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Unemployment rate for less than highschool.education.

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    The unemployment rate for people with less than a high school education is 7.9%. These people require the same if not more living requirements than other groups. Is it the fault of poorly educated people that they have substandard living conditions ? Helping these people would be by fixing an economy that most people don't think needs fixed. What is going on ???
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Tax cuts are on the way. A poor family will get enough for a large pizza. The wealthy will get enough for a yacht. See, everyone wins. Sarcasm.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: The unemployment rate for people with less than a high school education is 7.9%. These people require the same if not more living requirements than other groups. Is it the fault of poorly educated people that they have substandard living conditions ?

    This is an extremely limited and niche group. While I have compassion for them and want to make it as least burdensome as possible to help them earn their GED and then future employment, I don't know if I agree that we should focus all of our attention on such a small subset of individuals.

    The fact of the matter is that no business that does more than the most menial tasks is going to hire a 35 year old person with no high school degree or GED equivalent.

    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Helping these people would be by fixing an economy that most people don't think needs fixed. What is going on ???

    I don't disagree, but unfortunately the people who are most negatively affected by poor economic conditions just elected a billionaire businessman who is going to make their lives 1,000 times worse. I want to have empathy for them, but it's hard having empathy for people who just shot themselves in the foot.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I agree. In addition, we must remember that President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have all pushed major initiatives on education. That includes pre-school, higher education, technical school vocational training, tech colleges, community colleges, job retraining programs, apprenticeships, internships, government loans and subsidies, and other affordable means of acquiring the skills for jobs in the 21st Century. Google any of those terms and you will find initiatives proposed by Democrats and Democratic Party leaders to give equal opportunity to climb a career ladder.

    Why haven't some of these taken off? For one thing Republican obstructionism, but also costs for some...I'll concede that. Another, of course, is that there is some kind of warped mentality that getting an education makes you "elitist". Maybe they think God will take care of them. It's as Obama once said: "pride in ignorance". No Job Guarantee or other self-improvement programs can help those that seem to have a mental block against any government program to help them. Still I do not want to abandon them - as Jared says, we have empathy but empathy can only go so far. Republicans need to stop exploiting them.

  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Nothing will make their lives great. A livable minimum wage would sure help

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    TJ Wrote:Nothing will make their lives great. A livable minimum wage would sure help

    That wouldn't do any good for people who are unemployed though.

    We need a multi pronged approach here. Poorly educated out of work coal miners in their early 50's are different than 18 year old high school drop outs who are just now realizing that it wasn't the best idea to go to Burning Man and convince themselves that they can live that way forever.

    The out of work coal miner in their 50's needs programs that will help them continue to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head while the Burning Man burnout needs programs that will prepare them to contribute to an ever changing and technically advancing society.

    **Please note that I am not suggesting that every struggling person in their late teens or early twenties is a Burning Man burnout. I'm only making a point that there is no one size fits all answer to a very complicated topic.**

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    We need to nationalize the means of production and have full employment.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    CommunistShill Wrote: We need to nationalize the means of production and have full employment.
    Nothing can derive the most efficient use of resources better than pure capitalism. Nothing can benefit mankind better than strictly regulated capitalism. Unfortunately there are certain unpredictable uncontrollable variables that can cause diametrically opposite results. Good times or bad times can result with no predictability.