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.
The in-laws spent a week in Anse Chastenet and loved it. Patsy Kensit was there at the same time (I doubt I'd recognize her now, but she had just been in Lethal Weapon 2, so I'm sure it was a giveaway).
Good friend honeymooned there in the 90's and was hanging out with Jimmy Page and his family on the beach. It's quite the getaway for the rich and famous, apparently.
Neither my in-laws nor my friend are rich or famous. Just inspired.
"Yeah. Unemployment goes down as the labor participation rate goes down. An Alice in Wonderland type phenomenon, don't you think?"
Oh, over here in Europe they've discovered another way:
Unemployment agencies "encourage" (read, pressure/coerce) unemployed people to become self-employed, to start their own business as "consultants". There's even special tax programs for so called "self-employed without staff" people.
Of course 90%+ of them fail because they have no training in running a business, no proper business plan, no cash reserves, no potential customer base, and no support from anyone to build all that (and because of the way unemployment regulations work here they can't take training courses in all that while unemployed, because you need to be available 24/7 for job interviews while unemployed and you're not so when in a classroom...). But after failure they no longer are counted as unemployed because they were not previously employed. They now count as simply "failed businesses" and get nothing at all, not even social security.
This is creating a large number of extremely poor people, with massive debt to the government (who of course insists on them paying business taxes over the months they tried to get their business started, then has them declared bankrupt so they can sneak in before banks to take whatever money they manage to scrounge together after their business inevitably fails) who have nowhere to turn (most of them are not minorities, so "charities" to help them get back on their feet hardly exist either, most of those being (to prevent racism obviously) specific to certain minorities only).
In Good advice from Dems to Dems the author restates the line that Obamacare was a good idea. This is his best advice? Even if it was ever a good idea to put "free" health care into law the Obamacare law was the worst possible way to do it. I honestly doubt that if the goal was to cause the most harm while at the same time embedding massive spending not even related to health care that a better bill could have been written to do that. The list of unintended consequenses (or intended consequences) grows daily while the mney keeps going out the door in wheelbarrows and dump trucks. But every indicator points to worse health care for all of us in the future and a looming doctor shortage.
Let me give the Democrats some good advice: Stop calling the citizens you presume to represent (tea party) terrorists and fools. Stop calling everyone who disagrees with you racists. Stop setting the U.S. up for a violent race war by trumpng up racial issues and creating anger simply to get votes. Budget! Stop borrowing and printing money. Contrary to what all politicians seem to believe your job is NOT to bring home the bacon and pay off special interest groups your job is to govern. Please, please read the constitution! And last but not least if youwant to get into politics take classes in economics and if you can't do that then at least put some people on yur staff who have.