This Country Is Fucked

I’ve been working at the same bar for about four months now. One of my shifts is lunch and during that time I get the occasional person who comes in to fill out a job application. My record for most applications I gave out in a day was five.

Well I go in on Monday night and there is a stack of paper by the bar. Turns out the day bartender collected over 15 job applications for server and bartender positions during her shift, and gave out half-a-dozen more. She said she felt like an HR person, answering questions and giving out pens. At one point six people were simultaneously filling out applications at the bar. Quite a few papers were actual resumes, with years of professional experience but no restaurant experience. Many graduated from very expensive private colleges (Duke, UVA).

And this is Washington DC we’re taking about, a city with supposedly the strongest job market in the country. It seemed like a giant factory closed down on Friday.

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It is the first major recession of our generation (I’m the same age as you). Ask your parents about the recession in the early 80’s or when inflation was at 15% in the late 70’s. Rampant tech growth of the 90’s which yielded tax surpluses came to a crashing halt as the tech bubble burst and people predicted the end of venture capital. It didn’t happen. We are constantly in a boom bust cycle.

Are times hard? Yes. Are individuals caught up in the worst of it, losing jobs, having their life savings (at least temporarily) devalued? Yes. Will it get worse before they get better? Probably. Is this the end of capitalism and economic growth foreverrrrr? Doubtful.

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If any of those Duke and UVA applications had any real talent, they’d be out hustling instead of relying on their crutch pedigree. When I graduated from college, I left behind my bs credentials and travelled the world seeking truth. I found that there’s very little that separates the fiction of USA from, say, Zimbabwe… except maybe, say, 3,000 rounds per person. Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.

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This shit terrifies me and reminds me I should actually be a better employee.

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Hilarious. In the same breath, you knock someone who’s actually trying to get a job for not “hustling,” and then tell us how you traveled the world when you graduated from college (presumably, spending even more of your parent’s money) seeking “truth.” Is that your idea of hustling?

If there’s one good thing that can come of this recession, it’s that privileged fucks like yourself will finally have to face the music.

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It is pretty scary these days, especially when you get sobering reminders like that sudden surge in applications.

I do believe it’s going to get worse before it gets better, but the country will eventually find a way out of it.

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UVa is not a private college, it’s a public university.

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By travelling the world, you learn how to hustle. Everything is negotiable. You learn that pretty quick. What’s my idea of hustling? Try figuring out a way to buy a telecom company in a former Soviet state without a dime because their “corporateness” is entirely disorganized. Hustling is getting everyone in line so that when you do get a deal (usually with someone else’s money cause you landed in-country without a cent), you don’t have the Ministry-of-Take-Dollar-To-the-bank coming at you for “tax” and “fees”. Hustling is building organizations from nothing with nothing than your skills and talent. I came home to find that everyone likes to drop something like “Harvard Business School” and they don’t know a damn about getting deals to critical mass.

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What in God’s name is this anonymous idiot babbling about?

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Not to worry dude, the reality check of the new generation that has never wanted for anything never expects to wait for anything and always expects mommy and daddy to lend another hand whenever the thought crosses their mind is now going to be replaced by the biggest sugar daddy of them all: the government.

The government is your daddy. And now all the “yuts” of America (which means everybody under 30 basically) will get to know what government really means outside of waiting in ridiculous lines at the motor vehicles dept.

But hey, it’ll be a nice smiling dude versed in The Chicago Way who will make you feel better while you are bending over and getting it crammed to the max.

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Like the person earlier who cited the Carter years, there’s nothing more jarring and that goes especially for the poor and underemployed than double digit unemployment coupled with same with inflation followed by economy crushing interest rates in double digits to boot.

Was saying not very long ago before the election when the self anointed 0ne had the media, youth and every barely literate person entranced that we would not be hearing another bad word about deficits if he won.

But the trillion dollar deficits they are talking about now, it’s far beyond anything I imagined.

One, two trillion dollar deficits, no problem. The media will be telling us how necessary and good it is. For at least a year or so and then if the results are really bad, they’ll fall to their old standby blaming you know who.

There is of course plenty of room for blame. And the folks who made tens of millions of Fannie & Freddie well they will be laughing all the way to the bank.

And no I am not talking about the private sector. I’m talking about the government “employees” like Raines, Jamie Gorelick (who brought us the wall between intel that allowed 9-11) and others who collected tens of millions in bonuses for their labors to destroy the housing market.

And that doesn’t even get into the wonderful work of Barney Frank, Christopher “Countrywide Sweetheart Loans” Dodd, Maxine Waters and all the others who fought to keep the gravy train going.

Shoot even illegal aliens were getting no money down mortgages!

Yes, your story is an indicator. It’s rough seas ahead.

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Why don’t you tell us how to use PUA skills to get a job?

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I would love to see an unexperienced Duke grad on his first shift.

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most likely it’s up to the private sector’s innovation of the next big thing….

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i’ve been hitting the bars/restaurants/others out here in SF – trying to avoid computer/office work. same story. bartender yesterday collected resumes from ‘a few people’ before i showed up around 4 pm.

other places announce ‘we just had layoffs’. a local bookstore is closing shop. my old company and my buddy’s new company (both computer-based) both went through layoffs. california has a hiring freeze as does another of my old companies (computer), as does one of the local drugstore outlet chains (i forget if it was Walgreen’s, CVS, or other). i can hear people talking about it on the streets, now — “boss is cutting hours again”.

so, yeah, it’s all going down.

except for the ‘no work, no monay’ thing, though, i’m kinda loving it.

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I work in a restaurant part-time, and in the financial world full-time. Needless to say, I’m pretty much fucked.

My company, Citigroup, is about to collapse. The restaurant business, from a server’s POV, is dire as well. Restaurants get the overflow from laid off workers in the area. This means fewer shifts and a crowded floor during the shifts you do work. Mix that w/ smaller tips, and its hard not to believe in trickle-down economics.

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it’s too bad being a douche doesn’t pay

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#4 must have been one of the applicants….

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this is not encouraging to me since i am one of those recently unemployed professionals you are talking about…i was hoping retail/serving would be a temporary back-up…guess its escort services next.

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Roosh, what are you worried about? You have no debt, no overhead, and you’re sitting on cash. You couldn’t possibly be positioned better to snatch up every over-leveraged moron’s assets at fire-sale prices.

RW – It’s so funny watching butt-hurt Republicans flailing about and desperately trying to blame our current problems on Democrats, when we’ve had a Republican controlled Congress for 12 years and a Republican president who governed with complete disregard for consensus for the last 8. Sure man, all we need is a lax regulatory environment and some good ol’ trickle down economics to pull us out of this mess. P.S. – when Republicans are screwing things up, is it the responsibility of a “fair” media to make it look like they aren’t? Would that make you feel like the media was unbiased? If they lied?

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Chuck, it’s not wise to name your employer online while bragging about all the time you have to spare, even when you’re working in the back office in Wichita doing sales support for GWM.

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That’s why I’m not going to travel anymore this year, I was very excited to live there, but now stayin’ in Brazil sounds a lot better.

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I would love to see an unexperienced Duke grad on his first shift.
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Well, he would probably use real words. Way to show the world your brilliance though — “unexperienced,” really?

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Man I’ve been telling friends that selling assets and going to live in Costa Rica or Brazil would be on my list of options. From some of the movies I’ve seen of Brazil lately, I’m not so sure a gringo is welcome there long term. Costa Rica I hear is really nice with both oceans accessible an hour apart. My high school Spanish would also be easier to retool than my non-existent Portuguese.

Re: #17 – If you liked the last two years, (led by Queen Nancy of Syria and Dopey Harry) you are going to love the next four. Enjoy!
And I voted for the guy with almost no experience over the shrill, cold one who can not be named who trumpeted her husband’s resume for the record.

As an independent, it always makes me laugh when folks like you trot out with the Republican stuff when anyone points to the facts. Don’t feel bad, I see that pretty often.

“It’s not corruption when we do it.” Should be the campaign motto for 2010. And don’t worry, the media will cooperate.

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To RW-

Costa Rica may have 2 oceans, but they are certainly far greater than an hour apart, not that you have any reason to visit the eastern side anyway.

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Bragging about a 3 hour lunch break is obviously an exaggeration. Responding to blog comments, from my Blackberry during my lunch break is no crime. Posting that Citigroup is about to break up is something that is all over the news.

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as great as traveling is… they’re still not giving away plane tickets for free. or health insurance. or food… or vouchers to pay off student loans.

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Arjewtino is such a tool.

RW is trying a little too hard. Spouting talk radio insults and claiming you are an independent is absurd. Go sell it somewhere else you Gary.

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“its hard not to believe in trickle-down economics.”

Sic on “its”. And it’s very easy not to believe if you have a salaried job and pay hasn’t increased in the last eight years. The cost of goods and services has skyrocketed, and the richest few control a higher percentage of the nation’s wealth than ever.

I think the bank executives, those who can easily bear the consequences of their incompetence, should be in prison. Yet, somehow, they’re taking our tax dollars. That is the reason this country if fucked. Here’s hoping for real class warfare.

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Roosh – you were admantly opposed to the TARP plan and the bailout.

Manhattan would be a ghost town if that thing wasn’t passed.

It could be much worse. 7.2% unemployment is bad, but it isn’t historic. Call me when the number hits 11%. Thats when shit is really bad.

The country is alright. We just need to wash out these 2 trillion dollars in Alt-A Arms and the pay option arms – work off the 3 years of excess inventory in the housing market – get the federal deficit under control and things should shake out.

Should see something positive in the summer of 2011.

HA!

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Canada isn’t so bad off.

It’s cuz we’re the shit and our games tight.

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maybe you guys should do like your brothers did during Vietnam.
this time you could call yourselves shitty government, fucked up economy dodgers. lol

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have you guys ever watched the documentary Zietgiest. makes you wonder how much the your federal reserve might have to do with this.

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Living in Connecticut at the time, I (barely) survived the Great Recession that utterly devastated the state’s economy at the beginning of the 1990’s. It was so unspeakably bad a time that I still inwardly shudder upon thinking about it.

A few anecdotes should suffice. I had bought a condominium in the summer of 1988, and two years later it was worth less than half – actually, more like a third – of what I had paid for it. Having a fairly high interest rate on my mortgage certainly didn’t make things any better. Coming up with each month’s payment was a tremendous struggle.

In late 1990, having been jobless for months and with my savings almost depleted, I spotted an advertisement in the local paper’s (extremely thin) help wanted section seeking two or three people for work at a lawn-and-garden products warehouse. The ad made it clear that the work was very physically demanding and paid the minimum wage. When I drove to the warehouse a couple hours later to apply, it was absolutely mobbed with desperate applicants. I would guess that the number was at least 250 to 300. In the half-hour or so it took for me to fill out the application at least another 200 people arrived. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job.

Things were just as bad a couple months later when I applied for a part time, temporary job, yet another minimum-wage gig, at a mail order company. This company was in such a strong market position, what with the huge influx of applicants, that it was demanding everyone take a long, pointless “personality profile” test just to be considered for the job. I didn’t get it either.

And this isn’t to mention all the things that didn’t affect me directly, for example well-known local stores and restaurants and other companies closing after decades in business, rampant bank failures, vacant buildings everywhere, and so on.

My life is very different and much better today, but I really don’t think I’ll ever get over what I experienced back in that horrible time.

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Yeah, where I live it is usually super easy to find a job. Right now though, it is near impossible. I have about 5 Brazilian friends who came out here, and now have to go back to Brazil because they can’t find a job out here. I live in one of the richest counties in the country too.

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The Fed has EVERYTHING to do with this. Greenspan was for years lauded as the maestro who had done away with the business cycle. This is the penultimate capitalist fantasy, perpetual increasing growth without limit. Unfortunately this violates economic laws like perpetual motion machines violate the laws of entropy. There will always be business cycles. Greenspan merely put off the final reckoning by keeping interest rates artificially low and expanding the money supply. The cheap credit allowed for easy spending of the money we didn’t have, collateralized by asset values increased by the hidden inflation. Deregulation also allowed the hiding and shifting of risk, further increasing the paper values of assets such as houses. While we all share some of the blame, I place the lion’s share directly on Greenspan’s shoulders. I write on the decline of America here: http://alphadominance.com/?p=66
and if you want a great synopsis of how we got here, watch “The Ascent of Money” that recently aired on PBS, available online.

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To B-Rad, you clearly have never been to Puerto Viejo or Cahuita beach, two gems on the eastern coast of Costa Rica.

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Its the same story in europe.

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Just like Peter said, compare to the recession that happened in the 70s,80s, and 90s, what happening right now it’s not that bad but it’s not good either! We’ll be alright! It’s just right now we’re like in the “eye of the storm”…on second thought make it “an eye of an hurricane.” Like the hurricane that passed thru here in Houston back in September.

All i can say is take a shelter and hold on! Hopefully the worst will pass! We’ll survived this one. We have to!

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The problem with today versus what was the last really rough time, post 9-11 in NYC is that there is no clear sight to things improving. As many indicators are showing problems ahead, the confidence factor is producing an added impact. In our region, there was a forecast that home prices would not stabilize for several quarters ahead at a minimum into 2010.

27 – I did the best I could to stop the shrill cold one and gambled on the Chicago Way. Yesterday’s hearings were hilarious with our future Secretary of State even refusing to reply to the suggestion there be no further “collections” made to the Clintons from Middle East and other countries.

Well at least they don’t have to mail the money. All these countries can just have pickup service for the next HALF A BILLION dollars to the Clintons.

Do I need to listen to a radio to see that’s a problem? Which newspaper revealed the six interventions on behalf of “donors” by a certain would be Secretary of State? Did I read that on the radio?

Yeah, this country is fucked alright.

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http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/13/news/economy/executive.jobs.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2009011509

“(Fortune) — Friends, let’s not sugarcoat it: This is an exceptionally lousy time to be looking for a job. We’ve all heard by now (repeatedly) that about 2 million of them vanished in 2008, more than 250,000 in the financial sector alone, and that hiring at most companies has slowed to a crawl or stopped altogether.

But don’t give up. If you happen to belong to the broad category of employees the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies as “management, business, and financial occupations” – a group that includes white-collar folk whose titles range from office manager to CEO – there may well be a job opening out there somewhere with your name on it.

That’s partly because grim reports about mounting unemployment usually neglect to mention that job losses don’t fall equally across all categories of workers. The overall unemployment rate, now at 7.2%, includes people of all ages and occupations. But joblessness tends to be more widespread among very young workers, no matter what the economy is doing, points out Karen Kosanovich, an economist at the BLS. If you look only at Americans aged 25 or older, the rate is 6%. Narrow it to only people with four-year college degrees, and the unemployment rate is 3.3%. That’s much higher than it was in 2006 and 2007, when unemployment among college grads hovered around 2%, but it’s still far below the 7.2% national average.

(Conversely, unemployment rates among construction workers and factory employees are much higher than average, at 13% and 10% respectively.)”

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(Conversely, unemployment rates among construction workers and factory employees are much higher than average, at 13% and 10% respectively.)”

si se puede!

(who do you think is gutting the wages and job prospects of those blue collar workers? Swiss illegals?)

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This country IS fucked in a way – I mean it voted W. Bush in AGAIN in 2004 – after they knew we were tricked into Iraq and that he stole the election in 2000 and after 4 years of clear misinformation and cageyness.

It gives me no pleasure to see they extent of horrible problems we face because of the cheating, lying bastards who cheated their way into office , lied the whole time about f***ing EVERYTHING, and then shot their “friend” in the the face while drunk.

They were the enemies of the state and the Americans that sat around ignoring everything and voting for them are now whining their asses off.

And it’s not like the W. Bush voters will shut up with the whining about the economy when they were key players in making the problem bigger by voting the problem in again. They are the biggest group of hippocrates out there – clowns without knowledge – in charge of the country. No wonder we’re fucked. . Let’s see some elbows thrown in the faces of the Party That Ruined America – the GOP.

Yeah and like Obama will fix it instantly? Don’t delude yourselves. It took home prices 7 years to recover after the first Reagan / Bush S&L Crisis. See the pattern? Scandal make huge mountains of capital for Republican insiders / who also manipulate the tax code so they don’t pay taxes of the capital – the rest of the country applies for bartending jobs and digs in for a 7 year rebound.

Good post Roosh

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Roosh, you are hillarious. Did it not occur for a minute that we are about to have an administration change over? That a new congress and senate session has begun, and that many staffers need to now find jobs? If people want to stay in DC, I bet they would look for short term work (e.g. in bars, etc) while looking for another position in their field. Surely the change will not account for all resumes, but in a manner of speaking, a huge factory did close down, and a new one is opening on Jan 20, which won’t employ the same workers…

Also, have to love the jump from 15 job applications to “this country is fucked”…and UVA is a public school, moron.

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yeah i work on a popular florida beach and a friend who works at the Shereton Hotel here says they get 30-40 apps a day for all kinda of positions.yeah if that isnt proof we are in a reccesion i dont know what is.

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Yeah I know a girlfiend Who is 25 and she is stripping and sleeping with her clients now for money.she is taking home 1000.on some nights.of course she is propably fucking 3 guys a days to do that but its another way to beat the reccesion.huh?

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@45

Maybe this country will become like 3rd world nation where everyone is hustling, scrambling for the few legit jobs and half the women are working as prostitutes on the side.

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Damn talk about a lot of comments.

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Awesome. Does this mean we can look forward to another flotilla of wikipedia-based economics screeds?

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none of those tax breaks will make gas more affordable, student loans tolerable, or keep homes from foreclosing like Obama said. No matter who won, those of us not at the top of the pyramid are going to get fucked while PAYING FOR MORE TAXES to aid large companies and overpaid executives and banks who aren’t extending credit any more than before the bailout.
– “if you gave the federal gov’t control of the sahara desert, they’d be running low on sand in five years.”