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Gary Varvel

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  1. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 3 years ago

    Gary – nice depth effect with the kids in the foreground..

  2. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The Economy has now split in half – Those without high school diplomas are experiencing unemployment at over 15%. Those with High school diplomas experieince unemployment at between 10% and 12% depending on the area. Those with Bachelors of Science degrees are seeing unemployment at less then 5% and those with Masters and PhDs are seeing unemployment at less then 2%.

    The writing was on the wall 20 years ago. It’s not enough to get a degree. You have to continue to invest in yourself through education, networking, and job skill development.

    Those that pursued the tough college paths in the 80s and 90s: Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Science, Finance, Accounting, etc. Are still doing OK today. The History and English majors not so much and those that dropped out of highschool are really struggling.

    Stay in school kids and don’t shy away from the tough courses.

  3. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 3 years ago

    Genome Project said, 37 minutes ago

    “So, suddenly, there are no more jobs for Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, or Accountants?

    My company has been hiring for over 2 years and still can’t find enough qualified candidates."

    we are in the same boat Genome. each job ad renders about 400 resumes. out of the 400 resumes, maybe 8 are qualified. of the 8 that Appear qualified, 3 pass the phone interview. of those three, usually all are liars, have a bad attitude, or are just looking to extend their unemployment.

    I blame the GOP for trashing the education system with creationism and ‘teach to the True/False test’ mentality.

    we are quickly becoming a third world country, and it’s because of the GOP/Religious dominated education system.

  4. Harrison_Bergeron

    Harrison_Bergeron said, over 3 years ago


    “the GOP/Religious dominated education system.”

    Which exists only in your deluded, hallucinatory mind.

  5. foofinho

    foofinho said, over 3 years ago


    Each side blames the other and no one takes responsibility. I find those that believe in God tend to be better employees.

    I agree that trying to find qualified job candidates is getting harder than ever. Filling technical positions with people that understand the technology they work with is very difficult. At least I can screen out 80% of the candidates using simple technical questions now.

  6. Brutatowski

    Brutatowski said, over 3 years ago

    You want to improve the economy and grow jobs, remove power from Washington, shelter the poor as well as everyone else from hidden taxes. Read about the fair tax. The only tax plan ever put forth that has millions of dollars of research behind it. If we don’t change the tax structure and get spending under control, get ready for an america where its more common to have multiple part time jobs instead of one full time.

  7. Larry

    Larry said, over 3 years ago


    Nice, yes, but the kids are a puzzle.
    1. Messed hair, maybe same shirt.
    2. Totally different girl.
    3. Black kid unchanged.
    These detract from the artist’s message, unless it is a message also.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Worked two partime jobs when I was in college one winter, forty or more hours a week and not one hour of overtime. Plus a 12 credit course semester. I was cold tired and ticked off most the time but you know it was mine.

  9. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I think Deerflatener makes very good points.

    Well said!!

  10. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, over 3 years ago

    I would say there are two specific and central issues here.

    The first is qualifications: People expect a BS or BA is going to get them the rest of the way to where they are. I am living proof that you do not need a degree to do well; I have been working for the same company for 10 years with a HS Diploma, as have my wife. And combined we make nearly double the median wage for a family of 4 in our area.

    That being said, I have continued to utilize my GI bills, and have continued taking coursework. I’m about 3-4 semesters from a BS. My wife and I have continued ed requirements at our jobs. However, when you look at job listings, they say, “Bachelors or equivalent work experience.” The problem is a lot of people are having to work outside their wheelhouse and don’t have the experience in a new line of work to get hired. So they are stuck: They have experience in their area, but they don’t have a BS so they can’t get a job in a new area. And if their old area of expertise isn’t hiring, they’re screwed.

    The second issue is the unemployment extensions. Of those 400 applications that Danny’s business gets, I would say a good number of those likely are just fulfilling unemployment application requirements. My father posts job openings at his business, and it specifically states, “In (our city) only.” And has the question, “Are you willing to relocate?” They would live 2 hours south of us, and then indicate no to the willing to relocate. He posts the job at $9 an hour, and they have “expected salary” $15/hour. So yeah, they are only doing it to prove work application requirements for unemployment.

    If unemployment didn’t last for 3 years, like it currently does, and if SSDI wasn’t used as a secondary form of Unemployment, then we’d have people actually working in earnest to get jobs. I’m certain there are people out there who are having a hard go of it, and they are trying in earnest to get jobs and they can’t. But when you have this much fraud and abuse in the Unemployment and SSDI systems, my compassion for that situation is pretty small.

    If they felt the heat that after 8 weeks they were cut off, or even 12 (to round out 3 full months), sure as heck people would be working to get new jobs, even if they were 2-3 part time jobs just to put a roof over their head. I did it. So can everyone else.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    “My company has been hiring for over 2 years and still can’t find enough qualified candidates.”

    Blame it on the propaganda machine – sorry, the school system, and the outrageous cost of higher education.

    Besides, it’s cheaper to hire immigrants. Their ideals haven’t been ground down by a system which no longer rewards anything but obscene wealth, so they are easier to exploit.

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago


    “Stay in school kids and don’t shy away from the tough courses.”

    Great advice – if they can afford it. The costs of higher education have priced most candidates out of the market.

    You have noticed the escalation in those costs, right?

  13. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago


    “we are quickly becoming a third world country, and it’s because of the GOP/Religious dominated education system.”

    Sorry, but that is very clearly a bipartisan offense.

    The GOP has certainly fallen down on the job, but the Dems’ persistence in pursuing social engineering ‘solutions’ at the expense of education is no better.

    We are becoming a third world country, but both parties have worked hard to put us there. Don’t give the Dems a pass on that.

  14. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    “That whole slide from a life’s work to part time jobs began with the Reagan admin.”

    Oh, sure – but don’t expect that to be recognized by the Partisans. Nothing bad has happened in this country until Obama got into office. The previous administrations were positively saintly. Including Reagan’s, of course.

    Reagan did accomplish a few good things, but I have never figured out why the couple of useful things so greatly outweighs the destruction that was wreaked by the deregulation he handed industry.

    This is rather like saying that an axe murderer should be let off scot free because he helped a little old lady cross the street a time or two. The good does not cancel out the bad, when the good is relatively trivial, and the bad has long term, negative results.

    Deregulation is rapidly destroying this country, and if we can’t put it right soon, we really will be as bad off or worse than those Third World countries.

  15. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    “That’s because the libs that run the schools are incapable of turning out qualified people.”

    The GOP has done no better on the education front.

    The reality is that as long as we keep electing the nominees of the ‘two’ major parties, we are dead in the water. Both parties are working for the same goals, and they aren’t those of their constituents. The goals they pursue are the ones inherent in the Global Economy they are so enamoured of – but that global economy is dependent on the ignorance and powerlessness of the workforce. The economy they are aiming for won’t be great for anyone outside the power structure.

    We need to reform the nomination procedure, because as long as the major parties control it, we will get no representation.

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