Quote of the Day, Bob Herbert Edition

From op-ed writer Bob Herbert's final column in the New York Times, "Losing Our Way"

"Welcome to America in the second decade of the 21st century. An army of long-term unemployed workers is spread across the land, the human fallout from the Great Recession and long years of misguided economic policies. Optimism is in short supply. The few jobs now being created too often pay a pittance, not nearly enough to pry open the doors to a middle-class standard of living."


  1. About ten years ago a creepy new industry wormed its way into the hiring system, and is now securely in the driver's seat. Companies like EmployeeScreenIQ filter out the applications of unemployed job seekers as well as those who have gaps in employment, especially for several months. There software does not know that we are in the worst recession (depression) in eight decades. In the same way that Black Friday in the Stock Market was the disastrous result of automated sell orders, the new hiring software is dumping the unemployed off the face of the Earth. Our plight is more hopeless than most of us are even aware.


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