Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Lavocat

    Lavocat said, almost 4 years ago

    America, circa December 2012.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    A man used to go to where the work is.
    America, circa 1933.

  3. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Interesting approach to supply & demand in the labor market…

  4. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, almost 4 years ago

    This is a good one: funny and trueand sad. However, the aging boomer cohort should be retiring in droves over the next few years and this may help. I do wonder where the TV viewer went in the last panel. Did he just give up, went to get a sandwich, is gonna commit suicide, what?

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    I think your satire is misplaced on this one. Your first paragraph negates the need to go anywhere to find a job.

    There are currently ten states with unemployment rates below 6% and of those ten, four are below 5%. Of those four, 3 are below 4%. In the thirtyies these states would have had men traveling to these states to look for jobs.

    Where I live the unemployment rate has ranged between 8.5% and 9.5% over the past six months. Over the last four years, of the many unemployed that I know, only two have emigrated to find a job which they did and they were a well paying jobs. In their visits back here, they have encouraged people they know to go back with them but to no avail.

    Getting to the point: In the thirties people were willing to go where there was the hope of finding work. Today, not so much.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    But there is work available in some areas of the country. Not so much available in the thirties, but they were trying.

  7. californicated1

    californicated1 said, almost 4 years ago

    To me, this cartoon was just as relevant in 1989 and 1991 as it is now, only the years have changed.

  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Those states with low unemployment are almost all low population Great Plains states. If all of the unemployed packed up Beverly Hillbilly style & went there, I doubt the locals would be thrilled. There certainly aren’t enough jobs there for all those people.

    It’s also hard to leave friends & family. But, you do have a point. Some people hang on to the idea that they will get their old job back, long past the point of realism. People need to be open to the idea of retraining & relocating.

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    States with unemployment below 6%:


    2NEBRASKA 3.8


    4IOWA 5.1

    5UTAH 5.2

    5WYOMING 5.2

    7OKLAHOMA 5.3

    8HAWAII 5.5

    8VERMONT 5.5

    10KANSAS 5.7


    10VIRGINIA 5.7

    13MINNESOTA 5.8

  10. decimuscaelius

    decimuscaelius said, almost 4 years ago

    the official unemployment figures are always a lie! Reworked statistics to justify our misery and blame the unemployed for not finding jobs.

    work as we know it is on the endangered species list. overproduction and automation are the cancers killing global capitalism.

    we must fight for full employment, 30 hours work for 40 hours pay, universal unionization, and the ending of poverty. c’mon y’all, exercise your gift of vision.

  11. jackson49

    jackson49 said, almost 4 years ago

    U.S. leads the world in urine testing…and private prisons…gop calls them".jobs’. now the rest of you pay for it.

  12. rowena28

    rowena28 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    It is virtually impossible to move when you are unemployed. It is difficult to rent a house or apartment without a job, difficult to sell your existing house in this housing market, and you may be tied to an area due to your spouse’s job. Perhaps the spouse’s job is providing health insurance for the family. A new graduate can probably relocate for a job, if they can cover start-up costs. A single person, maybe, depending on individual circumstances. Also, some people have an aesthetic attachment to a certain region or value good schools for their kids or proximity to grandparents. Moving is a big deal, not to mention very expensive.

  13. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    I understand your your point of view on this, but in the thirties unemployment insurance and food stamps didn’t exist. Men were forced to leave their families and travel by any means (freight cars, bum rides on trucks, hitchhike, etc.) in hopes of finding any kind of work. They lived in squalor or homelessness and sent what money they could home to their families. It was either as I’ve described or there was nothing. No monthly food stamps. No biweekly checks from the state. Nothing.

  14. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Interesting that all but one of the states on the above list are low population states, mostly farm states, with the exception of Virginia, which is heavily federal employees.Utah is Mormon, and all but Hawaii and Virginia are northern states that people are leaving for the better weather in warmer states. Even without the shale boom, ND would still have low employment.

  15. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, almost 4 years ago


    You are right to point out that compared to the 30s we now have food stamps and “unemployment insirance”, as well as welfare and other extensive govt assistance programs. The “poor” in this country generally live a quality of life that would be considered upper or middle class in many countries (if they have a middle class at all). There is a heck of a lot less incentive to worry about finding a solution to one’s own problems, especially when the political class tells you the real reason you’re unhappy is because of the oppressive capitalistic neocolonial male racist hegemony. Also, if too many people move to a well run (ie, Republican) state, they ruin it. I live in Nevada, and it is in the process of being ruined by this very process.

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