“First of all, the majority is not out of work, over 90% still are at work. Second, if you expand your thinking to the possibilities and see how can you create out of the new technology, then you could see how many people can be put back to work. Many people have decided not to go back and get a job, but to use their creativity to start a business. And believe if or not, they are thriving, even now.
That when most fortune and innovation is done. When times are tough and you have to do more with less. It amazing what thinking and a little ingenuity can do.”
“If you are looking for ways to give this year. You can go to www.createthegood.org
They've got some great ways to volunteer or you can post your own suggestions for others to use.
This is what it's all about after all. Giving is a great way to reduce the negative impact of other influences in the news. Get out a take action for someone else, you won't have time to think about your own challenges.”
“Your fortune begins with your attitude. Being upset with others enjoying themselves is not the way to uplift yourself or your situation. There are many people out of work right now. However if you think really hard, you will find many,, many things to be happy about during this time of year.
Be grateful for the things you have and the things you want will come to you.
What are you out of work at? What skills do you have? Id like to help if you would allow me.”
cjohnathan on Nov 27, 2009 at 22:25:36
“thanks for your gracious post. I think my sarcastic comment was largely misunderstood and reflects more frustration with my personal situation than anything anyone else is doing. Even our president.(Who I still think is the right guy right now.)You are absoloutely right about my having much to be greatful for. My beatiful wife and I have been able to survive on her pension and keep our home while so many have lost thiers. I'm an unemployed phone company construction contractor and we're both in our 40's.Your generous post was refreshing. please enjoy the holidays!”
“i think it is funny how easily we retreat when we think we are not getting our way. It seems there are those who say, I will only support you if you do everything I want, when I want it.
That's why the Republicans are so successful. They may be crazy as loons and they may fight among themselves, but they stand united in their craziness and would practically kill if you talked about someone they elected. You know it, because they still support GWB and I know they know he screwed up. But you wouldn't know it if you hear them in public.
If you remain silent and apathetic because you don't think you are getting what you want, the alternative is far worse. Do you think you'll get anything from the ultra conservatives that are now being elected into the small tent?
If you can fight for your losing sports team when opposition attacks, why not the President you supposedly supported so much? If you can lose faith so easily, you didn't really support him in the first place.
i don't agree with everything he has done and some of decisions he has made. But I am very glad I worked for and voted for him. We have 3 more years to determine if we keep him or not. Until then, if I want him to stand up for me, then I have to stand up for him.”
pmag88 on Nov 21, 2009 at 21:37:17
“Yeah. it's not the time to be divided because we didn't get what we want. Not to say we shouldn't push for it and push hard, but to become complacent or apathetic now is to willingly concede power to an out of control machine that has already proven its intentions. It’s time to get to work. It’s time to build.”
“Sorry to contradict you, but my examples are exactly what is right with our country. We can survive with a service economy as well as with manufacturing companies. These were just a few examples of people I've met who are taking action and not complaining about why Warren Buffett is rich and mainstream is not. These are ordinary American. By the way, wealth is created by dog walking. There are kennels and pet hotel franchises all over the country which is expanding into pet merchandise. The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.
There are tons of people young, middle aged and elderly who are creating businesses out of thin air, so to speak, and are doing very well.
From people creating T-shirts, jewelery and food products. To people inventing new ways to secure our homes, protect our children and new technology to innovate how we communicate, all right in the US.
Manufacturing is not being lost, just no one is talking about it and people would rather see the doom, gloom and complain about what the President or the government is not doing than to rely on their own ingenuity. Success does not sell and get attention in the media.”
“Pardon me but I beg to differ. You are right our kids need to science and math, but they also need to learn to develop the entrepreneur skills necessary for thriving and developing new industries. The dog walker and the house cleaner are better off because they know how to survive and thrive in any economy. They are not sitting around waiting for someone to GIVE them a job, they created not only their income, but were able to hire others.
That's how our country was built, through entrepreneurs and creativity. Parker Bros created the game Monopoly during the REAL depression. If we stop moaning and groaning and people put their energy in to what can they create, businesses and jobs would boom.
It is not a waste of human capital when kids are being taught to not just get a job but how to create profitable industries and services that will last.”
AnnoyedCanuck on Nov 17, 2009 at 15:35:48
“And I beg to differ with you. You don't get it. Dog walking and cleaning are all very well, but Americans had better stop celebrating these kinds of small-scale service businesses as if they represent the answer to the decline of the US economy. They absolutely don't. These are NOT "profitable industries and services that will last".
Primary industries - the industrial and technological businesses that create wealth throughout the economy - require an educated, competitive workforce. That means the best education system in the world, which America once had, but no longer can boast of.”
“No Arianna, Warren Buffet should not 'put down his pom poms' as you call it. Warren Buffet is not an economist, but he is the 2nd richest man in the world. I'd much rather follow his lead than those who are consistently talking about how horrible things are and why doesn't the government do something about jobs.
Warren Buffet knows that people will always find a way. The road to recovery is NOT based on how many jobs the President helps to find, but the ingenuity of the entrepreneur who does not buy into the hype of the doom and gloom and makes a way out of no way.
I met one woman who was on welfare that decided to go to Walmart and instead of asking for a job, she bought cleaning agents and asked her neighbors if they wanted someone to clean their home. In six months time she had a thriving cleaning business and had hired other people to help her.
I met an 18 year old who couldn't find a job. She decided to be a dog walker and has now expanded her business to bring on other teens to assist. She is bringing home a great income
As a kid we created lemonade stands, did car washes, bake sales and put on carnivals. Today those types of money generators are called, Juice bars, Car Wash franchises, Bakeries and Amusement Parks. This is the 'Truth about the economy. Thank you Mr. Buffet.”
ddanimal on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:48:48
“Your examples of people making their jobs are perfect demonstrations of what is wrong with the US economy. The US cannot survive as a service economy. Wealth is not created by walking peoples dogs and speculating on wall street. Real wealth requires manufacturing, technology, which are being lost.”
milkman on Nov 17, 2009 at 07:24:21
“Excellent post....frankly I'm shocked it saw the "light of day". Enough of the past and negative thinking. In spite of all our flaws (republicans) we can make this country great again.”
caphillprof on Nov 17, 2009 at 07:13:54
“That's not the truth for average Americans, that's the truth for only a select few. You're blinded by your wealth.”
madatnewsmedia on Nov 17, 2009 at 07:03:06
“Your post is right on the money! This country has always known how to make a dollar, so why are we now, on one hand, asking the government to help us get jobs, but on the other hand, tell the government that they are not the answer. You can't have it both ways! There are so many ways to make money, but instead of helping ourselves, we blame the president. He didn't take your jobs away; others did that and the country allowed it! Now, we're paying the piper.”
“I thought Jon was great! But Cramer was terrific! He actually went on the show, (unlike Santelli's bailout) and admitted to his mistakes. And agreed and was open to see and do things differently. Anyone who
can take it like a man, deserves a code of honor in that regard.
We only have to see if he honors his commitment to do his show differently.
This was a win win for everyone. We need more shows like this.”
ging100 on Mar 13, 2009 at 16:27:04
“I agree with you totally!! Cramer came on and was courageous to face the showdown. At least now that it is out in the open that a lot of us are watching and paying attention more closely to what is going on out there that affects all of us...maybe this time- journalist and " insiders" would be more vigilant and be honest in what they say and do...”
nicole473 on Mar 13, 2009 at 16:13:33
“Cramer will very likely lose his job, as he should. On the other hand, too bad someone can't fire cnbc. Cramer showed up, yeah. Cramer is still a lying d.ick.”
“Let me ask you guys something. Have you contact your Congressman and Senators told them what you think of this bill. Have you told them you don't want more tax cuts and for them to put back the the construction programs and other programs int he bill that the repubs took out in order to give their support.
Bottom line what have you done to help support the President's efforts? He cannot do this alone. If all you are going to do is sit back and complain, it is just as much your fault as anyone else. the President cannot do this alone. IF you supported him and trusted him, then do so. Not just with your vote in November but with every voice you have at your disposal.
Stop talking and start acting.”
Reaniel on Feb 9, 2009 at 16:40:09
“I did, all three GOP a-holes whom I didn't vote for...
Richard Shelby, Jeff "abolish estate tax" Sessions, and Mike Rogers.”
mommadona on Feb 9, 2009 at 16:33:56
“Yes - many of us do regularly.
My own experience?
"LA LA LA LA LA" - Best impression of the Vancome Lady...
BLACK HOLE = email system is constantly overloaded.
Phone in?....the poor clerks answer the phone with that "Oh, damn...not ANOTHER one.." attitude.
“candyc, Thank you for this. I was unsure where to locate this information.
I'd like to stage a protest at the senate offices of those same 2mil who were
at the inauguration and show them we mean business.
I can't believe they took out school construction! I wanted to cry. You have provided
me with a better way to unleash my frustration with these people!”
“Come on people! Stop complaining. We've just started! I was at the concert with hundreds of thousands of people and didn't get to see the concert but was able to hear it! It was fabulous. Then I went home and went to www.hbo.com and viewed it there. And it played several times throughout the evening. There had to have been some glitch on your end or something.
No one has deliberately kept anyone from seeing or participating. If the PIC or Obama transition has up to now done everything it can to be inclusive, why does anyone think they would stop now. Why jump to the conclusion that there is some wrongdoing here.
Please can we just stop for a moment and think that it could be a minor mistake instead of a major conspiracy.
If you voted for change, then begin by being change!”
“CharlesJ and anyone else looking for a job or knows of anyone looking for a job. I am a business consultant and my company is hiring. You sound as though you have some skills we need.
This is the first time I've ever posted even though I've been reading Huffington Post for months. So if you can share a safe way for me to get you my info or for you to send me yours, I'd be happy to do so.”
propitiousmoment on Jan 12, 2009 at 22:00:33
“Diva, do you have a website? If it's got a "contact us" link that would probably be the best way to get in touch.”