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The new minority: Millions of long-term unemployed looking for hope

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 3, 2012 6:08 a.m.

    Johhen,
    Gee, I read the entire article and I missed the part where it talked about conservatives being heartless and liberals having all the answers. I don’t recall seeing anything in the article about it being partisan in any way, shape, or form.

  • AmberDru Xenia, OH
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    How is the President's immigration policy good for America? Why would anyone want another amnesty, more immigration and more work visas- which the President wants and is doing single-handedly in some cases. How is this good for the bottom 50%?
    The Washington Post, New York Times and Chronicle of Higher Education have all reported that PhDs with STEM degrees (even recent grads) are doing temp office work. 1.8 million Americans with engineering degrees are not working in engineering, but the President showed Jennifer Wedell (and everyone else) he either doesn't care or is clueless. Huffington Post-MBA mows lawns for a living. Chronicle of Higher Education- PhD comes with food stamps. Washington Post -U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there.

  • AmberDru Xenia, OH
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    How is the President's immigration policy good for America? Why would anyone want another amnesty, more immigration and more work visas- which the President wants and is doing single-handedly in some cases. How is this good for the bottom 50%?
    The Washington Post, New York Times and Chronicle of Higher Education have all reported that PhDs with STEM degrees (even recent grads) are doing temp office work. 1.8 million Americans with engineering degrees are not working in engineering, but the President showed Jennifer Wedell (and everyone else) he either doesn't care or is clueless. Huffington Post-MBA mows lawns for a living. Chronicle of Higher Education- PhD comes with food stamps. Washington Post -U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there.

  • Harvey Henkelmann Valrico, FL
    July 31, 2012 8:42 p.m.

    The economy will NEVER recover until industry returns to our shores, you can mark my words.

  • M.Sanchez Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 31, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    Finally a truthful article about unemployment and what a person, a family goes through.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    July 31, 2012 4:44 p.m.

    If you really know of illegals taking someone's job just go talk to the owner of the business or send them a letter. For one thing they are scared silly of the government finding out of thier under table payments and most likely would like to hire a citizen but can't find any that will work for $7 and hour. If you honestly know of one that will, I'm sure they would love the refferal.

    This is all based on an actcual hotel business.

  • P Central, Utah
    July 31, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    Does anyone know of a similar program that could provide this type of help to someone in rural Utah, who is indeed long-term employeed, is looking, is a good worker and willing to work.

    One of the problems not mentioned is family situation, who has a spouse that at least has a job and they have a house which is an asset to them as long as they live there, but a problem if they try to sell.

    The father had worked as an equipment operator in building new homes and things were going great, but no (few) new homes are being built.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 31, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    Politics aside - how many of you have any degree of confidence Barack Obama is going to bring down the unemployment rate in a significant way over the next 4 years? If you do have confidence be specific - what policies that Obama is proposing (borrowing more,spending more, taxing more) do you have confidence in as it relates to causing business to start expanding and hiring? If you own a business are you more likely to expand and hire with giant taxes and regulations from Obamacare staring you in the face? Really people the time has come to forget ideology and apply common sense because at the end of the day we all want a pay check - not a welfare check!!

    Personally I see nothing but higher unemployment with another OBama term and even the most hardened liberal has to take a look at that - unless I guess you already get all your $$ from the government anyway.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 31, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    johhen,

    What about the sense of community and caring about the welfare of others when it comes to unborn babies?

    Back to this topic, you pretend that conservatives are against welfare, when in reality they are against welfare as it is currently done by the government, namely handouts and food stamps. Their philosophy of welfare aligns more closely with that of the LDS church's: Self reliance is the goal.

    Speaking of looking for hope, does anybody wonder why Obama's campaign slogan is not "Hope" anymore? Now it's "Forward". I don't know for sure if it means "Forward to Socialism" or "Forward at 1.5% growth" or "Forward in repealing DOMA and protecting immorality", but whatever it is we don't need it or want it.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    July 31, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    "johhen" THIS political conservative wishes Mr. Obama would enforce illegal immigration enforcement measures already on the books.

    We have between 15-20 million illegal aliens here taking SOMEONE'S job and living off the goodwill of United States citizens.

    Why NOT start there?

  • johhen Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2012 6:06 a.m.

    I appreciate Mr. Carbone's view that unemployment is a moral problem and un-American. That sense of community and caring about the welfare of others seems to be missing from what is said by many political conservatives.