Paul Krugman: The Forgotten Millions

Paul Krugman, writing in the New York Times:

More than three years after we entered the worst economic slump since the 1930s, a strange and disturbing thing has happened to our political discourse: Washington has lost interest in the unemployed.

Jobs do get mentioned now and then — and a few political figures, notably Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, are still trying to get some kind of action. But no jobs bills have been introduced in Congress, no job-creation plans have been advanced by the White House and all the policy focus seems to be on spending cuts.

Please read Krugman's piece in its entirety. It should serve as a call to action for all of us who care about the 99ers, the unemployed and the underemployed.



    Here is what happened today. I was talking to a friend about the need for local organizing for the March For Jobs on April 2nd. For those of you who don't know, it's a call for 99ers to mobilize in their local areas on that date to draw attention to the needs of the unemployed and underemployed in America.

    As I mentioned some of the challenges that come with any type of mobilization, she said "99ers are too broke and depressed to do any marching".

    She's partially right. Most of us ARE depressed and most of us ARE broke. After working for 20, 30, 40 years and always providing for ourselves, in the span of a few years we have lost homes, cars, savings, our children's college tuition, 401Ks and what little pride we had left. If that is not bad enough, we find ourselves totally shellshocked that our President and Congress has closed their eyes and turned a deaf ear to what just a few years ago was a National Emergency when the Labor department reported unemployment was around 8%. Now that it is reported at 9% Congress and our President seem as if they could care less about unemployed Americans. They seem to be much more interested in what is happening in other countries. Where is the outrage from our elected officials?

    They are strangely, and sadly silent, materializing only sporadically to draw attention to the plight of the 99ers.

    We do have (as of this date) 75 cosponsors of HR 589, but they are uncommonly silent (for a politican that is) about a very large and growing part of their electorate right now.

    (By the way, those 9% figures are fabricated. The real unemployment figure in America today is over 23%).

    We are disgusted that the main stream media that call themselves journalists have been bought and paid for, choosing to ignore 60+ million unemployed and underemployed Americans to instead focus on Lindsey Lohan and Charlie Sheen.

    We are utterly sickened that the rich have gotten significantly richer in the past few years while so many of us have lost everything.

    Well, almost everything.

    The one thing all 99ers have is a bit of fight within us.

    For an Update on the National March For Jobs April 2nd visit

  2. @Lynne

    Thank you Lynne, you laid it out very well for all of us. My only additional comment is "How do they know the cost of the extension is 16 billion dollars, if they don't even know how many 99ers or the actual number of unemployed there are"? "John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) have agreed to meet with Lee and Scott sometime in the next few weeks".

    Why over the next few weeks instead of tomorrow? This new development needs to be covered on mainstream TV, just like Libya or Japan everyday until it's resolved. Also after the 14 weeks are agreed to with cuts to the poor and still no jobs available, what are we to do then?


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