I take a lot of crap over at C&L from the Obama apologists (honestly, I didn’t know there were any left! I guess they still have jobs) and I don’t understand it. Do they really not understand how many people are in real trouble right now? Because frankly, I don’t care what else he does if he doesn’t take care of the unemployed.
And yes, I understand that he’s the president and not a legislator, but I don’t see him out there rousing the troops for this. Instead, he appointed a fiscal commission – AFTER Congress voted it down – to go after what’s left of the safety net. So no, you’re not going to convince me that I’m being “unfair,” and “negative.”
When Laurie-Ellen Shumaker, 59, was laid off from her job as a lawyer for a shopping center in January of 2009, she assumed she would be hired again in no time. In addition to her impressive resume, which includes a degree from a top-tier law school and 23 years of legal experience, she has always been actively recruited for positions.
But in the past year-and-a-half, Shumaker says she has applied to over a thousand jobs — everything from secretary to file clerk to daycare worker — and she has yet to be called for an interview.
“It’s frightening,” she told HuffPost. “Interviews are like seeking unicorns. I’ve even gotten a status update on two different jobs saying I’m the best qualified, but then I never hear anything after that. It’s hard not to rake through one’s brain trying to figure out why. Is it my age or my gender holding me back?”
No, hon, it’s mathematics. Five applicants for every opening, that’s what it is. They’re going to take the youngest and the most pliable, not the best.