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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.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jobs; productivity; work
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To: precisionshootist

These people are making good money if their ‘straightforward payroll taxes’ were $35K last year. If they’re talking about the total amount of taxes they had withheld as well, I imagine their final tax bill was less or he would have quoted that.

41 posted on 09/28/2012 7:03:15 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Wiser now

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.

My step brother would like a dialysis clinic like that...he can never get a MWF schedule....always a weekend day in the mix (this is in FL)

42 posted on 09/28/2012 7:03:43 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: SeekAndFind

If the tax slaves work themselves to death in short, empty, meaningless lives, don’t worry. There are plenty more tax slaves where they came from.

43 posted on 09/28/2012 7:19:33 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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Tell that to Jews in Germany in the 1930s.

44 posted on 09/28/2012 7:25:48 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: SaraJohnson
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.

Ah someone who sees past the pre-programmed responses and gets it! Thanks for your comment.
45 posted on 09/28/2012 7:35:38 AM PDT by khelus
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To: SeekAndFind

If you are getting paid overtime what is the gripe? You can live good on overtime! In my 44 years of work history I NEVER turned down overtime except two days when I could not make it in.

I even planned my vacations around other people’s vacations so I could work their vacation schedule and get OVERTIME!

Holidays? I planned my work schedule so I could work their days off as I was not afraid of OVERTIME!

After all those years it paid off, even with the loss of much of my 401-K I was still able to retire in good shape.

But will my savings survive another OBAMA term?

46 posted on 09/28/2012 7:39:34 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Daveinyork

Fine then. I’m sure you would have time to look at this. Corporate profits rise and wages as a % of GDP go down. People are working the same or longer hours for a smaller and smaller portion of the rewards.

Efficiency? maybe. Mostly it looks like real wages are going down though since the median income has dropped by at least $3,000 a year and costs have gone up dramatically. Average fuel costs have gone up about $9,000 in the last three years in obamanation. That is a big number to a lot of people.

In obamanation employers aren’t filling jobs, they are offering more hours to current employees to reduce exposure to uncertain costs and obligations mandated by the feds. I don’t blame them but it will eventually take a toll. Many people around here are spending 12 hours door to door. The drive gets worse every year and the roads get no better. There is no public transportation.

I really don’t understand where you are coming from. Sure there are sob stories and sure there are lots of people who don’t work all that hard but I see a lot of this across the board here in the city and the burbs.

47 posted on 09/28/2012 7:40:44 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: SeekAndFind

**we operated on a pay as yo go system for social security,**

What! Do you remember the government promise from 1964?


“The program is designed so that contributions plus interest on the investments of the social security trust funds will be sufficient to meet all of the costs of benefits and administration, now and into the indefinite future—without any subsidy from the general funds of the Government. Both the Congress and the Executive Branch, regardless of political party in power, have scrupulously provided in advance for full financing of all liberalizations in the program.”

And HERE is where the money went! Read and weep!

Ever notice how hard it is to find these two web pages on the SSA web site?

48 posted on 09/28/2012 7:47:08 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Grams A

Count on my wife to bring things into perspective. I had rented a movie made in Mongolia about the rise of Ghengis Khan. I remarked that it was a hard land that bred hard people. My wife commented that people who whine in this day and age should keep that in mind, that they have no concept of hard times.

My parents grew up in the Great Depression. My dad quit school at 15 to go to work in a knitting mill, working twelve hours a day for 7.50 a week, and then delivering soft drinks for his father’s bottling business, until it went bankrupt. After he got finished paying his parents to help with their expenses, he had about 50 cents a week to spend on himself.

In the 1950’s, he and my mom were raising my brother and I and didn’t have enough money for the doctor bills, so my dad started a coin business, which he operated part-time while he still worked 7 to 5 every day in the knitting mill, and our family began to prosper enough that by 1959, he could afford by buy a second car.

Now, when was this middle class time of paradise for which we wax nostaligic?

I remember Perotistas calling Rush during the 1992 campaign telling that things were so bad that they could not get worse. They can, and they might, especially if Obama gets re-elected and even more so if the Dems regain Congress, but we boomers and echo-boomers have no concept of hard times.

49 posted on 09/28/2012 8:03:52 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: AlmaKing

Working in someone else’s business is vastly different than running it, by yourself, as sole employees. And it seems you’re projecting; I hardly feel sorry myself, nor am I a victim. I’m captain of my fiscal fate (with the exception of the invisible hand of economy and the ridiculous decisions of the current president). I’d rather drive my own bus than ride someone else’s.

50 posted on 09/28/2012 8:52:59 AM PDT by HGSW0904
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To: Daveinyork

Have never seen that movie but will try to find. Unfortunately, in another 10-15 years most everyone that was a small child at the end of WWII will be gone and with that no more grandparents to pass on the history of that time when they were a child. I don’t think of them as hard times. It was what it was. I had food to eat, clean clothes to wear, a warm house to live in, parents who loved and cared for me and God was the center of our life.

Today’s definition of hard times too often involves not having material things, like Jordan tennis shoes or an iPhone. Sad state of affairs.

51 posted on 09/28/2012 9:02:01 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Dead Corpse

“We work hard. We have to or we’d sink completely. Between taxes and regulations, we are operating on a fraction of our potential.
... Rich? Bet your ass we would be... Instead, yes... We are struggling.”

Now just a day or two ago, there was an article here about “saving” Social Security by raising the retirement age so folks will have to keep working until age 75 or 80:

Sounds great, eh?
Enjoy the struggle!

P.S. If the Pubbies really, really think they can win over Americans to their side by promoting such stupid ideas as raising the retirement age much beyond what it is now, they really ARE going to be strugglin’ in the years to come...

52 posted on 09/28/2012 9:05:14 AM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Your post is more disinformation than anything.

53 posted on 09/28/2012 10:05:54 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Grams A

And all the people who’ve lost their jobs and homes aren’t having hard times?

54 posted on 09/28/2012 10:30:17 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: 9YearLurker

The average American work week in 1950 was 40 hours.

55 posted on 09/28/2012 1:10:44 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: 9YearLurker

40 hr weeks might have been typical work loads for hourly wage earners with steady work from one employer, but I don’t think I know one family member from three generations who didn’t work about 18hr workdays or about 80-100hr work weeks and Sundays were respected as a day of rest dedicated to God.

56 posted on 09/28/2012 1:19:08 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: EEGator

what? socialism?

57 posted on 09/28/2012 1:39:04 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JerseyanExile

It was closer to twice that on a farm.

58 posted on 09/28/2012 1:52:01 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: yldstrk

No, like actually being able to put some money into savings or investments. I’m not against hard work, I’m simply stating that living paycheck to paycheck isn’t good. What if you lose your job? Now you can’t pay all your bills, and a negative spiral can happen.

59 posted on 09/28/2012 2:50:27 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

yeah, if you lose your job you are in bad shape. It has always been so.

60 posted on 09/28/2012 4:43:27 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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