This research revealed several
systemic and structural barriers to employment:
to a Recovery-oriented system: The public mental health system New York State continues to have a strong focus on helping
people to survive with their illnesses rather than to recover and function with the rest of society. This system does not
seem to fully embrace the belief that all people with psychiatric disabilities can work.
is not a priority: The policies and practice standards of the public mental health system, vocational rehabilitation and workforce
services do not recognize the harmful effects of long-term unemployment. Therefore, supporting employment has not been a priority.
Lack of a comprehensive system: The services and supports needed for
employment are not organized into single system in which people looking for work can get all of the services they need to
find and keep a job. Some of the signs of this "fragmentation" include: Service providers have little awareness
of outside programs and agencies; Limited inter-agency collaboration leads to complex, repetitive processes to obtain services
(e.g., applications, assessments); Poor referral and follow-up practices; Limited ability to combine resources and use funding
Charity for the unfortunate is a noble practice,
but condemning vast segments of the eligible work force to government reliance, only produces subsistent survival. Note the
concept "psychiatric disabilities" that breeds the acceptance that permanent unemployment is the new normal. NYARPS’
solution is more and bigger government.
The philosophical question that
society refuses to confront is that work is essential to a healthy life. Most people deny this axiom. Their benefit lifestyle
is based upon the tormented thought of actual work as an expenditure of energy and mental stress.
simple reason why this criterion of torture, feared and evaded with earnest, is that public assistance for the middle class
is an integrally important part of public policy. The myth that government services benefit citizens, based upon the false
premise, of confiscatory taxation is mentally deranged.
Add in entire
segments of illiterate and unassimilated renegades and the prospects of actually engaging in an honest day’s work and
you have a national lifestyle that repudiates labor as a means of earning a living.
parasitic culture is alive and well on its way to be the most vocal stratum demanding more government reimbursement to maintain
However, not all individuals share the futility of
dependency. Some still soldier on to earn a legitimate sustenance through honorable work. The basic solution to quash the
unemployment mentality cannot be found in sound bites like "creating jobs". The cornerstone of government repression
found in the fulfillment of government assistance programs, is the assault against the individual to keep the fruits of their
commerce as a natural right.
The domestic economy has so radically denied
the proper reward of conducting business that most citizens have cleanly given up. The mental disease that permeates all aspects
of government is that the state is the ultimate guarantor of the public welfare.
reason why there are so many underprivileged beggars on some form of a public dole, rests upon the theft of the effective
ability to succeed at an independent business venture. The average person, beaten down for decades, is not willing to take
the risk of entrepreneurship. The black market is the real economy. The intrusive violation into our own business affairs
by the encroachment of government restriction on the free market causes systemic unemployment.
future forecast just grows worse every year. Food stamp dependency is now at an all time high. Capitulation of the long-term
unemployed, leave the job search. Raising the minimum wage just forces more employees onto the unemployment rolls. Most disturbing
is that the underemployed, who are unable to meet their financial needs, suffer from bleak expectations.
The corporate monopolization of access to capital, as the ordinary borrower barred from
loans, is the final tipping point for main street commercial enterprises. The top down economy only benefits the corporatist
and magnifies the suffering of the fading middle class. The poor will always exist, but soon the bourgeoisie will be added
to the ranks of the wretched.
The psychiatric rehabilitation, desperately
needed to restore the fundamental balance in normal commerce, needs to enforce anti-trust laws. Protection against crony criminals
that steal from the true economy is imperative. The country is tilting on its axis because basic common sense is absent under
the Corporate/State model.
Solving the unemployment dilemma requires
a "single system" of rewarding work and phasing out government dependency. The sickness that saps the lifeblood
from the economy requires treatment that restores decentralization and individual business initiatives.
America has an economy deeply afflicted with the mental ailment of futility. The symptom
of economic distress is rapidly metastasizing into a culture of hopelessness. Only a revival of financial reward for meaningful
work can regenerate needed confidence. The nanny state destroys self-reliance. Job creation is the natural function of the
It is time to get America back on track.
James Hall – June 13, 2012