Capitalist Crisis Savages Tampa — No work, No Home

Tampa Florida is being savaged by high unemployment. Can't they just go get a job?

Tampa Florida has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country at around 25 percent. 

The person in this video says all that is wanted is to get people, "honest working people" some money in their pockets. But this means work.  There are maybe 30 to 40 million people that capitalism refuses to put to work. 

Why is this? It is a question of profitability.  The owners of capital (yes, capitalists) do not lay it out, do not invest in production if there is no profit in it, it doesn't matter how "needed" the commodity is in society whether it be food or cars. Food is a commodity and if you don't have the money to buy it you can starve.

In the capitalist mode of production the object of the activity for the owner of capital is not the commodity produced and its use, but surplus value, the capital laid out plus added value that is created in the production process specifically from the use of human Labor power, or the hiring of workers as Labor produces more value than is returned to it in the form of wages. If the profit is not there, or the risk too great, then production won't take place. 

Think of the insanity of it, people homeless, without shelter, as millions of living quarters stand empty. People that will work, but capital won't employ them. People starving among an abundance of food. This is not civilization

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Rob Rich August 29, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Not to be too picky, but google's got Tampa's unemployment @ 9.1%. http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=z1ebjpgk2654c1_&met_y=unemployment_rate&idim=city:PS120520&fdim_y=seasonality:U&dl=en&hl=en&q=tampa+unemployment+rate
Richard Mellor August 29, 2012 at 05:09 AM
No worries, that figure was in the video. But they measure unemployment in different ways, they don't count people that have given up as far as I know. I always figure that the "official" figure is way conservative. I don't for one minute figure the unemployment rate in the US is 8% which I think they say the official national figure is.
David August 29, 2012 at 01:08 PM
States run by Republican governors have lower than average unemployment rates, states run by Democrats, higher.
David August 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Since January of 2011, here is how much the unemployment rate declined in each of the 17 states that elected Republican governors in 2010, according to theExaminer: Kansas - 6.9% to 6.1% = a decline of 0.8 [percentage points (11.6 percent)] Maine - 8.0% to 7.4% = a decline of 0.6 [percentage points (7.5 percent)] Michigan - 10.9% to 8.5% = a decline of [2.4 percentage points (22 percent)] New Mexico - 7.7% to 6.7% = a decline of [1.0 percentage points (13 percent)] Oklahoma - 6.2% to 4.8% = a decline of [1.4 percentage points - (22.6 percent)] Pennsylvania - 8.0% to 7.4% = a decline of [.6 percentage points (7.5 percent)] Tennessee - 9.5% to 7.9% = a decline of [1.6 percentage points (16.8 percent)] Wisconsin - 7.7% to 6.8% = a decline of [0.9 percentage points (11.9 percent)] Wyoming - 6.3% to 5.2% = a decline of [1.1 percentage points (17.5 percent)] Alabama - 9.3% to 7.4% = a decline of [1.9 percentage points (20.4 percent)] Georgia - 10.1% to 8.9% = a decline of [1.2 percentage points (11.9 percent)] South Carolina - 10.6% to 9.1% = a decline of [1.5 percentage points (14.2 percent)] South Dakota - 5.0% to 4.3% = a decline of [0.7 percentage points (14 percent)] Florida - 10.9% to 8.6% = a decline of [2.3 percentage points (21 percent)]
David August 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Nevada - 13.8% to 11.6% = a decline of [2.2 percentage points (15.9 percent)] Iowa - 6.1% to 5.1% = a decline of [1.0 percentage points (16.4 percent)] Ohio - 9.0% to 7.3% = a decline of [1.7 percentage points (18.9 percent)]
Theresa Lupo August 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
So your conclusion is Democrat run states create or do nothing for the unemployed while Republican run states create jobs .It would seem that way by the statistics that you presented.I don't think it is that simple as far as there are a lot of people who are not included in the tally.Capitalism does work but not for everyone because it only works for the person who has money in the first place.The one who has money is in control of the one who does not.Money is power & with that power comes greed.The ceo's who control & make corperations work will sacrifice their own USA citizens jobs & hire people from other countries to save money & feed their own greed.Do you think they actuelly care about the unemployed?Only if it will benifit them .Is Capitalism wrong? No but greed is & i do not think that anybody is innocent when it comes to that.Demecrats & Republicans are ALL the same.They are people & they can choose to be greedy capitalists or capitalists with an unselfish heart.
Craig Williams August 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The Republican standards are way too low. The demand level is also too low ,where is where Democrats and people left of center feel more attention should be focused. If the private sector can't ramp up demand than the government should come in and boost it through public sector projects.If that doesn't work than who knows? Republicans often believe its better to have heavy job demand than consumer demand because it keeps down wages. Also productivity has slipped out of its relationship to hourly compensation starting in 1977. With these two powerhouses of the economy disconnected you end up with a wage drought and excessive executive compensation.
Richard Mellor August 29, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Gov Perry of Texas boasted a year ago that Lone Star state has better growth and lower unemployment than the nation as a whole. It’s true that Texas gained more than a million jobs since the end of 2000, while the U.S. has lost almost 1.5 million, according data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But of those one million jobs, about 300,000 were in government (hardly an example of free market enterprise). So the man who hates big government has presided over a huge increase in state employment. By sept 2011employment in the Texas state’s public sector increased 19% since 2000, compared with a 9% rise in the private sector. Looking at the number of net new jobs, the biggest increases were in private education and health, up 408,000 jobs, or 40%, and then government. Hell, the taxpayer bailed their rotten system out, pulled it from the edge of the abyss. The 1% have socialism, they just want to deny what they have to everyone else. The difference between them and us of course is workers do productive Labor and Labor creates all wealth. Most people today have to work two or three jobs just to survive or get health care. Unemployment is good for the wars though as working class youth move in to the military having little of any other choice. The problem here is the 1% control both the parties, they can't lose politically and in fact have a dictatorship over US political as well as economic life.
Fred Eiger September 02, 2012 at 08:19 PM
And Greece is doing so wonderfully. They have no wars.
Fred Eiger September 03, 2012 at 03:12 AM
So the housing industry has withered since 1977? No one is working?


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