Permanent unemployment is rising, in part due to the relatively high funding being given to unemployment and the various social safety net programs. Part-time employment becomes the norm as hours are cut to avoid the costly requirements of Obamacare on small employers.
It becomes ever more difficult to find a low-skill job that will pay more than the various government programs.
Some find this encouraging. As one TV network rejoiced, "Despite what Americans are being told, the CBO did not find that the health care reform law would cost the nation over two million jobs. What it actually said is that the law will empower more than two million Americans to leave the workforce if they want to, no longer feeling forced to stay at a job in order to have benefits for them and their family." But that calculation was done in hours worked, and really means that more like eight million people will have their hours cut. Do they feel empowered?
Fewer workers or lower pay means less tax revenue to spend on the unemployed. If the country is flooded with government-printed money, and nothing more is produced, the money is worth less; prices will rise. They are already rising. This is a death spiral for the currency. What can a person do to handle the failure of government to keep the free money coming? How can you use the current benefits to create something lasting?
Our first need is food. Everyone who has free time in this economic decline should be using that time to prepare for a garden this year. Get some hand tools and start digging. Ask friends about it. Check the library or Internet. Buy some seeds. If you have no recent experience in gardening, this is the time you should start. There is no reason to expect economic improvement when government policies are going to continue as they have in the recent past. While you are weeding the garden, start to learn about canning your own food. At least half of the year, your garden will not be producing food. You must save some of it.
No government has ever been capable of caring for all of its people. Government makes omelets for itself, and its people are the eggs that get broken.