What Does It Mean To Be Long-Term Unemployed? Stories from This Week

Friday, July 15, 2011

Congress is debating over raising the debt ceiling and meanwhile, Americans are struggling everyday with the harsh realities of the troubled economy. This week we spoke with individuals who have battled unemployment or temporary jobs for years. Today we compiled their stories into one segment.

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]


The vague euphemism of "politicians" is very convenient. Who were the "politicians" who controlled the government for two years when the debt and unemployment increased to historic levels and offered no serious budget plan and still do not? The current Republican Congress brought to power specifically to deal with this economic crisis is finally making hard choices on an unsustainable situation that was deliberately created by the Democrats in Congress. What does it mean for the "politicians to get their act together"? An unlimited debt, unlimited spending and unlimited taxes which means even higher unemployment?
The question that goes unasked is are these unemployed people better off today than they were four years ago? Since the President and his party are offering no serious budget or plan out of this crisis and simply demagogue those who do, are the unemployed prepared for more of the same for years to come?

Jul. 15 2011 09:20 AM
Steve Hopkins from Providence, RI area

I graduated from HS in 1966. so...Lovin' Spoonful - Hot Time-Summer in the City', and ...Beach Boys & Leslie Gore songs. So many back in those days. Can't remember the titles!

Jul. 15 2011 07:24 AM

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