Drugs

Are our children not getting jobs because they’re on drugs or are they on drugs because they can’t get job?  Because they see no future for themselves?  Because they realize they have little chance of ever being able to take care of a family?

How many young people do you know who graduated from college and are working for little more than minimum wage with no path to advancement?

Maybe some of these young people decided they’d just skip the thousands of dollars of debt and just try to enjoy life.

Let’s face it.  For every Bill Gates out there, there are thousands and thousands of people who, no matter how hard they work, are at the mercy of the job market.  And with unemployment as high as it is, the upper class can offer very low salaries.  Add to that that many recent immigrants will work for even LESS, opting to live in crowded housing rather than demand a fair wage.

So while many of OUR young people are fighting wars to “help” spread “democracy”and free-dumb, OUR young people at home are not free to start families.  Our government refuses to control imports, refuses to control illegal immigration,  and PAYS U.S. corporations  to hire programmers and IT people from India (and you thought Indians were smarter than Americans? Think again. If you don’t believe me, read this article which states that 900 BILLION, yes NINE HUNDRED BILLION dollar$$$$ have been paid by U.S. Taxpayers for this program)

Assuming for a minute that we don’t have enough skilled workers…why is that?  Are these people really smarter than Americans?  I THINK NOT.

I guess that’s enough ranting for today but this is what I think about when I see young Americans wandering around homeless and on drugs.

 

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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4 Responses to Drugs

  1. Ryu says:

    Alot of people are saying the same thing these days. The job situation is permenant. In addition to the immigrants, there are large pushes in automation. There is no recovery.

    I don’t see any jobs with a future. Medicine is getting saturated and obamacare will kill it. Science is outsourced and has been bought and sold by industry/military. An economy where few have the money to spend.

    I myself have worked several of those McJobs with little advancement. But I had other things going so I couldn’t turn to drugs.

  2. B (yes, that's really my entire name!) says:

    Since I work in an industry with lots of H-1B workers, I’ve always wondered why corporations do this. The only thing I can think of is that they can get away with paying less. And possibly not providing the same benefits (reasonably good benefits can double the cost of an employee to a company). (BTW, I think you misread the article. The stimulus plan is putting a ban on overseas hiring by companies who benefit from the stimulus. So it’s trying keep jobs in the USA.)

    I think that’s only a tiny part of the issue with the homeless young people. There have always been young people who are only marginally able to function in society. The ones who are fortunate find special-help programs that teach them how to cope. Unfortunately, the economic debacle is cutting funding for such special-help programs. At the same time, industry is doing away with skilled jobs that are sufficient to support a family. And on top of that is the current horrendous unemployment rate. It’s a perfect storm against young people who have trouble making their way. I’m scared for the future … if I were a young person today I would probably be one of those homeless and possibly addicted. And I don’t see any economic relief in the foreseeable future.

    • Maureen says:

      Hi B! I didn’t misread the article. I was simply using it to show the abuse that has been happening for a number of years. Whether the new bill helped or not remains to be seen. There are often lots of nice big loopholes in these laws. Big gov and big Corp are often in bed with each other so nothing would surprise me. Have you noticed less hiring of foreign labor lately in your industry?

      • B (yes, that's really my entire name!) says:

        I work for a government contractor, so we don’t have H-1Bs in my own company. But in general, no. I haven’t noticed any lessening of hiring foreign labor in my industry. And that article is from 2009, so …

        I just went back and quickly read the comments below the article. They’re worth reading, for a little more discussion of the issue.

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