You know who never writes op-ed columns? Unemployed people.
Think about it. By definition, every op-ed columnist is employed — by the newspaper (or a syndicate). Unemployed people don’t have a voice in the press. Literally.
There are 14 million unemployed people in the United States, and not a single one gets to tell the world how they feel.
So when we debate the $447 billion American Jobs Act proposed by President Obama earlier this week, the people who are most affected by it have the least say in its success or failure. There’s something fundamentally undemocratic about that. Continue reading “An Ode to the Unemployed: Someone’s Gotta Write It”