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To: Mephisto who wrote (5996)2/11/2003 5:46:51 PM
From: Mephisto
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Young, Jobless, Hopeless

"The Bush administration, committed to a war with Iraq
and obsessed with tax cuts for the wealthy, has no interest in these youngsters.
And very few others in a position to help are willing to go to bat for them. "

The New York Times

February 6, 2003


CHICAGO - You see them in many parts of the city, hanging out on
frigid street corners, skylarking at the malls or bowling alleys, hustling for
money wherever they can, drifting in some cases into the devastating clutches
of drug-selling, gang membership, prostitution and worse.

In Chicago there are nearly 100,000 young people, ages
16 to 24, who are out of work, out of school and all but out of hope. In New York City there
are more than 200,000. Nationwide, according to a new study
by a team from Northeastern University in Boston, the figure is a staggering 5.5
million and growing.

This army of undereducated, jobless young people, disconnected in most
instances from society's mainstream, is restless and unhappy, and poses a
severe long-term threat to the nation's well-being on many fronts.

Audrey Roberts, a 17-year-old who just recently landed a job at
a fast-food restaurant on Chicago's West Side, talked to me about some of the
experiences she and her out-of-work friends have had to endure.

"The stuff you hear about on the news," she said, "that's our everyday life.
I've seen girls get raped, beaten up. I saw a boy get his head blown away.
That happened right in front of me. I said, 'Oh my God!' I just stood there."

The shooting was over a dice game that was being played one afternoon
by boys who had nothing better to do with their time, she said.

It's an article of faith among politicians and members of the media
that the recession we continue to experience is a mild one. But it has hit broad
sections of the nation's young people with a ferocity that has left many of them stunned.

"I don't think I can take it much longer," said Angjell Brackins, a 19-year-old
South Side resident. "I get up in the morning. I take a bath. I put on
my clothes. I go outside."

She has tried for months to find a job, she said, filling out application
after application, to no avail. "I'll do any kind of work if they'll just hire me. It
doesn't matter, as long as it's a job."

The report from Northeastern, titled "Left Behind in the Labor Market,"
found that joblessness among out-of-school youths between 16 and 24 had
surged by 12 percent since the year 2000. Washington's mindless
response to this burgeoning crisis has been to slash - and in some cases
eliminate - the few struggling programs aimed at bolstering youth
employment and training.

Education and career decisions made during the late teens
and early 20's are crucial to the lifetime employment and earnings prospects of an
individual. Those who do not do well during this period seldom catch up
to the rest of the population.

"Our ability to generate family stability and safe communities
is strongly influenced by this," said Dr. Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor
Market Studies at Northeastern and the lead author of the study.

When you have 5 1/2 million young people wandering around
without diplomas, without jobs and without prospects, you might as well hand them
T-shirts to wear that say "We're Trouble."

Without help, they will not become part of a skilled work force.
And they will become a drain on the nation's resources. One way
or another, the rest of us will end up supporting them.

"It's just heartbreaking," said Jack Wuest, who runs the Alternative
Schools Network in Chicago, which commissioned the study. "These kids need
a fair shake and they're not getting it."

The Bush administration, committed to a war with Iraq and obsessed
with tax cuts for the wealthy, has no interest in these youngsters. And very
few others in a position to help are willing to go to bat for them.

In a long series of conversations with young unemployed and undereducated
Chicagoans, I did not hear much of anything in the way of aspirations.
Whether boys or girls, men or women, those who were interviewed seemed
for the most part already defeated. They did not talk about finding the
perfect job. They did not talk about being in love and eventually marrying
and raising a family. They did not express a desire to someday own their
own home.

There was, to tell the truth, a remarkable absence of positive comments
and emotions of any kind. There was a widespread sense of frustration,
and some anger. But mostly there was just sadness.
Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company


To the Editor:

Bob Herbert is right in "Young, Jobless, Hopeless" (column, Feb. 6). The Bush administration,
while choosing to hide behind the veil of war, has
failed to grasp the seriousness of the unjust war it is waging against its own citizens.

The decision to eliminate certain work force programs for youth may mean
that these young people pose a far greater threat than any external

If as a country we are going to grow, our young people must have hope
and a drive for the future. Right now those seem to be withering away.

Washington, Feb. 6, 2003

To the Editor:

Perhaps "Young, Jobless, Hopeless," by Bob Herbert (column, Feb. 6), is
the material that should be presented to the United Nations on an
emergency basis. He describes a scenario that has the potential
to destroy not only our society, but also that of almost every civilized country.

Mr. Herbert writes of teenagers and young adults who have nothing to do.
They lack the skills to get themselves involved in occupations that will
make them contributing citizens.

The situation is growing, and no one is doing anything about it.

Cumming, Ga., Feb. 6, 2003

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To: TigerPaw who wrote (6013)2/11/2003 5:53:33 PM
From: Mephisto
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Graduated payments

July 2002

There are ways to get out from under those big college loans.

Most new college graduates brought home a lot more than a
diploma and worn textbooks this spring. They were shouldering a
big load of debt--on average about $17,000 in federally
guaranteed education loans, according to a recent study by the
State Public Interest Research Groups' (PIRGs) Higher Education
Project. That's double the debt level that students carried eight
years ago and doesn't include other types of loans.
What's more,
41 percent of graduating seniors also carry an average credit-card
balance of more than $3,000.

Such daunting debts were not quite so worrisome during the
dot-com boom a few years back, when grads easily found jobs with generous starting salaries.

This year's class, however, is graduating into one of the worst job markets in a decade.
A survey conducted by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI)
at Michigan State University projects that hiring for new graduates this year
will be 13 percent lower than in 2001.

And, there might not be much improvement before year-end. As a result,
the six-month grace period allowed to most borrowers before they must
start repaying federal loans could expire
before new grads have found a job.

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To: Patricia Trinchero who wrote (6060)2/11/2003 6:03:10 PM
From: Mephisto
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Bush-Linked Company Handled Security for the WTC, Dulles and United

" Marvin P. Bush, the president's youngest brother,
was a director at Stratesec from 1993 to fiscal year 2000. But the White House
has not publicly disclosed Bush connections in any of its responses to 9/11,
nor has it mentioned that another Bush-linked business had done security
work for the facilities attacked."

Above exerpt from article by: by Margie Burns
Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 by the Prince George's Journal (Maryland)

SI Reference: Message 18542992


George W. Bush brought to the White House the worst excesses of business: greed and
corruption. I had not heard about Marvin Bush's connection either, but I am not surprised
at anything that the Bush family would do if it would increase their personal wealth and power.


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To: Patricia Trinchero who wrote (6060)2/12/2003 12:09:58 AM
From: Mephisto
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Pat, in the article about Marvin Bush and the world trade center there is
a reference to Saudi Princess Al-Faisal:

"where Saudi Princess
Al-Faisal had her ``Saudi money trail" bank account, has
as one of its executives Jonathan Bush, an uncle of the president. "

I believe there was a story about the paper money trail. I wish I had the details.

Hope you are well.

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To: Karen Lawrence who wrote (6045)2/12/2003 12:24:39 AM
From: Mephisto
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Bush hides the unemployment problem. I was stunned when I read Bob Herbert's
editorial in today's New York Times . Here is an excerpt:

"Huge, unexplained traffic jams began building up on the North Side of Chicago
last Tuesday morning. Drivers struggled for half an hour or more
to travel just four blocks. The police had to close entrance and exit
ramps at a couple of spots along Lake Shore Drive. Baffled officers raised
their arms in frustration as motorists demanded to know what was going on.

The traffic crush was caused by people desperate for jobs. Rumors that job
applications for a Ford assembly plant would be accepted at a community
college had swept through several of the city's neighborhoods.
Chicagoans by the thousands responded, turning out in bitterly cold weather for a
shot at gainful employment.

The first arrivals showed up well before dawn. By 7 a.m.
more than 2,000 people had lined up outside Truman College,
and the hopefuls kept coming throughout the morning. They shivered,
and tears from the cold ran down some of their faces.
It was like a scene out of the Depression.

The rumors were false. No job applications were being accepted.

City officials said an "orientation" session was being held at the college to identify
candidates who might be qualified for relatively low-paying jobs
that might materialize in the distant future - next year, maybe - at a supplier of
parts for Ford.

This is what the jobs picture is like in the U.S. in 2003. And no one
thinks it will get much better soon.

A front-page headline in The New York Times last Thursday said,
"Hiring in Nation Hits Worst Slump in Nearly 20 Years."
Two million jobs have vanished in the last two years"

Article: A Crush of Applicants
Source: The New York Times
Date: February 10, 2003
Copyright 2003 The New York Times

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To: Mephisto who wrote (6078)2/12/2003 12:44:45 AM
From: Karen Lawrence
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Things are terrible. Folks are losing everything, having to pay taxes on severance pay that is long gone having no unemployment to fall back on. Heck, may as well sign up to fight in Iraq because this depression isn't going to get better any time soon with Bush at the helm as the ship sinks into the murky mire.

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To: Karen Lawrence who wrote (6079)2/12/2003 1:29:03 AM
From: Mephisto
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"Folks are losing everything..."

Karen, I've heard about executives who have to pay thousands or even hundreds of thousand to the
IRS for worthless stock options, but I'm still shocked at Bob Herbert's editorial. I wasn't aware
that people were losing everything in a very short period of time.

The only thing Bush can talk about is Iraq. Last week or the week b4 he went to Ann Arbor to talk
make a speech. I believe he was suppose to talk about Medicare. You know what he talked about?
Iraq. It is always Iraq.

Laura Bush wants to entertain herself with private poetry readings. It's a pity Laura Bush cannot look
at her husband's mental state. If she would look seriously at his obsession with Iraq, she might
ask a distinguished group of psychiatrists to evaluate her husband's mental stability.

Just like everyone else, the President of the United States could suffer from serious psychological
problems. I believe George W. Bush should be evaluated by a team of psychiatrists.


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To: Mephisto who wrote (6080)2/12/2003 1:34:07 AM
From: Karen Lawrence
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It's not only GW who's off, but his entire coalition of advisors are whacked. I'm disappointed that Powell has turned out to be so dishonest. He at least seemed credible. No more.

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To: Karen Lawrence who wrote (6081)2/12/2003 1:35:27 AM
From: Mephisto
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Is Powell's son still the head of the FCC? I am not sure. We should look it up. Maybe,
he wants a promotion for his son.

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To: Mephisto who wrote (6080)2/12/2003 1:36:20 AM
From: Mephisto
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When you can't afford to eat
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