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Unemployment spoils the dream

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The American Dream is slipping away, and my generation will be the first to have a lower standard of living than our parents had. I have listened to my friends whose older brothers and sisters are unable to find any work, let alone a job in their chosen field. A bachelor’s degree is no longer a guarantee for obtaining employment, and the constantly rising tuition at our universities makes it difficult to even think of a graduate degree. Unemployment is the greatest danger facing the United States today. Although the official unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, the actual rate is more than 16 percent when we include those who have given up hope or have been forced to work part-time. That translates into 25 million workers who are unemployed or underemployed. While my friends and I worry about whether we will have jobs when we graduate, politicians argue about deficits, guns, immigration and everything else rather than unemployment. We must contact our representative and senators and demand that Congress pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act legislation. We cannot continue to be a great nation while so many Americans worry about where their next meal is coming from. Kevin Staniszewski, Roseville