I'm one of those people that can't find work. It's a real PITA too.
Especially after putting in full time for college after time in the
military for the G.I. bill. And then either to get no reply at all, or have somebody say you're not experienced enough. (Apparently all the entry
jobs are overseas, so how am I supposed to get the experience without moving somewhere that I can't currently afford to anyways? Still needed college
loans, and those are expensive.) Also I see way too much that points to nepotism in hiring practices of smaller businesses, so that doesn't help
either. And it's aggravating when you see the "nepo-hires" are much less skilled and competent than you are.
If I had work, I wouldn't be spending time here. I'd be catching up on rest or too busy doing more productive stuff to complain. At least right now
I can be thankful I have family watching out for me, or it's likely I'd be out wandering the street somewhere. I suspect I'm not the only one with
family/friends covering for them, otherwise things would get a lot more mean pretty quick. (Look at some other places in the world with high
unemployment, if you know what I mean.) You probably don't hear too much, because most of us "boomerangs" are still embarrased by not being able to
garner means to live on one's own despite the effor to do so.
If the people running things in the U.S. cared about the citizenry more than the corporations, they'd bring back tariffs. As nice as free trade and
helping the world economy sounds, it isn't doing ourselves any real favors. Personally I'd like to see two types of particular tariffs instated to
level the playing field. Environmental Impact Tax: any import produced under conditions that fail to meet U.S. EPA standards gets hit with this.
Hazard Tax: Any good produced overseas in facilities that fail OSHA standards (including child labor) gets hit with this one. Sure things will get
more expensive, but it puts an end to the excuses behind buying cheaper goods and the abuses done to make it possible.
I see those as being fair, and they compensate for the costs associated with the regulated marketplace stateside. They eliminate some of the loopholes
that cause outsourcing in the first place, and if they don't want the tax - just implement the same workplace operating standards as required in this
country and have it verified by U.S. inspectors. (Most developed nations shouldn't have much trouble in meeting or exceeding compliance anyways.)
Existing free trade doesn't only outsource jobs, but it outsources pollution and other things that are bad. (And we had learned our lessons the hard
way, so we know there's good reason for the regulations in place here. Thus there is no just excuse to blatantly allow for it elsewhere.) But free
trade is a loophole in the name of profits to get around regulations that were intended to protect working people.
Plug some of those loopholes, and I suspect there will be more fairness in the labor market. But I don't suspect seeing much done about it, unless we
can get some independent reformers in office. (Because both parties are just as bad for different reasons, and aren't really looking out for my
interests. Even if a party candidate is good on some terms, they usually concede too much to their party lines. So finding good independents next time
around seems to be necessary.)
Another suggestion to help the economy might be to offer tax breaks to corporations that help with educational costs, with the caveat of guaranteed
job placement afterwards. And not just in research or technology, but in any field. Would help a lot with the expensive entry level job hole that
disrupts the point of getting educated in the first place. Even doing something to encourage apprencticeships in trades that don't require a degree
would be nice.