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AP: Unemployment Claims Drop Sharply!

From a joyous Associated Press:

Unemployment benefit applications drop sharply

December 30, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest point in nearly two and a half years, a sign that the job market is slowly improving.

Applications dropped by 34,000 to 388,000, the fewest since July 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. The number of applications has either fallen or remained unchanged in five of the past six weeks.

Fewer than 425,000 people seeking unemployment benefits signals modest job growth. But economists say applications need to fall consistently to 375,000 or below to bring down the unemployment rate. Applications for unemployment benefits peaked during the recession at 651,000 in March 2009.

The latest report, which covers the week with the Christmas holiday, is considered by some economists to be less reliable than most. One reason is that many state offices close for at least one day. Other seasonal factors make the report more volatile.

Still, a department analyst said there were no unusual factors affecting the report. The department takes into consideration the impact of the holiday.

Analysts said what matters most is the downward trend.

"If we can continue this improving trend, we’ll likely see stronger job growth in 2011," said Benjamin Reitzes, an economist at BMO Capital Markets…

The four-week average, a less-volatile measure, dropped by 12,500 to 414,000 in the week ending Dec. 25. That’s the lowest level since late July 2008.

For most of the year applications hovered around 450,000 before dropping below that number in November. The four-week average has fallen by more than 40,000 in the past two months — a sign that hiring could accelerate in the coming months.

Employers added a net total of only 39,000 jobs in November, the Labor Department said earlier this month, and the unemployment rose to 9.8 percent.

Most economists expect the December jobs report will show larger job gains. The report comes out on Jan. 7…

Prosperity is just around the corner.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “AP: Unemployment Claims Drop Sharply!”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Still, a department analyst said there were no unusual factors affecting the report. The department takes into consideration the impact of the holiday. “

    Right. “no unusual factors” and “taking the impact of the holidays into consideration” are simply to stave off criticism when they publish the revised numbers and have to make excuses that the “experts” didn’t count on the seasonal hiring to be at all-time record lows this year. “Employers didn’t hire as many temp salespeople this year as in years previous” the story will read, “thus revising the numbers downward. Or some such.

    They never tire of telling the lie…I guess it’s more interesting than straight, factual news.

  2. dandean says:

    Discreetly buried by CBS Marketwatch: “Analysts also note that claims are difficult to seasonally adjust near the holidays. Without seasonal adjustment, the initial claims level rose about 25,000.”

    Sure doesn’t sound like joblessness “dropped sharply” to me.

  3. Astravogel says:

    Yabbut, the corner keeps moving!

  4. untrainable says:

    Great! The last time unemployment applications went down a record amount, the unemployment average went from 9.6% to 9.8%. Get the celebratory champagne ready. Everything is about to be alright again.


  5. Petronius says:

    December economic wrap-up :

    • At 2.6%, GDP growth is insufficient to reduce unemployment. And virtually all of the growth has been in the G component.
    • official unemployment rose to 9.8% in Dec.
    • 15.3M people are unemployed (official), up from 14.9M in Nov.
    • real unemployment is pushing 26.2M.
    • A record 43M Americans are on food stamps –– one in every seven Americans.
    • tens of millions of seniors are being squeezed by higher prices for food, healthcare, and energy.
    • housing prices have collapsed nationwide; millions of American homeowners are underwater in their mortgages.
    • over 1M foreclosures this year.
    • over 1.6M bankruptcies.
    • There is not much good US economic news –– a few small signs that the economy may slowly be gaining strength (some improvement in retail sales, small business sentiment, Mid-Atlantic manufacturing activity report, index of leading economic indicators, and record price for copper) are overshadowed by some troubling signs (mounting unemployment, QE is not working, increases in money-creation and inflation, disappointing existing home sales and mortgage originations, housing prices dropped year-over-year, consumer confidence deteriorated, drilling moratorium, high immigration, enormous public debt, bond and currency markets in trouble, and interest rates starting to rise).

    the Silence of the Lambs :

    • We are in the midst of a major economic and monetary crisis that is going largely unrecognized by the mainstream media.
    • How high does unemployment have to go before they acknowledge the crisis?
    • How big does the public debt have to grow? (Isn’t $14T enough?)
    • How big does the annual deficit have to get? ($3T added in last 2 years.)
    • How high does the price of gold have to rise? (today’s spot $1405.80.)
    • How far does the US dollar have to sink?
    • How far do Treasuries and munis have to fall?
    • If the US economy is this fragile with record low interest rates, imagine what will happen when rates jump to 5% and 6%?
    • Despite unprecedented low rates of interest, despite unprecedented spending, deficits, and debt, the US government has done a good job of disguising the true level of consumer price inflation; the news media has been complicit by their silence.
    • In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan gave us a period of low inflation and a bond bull market that has lasted over 25 years; that period is now drawing to a close.
    • interest rates surged this month in response to the Fed’s QE2 inflationary actions.
    • In his “60 Minutes” interview Fed Chairman Bernanke claimed it is a “myth” that QE means printing money.
    * This statement should be compared to his Nov 2002 speech: “the U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.”
    • On 16 Dec the 30-year rate jumped to the 4.55% mark, signaling that even higher rates lie ahead.
    • Although the Fed claims that inflation is not a problem, we are experiencing significant year-over-year price increases in foodstuffs and other major commodities: wheat 74%, oats 68%, corn 14%, soybeans 30%, canola 36%, heating oil 29%, natural gas 15%, beef 18%, pork 60%, coffee 27%, sugar 44%, cotton 66%, gold 29%, silver 71%, and copper 37%.
    • cattle prices are at an all-time high.
    • oil surged to $91 bbl and gasoline to $3.00 per gallon ($3.50 at some stations in Calif.).
    • gold jumped over $1425 (a new record high) and silver over $30 (a 30-year high).
    • copper hit an all-time high, today’s spot price $4.37.
    • costs for healthcare and college tuition are rising sharply.
    • China and other emerging markets have been absorbing much of our money creation and inflation through their exports to the US, but this could quickly be reversed in 2011 if China revalues the yuan.

    the Markets :

    • Look for a correction in the markets next year.
    • Metals led the way in 2010, followed by the emerging markets, which strongly outperformed the US and Europe.
    • In December gold, palladium, and copper reached new record highs, and silver made a 30-year high.
    • US and global stock markets climbed, reaching new highs for the mini-bull that began last year.
    • the tech sector has outperformed, while analysts lowered forecasts for the defense and aerospace sectors due to reduced government orders and intense strains on corporate budgets.
    • US stocks are buoyed by the US midterm elections, the Fed’s QE2, and extension of the Bush tax cuts, but the stock market rests on a shaky foundation, stock volumes are low, market breadth is weak, and long-term interest rates are beginning to rise.
    • Asian stock markets are strong as China, Malaysia, and Indonesia all surge.
    • Canada and Mexico strong on precious metals and oil. Mexican stocks strongly outperformed US stocks this year by a factor of 2 to 1.
    • US bonds are entering a secular bear market.
    • Alan Greenspan predicted “A bond market crisis is likely unless we do something about the budget deficit.”
    • PIMCO’s bond king Bill Gross advised “the age of bonds” is over.

    the World Stage :

    • Every day vast wealth is being transferred from America to foreign hands in exchange for oil, plastic toys, and interest on the public debt that supports big spending Federal and State governments.
    • Economists are talking about economic realignment and a new economic order.
    • China and emerging economies continue to grow at a strong pace.
    • China is now the world’s biggest consumer of energy, surpassing the USA which ranked first for over 100 years.
    • China now exports more high-tech than the USA.
    • With a stockpile of almost $1T in US Treasuries plus huge foreign currency reserves, China is raking in money from America with both hands.
    • China dramatically slowed its purchases of US Treasuries in 2010.
    • China has been accumulating gold, keeping what it produces and buying on the global markets.
    • In the first 10 months of 2010, China imported 210 metric TONS of gold.
    • Trading volume on the Shanghai Gold Exchange increased 43% during the same period.
    • During the G20 meeting, China’s premier declared that “they are the masters now.”
    • If China agrees to revalue next year, it may demand as a condition that the G20 abandon the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
    • US dollar has resumed its decline.
    • the Swiss franc reached a new all time high against the US dollar; the Australian dollar and Canadian dollar continue to outperform the US dollar.
    • the euro remains vulnerable to the public debt crisis in Ireland or one of the other troubled peripheral countries.
    • Ireland joined Greece in receiving a bailout from the euro-area, and contagion fears flared up again.
    • Ireland’s public debt was downgraded by five rating levels to Baa1, narrowly above junk status; France, Portugal, and Belgium are in line for downgrades.
    • debt contagion may spread to socialist Spain, Portugal, or other countries.
    • the British pound fell 3% in late December, due to growing realization that government spending is out of control notwithstanding the new austerity measures, and due to Britain’s debt exposure to Ireland and Spain.
    • the euro-zone is in danger of dividing into two spheres, the strong (Germany) and the weak (everybody else).
    • the euro tumbled this month when German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatened to abandon the euro if other countries did not exercise more discipline.
    • there is real fear that Merkel may demand higher interest rates, which would sink the weak countries with their huge debts.
    • Mike Pence in speech to Detroit Economic Club suggested a return to the gold standard.
    • This follows the call by World Bank president Zoellick for a new reserve currency based on a basket of currencies plus gold. Many countries are already moving in that direction.
    • The Fed’s policies may generate a global stampede toward depreciation of currencies; Japan and Brazil both intervened in the currency markets, and several other countries are threatening action.
    • As this policy continues, it may prompt foreign investors to pull their funds out of US securities and the US dollar.
    • 20,000 students waving red flags staged violent anti-austerity street demonstrations in London, attacking bobbies, downtown buildings, the Treasury, the Supreme Court, Parliament Square, and Prince Charles and Camilla, who was slightly wounded.
    • Reds, immigrants, and union goons staged violent protests in Athens, Dublin, and Rome.
    • Hugo Chavez has entered into a contract to sell Venezuelan oil production to China.
    • Nerobama shut down oil drilling in the Gulf (except drilling by Mexico, et al.).

    the Regime :

    • Nerobama is clueless; there is no positive economic leadership anywhere.
    • his economic advisers have abandoned ship.
    • he is showing increasing levels of incompetence, impatience, agitation, and anger.
    • The US government toddles toward bankruptcy as revenues from taxes and borrowing fall well short of massive government spending.
    • Moody’s threatened to reduce its Aaa rating on US Treasuries due to heavy public debt.
    • The Sandinistas in Congress are mired up to their eyebrows in spending and class warfare; they moaned furiously at the last minute extension of the Bush tax cuts.
    • Illinois, California, and New York are poised on the edge of bankruptcy, as Christi fights to save New Jersey with austerity programs.
    • In a move contrived to show that he is not anti-business, Nerobama held a behind-closed-doors meeting on 15 December with a select panel of 20 American business leaders including prominent Democrats Jeff Immelt (GE), Robert Wolf (UBS), and CEOs of 18 other big companies, mainly tech and financials. With minor exceptions, no medical, health care, insurance, real estate, housing, defense, travel, retail, food, energy, or mining companies were represented. The world’s biggest retailer WalMart was not invited. (By the way, does anybody remember the furor when Vice Pres Dick Cheney held a behind-closed-doors meeting with oil company executives?)
    • Prediction: next year Nerobama will call a press conference to blame greedy speculators for destroying the bond market and the US dollar.

    • Mae says:

      OK, Petronius, who are you? Perhaps the reincarnation of the first Petronius? LOL! Love your mind!

    • proreason says:

      Awesome list, but I believe you are offbase with the items about the regime, which is essentially a benign assessment. I think the regime fosters the notion of incompetance as a smokescreen.

      They aren’t clueless at all. This is exactly what they want, just slower than than would be ideal from their perspective.

      For that reason, I think we will see a significantly more rapid pace of decline in 2011. They know they can’t be assured of reelection which means that they may only have 2 more years to topple the country. But if 2011 puts the country on the brink, then they can push it over in 2012 if their election prospects become bleak enough.

      I never imagined they could do this much damage so quickly. And 99% of it is under the radar. So much for the new media counteracting the propaganda machine of the msm.

    • tranquil.night says:

      There are few places that really have any sort of solid grip on what’s happening in the world anymore, amazing considering this is the digital information age. Almost everyone is being lead astray due to their narcisism, just plain ignorance or intellectual laziness. It’s absolutely astounding to learn how few really have any care anymore to learn the mechanisms which make the foundation of this country and their lives functional. It’s amazing how little anyone cares about anything of real substance anymore, or solving real problems. They just think it’s always going to work, the problems will never turn into crises, and sit there fighting with eachother about petty and irrelevant things, stuck in little bubbles. So many, incapable of learning. Indoctrinated not to learn. Everything is the responsibility of someone else.

      So when it’s too late and people are thirsty for the truth, I’m going to pour them a nice big glass of this post. When debt is crushing our cities, and food and gas are skyrocketing out of control, the world will know that there was a blueprint to stop this idiocy, and a few good individuals out there – prophets – who were willing to fight to the end to make it known that the course to doom is not set in stone.

      And yes, this is directly purposeful. This is the purpose. The Big Lie.

      Rush, Steve, Michelle, Mark, folks at Heritage – you guys are like the last little lights shining before the world plunges back into Dark Ages. God be with you.

      We need a miracle. A Congress with a clue might help a little too.

    • proreason says:

      “Indoctrinated not to learn.”

      Good insight. It’s more than just a willful distortion of reality. It’s teaching people to be uninterested in the truth.

      It may go even further. It may be teaching people to actually reject any views other than the views of the ruling class. Turn them into robots.

    • dr of many things says:

      Petronius, you are a wise and informed man armed with facts and data. Your foes use myths, name-calling, and half-truths. Their collaborators in the press are no longer merely biased, they are complicit in overt propaganda and obfuscation of reality. They deserve nothing but opprobrium, scorn, and contempt. The Nero imagery is situationally apt, almost perfect. Perhaps you should consider writing a new Satyricon of sorts. Perhaps a novelized apocalypse in which Nerobama plays a fiddle as hoards of Chinese peasants come ashore in New Jersey in 2014, while we are helpless to prevent the total loss of our culture. An update of the Camp of Saints, if you are aware of that masterwork. Find a wider audience, Petronius. You were famous during Nero’s demise. May your reincarnation educate, inform and enlighten the masses about the anti-leader and his progressive villains.

    • canary says:

      “Indoctrinated not to learn not to learn” . It’s the truth. It’s deliberate. The higher in authority in the education (which means in the teachers Unions,) is responsible. There are still some teachers that see & know what’s wrong and don’t like it, but they have to follow the agenda to keep their jobs.
      The new thing since Obama was elected is also changing grades higher, at the teachers will.
      It’s happening more and more. They’ve got to keep the grades up to get the stimulus money.

      Also, all teachers are going to have to eventually become National Board Certified. Strangely, a teacher going against her peers with new ideas is a requirement, go figure.

      Here’s a govt org site on the NBPTS guidelines. On it, scroll down to the right of a block of articles and you will find how one of the qualifications to become NBC is to go against their peers and explore. And example on the govt site is at the link below
      (I gave the link to Lady Gaga as an example of teachers meeting this particular requirement)

      how Lady Gaga is making teaching history fun in Hawaii schools, thanks to a couple of bright teachers in Hawaii.


      Lady Gaga making history fun for students

  6. retire05 says:

    Let me see if I understand this correctly; people who are now unemployed are fewer because there were fewer claims, and all those previously unemployed have now found jobs reducing the number of people seeking claims? So fewer claims means that those who had filed previously now have jobs?

    Do they really pay people to write this crap?

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      No, much like in 1984. the ministry of truth just has machines that crank this stuff out and adjust the particulars as necessary. This article is nearly boilerplate every week. they just adjust a few numbers and change the name of the writer, all of whom are probably not even real people.

  7. River says:

    If any Republican or conservative were in office the Lamestream Media would be screaming,”While the White House dithers, economic growth is stagnating, gasoline is hitting $3 a gallon, unemployment and under-employment are rising relentlessly! Democrats struggle to make sense of the chaos! Minorities and the homeless always suffer most!”

    Have you noticed that the ‘homeless’ have vanished off the front pages this Christmas Season? Isn’t it wonderful when ‘progressives’ take office?

    No Labels! Yes, of course! That will free us from ‘judgments’!

    • Mae says:

      Yahoo hasn’t made a peep re the ever-present homeless. Not even those caught in the global warming snows on the Eastern seaboard. Wow, maybe the Progressives have taken these unfortunates into their warm homes and set them up in the guest bedrooms.

  8. GetBackJack says:

    Petronius, I bow to your superior TYPING skills. Dude.

    That said, this articled is Copyright Associated Press. Therefore, not a word of it is believable. Move along. Nothing to see here but bird cage liner.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      This is the first “I’ve” seen all this in print and it is STAGGERING to say the least. I’m still nursing my second beer after reading the post.
      I say that this is tantamount to the real reason why nothing is being done about the problem. I stand corrected…….this is treasonous as to why the (D)emocraps are allowing this to happen. All the while raping the treasury and Constitution.
      They just don’t give a shiite and neither do the sheeple who appointed them.
      An added benny is the Fourth Estate with their red and white cane leading the way.
      (blind leading the blind)

    • Perdido says:

      Your typing skills, not so much. ;)

      That said, if provide the link(s) to back your claim, “Copyright Associated Press”, or publicly withdraw the charge.

      Man up.

  9. spudmom says:

    How many employers are going to lay off someone on Christmas week? They either shut down over the holidays (paid or unpaid time off) or will wait until 2011 to give the employees the bad news. I see this number as compassion by employers, not a recovery.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Excellent point, but unlikely. All employers are heartless, greedy, top hat and fur coat wearing capitalist thugs, and have absolutely no compassion at all. Why would they single handedly ruin this country and then care about when they fire someone?

      (sarcasm, of course)

  10. JannyMae says:

    When I saw this earlier on YahooNews, it reminded me of the spin the media and the DemocRATs always put on social programs, calling a decrease in their previously forecast GROWTH, “cuts.” There is still an increase in the number of unemployed, but since it’s less than expected, it signals “modest job growth?” These spin-doctors are shameless.

    • retire05 says:

      Don’t forget, when you tax people to pay unemployment benefits for other people, according to that California rocket scientist, Nancy Pelosi, it brings about economic growth.

      Using her logic, we ALL should go on unemployment benefits and watch our economy soar.

  11. Mithrandir says:

    Someone answer me this:

    Is it possible that unemployment numbers drop simply because there AREN’T ANYMORE people to claim unemployment benefits? The roles are already saturated with so many people, that there are no more to apply?

    If the whole country is on unemployment, then naturally, wouldn’t the number of people applying drop to zero? …and the AP would cheer, thinking that all those people actually got jobs…

    No seriously, am I right about this?

    • canary says:

      hmm. Well the DOL said in an another AP articles applications dropped at the end of the week on the 25th. the week ending with Dec 25, 2010. And I noticed a new fad this year that local govt agencies linked to state agencies were closed on the 23rd. Just like Christmas school break and Thanksgiving break have become longer the last couple of years. You’ve got weekends following these days off no one is working. Temporary help is always needed around this time of year, to include inventory I think, and perhaps you have to work for so many weeks to be able to apply.

      Shovel work in the U.S. is being done by self-employeed contractors, non-profit orgs (who get federal stimulus money)

      “APPLYING” for unemployment may be the key word. I’m confused by another article.. I’m not sure the 99 weeks was mandatory, and states like NY & California are talking about Pier 5 extensions even. States seem to have a baseline.

      “Re-applying” was not necessary as the media reported when Obama signed extension.
      No interruption of unemployment benefits for those still on, and they said that those that sweated it out for 7 weeks will automatically begin receiving their checks again with a delay of about a week (holidays?).

      I’ve been really digging on the environmental go green b.s. which leads me to believe the federal government is going to be in charge of every business in this country. Those regs Congress passed in 97 on lowering emissions by 2020 have been changed by Obama to be much stricter and
      Obama’s restrictions are starting this new year 2011.

      (He moved up the house restrictions on homes built prior to 1978 than he originally said.

      I want to know why Obama yelled during his campaign that his transportation fleet as President would be electric.

      The brainwashing of our youth is worse than ever. I’ve been digging through the forever changing agenda, and noticed that civics and government classes in highschool have been eleminiated. The big thing is fine arts. And new requirements of fine arts is basically Shakespear, and Africa culture, music culture around the world type stuff. And that’s all English is. Propaganda. Questions that there is no right or wrong answer, but you must prove your answer.

      Then I see Glen Beck saying they’ve taken the civics & government classes out of schools and so I know it’s because the Teachers union is following the government’s blue ribbon program to get federal stimulus money, and the government does not want our children to know the constitution or rights.

      Now this might sound strange, but when I think of the man fined for growing a vegetables on 2 acres, while Michelle gets away with her sludge slave White House plantation, even giving her WH grown herbs to UN leader’s wives in gift baskets…

      The brainwashing of our youth is worse than ever. I’ve been digging through the forever changing agenda, and noticed that civics and government classes in highschool have been eleminiated. The big thing is fine arts. And new requirements of fine arts is basically Shakespear, and Africa culture, music culture around the world type stuff. And that’s all English is. Propaganda. Questions that there is no right or wrong answer, but you must prove your answer.

      Then I see Glen Beck saying they’ve taken the civics & government classes out of schools and so I know it’s because the Teachers union is following the government’s blue ribbon program to get federal stimulus money, and the government does not want our children to know the constitution or rights.

      And I learned those little old man made ponds on small acreages & ranches are now considered “wetlands” to be protected. Another way for the govt to take the few pieces of larger land in the cities that people have held on to make a profit for new housing and businesses.



      A woman from Los Angeles, CA who was a tree hugger, a Democrat, and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of timberland near Colville, WA .

      There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract.
      She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree

      As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch.

      In considerable pain, she hurried to Mt. Carmel ER to see a doctor.

      She told him she was an environmentalist, a democrat, and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters.

      The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help her.

      She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared. The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?”

      He smiled and then told her,

      “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area. I’m sorry, but due to Obama Care, they turned me down.”

    • canary says:

      Obama has offered a grant to whoever manufactures this type explosive toxic battery. Saw a news piece on children that swallow tiny batteries unknown to parents & doctors wondering why their throat and stomachs are burning away. So….where will these be disposed of along with the mercury. An environmental quack scientist doctor told me that we are going to build containers for these type things. I’d call them big bombs to worry about.


  12. canary says:

    Answer: One of Obama’s hiring incentives was ready to expire 2010. “An “”expansion”” during 2009/2010 ( of a Clinton program 1997) called Work Opporutnity Tax Credit.

    Company tax breaks for those that hire such as ccording to the work application my 16 year old just filled out, but was not lucky enough to check such as

    *.during the past year convicted of a felony or released from prison for a felony.
    *16-25 and never attended high school or any other type skill school
    but that’s okay if y could didn’t qualify for any of not check, as he is not age 16-25 and never attended highschool or received a GED.
    * family member on food stamps, or received Temp Assistance for Needy Families (1997). etc.

    You see a sign help needed went up, suddenly 6 openings in a small store of a major National rich chain corporation. I thought this was for small business owners. This is take advantage of people who can’t add & subtract to figure out their being cheated on their paychecks, which is probably why it’s such a profitable nationwide business.

    The paper work is easier than Obama’s new “other” hiring incentive program which doesn’t give tax credits but actually pays the company 40% of the wages to a business that hires the likes of above.
    This Obama program crossover puts vets & disabled vets returning from war in the most difficult
    demeaning position to get a job, as far as requirements and paperwork the business most complete.
    The easiest person for a company to hire is a felon without having to be a felon in the last year. This could be a felon whose receiving food stamps etc. I would think they might be safer than a felon straight out of prison. I forgot what this Recovery act pay wages is called. Only, my 16 year old wasn’t able to check any of the boxes to give an edge on being hired. :( However, he told them he was willing to some work, none of the others would do. :) I told him as there is some history of violence at that, I did not want him to work there, and he told me, “mom, that’s just how life is”. And he knows not to get his hopes up. We watch as minorities who barely speak English get the jobs. No doubt they are on some kind of food stamp or needy program get the jobs. This is the first application that actually
    had forms that note filling it out will be confidential (which of course they & other forms must be turned into the government to get the payback).
    I’m losing heart. I’m losing hope.
    Because when Obama promised free Universal education from birth into adulthood at his inaugeration speech; Joe Biden’s recent “cradle” education; my brain told me universal means we will become like countries who don’t know how to build a water well in spite of decades & decades of trying to teach countries how to do themselves, and they won’t. Some anti-war woman in Texas is going to work on a charity program for Afghanistan to teach them to build water wells. Duh, what the heck does she think our soldiers are doing in Afghanistan. Tripping over IED’s and getting shot at to build wells and schools, that just end up getting blown up after they build them.

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