The worst part of looking for work, I think, is the disdain you get from literally everyone else. The idea that because you don't have a job, you're not trying. I know where it comes from-it used to be in America, the only reason you didn't have a job was because you didn't want one. But it's no longer the '70s, '80's, or '90s. It's today.
In any of those prior decades-hell, probably anything excluding the Great Depression of the '30s-I'd have a job. Right now, it's hard scrabble out there, with companies hanging onto 'known productive employees' and not taking any chances in hiring. People are running their work staff late, and suppressing wages. $10 an hour is laughable-but I'd take it if I could get it because I believe in the America that sees that low level, slog job as opportunity.
But, I also believe in the America that is about freedom, and the modern work place is anything but free. Between inane rules from your boss and asinine regulations from the government, there is no freedom. If you put out a new electronic device, have fun pushing the FCC to get on it and approve it. Hopefully you'll make that happen before the Chinese discover the same innovation and sell the same product at 1/3rd the price.
It's my opinion that right now, we are paying the price for the hubris of the U.S. in 20th century, when the wealthy and visionary went to other lands, bringing with them wonders of the modern world and the idea that if they worked hard, they could have them too... but ultimately leaving those places as burned out areas that had much of their inherent wealth plundered in shifty business deals. That's just speculation on my part-I know a good deal of that did go down, and unlike many of my fellow conservatives, I do think our upper class pretty much steals from everyone and indentures their servitude.
The reason I say it's our paying the price for that right now is simple. These business sorts had already plundered all these relatively poor places... but they hadn't yet plundered the richest nation in the world. So they turned their shifty practices into preying on Americans and cut the legislators in on the deal. Look where we are, tell me I'm wrong.
I know people who worked hard and made impressive fortunes. But for every one of them, there's five more that worked just as hard and flamed out. I really wonder sometimes if the modern life we live is really so much better.
One thing I do know. I DO believe in America. I just don't believe in everyone in it.