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24 Million Martyrs

DoctorRoy Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 5:25 AM
Naaaa it'll be alright.
Ron781 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 12:32 PM
Thats right,. all is well. Put your head back in the sand.
DoctorRoy Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 10:01 AM
Well even with all its faults this is still America where if you work hard, play by the rules, and keep your nose clean you have the best chance in the world of "making it." I mean if I didn't believe that I would have called it a day a long time ago. I have to believe that. It's in my nature.
Pistol Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 8:23 AM
Roy, just how much further does net worth, income, numbers of unemployed, poor, food stamp recipients have to get worse before you see any signs of a falling sky? My point is not that the current situation is unendurable. You said it would be alright. Why do you think so? I give my reasons for a belief in further deterioration.
Magna Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 6:44 AM
The only positive note being they expanded the reasons for filing Social Security Claims to 200 -now should you have a migraine -you get to file -the boss is stressing you out -go file -want to sit home and watch soaps-file-oops!
DoctorRoy Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 6:10 AM
I haven't seen the sky fall yet, Pistol.
DoctorRoy Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 6:09 AM
Primus54 from Ohio Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 5:44 AM
Primus54 from Ohio Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 5:43 AM
Yes... perhaps in 2016 and there's no country left to loan us money, even low information Dems will awaken to reality and elect someone who has a clue how the real world works. Could happen i. 2014 if the GOP gains control of the Senate, but I'm not holding my breath.
Pistol Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 5:33 AM
You have karma on your side, Roy, but that wheel works pretty slowly. Right now we have fewer people in 40 hour/week non-government jobs than 2008, more people on food stamps, massive increases in the disability application rate, more below the poverty line, lower net worth and lower income. Taxes just went up on pay. I see no near-term potential to alter any of these trends. What do you see as grounds for "it'll be alright"?

I wish Obama and the Democrats could be as passionate about jobs as they are about, say, the contents of Happy Meals. Or the dust from cement factories. Or the habitat of the red-cockaded woodpecker.

While the wizard of DC remains a master of illusion and delusion, focusing everyone’s attention on the man behind the curtain- and his 20 Little Martyrs- the jobless recovery now enters its fifth year with no signs that hiring will be picking up soon.

So instead of worrying about the peckers, I wonder about the 12 million martyrs who remain unemployed. And the 3.6...