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‘Fault Lines’: Unemployment in the U.S.

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Posted on Apr 9, 2010
Al Jazeera English

Check out this new “Fault Lines” video in which Avi Lewis examines the lives of Americans who are jobless or underemployed—a number approaching 30 million.

Visit Al Jazeera English’s “Fault Lines” site for more videos.

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By diman, April 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

Unfortunately this is not going to be enough, all these cooperatives are sort of a “band-aid” solution in the face of a massive military spending and the looting of the economy coupled with depleting oil reserves.

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By Leefeller, April 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

Nice to see you here again, Manni!

Mine is just an observational opinion, but it sort of makes sense, for it seems wealth has little to do with a county or nation any more, and its seems the populaces is lost to deal with its own ends, or as I refer to them the slob on the street must be on his own.

One only need look at India or China as examples of peoples who mean little in grand scheme of things, the consolidation of power and wealth. 

It may be hard to ever return to, or even come close to what once was; unless one is referring to the Dark Ages!

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By Leefeller, April 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Sorry; last post “exception” not “acceptation”!

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By Maani, April 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment


The term limits issue is simply not as black and white as you make it sound.  (And by the way - why no term limits on Supreme Court justices?  Even if we grant that they should “overlap” more than one administration, I would suggest a term of 16-20 years, max.)

Re politicians, while it is true that entrenchment sets in, what about those long-term politicians who are truly “good,” and represent their constituencies (and the people as a whole) well?  If those constituencies want that person to continue to represent them, why should they not have the right to vote for them?  Yes, this means some “bad eggs” may also remain.  But should we get rid of the good ones just because there are bad ones?

As for “dynasties,” I think that all depends on how well each of the individual members represents his/her constituency and the people as a whole.  The Kennedys are a perfect example.  JFK had his issues, but was overall very good.  Same for Bobby.  Same for Teddy.  So why should dynasties automatically be seen as “bad?”  As above re entrenched politicians, there are “good” dynasties and “bad” ones.

It is Leefeller with whom I find myself most in agreement.  (Hey pal - long time no see!)  Not just the unemployment situation, but the entire U.S. (and perhaps even global) economic crisis may well have been “manufactured” to create a NEW “baseline” re the “corporate rich vs individual poor” paradigm. The upward transfer of wealth achieved by the recent (and ongoing) crisis is on a scale rarely seen in history.  And it is a sure bet that the U.S. (i.e., individuals, home ownership, employment, etc.) will NEVER return to the pre-2008 baseline.


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By Leefeller, April 10, 2010 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

Because of my satellite system I could not listen to the whole editorial, like the damn cell phones, I am charged by usage.

One thing they said in the video,  in the last year the US Government has not done nothing about creating jobs.

Is it possible the reason for this is the new world order?  May be reason why US does not show preference towards its populous and even why real people count even less?  If people believe the US is going to remake itself in its old image, would it not be the new world order will take acceptation.

Corporations are world wide, while unemployed people are not, so it could be said only the corporations who according to the Surprise Court are now the same as people, but with clout.  So we see Business, wall Street and support for wars and now the recent mine incident from unenforced regulations.

Accountability of government seems only towards money and not for the unemployed slob or a coal miner.  Unemployed soon may find themselves very close and in joining the starving masses world wide. But at least in the US, now the unemployed they can buy health insurance.

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By PatrickHenry, April 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

Wexler, I agree wholeheartedly.

Too many familiy dynasties in politics and the lobbys they represent continue with them.

Lobbys, non-profits and foundations should be subject to taxation as well as churches and charities.

I would even like the bulk junk mailers to have to pay the same rate I do on a letter.

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By William W. Wexler, April 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment

Ironic that the frankest look at the politics of the economic crisis comes from an “enemy” news source.

Here’s a start.

1. 100% public campaign financing. Any person who gives money to a politician should be charged with bribery and the politician should be automatically impeached and removed from office.

2. Term limits.  We have them on our President, we should have them on Congress.  Our Founders never intended that serving was a career; it was a service, something that people with leadership skills should pursue, then give the next person a chance.  Single term for Senate, two terms for House.


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