60 Minutes has a segment on the unemployed who are not getting a job. They called it The 99ers, meaning those who are about to fall off the unemployed count, or already have. That's right, over 99 weeks and they cannot find a job. Watch below and realize:
- This is Silicon valley
- All of these people are over 35
- These are the best and the brightest
Imagine if age discrimination wasn't rampant, if labor arbitrage wasn't enabled. Think about this women digging through the trash and think about new businesses, starting a business, innovation and competency. This woman is digging in the trash when she should be running a business and if this isn't a crime, I don't know what is.
The absurd Viagra ad is so ironic. Here are these people, the best of the best, worked hard, played by the rules, resorting to sorting through the garbage to survive. Yet corporations seem to view people over 35 as consumers, buyers of Viagra! Me thinks the best Viagra is a damn job!
For some statistics on the unemployed and excuses employers are making while refusing to hire people, read Blame the Employers.