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October 19, 2011

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Abby Marie

I can see how some may read this article as insensitive or unfeeling towards a certain demographic of the country. As a young professional given no hand-outs who has worked hard for every small piece of the American dream that I have achieved at this point, which isn't much, I see validity in the argument that this article makes. How many times do we have to hear that there are jobs in this country that people don't want to take...leaving these roles to individuals who aren't even citizens of our country? Drop pride, accept the situation, and improve it. It's a harsh reality and seems insensitive, but work ethic and determination is what built our country in the first place. Time to get back to basics.

loose

Jagek, yes, yes and yes again.

Jagek

What we must provide the poor is not a hand out but a hand up. not sure who said it. speaking of hands, the protestors should recall what Gandhi was quoted as saying: You get more with an open hand than a clenched fist.

loose

Hey Dave, I was so NOT born on third base it isn't even funny. I was born into a single family household in the 1950's at a time when fatherless households were considered "unclean" . My mother was a schoolteacher and my grandmother helped get us by as a seamstress, one with Meniere's disease, yet.

Don't play that card with me, it doesn't work.

My message remains the same, aside from the economic crisis affecting everyone's ability to work and pay the bills, for which I am deeply compassionate, there is an underlying problem with our knee-jerk solutions to bail out versus longer term and more pragmatic answers, answers I don't believe will make anyone happy but will re-set a paradigm badly in need of it. The Man, as I pointed out, has a lot to lose by looking the other way. A lot.

Ron in Alexandria, MN

L.C, this is terrific. BTW: I think sensitivity is overrated, and – when overdone - becomes a barrier to productive communication and innovation. As John Maynard Keynes said; “Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking." Thanks man.

Jason Inskeep

A local organization called Cabrini Partnership works with long-term homeless individuals. They use self-reliance and dignity as part of their core values and their work shows extraordinary results with this often "too challenging to try with" demographic.

Yet, resources in the form of money that would allow their residents to arrived at a planned health care appointment are cut so that they instead are left with emergency care as the only option. They and we and everyone knows that this is the most expensive option but it continues to be the one they are left with...so from the restaurant window maybe "take a meeting" with the affluent well-to-dos and convince them using MBA math that resources in the form of access and money is a better approach than chatting about the weather over a quiche.

Dave Hoplin

Rather than looking out your restaurant window at the protesters and picking a sign to use as a club to disparage millions of people struggling in economic conditions not seen since the great depression, perhaps you should talk to some of them. You will find that education is not an exemption. Millions of college graduates line the unemployment rolls and millions more are under-employed. Yours is the view of one born on third base, thinking you hit a triple, and disparaging those who cannot even get an at bat. Your blame the victim mentality is a new low.

loose

James,

Sorry you misread it. If you think for one moment I'm not sensitive to the ramifications of this economic collapse on the hard working people, you haven't been reading previous posts. This is about three things. 1.) the growing tendency in America to apply money as opposed to resources and incents to "problems", 2.) the need for more reliance on self-determination and 3.) the growing threat to the institutional powers in America, if they don't get off their asses and start paying attention to the people in the street.

James Mathewson

Gary,

You know I like and respect you. But this is, at best, insensitive. With 9.1% unemployment and a growing class of underemployed (part timers and temps who don't register with the DoL) and over-employed (couples working three jobs or more to make ends meet), there is a large and growing class of weary Americans who are losing faith in the American Dream. Personal debt is at an all-time high. More then 30% of workers get no paid time off. Other benefits are even more rare. We are running out of rental housing because of all the foreclosures by banks that got bailed out prior to foreclosing on every marginal defaulter, and then some. The number of jobs below living wage is growing. By all measures, it's tough out there. Don't make it tougher by making fun of desperate people. Better yet, do the math: http://imgur.com/a/U4FR4 before you ridicule people willing to stick their necks out for a better future.

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