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Begging for Baby Food

Don’t believe the hype and don’t believe the headlines…unemployment is likely above 15%

Forget all those statistics; if you really want to know what is happening, just look closer to your own home.   If we  talk to the people in the barber shop, church, or local tavern, you can get a much better flavor for what is really happening in this country.  If you talk to people, and you really ask them, people will tell you from their perspective what is going on.  Almost everyone has a story about a friend, family member, or co-worker who have just entered the “new poor.”

People are hurting and these increasingly perky job reports aren’t effecting local Americana.  As a matter of fact, these reports are insulting and humiliating to the hurting people who feel that something must be wrong with them because, according to the talking heads, things are fine and getting better.

Bob Dylan said,  ”It doesn’t take a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows.”.   Well, to those of us who don’t get our “news’ from the chum fed to us by the major syndicates, we can tell which way the wind is blowing.

Last night my daughter and my mother-in-law where approached by a mother with a small baby outside of Publix Supermarket who stopped them to ask for food for her baby.   My mother-in-law, being the sweet lady is, offered to help purchase whatever she could for this young 20ish year old mother.  They went inside and all this pour soul asked for was a few jars of baby food.

I am sure this poor heartbroken woman is not going to show up on any US Labor statistics report, but I know this, she was no professional beggar.  The pros ask for a lot more than $5.24 worth of food.   This is the new poor, the confused poor, the desperate poor and it is heartbreaking.

 

Government Sources

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.nr0.htm

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm    ( Love this one…”Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January)

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000          ( The jobless rate has dropped to its lowest level since February 2009)

Non-Government Sources

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts   (Real Unemployment estimated to be around 15%)

http://blogs.smartmoney.com/advice/2011/12/08/is-the-real-unemployment-rate-22-6/   (22%)