Well here we are folks, ’tis the season to be jolly, Fa La La La La, La La La La! This week the Labor Department announced that 321,000 jobs had been created in November and oil is in the low sixties and falling! Those are some pretty sweet gifts to find under our country’s Christmas tree and if you happen to be Baracka Claus, something to toot your horn about! On top of that, it was reported that because so many new jobs were being created, (5.8% unemployment) demand for workers is up and base wages are actually rising for the first time in years. That’s a total 2.65 million jobs that have been created during Mr. Obama’s tenure and is one of the greatest rebounds from tough financial times since the great depression and the history of the USA! Thanks a bunch Santa!
In addition, for those lucky enough to have a 401K account, this week the Dow finished up at 17,958. That’s about 10.000 points above the 7,949 it stood at when he took office. Many of the conservative prognosticators in the beginning were predicting that it would fall below 6,000 and never recover, so…if you based your investment package on those kind of words, that’s not exactly the way things went. It’s a pretty good bet that you’ll have to send the Rush Limbaugh types a large lump of coal to put in their stocking!
Just in case I paint too bright a picture about the wonderful fiscal condition our country is in, let me say here that we’ve got plenty of stuff on our plate to be unthankful for! Primary among those problems is the fact that there are approximately 1.6 million workers in this country who can’t afford a visit to see Santa Claus this year because the only work they can get, pays them $7.25 an hour which wont buy a whole lot of time at the Christmas Tree! In a country that’s experiencing one of the greatest financial recoveries we’ve ever seen, it’s a shame that the ultra rich and well connected (I classify politicians amongst the well connected) don’t seem to see fit to offer our poorer working citizens anything close to a living wage!
Among the darker problems that I see in our bright picture is the spectre of racism against blacks and out of work minorities which has never been more blatant than it is currently. Is it tied to minimum wage folks and those who can’t get ahead far enough to take a rightful place in society? The way I see it, that’s affirmative. According to the way society looks upon them, minorities and lower end wage earners simply don’t “equal up” to the rest of us and therefore don’t carry the same value as a millionaire in a Mercedes. Consequently, that makes them an easy moving target for some neanderthal with a gun, a badge, and a warped sense of duty to the force, the municipality they serve, and whoever just happens to write their paycheck.
It seems to me that one of the major travesties of our times is that we purposely spend more time trying to hold these people down at the bottom rung of society’s ladder existing on those starvation wages rather than offering them a living wage so that they have an opportunity to lift themselves to where they can take an equal place and exist like everyone else!
Recent events in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson Missouri are ample proof that we still have a long way to go before we can say those well worn words, Merry Christmas to ALL and mean it! Unfortunately, there are a whole lot of rich folks and politicians who are getting fat off poor folks labor and would much rather maintain the status quo rather than helping out their fellow man, so it’s up to us to keep working to try to make it a Merry Christmas for ALL!
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Have a great week and a great Christmas everybody!