Does anyone know exactly when it was that the government started cooking the books on unemployment, and counting people who have given up and left the work force, as "no longer being unemployed"?
Seems to me that that one change in statistic-keeping set the stage for moving people from work onto welfare, and I think it was made during Clinton's regime? Or was it Carter?
It appears to allow them to move people transparently from work to welfare, and the unemployment statistics only look half as bad as they really are. Look at:
The U3 is the figure that makes the politicians look good, and the U6 is reality. Double.
What is it now? Have 35% of the American workers given up looking for work?
Yet Obama still "looks good" because of the U3?
A lot of people have just given up since the election.
A lot have given up finding work and just decided on permanent welfare or disability. Yet the unemployment figures have gone down because they won't count the people who have given up.
Senator Jim DeMint is resigning, two years into his term. I guess he figures, why waste his time trying to get anything done against the insane clowns who oppose fiscal sanity? We're only in for another four years of the same, or far, far worse. Can't say as I blame him.
We all like to feel like we're doing some good in the world, and with our lives, and the U.S. Congress doesn't seem like a way of doing that, these days.
Seems like we're reaching the end of the line for another forced-collectivist system, as they all seem to do eventually.
Can the Congress all be impeached, en masse?
Wishful thinking, I suppose.
It would require an understanding of the principles of freedom, and a willingness to be involved in their own governance, that almost no one has anymore in this country.
Yet I've heard rumors of a Tea Party II movement, even more motivated and ferocious than the first? Dare I hope?