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2012-06-10 10:34:17 AM
4 votes:
A rightfully deserved fate for somebody who never worked a full year in her life! Just another Lib who thinks the world should be served to her on a silver platter of entitlement.

But after losing her job as an executive assistant at an advertising agency in 2008...

Oh, huh... Okay, I bet she just sat on her ass collecting those fat unemployment checks while living on my dime!

...she searched fruitlessly for full-time work and exhausted her unemployment benefits.

Ah, hmm... Well, she'd be fine if she had the foresight to actually save and not live beyond her means!

For a while, she strung together odd jobs and lived off her 401(k) retirement and profit-sharing accounts. Then, this year, with her savings depleted and no job offers in sight, she reluctantly applied for Social Security.

Eh, well, she should... Was she... Rush Limbaugh said that... Uhh...
2012-06-10 10:54:07 AM
3 votes:
All I gotta say is boot straps. Chinese made bootstraps. Guaranteed to not break until you least expect it bootstraps. Made by the tenderest, most violated children Jiangsu province can dump into the factories bootstraps. No union slobs touched these bootstraps. It's pure USA (made in China) pride oozing out of these bootstraps. Just buy a few pairs, climb on a chair, wrap them around the nearest high rafter or pipe, tie off to your neck, and jump. All your problems solved.

Bootstraps.
2012-06-10 10:30:17 AM
3 votes:
My retirement is predicated on everyone's copies of the Death of Superman and Spawn #1 suddenly and irreversibly disappearing. Also, a CLERKS comic book #1, first printing that I wrote FIRST PRINTING, MINT across the cover in Sharpie.
2012-06-10 10:16:52 AM
3 votes:
After Ron Paul gets into office every American will get the only stimulus package they need- a copy of Atlas Shrugged along with a link for digital download.
2012-06-10 12:10:36 PM
2 votes:
You wanna good business idea? Tattoo removal clinic.

We're reaching the point where all those "non-conformists" who said that "they would never work for a company that didn't accept their tattoos" would very much like to work for those companies. Or any company, for that matter.
2012-06-10 10:42:16 AM
2 votes:
I'm in my sixties, and have just been laid off, and am getting a kick ..etc

Yes, I had a retirement plan, but it relied on a few more years of work.

Whoever created the 401K idea should have been hung from the nearest lamp post.
2012-06-10 10:23:56 AM
2 votes:

moefuggenbrew: It's Bush's fault


Depends on which Bush you're talking about. Back in 1988, Bush Sr. said "I would like to see this nation's wealth in fewer, righter, tighter hands".
No one could reasonably contend that that has not been achieved.
2012-06-10 10:22:46 AM
2 votes:

SockMonkeyHolocaust: After Ron Paul gets into office every American will get the only stimulus package they need- a copy of Atlas Shrugged along with a link for digital download.


You might as well give people a copy of Battlefield Earth, and automatically put the movie in their Netflix queue. They would run screaming from their home, directly to the employment office.
2012-06-10 10:21:18 AM
2 votes:
Thanks to Kickstarter, the future is all steam punk eBooks, indie zombie movies about how much we hate our parents and Apple i-lifestyle accessories.
2012-06-10 10:11:43 AM
2 votes:
Time to fire up the time portal:
southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com

/goobacks took our jerbs.
2012-06-10 01:37:42 PM
1 votes:

indarwinsshadow: So, I went and wrote my PATI, WCT, and ran my PREP. Failed the PREP, as I couldn't make the 6.5 required on the beat test. So, I trained my ass off for 12 weeks, bumped up my VO2 max, and made the grade next time round. Went and sailed through my BPAD, vision and hearing.


Are people supposed to know what those initials stand for?
2012-06-10 01:35:11 PM
1 votes:

rvesco: As much as I hate to introduce facts into what should be a purely emotional and ideological dispute


Dude, blame is ALWAYS the answer. Try to think of an instance in the course of human history that blame hasn't provided a quick, eloquent and long lasting solution to any problem that has confronted us.
2012-06-10 12:26:28 PM
1 votes:
You followed the sexual revolution all the way to the trailer park, spouseless and childless.

You've come a long way, baby!
2012-06-10 11:22:14 AM
1 votes:

NewportBarGuy: We're all going to have to compromise on whatever strongly held principles we have on taxes, spending, welfare and all of that. This whole do nothing congress sh*t has got to stop. We've got to be adults here and honestly sit down with some real numbers and figure out the best way forward. We can't have a command economy, but we can and should guide that economy in a way that best serves all of our citizens while not encroaching too much on the entrepreneurial spirit.

We all want America to be successful and for these people not to need any federal help (Even early SS benefits). It's going to take an act of god for us to work together to make that happen. I'm not very optimistic, but I've not given up hope.


Adam Davidson (from NPR's Planet Money) is one of many who have been looking at this issue for a while now and many of the PM podcasts have focused on it, and he wrote an excellent article in the Atlantic about it. And while it's clearly a simplified list, he's boiled it down to three things...

Fix the deficit: We're in a mess that was created by people effectively double-dipping (using tomorrow's money to pay for today's spending, but still expecting tomorrow's money to be there). Rather than fixing the fundamentals, we're trimming around the edges. Making the USGS cut its budget 20% isn't going to do anything; we have to get defense and entitlements under control, and make sure the programs we decide to keep are properly funded.

Fix health care: We're in a system which is incentivized not to reduce costs or improve the efficacy of care/services, but rather to rack up as many services (fees) as possible and pass the costs on to the next person. Consumers who are covered have little incentive to forego unnecessary services since they're not really paying for it, and too many others are shut out.

So that addresses money going out, but that doesn't really help the people you mention. The only way to do that is...

Fix education: When you break down the current unemployment numbers, there is a huge difference in the rates among educated and uneducated workers. The days of being able to get a good life-long job with an 8th-grade education are gone, and they're never coming back no matter what policies people might dream up. We need to stop trying to compete on making goods where the only production variable left is labor costs, we're going to lose that battle every time. With a large pool of skilled workers from which to draw, we can compete and succeed making things others can't (at least not nearly as well). Our trade and other policies have put us in a bind; we should have been dumping a boatload of resources and attention into education since the 80s, when the writing was clearly on the wall.

In the long run, education is what's going to provide the resources to get out of the spending dilemma (and hopefully reduce the number of people having to draw from those programs). We need to dramatically change our attitude toward education among the working class, and our attitude toward hard work among the educated class. Education doesn't end with high school, and it's not just for nerds. People need to stop taking pride in their ignorance and we need to flip the dynamic of the dumb jocks being cool and the smart kids being ridiculed. But we also need to instill a good work (as in hands-on work) ethic among the educated. Being educated AND actually making things, as opposed to making money simply by manipulating numbers, can be very rewarding.

Straightforward, yes... but by no means "easy". It's going to take a lot of people having to work a little harder, maybe pay a little more and compromise on a few things. But we do that all the time in life so it's not insurmountable if we can somehow manage to convince people of the tangible benefits of doing so.
2012-06-10 11:14:59 AM
1 votes:
Some Farker said this a while back, and it seemed far too appropriate for this thread:
crow202.org
2012-06-10 11:02:44 AM
1 votes:
A trailer out in the desert where she can fire off all the weapons she wants at whatever she wants and host year-round Burning Man Burns? Sounds like heaven.
2012-06-10 11:01:10 AM
1 votes:
"Clare Keany lives in a tiny mobile home in California, barely getting by on little more than $1,082 a month from Social Security"

Tiny my azz that there is a double wide! What more does she want? She had a nice crib, beautiful weather, all the low cost illegal labor i.e. housekeeper-gardener-handyman she needs, plus over a $1000.00 a month to go crazy on!
Some people are never happy.

Obama loves you...
2012-06-10 10:52:22 AM
1 votes:

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Bitcoins.


Responsible people put all their money into GPUs to mine bitcoins. There's just no way it can backfire.
2012-06-10 10:46:37 AM
1 votes:

jso2897: Have you considered Facebook? I hear that's really hot these days.


I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening?

Bitcoins.
2012-06-10 10:34:48 AM
1 votes:

SockMonkeyHolocaust: My retirement is predicated on everyone's copies of the Death of Superman and Spawn #1 suddenly and irreversibly disappearing. Also, a CLERKS comic book #1, first printing that I wrote FIRST PRINTING, MINT across the cover in Sharpie.


Have you considered Facebook? I hear that's really hot these days.
2012-06-10 10:28:36 AM
1 votes:

jso2897: moefuggenbrew: It's Bush's fault

Depends on which Bush you're talking about. Back in 1988, Bush Sr. said "I would like to see this nation's wealth in fewer, righter, tighter hands".
No one could reasonably contend that that has not been achieved.


Yes, what this country needs is more millionaire democrats who "feel your pain".
2012-06-10 10:25:36 AM
1 votes:

Snarfangel: You might as well give people a copy of Battlefield Earth, and automatically put the movie in their Netflix queue. They would run screaming from their home, directly to the employment office.


Somewhere out there is the zygote that will one day prove Ron Paul to be left wing. That whole sum of government assistance under him will be a postcard printed in that dotmatrix-ey kind of font with faded ink and that postcard will have the words "boot straps"
2012-06-10 10:24:12 AM
1 votes:
Obama's America is going to bring us all closer together!

See, it's working!
2012-06-10 10:19:21 AM
1 votes:
The 'service economy' was a hilarious notion back to when Clinton was it's apostle. Apparently it's based on the perspective developing nations are too stupid to take the same management and accounting courses as developed, so they'll build things and we'll manage them. It's such a slam dunk we can toss educational requirements and border tariffs.
Reap - sow.
2012-06-10 10:19:09 AM
1 votes:
davidszondy.com
2012-06-10 10:18:35 AM
1 votes:
If there was only some sort of underground economy one could work for...
2012-06-10 09:12:22 AM
1 votes:
From the headline, I immediately assumed it was about Obamacare.
 
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