This may sound like a rant for good reason. But it is something I feel passionate about. I know so many people who have been unemployed for a long time. They have put their lives and spending on hold. They want to get up, dressed and go to work. So please forgive the rant.
Dear Congressmen/women and President Obama,
The Republicans are doing this, the Democrats are doing that. But what are they doing for the Long Term Unemployed? Whether they agree on funding benefits is one thing. But what they should be doing is finding ways to get these people back to work because that is what they would rather do.
Instead of blaming each other for doing nothing, something wrong or what have you, start working together to fill the empty factory buildings that are being turned into housing. Yes, they are very cute and so pretty with the original wooden beams and floors exposed. How about we turn them into factories where products are made.
Factories that turn out quality goods that require many people to accomplish are needed. So that people who put widget A into socket B can do just that. They are good at and need to be able to do it. So that accountants, administrative assistants, janitors, shippers/receivers and all the others have a place to go in the morning.
Instead of turning on their home computers, they turn on the computers at work and spend all day accomplishing something more than looking at Monster and CareerBuilder, or spending hours on the phone waiting to talk to a live person at the Department of Unemployment.
Then they would be able to go out to their favorite restaurants on the weekends. Get so stressed out they that need a vacation and book a flight to somewhere fun. Of course working in an office will require the latest styles waiting for them at the stores in the mall. They will be able to replace their old car for a new one.
Getting people back to work makes sense not only for the long term unemployed, but for many more. The restaurants, airlines, retail and car industry will benefit. People want to buy, but they only buy when they have a steady stream of disposal income. People don’t buy when they are living off their life savings or when they know they only have so many weeks of unemployment.
Democrats and Republicans get over it and put these people to work. They want and need to work. Help them out instead your yourselves.
A concerned U.S. citizen