The continuing change in our country to be more like the European nations we sailed across an ocean to leave and fought a bloody revolution to win our independence from is becoming more apparent every day. There is an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal written by Daniel Henninger entitled
Joblessness: The Kids Are Not Alright that I
encourage you to read. He provides some very interesting unemployment numbers along with a very well written commentary on what they mean. I'll
do my best to summarize his ideas and provide my own point of view on the information.
Most people have heard a lot about the unemployment numbers such as the official number at 9.7% and the underemployment figure representing
those people who would rather work full time but are forced to take a part time job. That number is estimated to be about 17%.
He presents the concept of "Youth unemployment" which is an actual descriptor used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics describing the
unemployment rate for those under 25 years old. That number in the US is currently 20%. These are people who are actively searching for a
job not including full time students who are not seeking work and those who are working part time.
In Europe Youth Unemployment "is something that somehow never goes away". From the op-ed "In the final month of 2009, these were European unemployment rates for people under 25: Belgium, 22.6; Spain, 44.5; France, 25.2; Italy, 26.2; the U.K., 19; Sweden, 26.9; Finland, 23.5."
Quoting former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for "old Europe." These are the Western European nations that spent the postwar period free of Soviet domination. With that freedom they designed what came to be called the "social-market economy," a kind of Utopia where a job exists to be protected and the private sector exists mainly to pay for the state's welfare plans.
Does this sound familiar to you? What have we been doing for the last two years except spending trillions of dollars bailing out corporations
that should have been allowed to fail in order to protect jobs. At the same time we've been expanding welfare with unemployment benefits that
now stretch out nearly two years and a new health care entitlement estimated to cost only a trillion dollars over the next decade.
The American job-creation machine that has always existed to pull us out of these downturns is no longer what it was. Much of our economy
has been taken over by the federal government or will now be regulated in ways we have never experienced before. Has the massive government
spending delivered the economic stimulus that would create jobs? At 9.7% unemployment and 20% Youth Unemployment I don't see how you can
say yes. The solution being presented going forward is even more government spending, regulation and control. More Europe in America.
When Obama promised "Change" back in 2008 nobody stood up and demanded to know exactly what we would be changing into. He promised to
"Fundamentally transform America" and yet we could not be bothered to find out exactly what we would be transforming too. Through his
actions the answer is crystal clear, we have transformed into Europe. We have become the very thing we ran away from and fought against
centuries ago. The only hope we have is for the youth of the nation to stand up and demand that we reject the ways of Europe and
return to the principles this nation was founded upon. You have the power with your voice and with your vote to put an end to the
change we did not want and to elect people who will deliver the change our founders fought and died for. Thankfully we don't have to fight and die
to get our country back but we must get involved and demand honesty and accountability from the people we pay to represent us.
April 9 - Turning the Tables
April 8 - New Age of Discrimination
April 7 - Thank You Kind Stranger
April 6 - The Cost of Compassion
April 5 - Happy Days are Here Again
April 2 - Of Course We Can Do a Better Job
April 1 - The New Normal
March 31 - Take a Deep Breath
March 30 - Metaphors and Blinking Lights