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Americans Are Literally Being Worked To Death
TEC ^ | 09/27/2012 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 09/28/2012 5:25:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Are you constantly tired and do you feel incredibly stressed almost all the time? Well, that means that there is a really good chance that you are a typical American worker. Even though our incomes are going down, Americans are spending more time at work than ever before. In fact, U.S. workers spend more time at work than anyone else in the world. But it was not always this way. Back in 1970, the average work week for an American worker was about 35 hours. Today, it is up to 46 hours. But there are other major economies around the globe that are doing just fine without burning their workers out. For example, the average American worker spends 378 more hours working per year than the average German worker does. Sadly, for many Americans work is not even finished once they leave the office. According to one recent survey, the average American worker spends an extra seven hours per week on work tasks such as checking emails and answering phone calls after normal work hours have finished. Other Americans are juggling two or three jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Americans are busier than ever and work is often pushing the other areas of our lives on to the back burner. What this also means is that "family vacations" are becoming increasingly rare in the United States. In fact, Americans spend less days on vacation than anyone else in the industrialized world. While some would applaud our "work ethic", the truth is that the fact that we are being overworked is having some very serious consequences. In fact, as you will see below, Americans are literally being worked to death.

The following is an excerpt from a comment that one reader posted on one of my recent articles. Can you identify with what this family is going through?....

I always try and remember to be thankful and say prayers of gratitude for the blessings I have, however I can tell you that my wife and I are getting more and more exhausted.

Straight forward payroll taxes nailed us for $35k last year and the dozens of other taxes are often over-looked but also hitting us harder and harder.

My wife works 14 hour shifts at her dialysis clinic 3 days a week and every other weekend. On the Tuesdays and thursdays she has off she ends up resting half the day to give her poor feet a break since a nurse on her feet 14 straight hours of continual busyness is exhausting.

On top of that, her company has had a pay freeze for 3 years, has dropped Holidays down to just 2 per year ( Thanksgiving and Christmas of which she must work 1 of them), has canceled the reimbursement of her CEU’s ( medical professionals are required to continue to take schooling and classes for their entire career in order to renew their licenses) –also they no longer match 401k’s and her company health plan just bumped up $30 per week!!

I put in so many hours at times that when I get home I am too tired to eat. I come home, change clothes/shower and go straight to bed–this is not living. I try and keep up with my volunteer work and rounds at our local nursing home but something is going to have to give. My caseloads are growing and growing and people are making appts 2-3 weeks in advance. I never had a schedule so filled in advance before. I usually have more long-term pt’s with needs of stroke, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injuries..but now ortho pt’s are scheduling surgeries as to when I’ll have slots for hip replacement and knee replacement rehab time.

I’m ground down and in the mean time everything is getting more expensive, they keep taking more of my money I earn and we are having all of our benefits cut or completely stopped.

All over this country, millions of hard working men and women are slowly being worn down by jobs that are sucking the life out of them. Working way too many hours for an extended period of time can have dramatic consequences for your health, your family and just about every other area of your life.

But for some Americans, there is simply no other choice. There are millions upon millions of Americans that live on the edge of financial disaster these days. According to one recent survey, 77 percent of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck at least some of the time, and the middle class in the United States has been shrinking at a very steady pace in recent years.

Many Americans are not working 60 or 70 hours per week because they want to.

Many are doing it because that is what they must do just to survive.

For example, a recent article posted on Economy In Crisis profiled a mother of four up in Michigan named Lisa Bosworth who can't make ends meet for her family despite working three jobs....

Bosworth remarried but her current husband, Ray, was forced onto medical disability when a prescription medication caused health problems. The couple, who had a fourth child together, struggle to support their family on Lisa’s meager income.

Bosworth’s gross monthly income from working as a classroom aide in Reeths-Puffer schools and doing two Chronicle newspaper routes is $1,900. That amounts to $22,800 annually, nearly $5,000 below the poverty level for a family of six.

When they run out of money near the end of each month, Lisa and Ray Bosworth line up at one of several food trucks that visit Muskegon each month.

Earlier this month, the couple and three of their children waited in line at a food truck at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Norton Shores. Lisa Bosworth had just finished her two newspaper routes and was clearly fatigued after another 70-hour work week. “I’m tired,” she said.

Today, there are more than 100 million Americans on welfare, and a significant percentage of those people actually do have jobs. In fact, some are working two or three jobs.

Working class Americans are working harder than ever, but at the same time many of them are making less money than they once did.

This is putting an incredible amount of stress on working class families.

In fact, it appears that a lot of Americans are literally working themselves to death.

And as a recent CBS News article described, this is particularly true for poor Americans that do not have much education....

Overall life expectancy has dropped for white Americans who have less than a high school diploma to rates similar to those of the 1950s and 1960s, new research finds.

The study found non-Hispanic white men without a diploma lived on average until 67.5 in 2008, three years less than they did in 1990. The drop in lifespan was even bigger for non-Hispanic white women with low education: They live five years shorter than 1990 rates, from 78 years old to just 73.5.

This is a sign that our society is going backwards. Working class Americans are actually living significantly shorter lives than they used to.

Of course the garbage that passes for "food" these days certainly is not helping matters any, but that is a topic for another article.

Sadly, those that are working themselves to death consider themselves to be the "lucky ones" in our society today.

There are countless millions of other Americans that are sitting at home right now without a job.

The mainstream media is trying to convince us that the unemployment rate has been falling, but that is a lie. If the labor force participation rate was the same today as it was back when Barack Obama first took office, the unemployment rate in the United States would be 11.2 percent right now.

But that doesn't sound nearly as good as 8.1 percent sounds, right?

And the percentage of working age Americans with a job is actually lower today than when the last recession supposedly ended.

In this economic environment, most people are scared to death of losing the jobs that they currently have because they don't know if they will be able to get another one.

During the month of August, the unemployment rate actually increased in 26 different U.S. states, and yet we are supposedly in the midst of "an economic recovery".

But the truth is that we are not better off than we were back during the last recession. In fact, there are a whole host of statistics that indicate that things are getting worse.

Unfortunately, much of the time people tend to forget that the horrible economic numbers that we are seeing have very substantial real life consequences.

People that cannot find work and people that work very long hours for a very long period of time tend to be much more depressed than the population as a whole.

And depression can often lead to suicide. According to a recent Daily Mail article, more Americans now die from suicide than from car accidents....

Suicide is the cause of more deaths than car crashes, according to an alarming new study.

The number of people who commit suicide in the U.S. has drastically increased while deaths from car accidents have dropped, making suicide the leading cause of injury death.

Suicides via falls or poisoning have risen significantly and experts fear that there could be many more unaccounted for, particularly in cases of overdose.

That is incredibly tragic, because there is never a reason for anyone to commit suicide. One of the things that I have learned in my own life is that there is always a way for things to be turned around.

Yes, life can be very hard when you don't have much money, but our lives should not be about chasing material things anyway. Our lives should be about so much more than that.

If you are currently feeling overly tired and overly stressed because you have been working too much, I encourage you to take a vacation.

We are only given one life to live. We shouldn't spend it working ourselves to death.

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KEYWORDS: jobs; productivity; work
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1 posted on 09/28/2012 5:25:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Give me a break. Worked to death?

2 posted on 09/28/2012 5:28:21 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: SeekAndFind
They even got suiside in there. They missed worrying about UFO abductions.

Unwinding 1 hour before bed time gets me plenty of rest. No alarm needed.

3 posted on 09/28/2012 5:33:08 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: SeekAndFind

That didn’t take long. Second post to scoff at people struggling in Obamanation.

4 posted on 09/28/2012 5:33:47 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: SeekAndFind

While its academic students have been on holiday for 40 years.

5 posted on 09/28/2012 5:34:24 AM PDT by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: SeekAndFind

With our own business, we certainly work a lot of hours — but there’s a difference between the hours we work and the hours lots of folks in the ‘regular’ world ‘work’.

In the regular world, it seems like ‘work’ includes regularly checking Facebook and Twitter...multiple personal calls in an hour...BS-ing with the cubicle-dweller across the way...extended lunches. In other words, precious little ‘work’ is actually done in all of those hours. When you are working for yourself, however, how much work you do determines how well you live, and if your business (and therefore you) will survive.

My father says that we reward the wrong things in this country. This is just another way that we reward poor work: by giving people something more to claim victim status on, when if the average worker was pinned on how much time they actually spend productively working, it’s not anywhere near even a standard 8 hour day.

We have become a nation of whiners and victims — and they’re all going to be voting for the guy who’ll give them free stuff and make them feel warm and fuzzy.

6 posted on 09/28/2012 5:34:49 AM PDT by HGSW0904
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To: SeekAndFind

‘Chasing Material Things?’ God in heaven, GIVE ME STRENGTH. A ‘roof over your head’ ‘food on the table’ and basic gas/electric/waterbills aren’t exactly ‘chasing material things.’

If people were working themselves to the bone to pay for a 50” plasma screen, 900 bucks sneakers a la Moochie O, or I pads for the 5 year old, then yes, that’s stupid.

People are just trying to keep their heads above water and a roof over their head right now.

7 posted on 09/28/2012 5:36:44 AM PDT by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: SeekAndFind

These threads are always interesting because on the one hand, Obama’s economy sucks and people are working in low paying jobs that hardly give them enough money to live. On the other hand, if the economy was in a true recovery or boom, we would realize that American workers never had it so good from a historical perspective. In a good economy, an article like this would be laughable — perhaps people work 46 hours but it ain’t exactly back-breaking work. Most Americans have nice work environments and plenty of break time. And they goof off in work too. In a recession, that changes. And in an Obama recession that goes on forever, its especially painful.

8 posted on 09/28/2012 5:38:22 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SeekAndFind

All BS!

Everyone knows that you cannot work a man to death!!!

They always pass out first!

9 posted on 09/28/2012 5:40:15 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Daveinyork

Based solely upon my personal experience right now, this article is spot on...

I am currently doing the work by myself that 4 people did prior to this downturn... for about 20% less money...

stress alone is going to kill me..

10 posted on 09/28/2012 5:40:49 AM PDT by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Keep working. Millions on welfare depend on you...

We work hard. We have to or we'd sink completely. Between taxes and regulations, we are operating on a fraction of our potential.

Imagine a dollar worth an actual dollar, total(city, State, Federal, sales) annual taxation under 10% of your gross income, and no Alphabet Agencies coming at your business from multiple directions with the uniform goal of making it harder for you to stay in business...

Rich? Bet your ass we would be... Instead, yes... We are struggling.

11 posted on 09/28/2012 5:41:17 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I get sick and tired of this living “paycheck to paycheck” complaint. At least they have a job and most people live that way, it is a good thing, not a bad thing. What we are supposed to have a mil or two socked away so we don’t need a job living paycheck to paycheck?

12 posted on 09/28/2012 5:41:45 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

There is a middle ground between 2 million in your account and waiting until Friday so you can buy groceries.

13 posted on 09/28/2012 5:45:18 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: HGSW0904

You’re right-

I own my own business and am online most of the day and it amazes me the amount of people using chat etc. popping in to say hello to me.
I always ask if they’re at work and 9 out of 10 times it’s a YES.
While I barely have time to discuss the weather with them, they will go on and on—
Did I check my email and see the funny pic they sent me? Why didn’t I answer their Facebook post they sent an hour ago to me?

It astounds me-when I worked for someone, I would have never done personal stuff unless I absolutely had to. Even owning my own business gives me little time for that while working.

Well, the article DID quote CBS news, so it must be true...and if people are being worked “to death”, maybe it’s Mother Nature’s way of getting rid of the dead wood.


14 posted on 09/28/2012 5:46:54 AM PDT by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro and Ranting...since 1998)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know two nurses who work in dialysis clinics. The job is Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 and no weekends or holidays. Ever.

15 posted on 09/28/2012 5:47:56 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Daveinyork

Welcome to the serfdom of globalization. Middle class Americans have always worked more hours than Europeans but they also had better health care benefits and a higher standard of living. Globalization and open borders is a race to the bottom - the lowest common denominator.

16 posted on 09/28/2012 5:49:30 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SeekAndFind
"Straight forward payroll taxes nailed us for $35k last year and the dozens of other taxes are often over-looked but also hitting us harder and harder."

This is the problem.

We are not being worked to death. We are being TAXED TO DEATH. We are TAXED TO DEATH, to pay for people who work for government and to whom this article does not apply. Yes, we are being TAXED TO DEATH so people who work for government can have the good life of high salary, fantastic fantasy level benefits, early retirement and MANY holidays and vacations.

If you are a middle class worker in the private sector your effective tax rate is at or greater than 50% !!!

This means if you work for 40 years of your adult life you spend 20 years of that time working for Government!!

That my friends is NOT FREEDOM, THAT IS SLAVERY. It's time we wake up. We must not reform government, we must replace it with the strictly limited system set out by our constitution. This means that MILLIONS of people who work for government at all levels including city, county, state and federal MUST BE FIRED. Their positions and benefits must be ELIMINATED PERMANENTLY, never to return. When you work in the private sector (real world) and your company goes bankrupt it's the employees who lose their jobs and suffer. Government is BANKRUPT and it's the government workers who are going to have to suffer the loss. We can no longer tolerate a system where freedom only applies to the "public" sector.

17 posted on 09/28/2012 5:52:23 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: precisionshootist

The perfect post. You. Nailed. It.

18 posted on 09/28/2012 5:57:26 AM PDT by Valpal1
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To: precisionshootist
When Obama said that government is the one thing we all belong to, he got it completely backwards.

Am I a slave? Am I the property of the government? Do I belong to the government? NO!

Government derives its power from We The People. Government belongs to us.

But they've created a servile state and now we all work for their benefit more than we work for ourselves.

19 posted on 09/28/2012 5:59:42 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: precisionshootist

Let’s not forget folks, there are a few factors:

1) More and more retirees living longer and less and less working people to support them ( we operated on a pay as yo go system for social security, there is NO LOCK BOX IN THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND ).

2) Same applies for Medicare as above. With Obamacare ADDING younger folks to the rolls ( many unemployed ) and you have MORE working people carrying the load for the rest.

3) 47% of Americans pay no taxes... which means 53% of those who DO pay taxes have to work extra hard to support government spending.

4) Less people are working because companies are not hiring. The result is those who DO have work will have to take on more responsibilities and MORE WORK.

20 posted on 09/28/2012 6:00:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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