Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Day in the Life of an Unemployed American

Meet Josh. Josh was laid off more than a year ago from his high tech job in San Jose, CA where he earned a six figure salary and was forced to train his overseas replacement. Josh has a degree from MIT.

This is a typical day for unemployed Josh:
  • 6:00 am: Josh's alarm clock (made in Taiwan) wakes him to the latest news on the economy.
  • 6:15 am: Josh turns on his coffee pot (made in China) and starts brewing his ritual morning cup of coffee (imported from Columbia).
  • 6:20 am: Josh gets a quick shave from his electric razor (made in Hong Kong).
  • 6:25 am: Josh puts on his dress shirt (made in Thailand), his suit (made in Peru), and his dress shoes (made in Korea).
  • 6:35 am: While sipping his cup of java, Josh plugs in his electric skillet (made in China) and begins cooking his breakfast.
  • 6:45 am: During breakfast Josh uses his calculator (made in India) to calculate just how much money he can afford to spend today.
  • 6:50 am: Josh scans the help wanted section for any jobs he can apply for today and makes a list.
  • 7:05 am: Josh checks his watch (made in Taiwan) and sees he's running behind schedule.
  • 7:07 am: Josh jumps in his car (made in Japan) and heads to the gas station to fill up his car.
  • 7:15 am: Josh fills his car with regular unleaded gasoline (imported from Saudi Arabia) and continues on to his first possible job opportunity for the day.
  • 12:00 am: Josh takes a break from his day of job hunting to get some lunch at McDonald's where his order of Chicken McNuggets (made by illegal immigrants from Mexico) is taken through the drive-thru (from a call center in India) and served to him by an employee (illegal immigrant from Mexico).
  • 5:35 pm: Josh returns home after a fruitless day hunting for a good paying job.
  • 5:40 pm: Josh turns on his computer (made in Malaysia) to see if anyone has responded to his resume on Monster.com (coded in India). No responses again.
  • 5:45 pm: Josh changes out of his dress clothes and into a pair of jeans (made in Singapore), a t-shirt (made in the Philippines), and sandals (made in Brazil) to relax.
  • 6:00 pm: Josh pours himself a glass of wine (imported from France) and parks himself on his couch (made in China) and turns on his TV (made in Indonesia) to catch the nightly news to get an update on the state of the economy.
  • 6:30 pm: Josh lets a single tear roll down his face while he wonders why he can't find a good paying job in America.
The events depicted in this post are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental.

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