The bleak news played right into the hands of Republicans, who claim that Obama's policies inhibit job production and have made the economic picture worse. "Did you see the jobs report this morning by the way?" Republican rival Mitt Romney asked reporters in Sioux City, Iowa. "Almost 400,000 people dropped out of the work force altogether. It's is simply unimaginable."
The overall unemployment rate declined from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent last month, which should be good news, but the "improvement" came only because more people gave up looking for work.
Like many others, I was reading the new job numbers this morning. Not really surprised that they were more dismal than expected. Not a single network was denying it (to the best of my knowledge). Everybody was using the same reasons as in the quote from above.
Are we creating a new class of unclassified citizens? Looked at but not noticed? Living the life of lepers?
A shadow society of dropouts has to survive somehow. There can't possibly be enough handouts to take care of such a large number of needy for very long. Are some surviving on barter? Trading anything for anything until there is nothing left to trade? Then what? Crime ? Taking from those that have, because they have not? Not driven by greed, but by survival. Puts me in mind of the street urchins in "Sherlock Holmes" stories. Orphans living on the streets willing to do anything for a shilling.
Cities within cities, under cities, in abandoned railroad tunnels. Caves? We know they exist have been the subject of news magazine shows before.
What we really don't know is how many cities? How large are they? Is there a new and growing generation of hobo's. Migratory groups along the lines of Gypsy's? They have become politically inconsequential to both Parties, much like it seems the poor have this election. They have not become inconsequential to the economy and the American standard of living. Begs the question:
What is happening to these people?
The perfect society that had to turn to the past for help in "Demolition Man". A perfect blend of left and right ideologies right down to their manner of speech. Such perfection,"strict" (right wing) controls on what is and is not totally "politically correct"(left-wing) with immediate enforcement (right wing) bearing monetary penalties(left-wing). Relative to topic is the reality of today's dropouts and the movie's possible tunnel people of the future.
Strange places the mind of an owl will go. Let your mind go. Use your powers of logic to foresee the possible social and political realities of the future. Base your thoughts on the realities of today.