If you resent this column, it may be because I read like a killjoy who's grouchy and resentful that everybody else is having a good time. If so, you may be someone for whom the rest of us are having to pick up the slack.
If you resent this column because you're working your tail off instead of jetting off to Europe or the tropics, then please accept my thanks. You are one of the heavy-lifters who's likely piggybacking a lazy friend or family member on your back.
We have a federal government that's moving toward European-style health care, European-style taxation and a more European-style attitude toward everything, from international relations to immigration. (Ask the English how their immigration policies have worked out.)
With so many people still out of work, perhaps we need to redefine what "work" really is. America doesn't manufacture like it used to. Our predominantly service economy mostly amounts to everybody just passing the same dollar among themselves -- mine to you for your service, and yours to me for mine.
A nation without a work ethic will never stay strong. Maybe that's the root evil our current instability. I'll have to give that some thought at the beach tomorrow.