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Two more layoffs at my job today. So here's your MONDAY POLL, SUPER-DEPRESSION EDITION!

Poll #1346356 I'm goin' where there's SO depression

Have you lost your job in the last three months?

Yes
14(14.9%)
No
80(85.1%)

How many people, other than yourself, do you personally know who have lost their jobs in the last three months?

none
16(17.0%)
1-3
47(50.0%)
4-6
20(21.3%)
7-9
5(5.3%)
10+
6(6.4%)

Have there been job cuts at your place of employment, even if you have not lost your job?

Yes
37(39.4%)
No
35(37.2%)
This question does not apply to me
22(23.4%)

If you are self-employed or a freelancer, have you lost any regular clients due to the economic downturn?

Yes
15(32.6%)
No
31(67.4%)

Prior to the current economic downturn, what is the worst period you can recall for the U.S. economy?

The post-9/11 crash
12(13.2%)
The dot-boom crash of the late 1990s
15(16.5%)
The recession of the early 1990s
23(25.3%)
The union-busting crash of the early 1980s
19(20.9%)
The 'stagflation'/'malaise' of the mid-1970s
7(7.7%)
The unemployment crisis of the early 1960s
0(0.0%)
The recession of 1957
0(0.0%)
The post-Korean War monetary crisis
0(0.0%)
The Great Depression
6(6.6%)
other (see Comments)/I am not an American
9(9.9%)

What's your favorite thing about the current economic crisis?

How the neo-conservatives are saying that George W. Bush did a great job of getting us out of the post-9/11 crash by huge tax cuts just prior to a disastrous war
4(4.4%)
How industrial and financial profiteers basically manufactured the whole crisis according to the Naomi Klein playbook
4(4.4%)
How paleo-conservatives continue to pretend that, all economic history and evidence to the contrary, we can get out of a major recession by way of tax cuts
21(23.1%)
How ‘centrist’ has become a code word for ‘trying to please everybody by doing things that are totally ineffectual’
3(3.3%)
How Obama basically fucked up this whole thing after the fact by trying to appeal to these bogus, fake-ass ‘centrists’
7(7.7%)
How right-wingers are (falsely) claiming that the bailout will cost more than Iraq and Afghanistan combined, but failing to mention that their proposed tax cuts actually will cost more than triple the costs of those wars
3(3.3%)
How ‘pork’ has come to mean ‘anything the government might actually do to help people’
24(26.4%)
How there’s still a huge emphasis on tax cuts, which aren’t going to help people who don’t have jobs at all
10(11.0%)
That happy little smile on Grover Norquist's face lately
1(1.1%)
How none of the opponents of the recovery program seem capable of remembering the letters “F”, “D” or “R”
14(15.4%)

If you have not been laid off, and your company has not seen any layoffs, what industry are you in?

Comments

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doraphilia
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
the "What's your favorite thing about the current economic crisis?" question should be ticky boxes because boy, do I love so many of those things!
archaica
Feb. 9th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
lester22
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
1. I lost my job more than three months ago; you might want to include that option in your first question.

2. I can't believe the retarded "socialist" rhetoric being vomited out by opponents of the recovery. At a Super Bowl party I was chatting with a former Army Ranger who had been stationed at Gitmo, and all he could do was crack wise about how we were headed for socialism and communism (using those terms interchangeably). If he hadn't been 6'5" and outweighed me by about 100 pounds of muscle, I would have said, "Excuse me, do you even know what socialism is? Did you ever read about the Great Depression? Are you familiar with the New Deal or FDR?"

MADDENING.
rxgreene
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
We sure seem to have the whole gulag thing down...
roninspoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
I keep seeing some of these ass hats say things like "And $100 million to improve sewer infrastructure in Georgia!? Tax payers are tired of this big government spending!" And all I can think is, "Really?" One guy got all incredulous about a large sum of money for honey bee insurance, and I asked my TV if that dude knew how bad the honey bee thing really was and what the potential impact would be to our agribusiness.
hipsterdetritus
Feb. 9th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Haha, I answered the question as though it were completely theoretical and I had to think of one of the few industries that might actually see some sort of stability over the next year. I do not actually work in or have any affiliation with the cat macro industry, which can has the middle finger is not compatible with my current skill set.
drownedinink
Feb. 9th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I've been out of work for more than six months! I'm a trend-sitter!
yesaffirmative
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't lost any regular freelancing clients, but I did have two sold stories go down the shitter in December. For one, the magazine completely restructured, stopped using freelancers and killed all stories that were due in 2009. For the second, the issue I was writing for didn't sell enough ads to leave room for my piece.

I got paid for the second in full. Got paid nada for the first (which is OK, because I hadn't spent any time on it yet, but still).

My sales figures are still normal for Jan. and Feb. So far, so good. But it's freaking me out the way on-staff editors seem to be dropping like flies. I've had no fewer than four articles since October where the editor I was working with suddenly left the magazine. No reasons given in the official change-of-pertinent-editor emails, but I can smell layoffs when the stench hits me.
uvula_fr_b4
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I agree with a previous commenter: if you broaden the scope of the "Have you or has anyone you are personally acquainted with lost their job in the last three months?" question to, oh, say, the last year, or even the last six or nine months, then I'm sure you'd have a lot more people ringing in with "THAT'S A BIG TEN-FOUR, LIL' BUDDY!"

A buddy used to work at what was apparently the biggest injection molding auto parts supplier in Canada: they filed for bankruptcy thanks to the credit markets seizing up, assuring their staff that there were no layoffs in the immediate future; two days later everybody had to clean out their offices on the double. Took him a couple of months to find another job in the industry, and he had to take a substantial pay cut; on top of which, two weeks ago his new employer hit everybody with a moratorium on raises for the indefinite future and a 20% pay reduction.

Another buddy works at a major American auto parts supplier, which tried the 4-day work-week thing for a month before switching back to 40 hrs/wk, but with a 20% cut in pay.

Me? I work at a mortgage bank, so of course my job is secure! Right? RIGHT?!?

*mutters* Man, those blasted kids better not have drank all my Strychnine Soda again....
everbloom
Feb. 10th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
I work at an Insurance assessors. Heard something about some fires in Australia recently? We're hiring. Bit of a stressful job calling people who's houses have burnt down though. I am supposed to be a typist, but when disaster strikes we become call centre workers :(
thehighhat
Feb. 10th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I just realized that according to the Republican talking points du jour, all of the government jobs listed above aren't real jobs because the government can't create jobs. Therefore many more of us are unemployed than we realized.
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