The attacks on ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is really ticking me off. The video I just saw of Glenn Beck with his chalkboard of the "who's who" on the ACORN Advisory Council was the straw that broke the camel's back. Is Glenn a Bircher? This is what Birchers do. They put up a bunch of pictures together with names of people who are suspects, who are communists, who are members of the Council on Foreign Relations, or the Trilateral Commission. Since these guys and gals are on the Advisory Council, then they must be some very "bad people." The way things are going with this, these people may need to hire more security guards to protect them from the Glenn Beck nutzoids. It is up to us to get more advertisers to ban Beck's program, since Van Jones has now quit his job as the Green Jobs Czar. We have a problem here. More people are losing their jobs. I am out finding one myself. They are losing health care and people are dying while Republicans want to stall and eventually stop reform.
As colleges, vo-tech schools, and universities increase their enrollments because of many people not finding jobs and who feel they need more training, Republicans if they had it their way would like to cut off unemployment compensation as well as benefits available under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, or TAA. We are in a world of hurt if Democrats let the GOP have their way. And when is it going to sink in for the Democrats to realize that they cannot deal with the Republicans?
Many of us if this keep going may need to rely on the help from ACORN or organizations similar to ACORN for finding jobs and adequate housing.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The only I know to do is keep looking, keep on writing those resumes and sending those applications. My old job offers me and other laid-off employees to go back to school regardless if it is to college or to a training or vo-tech school. I have a Bachelor's degree and I intend to use it. So far, I have a growing list of jobs I have applied. I am looking to hope in getting a government job. Wish me luck! Alhumdulillah!
Monday, September 14, 2009
"Evil thoughts intrude in an unemployed mind, as naturally as worms are generated in a stagnant pool. Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. - People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company." - Collier
Friday, September 11, 2009
The rising number of people unemployed keeps on increasing, although the number is not as high as it was last winter. Still the unemployment rate keep going up. We did not make it to 10%, but I am afraid we are going to by next month. After 22 years working for the same employer, I got laid off today due to production and job cuts. In order for me to continue to work for my employer, I would have to have at least 24 years of seniority to stay there drawing a paycheck. There are so many people who work over there who need to retire, but for some reason won't. They may be too young to draw Social Security and are not quite old enough to do so. Some are very well old enough to draw SS. The years of service for workers working at Whirlpool are now in a range between 45 years down to 23 years. I have 22 years of seniority but I could not stay. For me to come back to Whirlpool is for the economy to make a rebound out of the recession and/or for these older workers to retire so that we younger workers will have a chance to have these jobs. So, I have a range of choices. Draw some unemployment compensation, look for a job, go back to school and learn a trade with compensation pay, look for the job I always wanted to do with my degree, or if I were desperate, go to a temp agency (God forbid) and let these guys hand me a temp job that is not as desirable to do for little pay. I did translation work for a web site, which I did on some free time I had. But, I never got any pay for it. I wonder if I can do something like that and be paid for it. I live in a town that has a growing, diverse, Latino community. Businesses are always needing somebody ( I'm speculating ) who is fluent in Spanish. I also discovered that in my town, there is a need for Vietnamese language speakers as well as Lao. The public library's web site, for example, is online in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. There is a lot out there when I think about it. I want to be an asset, not a statistic. Manufacturing has gone to hell in this country, because companies have shipped more jobs overseas. Yeah, it may make the products cost a little less, but there is nobody out there who can buy them because they have no jobs, hence no income. It is time to look for other ways and means and time to drive on a different path. May the Lord of the Worlds lead me in these decisions.