Keep it, but it needs SEVERE reform.
Here in Michigan, where the economy went into recession in 2000 and went steadily downhill until the national recession when we were one of the hardest hit states in the nation, I always found work. I own a very small landscaping business, but not big enough yet to support myself through the winter, so I've had to find a new job every winter, and every winter I have. I don't have a degree and am a landscaper, so you might imagine how my resume would look to a potential employer, especially assuming that I'll probably go back to landscaping in the spring.
Last edited by JC Callender; 08-26-13 at 06:11 PM.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
See, you already proved your abilities by operating your own business, however small. You had to get equipment, learn/know how to use it, advertise or approach clients etc. etc. If I were hiring, I'd be thrilled to get someone with ambition because that is a most valuable trait.
Unfortunately, like the notorious "boyfriend" of my tenant, some people can't find their ass using both hands. They are too "slow" to assemble a business, too untalented to find much work. We're going to have a tough time replacing that housing boom. Labor intensive assembly type manufacturing is disappearing. The fact is that the outsourcing will only grow in the endless quest for greater profits. Some people are going to be left behind and unless we have welfare, you'll see people starving in the streets.
Nobody "likes" welfare. And indeed there are some dishonest people who take advantage of this and I wish they would arrest them for fraud. But there are those who have no other choices, at least for now.
I have another tenant, 74 or 75 years old. She had a "career" opening credit card payment envelopes for Citibank here. They shut it down because so few pay by mail anymore. She has looked for work, and desperately needs it. The house she lives in I bought from her in a short sale and I rent it to her for $550 a month. She struggles to pay me - her SS check is around $900 - but she does pay my bargain priced rent. I rally don't resent any help she gets by way of Medicaid or food stamps. She means well, she's just outdated.