Anyone can tell you that the economy is lower than dirt, and even people with master's degrees are finding it difficult even to get a job at a burger joint.
Maybe it's because there really is a true, economic crisis. On the other hand, let's just say the government might possibly be behind it all. What's in it for them?

To begin with, there's still that war going on over in Iraq. With hundreds of people desperate for jobs, a vast portion of those people turn to the military as their only option, and, hey, why draft people, when you can just ruin things so badly that hundreds of people will join the military, feeling that it is their only option?

Unfortunately, not everyone can get into the military, thanks to their height and weight standards, and so that still leaves many people unemployed.
These people will try as hard as they can, but in the end, many of them just become depressed, and eventually either commit suicide, or they cling to benefits as long as they can, before the benefits run out, and the person is left with nothing, loses their home, and ends up out on the street, only to die from starvation.
Does any of that seem relevant? Well, if you take into consideration how quickly the population is growing, you might start to think that perhaps the government is trying to cut down on the "surplus population." The thought is terrifying.

Let's not forget that where there's no money, there can be no luxuries. At least, no legitimate luxuries. When people can't afford the music, films, or video games that they love, but insist on having something to take the edge off of not having a job and living in complete destitute poverty, they often resort to "illegal piracy."
Everyone knows that the government is just a big puppet for the corporations, so when piracy reaches a ridiculous degree, they start cracking down on pirates, and then raking in the dough by charging said pirates absurd amounts of money for their "illegal downloads."
Rather than just saying, "You stole $20 worth of media, so cough up twenty bucks," they instead charge thousands of dollars for each download, which is obviously much more than they're worth.
Don't ask me where the poor jobless people are expected to pull the money from.

I don't guarantee that any of what I've just said is accurate, and I don't claim to know everything, but it's definitely something to think about.

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Harmony Schreiner is the author of "Canta Per Me," and "Call," the latter of which has yet to be released. If you enjoyed this article, please visit her website for more information.