This economic recession has plagued the speeches of politicians, stained the covers of magazines and has been a major topic on almost every news program. The recession has been like the boogeyman, lurking about America, stealing jobs from the middle class and widening the already canyon-like financial gap between Americans. And I, a college freshman, never thought I had to worry about it. I told myself, "No, no way, not me". The recession was a myth to me, something tangible only in a world that I've never seen. And now it's truth has come into my world and refuses to leave.
According to the Associated Press 85,000 jobs were lost in December alone. With every company cutting back hours and positions it has been frustrating beyond belief to make phone calls all day, hoping to find a place that is even accepting applications, only to hear "We're not hiring" or "We just had to cut a few people". It doesn't seem real.
It shouldn't be real. I may not have a degree in Economics, but there is a simplicity to it that it seems no one wants to see. This vicious, brutal, and never ending circle has ravaged our nation. How can I spend money if I don't have a job? If I'm not able to spend money and buy a product then that store will have to cut back because they're not making enough revenue. That means that someone else will get fired and end up without money to spend, puting them in the same boat as me. So then why is the only solution of these companies to get rid of as many people as possible?
I understand that sometimes you have to spend money to make it, and I also understand that these companies need to make a profit, but how can a CEO sit at the top of the chain making 7 or 8 figures a year when there are so many people struggling to make ends meet? It's not a matter of taking one for the team, but taking one for the nation, for the well being of millions of people whose lives depend on these jobs.
I know I'm not alone and there are people who have been hit by this financial heavyweight harder than me. But this has to, absolutely has to, change. And until it does we just have to realize that things have been and can be much worse and if we are at the bottom then that means things can only get better.