We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I don't want to sound like a spoilsport, but does anyone in the Mainstream Media or in the Obama Administration understand that the latest unemployment rate of 8.1% as of February, bad as it now feels, is actually close to the normal unemployment rate in France and most of the European Union (EU) without a recession?
Yes, that is the same EU which Obama and his friends want us to emulate in terms of much bigger Government, higher taxes on producers, weaker Free Markets, and much stronger Labor Unions.
In fact, there is no country in the EU which came close to the United States' former unemployment rate of about 4.5%, save Ireland, which adopted our Free Market approach and so was loathed by the other welfare states.
So, if you're an Obama enthusiast, stop whining. This is the norm for governments whose spending absorbs 30+% of their Gross National Product.
yur dollar sent to DC comes back to in services as two quarters, as cash three quarters and a dime. the shipping & handling, even if they mail it right back to you. however, the bureaucrat who gets the missing dime and a nickel does spend it somewhere, so, no loss to the system --so long as that person with your dime and nickel is as productive as the private citizen doing the same job would have to be (in order to stay employed, that is, you see).
In 2008, I spent four months at US installations in the Middle East. This was before the markets really began to head south. So many young contractor expats from Europe, in particular from the UK and Eastern Europe. No work at home.
The Europe of the US liberal imagination and the Europe of reality are two very different things.
jeff, you must mean the fed's easy money policy having gone on too long, and the admin's failure to jawbone it up sooner. Who could disagree with that? however, honesty requires that we keep in mind the asterisk in the 'actual real-deal what-really-happened' truth column, an asterisk which leads to a footnote partially described here: