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Americans Are Literally Being Worked To Death

Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/09/24 16:22:36

Americans Are Literally Being Worked To Death














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Michael Snyder

The Economic Collapse

Sept 24, 2012


Are you constantly tired and do you feel incredibly stressed almost
all the time? Well, that means that there is a really good chance that
you are a typical American worker. Even though our incomes are going down, Americans are spending more time at work than ever before.


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In fact, U.S. workers spend more time at work
than anyone else in the world. But it was not always this way. Back
in 1970, the average work week for an American worker was about 35 hours. Today, it is up to 46 hours.
But there are other major economies around the globe that are doing
just fine without burning their workers out. For example, the average
American worker spends 378
more hours working per year than the average German worker does.
Sadly, for many Americans work is not even finished once they leave the
office. According to one recent survey,
the average American worker spends an extra seven hours per week on
work tasks such as checking emails and answering phone calls after
normal work hours have finished. Other Americans are juggling two or
three jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Americans are
busier than ever and work is often pushing the other areas of our lives
on to the back burner. What this also means is that “family vacations”
are becoming increasingly rare in the United States. In fact, Americans
spend less days on vacation
than anyone else in the industrialized world. While some would applaud
our “work ethic”, the truth is that the fact that we are being
overworked is having some very serious consequences. In fact, as you
will see below, Americans are literally being worked to death.


The following is an excerpt from a comment that one reader posted on one of my recent articles. Can you identify with what this family is going through?….


I always try and remember to be thankful and say
prayers of gratitude for the blessings I have, however I can tell you
that my wife and I are getting more and more exhausted.


Straight forward payroll taxes nailed us for $35k last year and
the dozens of other taxes are often over-looked but also hitting us
harder and harder.


My wife works 14 hour shifts at her dialysis clinic 3 days a week
and every other weekend. On the Tuesdays and thursdays she has off she
ends up resting half the day to give her poor feet a break since a nurse
on her feet 14 straight hours of continual busyness is exhausting.


On top of that, her company has had a pay freeze for 3 years, has
dropped Holidays down to just 2 per year ( Thanksgiving and Christmas
of which she must work 1 of them), has canceled the reimbursement of her
CEU’s ( medical professionals are required to continue to take
schooling and classes for their entire career in order to renew their
licenses) –also they no longer match 401k’s and her company health plan
just bumped up $30 per week!!


I put in so many hours at times that when I get home I am too
tired to eat. I come home, change clothes/shower and go straight to
bed–this is not living. I try and keep up with my volunteer work and
rounds at our local nursing home but something is going to have to give.
My caseloads are growing and growing and people are making appts 2-3
weeks in advance. I never had a schedule so filled in advance before. I
usually have more long-term pt’s with needs of stroke, Parkinson’s,
traumatic brain injuries..but now ortho pt’s are scheduling surgeries as
to when I’ll have slots for hip replacement and knee replacement rehab
time.


I’m ground down and in the mean time everything is getting more
expensive, they keep taking more of my money I earn and we are having
all of our benefits cut or completely stopped.


All over this country, millions of hard working men and women are
slowly being worn down by jobs that are sucking the life out of them.
Working way too many hours for an extended period of time can have
dramatic consequences for your health, your family and just about every
other area of your life.


But for some Americans, there is simply no other choice. There are
millions upon millions of Americans that live on the edge of financial
disaster these days. According to one recent survey, 77 percent of all
Americans live paycheck to paycheck at least some of the time, and the middle class in the United States has been shrinking at a very steady pace in recent years.


Many Americans are not working 60 or 70 hours per week because they want to.


Many are doing it because that is what they must do just to survive.


For example, a recent article posted on Economy In Crisis
profiled a mother of four up in Michigan named Lisa Bosworth who can’t
make ends meet for her family despite working three jobs….


Bosworth remarried but her current husband, Ray, was
forced onto medical disability when a prescription medication caused
health problems. The couple, who had a fourth child together, struggle
to support their family on Lisa’s meager income.


Bosworth’s gross monthly income from working as a classroom aide
in Reeths-Puffer schools and doing two Chronicle newspaper routes is
$1,900. That amounts to $22,800 annually, nearly $5,000 below the
poverty level for a family of six.


When they run out of money near the end of each month, Lisa and
Ray Bosworth line up at one of several food trucks that visit Muskegon
each month.


Earlier this month, the couple and three of their children waited
in line at a food truck at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Norton
Shores. Lisa Bosworth had just finished her two newspaper routes and was
clearly fatigued after another 70-hour work week. “I’m tired,” she
said.


Today, there are more than 100 million
Americans on welfare, and a significant percentage of those people
actually do have jobs. In fact, some are working two or three jobs.


Working class Americans are working harder than ever, but at the same
time many of them are making less money than they once did.


This is putting an incredible amount of stress on working class families.


In fact, it appears that a lot of Americans are literally working themselves to death.


And as a recent CBS News article described, this is particularly true for poor Americans that do not have much education….


Overall life expectancy has dropped for white
Americans who have less than a high school diploma to rates similar to
those of the 1950s and 1960s, new research finds.


The study found non-Hispanic white men without a diploma lived on
average until 67.5 in 2008, three years less than they did in 1990. The
drop in lifespan was even bigger for non-Hispanic white women with low
education: They live five years shorter than 1990 rates, from 78 years
old to just 73.5.


This is a sign that our society is going backwards. Working class
Americans are actually living significantly shorter lives than they used
to.


Of course the garbage that passes for “food” these days certainly is not helping matters any, but that is a topic for another article.


Sadly, those that are working themselves to death consider themselves to be the “lucky ones” in our society today.


There are countless millions of other Americans that are sitting at home right now without a job.


The mainstream media is trying to convince us that the unemployment
rate has been falling, but that is a lie. If the labor force
participation rate was the same today as it was back when Barack Obama
first took office, the unemployment rate in the United States would be 11.2 percent right now.


But that doesn’t sound nearly as good as 8.1 percent sounds, right?


And the percentage of working age Americans with a job is actually lower today than when the last recession supposedly ended.


In this economic environment, most people are scared to death of
losing the jobs that they currently have because they don’t know if they
will be able to get another one.


During the month of August, the unemployment rate actually increased in 26 different U.S. states, and yet we are supposedly in the midst of “an economic recovery”.


But the truth is that we are not better off than we were back during the last recession. In fact, there are a whole host of statistics that indicate that things are getting worse.


Unfortunately, much of the time people tend to forget that the
horrible economic numbers that we are seeing have very substantial real
life consequences.


People that cannot find work and people that work very long hours for
a very long period of time tend to be much more depressed than the
population as a whole.


And depression can often lead to suicide. According to a recent Daily Mail article, more Americans now die from suicide than from car accidents….


Suicide is the cause of more deaths than car crashes, according to an alarming new study.


The number of people who commit suicide in the U.S. has
drastically increased while deaths from car accidents have dropped,
making suicide the leading cause of injury death.


Suicides via falls or poisoning have risen significantly and
experts fear that there could be many more unaccounted for, particularly
in cases of overdose.


That is incredibly tragic, because there is never a reason for anyone
to commit suicide. One of the things that I have learned in my own
life is that there is always a way for things to be turned around.


Yes, life can be very hard when you don’t have much money, but our lives should not be about chasing material things anyway. Our lives should be about so much more than that.


If you are currently feeling overly tired and overly stressed because
you have been working too much, I encourage you to take a vacation.


We are only given one life to live. We shouldn’t spend it working ourselves to death.


So what do you think about all of this? Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….

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  • S. Gompers 2012/09/24 16:49:51
    S. Gompers
    +1
    I know the feeling, I haven't had a vacation since 2000, and have worked every holiday the last 3 years and have had very few days off.

    But I am glad I have a job, I know many who do not.
  • Dan ☮ R... S. Gompers 2012/09/24 16:55:40
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    I know how that feels. Its better to have a job, and at least a few hours per day to yourself and/or family, and especially if you have a family the ability to support them.

    But overall the main point is that our standard of living is in decline and will only decline further at this rate.
  • S. Gompers Dan ☮ R... 2012/09/24 17:01:07
    S. Gompers
    +1
    I agree.

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