)

For decades, researchers have known that poverty and mental illness are correlated; the lower a person’s socioeconomic status, the greater his or her chances are of having some sort of mental disorder. Yet determining if one comes first – if being poor renders a person more susceptible to mental illness, or if mental illness pulls a person into poverty – is decidedly difficult and the relationship between poverty and mental health has long been assumed to be interactive.

Yet a recently published large-scale, seven-year study suggests that poverty, acting through economic stressors such as unemployment and lack of affordable housing, is more likely to precede mental illness than the reverse. Christopher G. Hudson, Ph.D., chairperson of the School of Social Work at Salem State College, examined the records of more than 34,000 patients who had been hospitalized because of mental illness at least twice between 1994 and 2000. He looked at whether or not these patients had “drifted down” to less affluent ZIP codes following their first hospitalization.

Except for patients with schizophrenia, though, Hudson found little evidence of this downward drift. Hudson says his data suggests that poverty impacts mental illness “both directly and indirectly.”

“Much of the impact comes through economic conditions such as housing and unemployment,” he says. Other hypotheses Hudson tested, including the “downward drift” and the idea that lack of family support acts as a mediator between poverty and mental illness, received little support in his data.

Hudson’s study follows a long line of research into the poverty-mental illness link that has been conducted since the late 1930s. These studies have repeatedly found higher rates of mental illness in low-income communities. Hudson’s data shows mental illness to be three times as prevalent in low-income communities as in higher income ones; other studies have shown the rate to be anywhere from two to nine times higher in poor communities. Research into causes of mental illness began much later; levels of fatalism among poor people, levels of family and community support and unemployment were all examined as possible factors.

The relationship is still regarded by mental health professionals as a complex one. Elizabeth Childs, M.D., commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH), says while it is not surprising that Hudson’s study shows a correlation between serious mental illness and low socio-economic status, she does not infer that poverty leads to mental illness. “Poverty presents risk factors that may exacerbate mental illness,” she says, and “can impede access to services that are necessary for early intervention and treatment. The evidence is increasingly clear that there are biological roots to serious mental illness, and as with many other medical illnesses, environmental factors, such as socio-economic status, can play a major role in the course of the disease,” she says.

Kelly Anthony, Ph.D., a visiting assistant professor of social psychology at Wesleyan University who has researched poverty and homelessness, says that particularly in the United States, “relative poverty” – dissatisfaction with one’s lot in life compared to that of others – seems to correlate with mental illness. “All of these issues [surrounding poverty and mental health] are complex when you lump them all together,” she says. Cases of psychological disturbance for which biological evidence is not so strong, mild depression and anxiety, for instance, might be more influenced by social conditions such as poverty, she adds.

Debates on the connection aside, however, the undeniably higher prevalence of mental illness in poor communities has implications for public policy, some say.

Mental health resources should be distributed according to need, rather than on previous usage or on a per capita basis, Hudson says. In states where the latter happens, poor residents are underserved.

“If the rate of mental illness in poor areas is two to nine times what it is in rich areas, then you need two to nine times the levels of servicing and funding in [poor] areas, which rarely happens,” he says.

Psychological services for the most vulnerable, Hudson says, should be linked to “concrete services,” supported unemployment and assisted housing, for example. “It used to be that mental health workers didn’t want to concern themselves with housing and unemployment,” he says. “But this is starting to change.”

In Massachusetts, where some DMH clients earn 10 to 15 percent of the average yearly income and are often in great need of affordable housing, according to Childs, “a primary goal of our community service system is focused on assisting our clients to obtain housing and employment, through direct housing assistance, linkages with state and federal housing subsidy programs and community programs that foster and develop employment skills,” she says.

Bernice Lott, Ph.D., a professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Rhode Island who has written on social class and health, argues that a stronger social service net is needed to prevent people from sliding into poverty and poor health in the first place.

“To prevent illness and provide the conditions for optimal health, we need structural changes,” she says. These changes, she adds, include allotting resources for job creation; increasing the minimum wage; improving public education and increasing access to higher education; providing job training; and offering financial supports for low-income families.

What is ultimately needed, Hudson and Lott suggest, is a leveling of the playing field.

“I find it amazing that so many people will claim that mental illness is equal opportunity. It’s true that anyone can breakdown [acknowledged biological factors], but class differentials are often overlooked,” Hudson says. “When it comes to mental illness, some people are more equal than others.”

 


Just My Thoughts

Posted by Easy on December 14, 2010 at 10:28 AM Comments comments (3)

We are the only country where we have homeless without shelter,children going to bed hungry,elderly going without needed medicationsand mentally ill going without treatment-yet we have a benifit for people of Hati on 12 TV stations,shipsand planes lining up with food,water,tents,clothes,bedding,doctors and medical supplies.Imagineif we gave ourselves the same support that we give other countries.I feel bad for them,but I wander who gives a damn about America? Our government needs to stop and think our own people. They say they want to wipe out homelessness and unemployment,but it sure don't seem like they are willing to do what needs to be done to remedy the problem.

Debt Reduction Commission proposal but what for now?

Posted by waggoner41 on November 12, 2010 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (1)

Here is a link to the proposal put forward by the co-chairmen of the Debt Reduction Commission.

 

An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. - Thomas Jefferson

If you have no idea what your government is doing you have no real control over your lives. It is up to each and every individual to be aware of the effects of government policy on you and your family

 

Government action is a slow moving behemoth slowed by the drag of incessant argument over whether to cut spending or raise taxes. The proposals are intended to go into effect no sooner than 2015 and that doesn't help you now.

 

What to do here and now.

What could help immensely is that the federal government, in the process of trying to create jobs, has allocated to each state a sum totalling billions of dollars for infrastructure improvement. Most of the states have used none of this windfall to do what is specified. Excuses have come from the state legislatures and governors that "we have to do a study to make sure that we use the money wisely" or "we have no improvements that are shovel ready". These are lame excuses because there is no reason that a state legislature should be ignorant of the condition of infrastructure within their jurisdiction and always have projects ready to go.

My first suggestion is to start finding your way around your state government, legisature and governor, and beating on them to move on infrastructure improvements. Do not let them tell you that money is not available. You will find out quickly who can help and who needs to be voted out of office. Work toward those goals.

Put together rallies to make your needs known, preferably in front of the offices of government. Don't forget to make arrangements for required permission. Always be legal and controlled. Invite speakers particularly if you find legislators and well known persons who are supportive.

Right now members of this web site and others are spread nationwide. Share ideas for action

 

Prove your value and your interest in your communities.

If you are unemployed it is best to keep busy and take your mind off of your immediate problems. Start clean-up campaigns in your area with signs posted to inform the public that the clean-up is being operformed by the unemployed in your area. Inform your local government as to what you are doing. Talk to your local radio and TV stations and newspapers and get them to write articles about your situation and your objectives. Stay in the news in a positive way as much as possible. Set up donation stations where ever you perform services for your community. Set back 20% to continue to finance your ideas and share out the rest. Never turn down a donation of food, clothing or anything useful. If you can't use it, give it away.

This is only one idea. With a little brainstorming you can come up with other ways you can help your communities with your spare time.

 

Seek out others who are unemployed and get them involved.

Being unemployed is psychologically devastating to many. Be supportive of each other and always try to remain positive. From bake sales to clothing drives to assistance to the elderly and others worse off than you are. the worst thing you can do is to be idle and brood over your condition. The old saying "I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet." is certainly true.

 

 

Back to the commission proposal

The proposal gives us, I believe, a guide toward permanent stability in government finance if it is followed and should prevent government tax and spend policies from contributing to future situations like the recession we are experiencing now.

 

I assume that the tax cutting portion of the proposal will have little or no effect on those here since no earned income means no taxes.

 

One example:

What many of you may be unaware of is that of extravagent and useless spending by your government.

Two examples:

The farm support program. Price supports for crop production were instituted in the depression of the 1930's and aimed at the family farm. Today the bulk of that largess is doled out to two types of undeserving recipients, agribusiness corporations and home-owners living on what was once crop production land. Why should corporations like Cargill (#2 worlwide food production) and Con-Agra (#10 worldwide food production), be receiving farm subsidies.

Petroleum industry subsidies. Exxon/Mobile, one of the worlds largest petroleum companies according to Michael Moore, pays no taxes yet receives government support payments.

 

The other factors causing this recession

This is a subject that deserves attention on it's own but needs to be mentioned here

There are two government policies that contributed heavily to this recession. They are laissez faire (no government oversight of commerce) and supply side economics.

Whenever you hear a candidate favor either of these policies by whatever name they choose to call them you need to do everything in your power to see that he/she is not elected to national office.

 

Dollar devalued 10%

Posted by waggoner41 on November 12, 2010 at 1:47 AM Comments comments (5)

Last year the Federal Reserve printed $1.7 trillion in new money and I have been feeling the effect.

 

As some of you know, I live on Social Security in Costa Rica. Although I do my banking in the States, when I draw funds here I draw the local colones.

 

Since January 2010 I have lost 13.8% of my purchsing power because the exchange rate for the lowly colon has gone from 580 to the dollar down to 500 to the dollar This is not only occurring here, this is occurring worldwide. Right now the dollar wont drop further because the Costa Rican government is supporting the dollar by buying the excess dollars that come into the country.

 

What this means to you, who live in the U.S., is that everything that is imported has gone up in price by the same average 13.8%. fifty million Americans are now living in poverty but it does not end here.

 

The Federal Reserve is planning on printing an additional $600 billion which will now devalue the dollar by an additional 20% or so.

 

Despite it's name the Federal Reserve is not a part of the U.S. government. It is an entity that is run by the banking industry and the money that is being printed is going into the pockets of those bankers and their cronies.

 

There is a web site that I have located that will provide more information and may be a focal point for organizing to stop the devastating effects of these actions. Amped Status.com

 

Be aware.

Republican Record on Jobs

Posted by K. COFFEE on October 1, 2010 at 11:02 PM Comments comments (2)

It would seem like the Republicans have done everything they could to stop benefit extensions or job creation.  Well, if a picture is worth a 1000 words, I wonder how many these numbers are worth:

 

http://democrats.senate.gov/gopjobkilling/

 

Protest vote?  NOVO?  Really?

 

Let me know how that works out for ya.

 

 

The Daily Show exposes the GOP's strategy

Posted by Calv6 on September 24, 2010 at 11:34 AM Comments comments (3)

AWESOME! Research by the Daily Show staff in exposing just how the GOP’s “new” Pledge to America is nothing but retreads from years past. Excellent research digging up a speech from Boehner in 1998 where he said the exact same words he said yesterday.”

http://www.dailykos.com/storyo…ws-away-GOPs-Pledge-to-America!


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