Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Vanishing Male Worker
Proverbs 19:7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind.
If you see the chart you will that Generation X men and the millennials [under the age of 55] have been absolutely devastated economically. My husband is one of the thrown-away male workers. He has been under-employed for years. He does freelance that is low paid and offers no insurance. He has needed vein surgery for years. This is a reality many do not even realize is going on. We are entering an economy where real jobs are rare, its spackled together work as technology takes over. Of course we have the Liar's party telling us the economy is doing great while the Evil party tells us that the poor are at fault and should be thrown in the gutter.
Poverty in the USA is growing. Do not believe the mainstream news. They are hiding a lot. The economy is still in a free-fall. Enjoy the lower gas prices but they are an ominous sign. There has been no recovery. We have been lied to. Some of us are living the real economy, and know it's lies.
This is the real unemployment rate. They do not count those who dropped out long ago.
The 1% are making out like bandits while many go without needed food and medicine. As I have written, I am in a very low socioeconomic group. This blog is only possible via some blessings from God, but I live on the lower tiers in America. This vantage point does give me a different view of the world. I used to be even poorer, the level of poverty where one doesn't own a phone, where medicine and food were very hard to come by, and where dumpster diving came into the mix.
Life is strange for me because we moved to a more affluent community out of a rural community to survive, I do not relate to many of the lives I see around me. However even around me, is the hidden homelessness and people living without much hope. Some are disabled, and some are working jobs that are so low paid, they have no chance for advancement or stability. It is scary to see how some have money for endless vacations and shopping while others live in fear for a room over their heads. Poverty as one ages can get more sad, you think of people you haven't been able to visit, you worry seriously about being behind the shopping cart in the streets. Homelessness is not an abstract concept to me. I have had homeless friends. I have been very close to it myself with only a rented room to live in.
Did any of you hear about the man walking 21 miles to work, who is now being helped. That man knew a full time factory job at 10.55 an hour was nothing to sneeze at. I remember begging for a factory job like that in one old town, as I worked temp and had repeated lay-offs. I had my days of two hours each way to work to a job on a bus but I suppose that fellow beats many hands down. He knew his options were few if he ever lost his job. In many states if you are able bodied you cannot get welfare or even Food stamps, his options was to walk or starve. I understand why he made that decision. Imagine a man like that who loses his health, maybe he can't walk that far. Then what does he do?
I have been facing severe spiritual tests related to economic troubles and worries. Please pray for me. I know a Christian is not to live in fear but my days of worse poverty weight heavily on me. The other day making beans for dinner and discussions over trying to figure out what to eat-food in America grows ever more expensive and lower in quality, I had some times of worrying. One gets angry and tired. You feel like you have failed to even have a proper life. Poverty means making no plans and scratching by day by day. We barely can keep things going with a 12 year old car and a small apartment. Things here always seem on the edge of collapse. Maybe you live like that too. Our bills are skyrocketing. Already we have questioned the long term ability of affording our present domicile. The levels of stress in this country are insane.
Poverty or poverty worries can bring negative emotions forward one has to take repeatedly to God. I sometimes fear this world spiritually crushing me. I suppose it is better for a Christian to be on guard then ignoring where some of the pitfalls are in one's own life. I have prayed to God for relief. Poverty can make one feel like one's entire life is a failure as far as this world goes. God can rescue us from those feelings, but it is a hardship. I know some of the baggage I carry came from some wicked family members who judged me harshly for not being middle class, and who taught me materialism I now reject.
Being poor in America has severe stigma to it. I think of all these men who were denied proper work lives as the politicians in America outsourced all the jobs. They probably were told they were and are losers and like they are lesser men. I have known many men in this position. Some like the man in the picture above move in with elderly parents who are offended and angry that their son has no job or career and blame him since life was so different in the generations before. Men cannot support a family on 7 dollars an hour. They are setting up our society where family life and stability is being ruined. An old elderly neighbor in my old town, told me she can tell life is deteriorating as young people do not have good jobs to build lives with. Future generations are doing far worse. The millennials aren't even getting decent apartments or family lives. Generation X already saw things go south.
I haven't written on the economy as much here, but it is still making it's slow descent. Some have warned of a huge event and dollar collapse but now I wonder if just a slow crush and decline is what they have in the plans instead.
See: The Poor