Every once in a while they throw in a little story about some real person to make it more relatable, bring it down to the average person, give us a tidbit that may make all the different numbers, percentages, trends, etc. more real.
The story that they have run two days in a row now is about a guy who has his MBA, and the market is soooo poor that this poor man who is highly qualified with his magnificent MBA can't find a "real job" so he has to drive taxi. He has posted his resume in the back seat, but so far has not had any calls.
Here is what ticks me off. We have become such elitists that if a person has a degree and isn't immediately hired in a job that requires him or her to wear Italian power suits with $500 shoes and several assistants at their every beck and call, it is truly an indicator of the traumatic downfall of the economy.
I know the economy isn't great - I'm married to a contractor. I just had my superintendent send out a message questioning the Utah budget that will continue to be allotted for education, which is kind of important to me, for some strange reason. But the guy with the MBA? Guess what. He still GOT a job. A job that is the sole income for MANY families. He is making money, often very decent money, if he can drive well at all. He isn't collecting unemployment, he isn't standing in soup lines hoping to find something to eat to give him strength through a day of job hunting. Just because someone has a degree doesn't entitle them to a job, and an MBA just means he went to school longer - doesn't mean he is more qualified, a better worker, more experienced or even has a natural business sense.
The story should have been, "Yes, the economy is bad, but guess what? There are still jobs. People can still get work, pay some of their bills, and do something to contribute to society. Look at this MBA - even when he couldn't get the job he wanted, through his determination to be a success, he has found a job
driving a taxi. He has even had the ingenuity to post his resume in the back of his cab, where it will be seen by many day after day. What an excellent example of American determination and desire to succeed."
Geez - you would think that that we expected money to grow on trees.