Our nations unemployment rate is at 9.1%. That is high. Historically speaking, it is still nowhere near the 25% of US workers that were jobless during the great depression, but it is almost double the rate from a decade ago. Some of these jobs are gone for good. Technology has made life more efficient, getting rid of some positions, while creating others. We have certainly shipped jobs overseas. Our restrictions and expensive health care make it more affordable to employ and manufacture outside of the US. Bottom line, a lot of people are struggling. So, what are we going to do? Who has the answer? Hallmark does. Capitalizing on the down economy, Hallmark has started producing “unemployment sympathy” cards. Great. That is just what I would want if I were unemployed. People knowing about it, feeling sorry for me, and wasting $6 on an unoriginal card. It is basically a “fuck you” to the unemployed from the employed. Sorry you don’t have a job, but I will still spend frivolously on unnecessary items that are a reminder to you and to myself that I have money and a job. If you really feel bad and want to help, talk to them, or buy them a Trader Joe’s gift card. But a Hallmark card with some generic hogwash is lazy, rude, and degrading.