Not since 1984, when President Reagan sold us a pile of mess called Trickle Down Economics have we seen such high unemployment rates in Michigan. The state reported unemployment rates of 12% in February 2009. Worse yet, Michigan’s largest city, Detroit, reported an unemployment rate of 22.2%–the highest since 1983!
Apparently, these numbers don’t even include the men and women who have simply given up looking, or who can only find part-time work. As more and more Michiganders are laid off from auto industry-related jobs, they’re competing with low-income families in need of work and who are barely making ends meet.
We find that these families are also competing for jobs with senior citizens who can’t afford their medications or high utility bills. Instead of sitting out on their porches or balconies, our elders are standing for hours at a time selling fast food or greeting customers!
And forget about any of our youth trying to get jobs. They have virtually no chance in these terrible economic conditions and will suffer the consequences later, as adults, when they have little or no job experience to show.
During these days of government handouts and bailouts to banks and businesses, the people of Detroit and Michigan need cash bailouts too! We don’t need politicians promising tax credits or asking for our patience. Neither will buy groceries or pay the light bill! As citizens and taxpayers, we want and deserve the same assistance that is being given to the corporate welfare cronies across this country!
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