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.
It's usually pretty good, satisfying, and adequately-compensated, but right now it's a bit of a bummer. The biz is slow and quite stressful, and it (corporate communications, PR, investor relations, marketing, etc.) is a good measure of the condition of the US economy.
Perhaps this is my winter depression, DSM 4 "Life sucks." I have not been skiing often enough. My bonus this year is half of last year's. I need a new hot girlfriend who can appreciate my annoying quirks and bad habits. Why can't the government give me some money and some cute sweet girls just be be my wonderful self, so I can go protest something, or go back up to Sugarloaf for a few days? I blame Obama. Everybody always told me that I was very special, wonderful and talented, but maybe they lied.
If my next big deal goes through this week, we can delete this post. Plenty of difficult work is all I want. If I am not working 7 days/week at my age, I feel like I am wasting my time. Thankfully, I am no Euro-weenie, and don't have a union job like my Dad did where they prevented you from working too hard or too long.
I've had jobs where I absolutely hated the morning trek in to the office.
I've mostly had jobs which were fun and exciting.
I'm currently in an interesting position which is not 100% fulfilling, but I'm working - which is more than I was doing a year ago. And for that, I'm quite happy. Perhaps if the economy improves dramatically (unlikely) and I'm still in this position, I'll feel down. But for now, I enter each day and say "Damn, I'm glad to be here."
Of course, that's how EVERY day should start regardless of my feelings about the job I have. And that's a small comfort I've gained by being unemployed for an extended period.
The question of "who do I blame," however is one which I will never impose on anyone else. I don't care about politics, I don't care about the economy, I don't care about anything else - in the end, how I feel is up to me and me alone.
I will blame Obama for the doldrums I see in the marketplace, and for the slow hiring cycles which prevent my company from filling much needed positions. Or for the headcount reductions/freezes that have taken place because HR can't figure out our costs related to healthcare (true...they can't - from what I've heard many HR departments are winging it, but I'm not in HR).
Sure, the economy is down for many reasons that pre-date Obama. So the blame is not all his. But what is worth blaming him for is Occupy Wall Street and the ilk which is running around proclaiming 'we can do more'!
No. No "we" can't do more. In fact "we" shouldn't do "more". "We" should do less and I should be doing more. "I" being each individual who has it in their power to make their own life just a little better and thereby make others' lives better. But it shouldn't be a mandate.
If I want to walk around and sulk and not spend money and complain about what I don't have (like the Occupy nitwits), well, it's a free country. Be my guest. But on an individual level, and I tell my boys this when the going gets rough, suck it up and get the job done, and be happy you have something to do.
Beats sitting on your butt in Zucotti Park looking stupid and smelling up the joint.
Wouldn't Margret Thatcher's premise about running out of other people's money apply here?
Obama should supply each eligible male with a hot girlfriend, but what happens when he inevitably runs out of hot females? And who gets to decide what the standard of "hot" is? Will we have a Czar of Hotness? And then there is the whole gay community. What if the girls there want a hot girlfriend? Is it up to Obama to supply them too?