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Joe Biden to Job Seekers: Suck it up!

January 31st, 2011

Okay, so he didn’t say it in those words.  He said “hang in there.”  He indicated there are lots of companies who say they are going to hire more this year, so just hang in there, be patient and maybe you’ll land one of those jobs.

Phewy, I say.

Oh, while you are hanging in there, make sure you don’t drain the country with your bad health habits.  The Huffington Post reports he says:

“Don’t smoke, eat healthy, do not consume junk foods,” he said. “I know that sounds silly, but it’s very practical in terms of your own health and well-being, and also on the impact of the cost of maintaining the health care system in the United States.”

Double phewy.

I agree that maintaining healthy habits is a great idea.  I’m surprised, though, that Biden didn’t talk about the options a job seeker has.

Like any of the state or federal programs available for job seekers. Does he not believe in them?

Like looking at starting their own business. How many of the major (and minor) employers today were started by someone who took a risk?  Does he not believe America is a great place to provide this opportunity?

Like improving your education, if that is an issue, so you can either compete on a level playing field, or improve your chances of getting noticed?  Is it better to “hang in there” than to do something to sharpen our saw?

Hang in there sounds incredibly ignorant… it sounds like “hang out until it gets better.

I have some advice for Biden, and anyone in the government who is involved in the jobs stats.  Stay tuned for my post tomorrow. (any ideas for them?)

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One response to “Joe Biden to Job Seekers: Suck it up!”

  1. Xenia C says:

    I have an idea for Joe Biden..Perhaps he would make more meaningful and less ignorant suggestions if he actually had an understanding of the reality of the world for today’s job seeker, especially anyone who has been at it for a while. I’d like to drop him in the home of someone who’s just (unwillingly) reached their 99th week of unemployment and let him spend even one week, dealing with the practicalities of trying to survive (including trying to stay healthy with no income), the stress of an uncertain future, the emotional toll of going from being a fully functional and successful member of society to someone who likely feels overlooked and judged, and go through all of the many hours spent searching, applying, waiting for responses, etc. It would be interesting to see if his advice would still be so glib or if he would consider it sufficient to say that some indefinable group of employers are filling some unknown quantity of fuzzy types of jobs. It was a little disheartening to hear the State of the Union and get a sense of the disconnect between the government and the people who are trying to cope with our current economic reality. Since that likely won’t happen, I’d settle for some sense that those in charge of forging a solution are actually talking to and have some sense of the reality of life for the millions of people currently out of work.