- Posted March 3, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
BUNNING AND KYL SHOULD APOLOGIZE
Above is my video commentary on the subject. Feel free to check out my attempts to build my portfolio and create opportunity at www.andboris.com and www.avocadojungle.com. If you're hiring in my field I'm looking and those two sites will show you my skills pretty clearly.
Below is a piece I wrote on the subject of being unemployed and the anger that comes with it:
ANGER LEADS TO HATE
by David P. Kronmiller
It used to be hard to stay angry at someone. I remembered recently that as a young man I couldn’t stay angry at someone for more than a day. Just couldn’t do it. Didn’t have the heart.
That’s changed and it bothers me.
I am angry. I am livid. I’ve been unemployed for a year after getting laid off from a company that ran itself into the ground. I feel utterly helpless at times. I, like millions, live at the whim of other people and their ability to succeed in order to keep me employed for them. I did my part. I did my job. I did it damn well. That didn’t matter a year ago when a friend, my boss, told me it was my last day. He also was laid off from the same company a few months later and as of this date he is now on his third job inside of a year. At least he found re-employment.
I have not been as fortunate.
Some time ago I wrote that I was happy that I lost my job. I am. It’s a paradoxical world and hopefully people can deal with that.
Losing the job allowed me to hone my own skills and re-evaluate where my life was going. It’s given me something of a clean slate to start from and perhaps I’ll soon be able to find full time employment of some sort. I did recently get a bit of a bite for a temporary job that would only last a week or two - no word as of yet if they’ll use me. If they do I’ll be grateful but still in jeopardy as, again, it would only be a two week max gig.
I’m close to wrapping production on our third season of “and Boris” – hopefully it will prove the principle of threes – that the third time is the charm. We have a great cast and guest cast so I feel optimistic about it. Hope all of you who read this watch – you’re eyes will be appreciated in ways I am unable to fully express.
Recently a Senator Bunning and a Senator Kyl both proved to me I will never again trust the republican party to care about people. I am appalled. I am angry. I am deeply disappointed in those who have supported this party – for it is because of this support that people like Bunning and Kyl get to keep their jobs while many of us are barely able to sleep at night for the want of one.
I get wanting to pay for things as Sen. Bunning claims is his intent, I'd like to pay for a great many things right now but I can't because I don't have a job.
I may sound harsh, but again, I am angry. And anger is not rationale. It, however, is often pointless. And I again try to remind myself of that young optimistic boy I used to be.
I take a deep breath. I try to put it in perspective.
This year of unemployment has created many blessings. I’ve spent more time with my wife, time I would not have had otherwise given how quickly a day job becomes a life-job. This year I’ve met some incredible people who have given me hope and inspired me to keep working hard and pushing forward.
So it’s not been all bad, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy or that I don’t want a job.
That’s what Senator Kyl thinks and by extension, what Senator Bunning is implying – that people on unemployment don’t want jobs. We do. And they should be ashamed to imply otherwise. I hope they apologize at least for insulting the unemployed but I think my prospects of finding a job are better than expecting any republican to ever say the words “I’m sorry.”
So I’ll continue to breathe and try to remember to forgive. Anger, after all, isn’t very useful in the job hunt.