Since Obama signed the stimulus bill in February, the economy has shed more than 2 million jobs.
Unemployment now stands at 9.5 percent, the highest in more than a quarter century. -- source
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patience of job
“I see you’ve got a new sign. You’re offering to do odd jobs now. Why didn’t you have the same message on your old sign?
“You know how many jobs I’ve been stiffed on? I’ll do a job like raking leaves or cleaning up someone’s alleyway and he swears he’s paying minimum wage or something. Then afterwards, the guy says he doesn’t have the cash and writes me a cheque. I’ve seen some rubber cheques do their bouncing, believe me. What am I going to do, beat ‘em up?
“Anyway, now I learned to get half my money up front. Well some folks don’t like me being uppity like that and they go look for someone else. Of course, then their job doesn’t get done right so now they’re asking me again, and no problem with cash upfront this time. Well, the way I see it, they had their chance and they didn’t want me then. So they can do their own job, as far as I’m concerned.”
“So why are you offering to do odd jobs again?”
“I’m just fed up the way things are so I figured I’d try again.”
-- via Homeless Man Speaks