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.
Question: If you overlaid the labor force graph on top of the economic activity graph, could you show that people are going "black market/ off book?"
Then if you overlaid the entitlements handed out, could you show either: the economy is actually moving along, just not under the control of the government as planned; OR that it is moving along, but in a downward death spiral?
Kind of like the movie runaway stagecoach heading for the cliff: the hero has to climb out onto the horses to stop the people in the coach from certain death, or Sorry, the hero is dead in the driver seat, sucks to be you in the coach.
Most of us knew Sebelius was an idiot before Obummer put her in charge of HHS but saying it should five years to build a website and two years to test it... But that's because she THINKS she knows what she's doing. She has a lot of experience in failure (http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/23/lawmakers-sebelius-failed-at-government-website-projects-prior-to-serving-in-obama-administration/).
It's been amateur hour at the WH for five years. Will people ever wake up to that?
Sebelius is just one more of that generation of women who were trained in "leadership management" courses. You know those courses we the taxpayer paid for on public campuses across this country. Courses by the way which were only open to a handful of select young women--by invitation only. But, if you look carefully you can find these "leadership training/change agents" courses in your local college's course catalog, after all we did pay for her "leadership training"! You can put Sebelius on the list of incompetent females--the gal that was governor during the big hurricane failure in LA;the gal who HP was forced to put at the top and who drove that company to near disaster; the woman in charge of the prison in Iraq. All the same generation--all the same leadership style. You know the style it is not new: rise to the top without either the education, or experience in the required subject skills and then demand that those who do have the expertise blindly follow your poorly informed decision making! Yeaah--
So 3 or 4% of people who used to work are taking some time off? If they are broke that is bad, but, if the worked hard, saved, then should we begrudge them their leisure?
They are just doing their part to reduce inequality by burning down their surplus. So others won't feel bad..and before the politicians move to reallocate that surplus by their own designs. Besides they didn't build that so why keep laying bricks on it.
Walter Russell Mead loves the sound of his inner voice reading the words he has written. The intellectual version of Thunderbird wine as compared to Victor David Hanson's work which compares to an Henri Jayer Grand cru wine.