A. The plunder of the American people (1)
Massive US unemployment…
Let us begin by discussing one vitally important reality of American life – mass unemployment and mass under-employment — to demonstrate the concerted misrepresentation of life in the US. Unemployment alledgedly is so “low” in the US – officially under 5% — that bourgeois economists and Russian pro-US lackeys enthuse about “nearly full employment.”
This egregious lie flies in the face of this outrageous fact: “93 Million Americans Remain Out Of The Labor Force” (ZeroHedge, June 5, 2016). Thus, these tens of millions of unemployed working-age Americans are not even counted in the unemployment “statistics”!!
“The number of Americans 16 years and older who did not participate in the labor force — meaning they neither had a job nor actively sought one in the last four weeks—rose from 92,898,000 in February (2015) to 93,175,000 in March, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics… In March , the civilian noninstitutional population was 250,080,000 according to BLS. Of that 250,080,000, 156,906,000 — or 62.7 percent — participated in the labor force, meaning they either had a job or had actively sought one in the last four weeks (CNSNews.com, Apr 3, 2015).
Exclusions from the work force…
“The civilian noninstitutional population refers to people 16 years of age and older residing in the 50 States and the District of Columbia who are not inmates of institutions (penal, mental facilities, homes for the aged), and who are not on active duty in the Armed Forces” (“Civilian noninstitutional population,” Wikipedia). These people are NOT included in official US statistics for the number of working-age Americans.
Apologists for US imperialism aver that it is also necessary to exclude the US student population from these statistics. According to Politifact (July 13, 2013), the estimated number of American high school students 16 or above are about 9 million and the number of college and university students are about 21 million. However, “80% of students work at least part-time” (MarketWatch, Aug. 8, 2013). Thus, the number of non-working students is only about 6 million; 24 million students canNOT legitimately be subtracted from the out-of-work population. They are working. And in the US, part-time workers are always counted as “employed.”
Most students have to work, as the cost of tuition is so high (see later). Millions of American students still end up with huge college debt bills, as we shall show.
Taken all together, approximately 87 million adult, working-age Americans (excluding institutionalized persons and non-working students) have NO WORK. Thus, 87 million out of 250 million adult civilians – roughly 35% !! — have no work. True, some of these people do not want to work – some of the billionaires and millionaires living off their thievery, mothers of new-born infants and some others, but the great majority of the 87 or so million out-of-work Americans desperately want a job. As we shall show (and as is effectively hidden in Russia!), (1) the cost-of-living is so high in the US that people NEED to work and (2) there are virtually no other sources of sufficient legitimate income.
Note that in the US if an individual works ONLY ONE HOUR A WEEK, that person is officially considered employed! “Employed person: US term for an individual 16 years old or older who, in a given week, (a) works minimum one hour for an emolument or minimum 15 hours of unpaid work in a family business» (businessdictionary.com). In fact, in a few cases one can not get paid and still be “employed”!
“According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of the total U.S. adult population that has a full-time job has been hovering around 48% since 2010” (EconomicCollapseBlog, Sept 22, 2016). “In line with the definition of the BLS, part-time workers are persons who usually work less than 35 hours per week. In November 2016, about 28.42 million people were employed on a part-time basis.” (The Statistics Portal)
“Experts call part-time jobs «hidden unemployment» because these people are capable of working more hours than they can get… Many part-timers are paid less per hour than full-time workers with the same responsibility and job. They’re more likely to lose their jobs than full-time workers and they often have no health benefits or paid time off…” (CNN Money, April 25, 2016).
“America is shifting from a traditional work force, one where the majority of new employment is retained on a full-time basis, to a «gig» economy, where workers are severely disenfranchised, and enjoy far less employment leverage, job stability and perks… The proportion of Americans workers engaged in “alternative work” soared during the Obama era, from 10.7% in 2005 to 15.8% in 2015. Alternative, or «gig» work is… generally unsteady, without a fixed paycheck and with virtually no benefits» (“94% Of All New Jobs Under Obama Were Part-Time» — ZeroHedge, Dec. 25, 2016).
“The persistence of such large numbers of involuntary part-time workers is an indicator of underlying weaknesses in the U.S. labor market, experts say. Involuntary part-time workers are twice as likely as voluntary part-time workers to be forced to work on weekends and holidays, and to be given unfavorable work schedules and job assignments” (“ As jobs growth sinks in March, millions of Americans are desperate to work full-time» MarketWatch, Apr 7, 2017).
In my article «America the Beautiful! Америка — прекрасная! — и ее поклонники», I noted: «Если ты упорно искал работу, но перестал искать из-за безысходности ситуации (работы просто нет!) ты стал «обескураженным» («discouraged worker”) — или, согласно правилам Министерства труда США «минимально подкреплён к занятому населению» («marginally attached to the workforce”), но, официально, никак не «безработным»! Много-миллионы отчаянных попадают в эту категорию. Если ты работаешь всего лишь один час в неделе, ты — официально работающий (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Бюро статистики труда США). Вот так Правительство США борется с безработицей».
Even by including all part-time employees as “employed” (although that person may work no more than just one hour per week!), real unemployment in the United States of America is at least 30%.
This is a terrible tragedy for tens of millions of Americans.
All this is effectively hidden from the Russian people…
Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» — http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com
Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.
ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — мне фактически запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США