My wife asked me this morning if I would be writing about
My point of view.
Like everyone else, I have one. But unlike everyone else, mine is unique. (And me do ok sometimes expression it too.) Thank you to my smart and beautiful wife for pointing this out; I’ll let you beat me at Scrabble again (but only once more, then it’s so on!).
At 11:45 a.m. I switched to
The moment was brilliant, cathartic, and more followed. The first few striking notes from
Obama finished his remarks and sat down. I listened for a minute and then wandered into the kitchen to get some lunch, mulling over two questions…
- Does anyone else feel bad for that poet following Obama?
- What does an Obama presidency mean for the unemployed?
No one follows that speech at that moment. It’s impossible, for anyone. Her poem was probably exceptional. But the enraptured masses were savoring their highs. The home audience needed a commercial break. Nobody was listening.
An Obama presidency probably means very little for the unemployed in a practical sense, at least in the short-run. Today, we’re filled with pride and patriotism, and unemployed. Tomorrow, our feelings will dissipate a bit, and we’ll still be unemployed. Next week, the same. Few jobs will be available, and we’ll still be in competition for them with way too many other applicants.
What we do have now is hope for a coming change. This hope may infuse companies in the coming weeks, boosting outlooks and improving the job market in some small way. It will give job seekers a better outlook. This change may mean
The country faces many challenges beyond unemployment – the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the housing crisis, the banking crisis and others. All demand immediate attention too. The jobless masses may have to get in line and wait our turn, all the while keeping up the search. At least we have hope now, to cushion the economic fall.