With 14 million Americans out of work, it should come as no surprise that we’re preoccupied with one thing these days: Jobs.
We know we need more of them, but we’re highly divided on how to make that happen.
A Life Inc. post this week looking at how there is no clear solution to the nation’s unemployment crisis drew hundreds of comments. Many vented their frustration that politicians are not focusing more attention on an issue that is preoccupying many families.
“We read over and over about the problems of America. I hear all the time tax increases, tax cuts, cut spending, and increasing the debt ceiling, but none seem to understand or acknowledge the real problem. NO JOBS!,” one reader wrote.
Meanwhile, this week we added at least one more person to the unemployment books.
Carol Bartz, the CEO of Yahoo, was ousted. In a world where corporations often hide behind veiled language and scripted press releases, Bartz touched a nerve when she announced to the entire company that she had been fired over the phone.
The vast majority of our readers called the firing by phone rude and unprofessional.
“It's a great tactic if you want your employees to know you care absolutely nothing about how you treat people,” one commenter wrote.
But others were more resigned.
“I was fired by phone. It was much better than having to drive all the way to work only to get fired,” another reader noted.
With the nation’s unemployment rate so high, many of us aren’t thinking much about retirement. But if and when we get there, another question looms: Will Social Security be in good enough shape to cover us?
A post this week looking at Presidential candidate Rick Perry’s unusual definition of Social Security – he calls it a “Ponzi scheme” – drew lots of attention.
Most of you disagree with the Texas governor's assessment but still think Social Security needs an overhaul.
The weak economy has left many people wanting to pinch a penny. This week, we introduced TODAY’s partnership with couponing website Hip2Save and hosted a chat with the site’s Collin Morgan.
Morgan has lots of tips for more advanced couponers. Her advice for coupon newbies: Take baby steps.