I was just thinking the other day that America is really changing. I never thought I would see the day when so many people would be on food stamps, and so much crime would be in our schools.
I am not saying that America was ever perfect, I am just saying that a lot of things have changed over the past few years, and not all for the better.
The unemployment rate for example is on the borderline of ridiculous. And it’s no wonder that people these days can’t find jobs, given the fact that it’s almost next to impossible to talk face to face with a hiring manager. On that note, I never thought I would see the day when over 90% of job openings have to be applied for online. There was a time when you could walk into a company, fill out an application and speak with someone from human resources. Even if the company was not hiring at the time, an applicant got a chance to make contact and show visually how much they wanted the job. I know several people who got jobs because they made a good impression on the HR manager as a ‘walk-in’ applicant. Now everything is so impersonal when it comes to looking for a job. Instead of making human contact, people who apply for jobs today have been reduced to nothing but a number. When you fill out an application online I wonder where it really goes? I personally think that this is just a way for recruiters to collect names and personal information, so they can sell it a marketing firm for money.
Then there is all the issues with the new healthcare system. Of course you knew I was going to have to touch on this subject. What surprises me even more than the hiring process today, is what is a person today has to go through to get insurance. I am sure that I am not the only one who feels this way. All the information about the new healthcare exchange is so confusing, that I have not even bothered to visit the website.
I also thought that I would never see the day when college students in this country would almost be pushed to the brink of bankruptcy because of student loans. I remember a time when there were financial assistance plans available for high school students who wanted to go college. This is how most people were able to go to college when I was in high school. Now parents today almost have to mortgage off their house and sell blood in order to send their child college.
All I can say is that America sure has changed, and in most cases not for the better.