Surviving Joblessness | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Surviving Joblessness


Ken Stiggers

Brother Hustle: "Welcome to the Compensatory Investment Request Support Group's first meeting of 2014. I started this support group two years ago when the unemployment rate was extremely high, especially for ethnic minorities and seniors. Although the unemployment rate has lowered a bit, individuals who remain jobless continue to be plagued with uncertainty, fear, stress and doubt.

"With support from the Ghetto Science Team's Save the Jobless, Broke and Frustrated Financial Safety Net Program, the Compensatory Investment Request Support Group will execute a series of self-help sessions for recently laid off workers and the long-term unemployed.

"One of the self-help sessions will address the mental-health care needs of the unemployed. Psychologist Judy McBride will moderate this session and help maintain the sanity of jobless individuals who are close to the edge trying not to lose their heads.

"Pookie Peterz, economist and financial adviser, will have a session titled 'When the Bill Collector Rings My Phone Every and All Day.' Pookie will provide helpful debt management and negotiation techniques for long-term jobless individuals.

"A spiritual outlook is very helpful in these scarce and scary times. So I asked Sister Encouragement from the Rev. Cletus Car Sales Broadcast to encourage the people with a self-help session titled 'Lord, Help Me to Hold Out Until My Change Has Come Prayer Vigil.'

"It's time to start this new year off right with a positive outlook and the will to survive, courtesy of the Compensatory Investment Request Support Group."

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Turtleread 6 years, 2 months ago

LOL. Love it. I have been following the reports on Chris Hayes show on MSNBC for the last several days concerning the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. That war reduced poverty in America significantly; however, money for the programs began to be diverted to the Vietnam War, so it was a short war. The joke back then was that if we made every unemployed person a Poverty Director at a Federal salary of $60,000 a year, which is what they were getting, then we would have no poverty. I noticed that they have discussed setting up a Sovereign Wealth Fund for the US and sending every US citizen a monthly check. This is what I have proposed many years ago. $20,000 per citizen per year from this fund tax-free would go a long way toward resolving unemployment, education, and some other issues. Then, you could do away with unemployment insurance and certain other support programs.


satiriststiggers 6 years, 2 months ago

Greetings Turtleread.

I just read your comment. And I agree with your idea.

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