For those who have been unemployed for the last 99 weeks, I do feel for you all, but while I was stopped waiting for the light to change, I saw five young Hispanic- looking men working as landscapers in the cold weather. Further down about 20 feet away, was what appeared to be a young Anglo-looking man asking for money. If these Hispanic individuals, who most likely came thousands of miles away from south of our border can find work, then why can't these people who don't have or claim that they can't find a job be working?
I know that the economy is tough today, as it's been for a while, but there are jobs out there for those who wish to work. I personally am retired today, but it took four years of part-time work at a supermarket after school, 20 years of military service and 25 years of working out in the economy to accomplish this. Believe it or not, even at 71 years of age, I have been offered work here and in Texas, my home state.
So, my only assessment is this, if you can't find work in 99 weeks, chances are, you don't want to work and are perfectly satisfied living off the taxpayer and state. Sorry, but I just can't imagine myself not working for that long and depending on others to support my family and me.
I do feel bad for those who are unemployed, but 99 weeks, come on man, help me understand why.
Miguel R. Serda, Jr.