AS A LIFESTYLE
All one hears is that the lack of jobs is the number one economic problem. Well
documented are endless examples of systemic destruction in employment opportunities. The
negative consequences of off shoring corporate jobs are undeniable. Up until now, the
little attention placed on the psychological mindsets that build the structural
impediments for a healthy main street economy, keep a serious discussion on jobs, just
going in circles.
The official attitude that government social agencies exist to mitigate economic
distress is a staple ever since the New Deal era. Much of the state of mind that created
the welfare society emerged from the "do gooders" in New York State. The result
from decades of socialization and educational indoctrination left us with the entitlement
culture. One illustration supports the contention.
The NYAPRS , New York
Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services provides conclusions from a 2009 survey
taken from informants who were consumers of employment services, administrators of state
agencies, and community providers.
This research revealed several systemic and structural barriers to employment:
Slow transition to a Recovery-oriented system: The public mental health system New York
State continues to have a strong focus on helping people to survive with their illnesses
rather than to recover and function with the rest of society. This system does not seem to
fully embrace the belief that all people with psychiatric disabilities can work.
Employment is not a priority: The policies and practice standards of the public mental
health system, vocational rehabilitation and workforce services do not recognize the
harmful effects of long-term unemployment. Therefore, supporting employment has not been a
Lack of a comprehensive system: The services and supports needed for employment are not
organized into single system in which people looking for work can get all of the services
they need to find and keep a job. Some of the signs of this "fragmentation"
include: Service providers have little awareness of outside programs and agencies; Limited
inter-agency collaboration leads to complex, repetitive processes to obtain services
(e.g., applications, assessments); Poor referral and follow-up practices; Limited ability
to combine resources and use funding efficiently.
Charity for the unfortunate is a noble practice, but condemning vast segments of the
eligible work force to government reliance, only produces subsistent survival. Note the
concept "psychiatric disabilities" that breeds the acceptance that permanent
unemployment is the new normal. NYARPS solution is more and bigger government.
The philosophical question that society refuses to confront is that work
is essential to a healthy life. Most people deny this axiom. Their benefit lifestyle is
based upon the tormented thought of actual work as an expenditure of energy and mental
The simple reason why this criterion of torture, feared and evaded with earnest, is
that public assistance for the middle class is an integrally important part of public
policy. The myth that government services benefit citizens, based upon the false premise,
of confiscatory taxation is mentally deranged.
Add in entire segments of illiterate and unassimilated renegades and the prospects of
actually engaging in an honest days work and you have a national lifestyle that
repudiates labor as a means of earning a living.
The parasitic culture is alive and well on its way to be the most vocal stratum
demanding more government reimbursement to maintain unemployed status.
However, not all individuals share the futility of dependency. Some still soldier on to
earn a legitimate sustenance through honorable work. The basic solution to quash the
unemployment mentality cannot be found in sound bites like "creating jobs". The
cornerstone of government repression found in the fulfillment of government assistance
programs, is the assault against the individual to keep the fruits of their commerce as a
The domestic economy has so radically denied the proper reward of conducting business
that most citizens have cleanly given up. The mental disease that permeates all aspects of
government is that the state is the ultimate guarantor of the public welfare.
The reason why there are so many underprivileged beggars on some form of a public dole,
rests upon the theft of the effective ability to succeed at an independent business
venture. The average person, beaten down for decades, is not willing to take the risk of
entrepreneurship. The black market is the real economy. The intrusive violation into our
own business affairs by the encroachment of government restriction on the free market
causes systemic unemployment.
The future forecast just grows worse every year. Food stamp dependency is now at an all
time high. Capitulation of the long-term unemployed, leave the job search. Raising the
minimum wage just forces more employees onto the unemployment rolls. Most disturbing is
that the underemployed, who are unable to meet their financial needs, suffer from bleak
The corporate monopolization of access to capital, as the ordinary borrower barred from
loans, is the final tipping point for main street commercial enterprises. The top down
economy only benefits the corporatist and magnifies the suffering of the fading middle
class. The poor will always exist, but soon the bourgeoisie will be added to the ranks of
The psychiatric rehabilitation, desperately needed to restore the fundamental balance
in normal commerce, needs to enforce anti-trust laws. Protection against crony criminals
that steal from the true economy is imperative. The country is tilting on its axis because
basic common sense is absent under the Corporate/State model.
Solving the unemployment dilemma requires a "single system" of rewarding work
and phasing out government dependency. The sickness that saps the lifeblood from the
economy requires treatment that restores decentralization and individual business
America has an economy deeply afflicted with the mental ailment of futility. The
symptom of economic distress is rapidly metastasizing into a culture of hopelessness. Only
a revival of financial reward for meaningful work can regenerate needed confidence. The
nanny state destroys self-reliance. Job creation is the natural function of the private
It is time to get America back on track.
SARTRE is the pen name of a reformed, former political
operative. This pundit's formal instruction in History, Philosophy and Political Science
served as training for activism, on the staff of several politicians and in many
campaigns. He is a past columnist for Ether Zone.
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