Digby, the blogger on Hullabaloo, pointed to a story about a worker who lost his job and spent a long long time finding another one, one with a drastically reduced wage. The item concludes:
…Everybody sees this, whether they're employed or not. And it's made working people very accommodating. Being scared you might never find a decent job again will do that to a person.
It's great for employers, though.
And good for the NY Times for doing this sort of story. If social distance is one of the primary reasons we have have (had?) this huge disconnect between our leaders and the citizens, then stories like this might be helpful. If they never see anyone who has been dealt a blow from this economy at least they might read this and recognize that this isn't an abstraction for millions of people.
I’m wondering whether any of this makes any sense, though. There are several points of view discussed. One is the employed American worker, another is the unemployed, or soon to be unemployed worker, there is the American employer, the American politician, and then there is the New York Times.
I am not sure that employed American workers see these stories about some number of their fellow employed Americans losing their jobs and finding it difficult to find anything else. For one thing, I doubt that American working people spend much time investigating or learning about what is happening with their fellow Americans. The New York Times would like to tell one otherwise