The Great Recession, which, despite being declared over, is daily destroying the lives of millions of Americans, and is thus a far worse threat to the security of the United States than religious-based terrorism, is leaving hopeless a vast swath of the American demographic of job-seekers. As the New York Times reports, “mature workers”, those over 50 years of age, are increasingly fearing they may never be employed again.
Since they are generally the most expensive employees to hire and maintain, companies seeking to cut costs in the long-lasting downturn will fire and avoid hiring this cohort of workers. Additionally, social supports in the USA, which are designed to aid temporary job loss, and not a permanent condition of unemployment on account of age bias, are failing nationwide to provide assistance to a growing number of Americans.
“Welfare” is of course as nasty a word, allegedly, as “socialism”. The idea perpetrated by Republicans many years ago was that the limited American system of social support, or as they termed it “welfare”, was broken to the extent people were rewarded for not working.
While abuses undoubtedly occurred, the move to demand people be self-sufficient by obtaining work, instead of government aid, only made sense in an economic environment where capitalism generated sufficient jobs, not in the present condition where the rich have gamed the poor and millions of middle-class Americans entirely off the economic board altogether.
What is revealed in this horrific tale of betrayal of anything that could be called the American dream, is that the rich were never going to expose themselves to the vicissitudes of the market, especially the unregulated, chaotic market cheered on by Republicans, and of course got their bailouts when they demanded them from the government.
The people of America, especially the workers of America, need to realize that the Republican Party is completely invested in protecting the wealth of the rich from the social responsibility they should bear for the suffering of people, i.e. their fellow Americans, for whom they actually have nothing but the greatest contempt.
There needs to be far more big-government spending to address the needs of the rapidly increasing ranks of poor and jobless Americans. And there needs to be a general awakening in the American population of the fact the rich and their greed are on the verge of destroying the nation, and putting in its place a giant Pottersville.