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Young, Educated, and Unemployed

October 20th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Young, educated, and unemployed – What? You are 25 years old, you have A Master’s degree, and you don’t have a job? I know it’s cold comfort but you are not alone. Unless you come from old money and are well connected, the aforementioned – young, educated, and jobless is a chilling reality.
After World War II and at the height of the baby boom, America was truly the land of opportunity; a college education was for those ambitious folks who were not content with being just middle class. If one had a B.A. or a B.S., he or she was not only assured of a job for life but also more often than not guaranteed to be a mover and shaker. Now a bachelor’s degree is tantamount to having a high school diploma back in the 1950s or not even. My father had one job his whole life and was able to support a wife and 6 children. No, we weren’t rich, but my mother was a housewife, there were 6 mouths to feed and my father never went to college. The point is we were okay.
The United States of America was number one militarily and economically (we still are the only superpower militarily, however our economy, as if I need to even mention it is slipping and sliding since 1973). There were jobs to be had and not just service jobs, we manufactured things back then; now everything is made in China. This country has had it made (we can go back to the early nineteenth century with the onset of the industrial revolution) for so long we have invariably become spoiled. Furthermore, not only have we become complacent, we now live in a global economy and The U.S. is no longer the only player in town.
Well one may ask himself – how could this have happened to this once great economic power?  Certainly, this didn’t happen overnight. There is a plethora of reasons but for the sake of this blog, I will concentrate on just one – complacency. Yes that’s right we have become complacent. We no longer have the work ethic, which our parents and grandparents had (clarification – people born before 1940), and we as a nation are only now coming to the realization that we are not entitled to anything more than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In other words, we can have the good things that life has to offer (especially in this country, which is profoundly rich in natural resources) but we have to work hard for everything. Mommy and Daddy can no longer afford to buy Johnny or Suzie a BMW just because he or she graduated from high school.
I will touch on other factors, which we can attribute to our current woeful economic situation. However, first we have to come to terms with the notion and acknowledge that we have become lazy and spoiled. (I am not speaking about every individual here; I am speaking of our country as an aggregate.) The rest of the world has endured a 20% unemployment rate since time immemorial; now in this global economy, the U.S. is just now getting to know how it feels. And to mention third world countries where there is not even enough food to go around – well that’s a whole other story.
So WhadaWeThink ? What do you think? I will be blogging a lot more about our economic problems and the reasons we are here now. Complacency and the fact that we live in a global economy are just two reasons. There are dozens more.  What do you think ?

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3 Responses to “Young, Educated, and Unemployed”

  1. Dean Says:

    I live in Germany – it’s tough times here too. I have ph.d in literature and I am without job.

  2. Rick Says:

    your 100% right on.

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    The whole world is in a recession -only China and India seem to be thriving.

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