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2012-07-25 07:43:02 AM  

basemetal: God does love idiots, which is why there are so many.


Why do you think Jesse Jackson is still alive?
 
2012-07-25 07:51:47 AM  

xl5150: How do you figure? You really think it to be wise to take a vacation when the economy is in the current state and your boss most likely has a stack of resumes for people who would gladly start tomorrow to take your job?


How many jobs are there where an employee taking a vacation at all (provided you plan ahead) would be some kind of unexpected surprise that would rub your boss the wrong way?

Paid leave is part of a benefits package laid out in advance. Often companies even require that you take it. Employers can reduce the benefit, but that's not the same as providing it and then firing those who take it. The employee who "starts tomorrow" would be taking the vacation benefit as well. As bad as things are, I can't imagine it's at the point where managers are creating turnover on the basis of the new employee promising not to exercise the advertised vacation benefit. Layoffs and benefits reductions, sure, but not targeting employees on an individual basis. But maybe I'm naive.
 
2012-07-25 07:57:37 AM  

shotglasss: We all know another unemployed woman who loves to go on vacation, but she uses other people's money.

[webpages.charter.net image 400x600]


Oh now come on. Michelle is actually quite attractive.
 
2012-07-25 08:00:30 AM  

Molavian: TravelingFreakshow: Wiping your ass with your nest egg doesn't seem terribly intelligent, but to each their own.

This.


Yes, live to work, don't work to live.
Spend as much time working as possible then on the day you die, you'll be able to say to yourself, "Damn, I wish I'd spent more time working!"
 
2012-07-25 08:00:57 AM  

dopekitty74: xl5150: KrispyKritter: WhyteRaven74: Only in America would someone, anyone, question someone else taking a vacation.

indeed. this bears repeating.

How do you figure? You really think it to be wise to take a vacation when the economy is in the current state and your boss most likely has a stack of resumes for people who would gladly start tomorrow to take your job?

I'm pretty sure it's illegal to fire someone because they've gone on a vacation, so long as the proper vacation request paperwork has been filed


If you live in a "Right to Work" state you can be fired for absolutely no reason. "Right to Work" is a euphemism so that the masses might vote away their rights. It boils down to "Right to have you job terminated". It does not offer a worker any "rights" at all. It basically means no job is an implied contract and your boss has the right to fire you just because she feels like it. It's basically a political union bustin' scam.
Granted that without "Right to Work" you can be fired for just about any constitutionally legal reason not explicitly prohibited in any agreement you may have made with your employer.
//As for vacations while unemployed; You may as well. I don't care if you are collecting unemployment, welfare or disability etc.
 
2012-07-25 08:05:28 AM  
i don't think i've ever taken an actual vacation. at least not in the sense of going to a beach or going on a cruise or going to disneyland or something. to be honest, none of that sounds fun at all to me. my idea of a nice vacation is having a three or four days off of work to putter around my apartment and goof off on my computer. and i get several of those a year on long holiday weekends.

when i was unemployed for six months back in 2007, that's pretty much what i did. i watched a lot of movies, i played a lot of video games, i read a few books, and i just relaxed. i also gained like 30 pounds, which kind of sucked, but whatever. i'm very glad that i got to experience that unemployment when the job market was still good. i didn't look for a job at all that whole time, and found a great new job in one day on the week that my unemployment was set to run out. if i lost my job now, it would be a very different story.
 
2012-07-25 08:16:18 AM  
Sure go right ahead, good luck have fun. What do I care?
 
2012-07-25 08:17:24 AM  
People take vacations to get away from work. If you are not working, what's the point?

That said, given that time is now an extremely valuable commodity to me, if I ever lost my job the first thing I would do is take two weeks and go on back to back vacations. If it were summertime, I would take two weeks and go to Alaska, then like Italy/ Spain/ Mediterranean. If it were winter, i'd hit Jackson Hole or Lake Tahoe followed by the Southern Caribbean or Tahiti.
 
2012-07-25 08:18:22 AM  
Dear Internet,
I'm stranded in the desert with no idea of how I'll get myself out of this fix. Is it wrong to take a long satisfying drink from my finite water supply?

Wrong - no.

Stupid - yes.
 
2012-07-25 08:21:10 AM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: xl5150: How do you figure? You really think it to be wise to take a vacation when the economy is in the current state and your boss most likely has a stack of resumes for people who would gladly start tomorrow to take your job?




Don't know what kind of Jobs you have been dealing with. But my last three jobs all required my employer at least 2 months to get new hires up to speed with current employees. And that is after spending 3 months finding someone whose skill set match their requirements. And my experiences are not an aberration. Bosses who create a large turn-over environment only hurt themselves. The smart ones figure that out.
 
2012-07-25 08:21:18 AM  

Sitting_Duk: Dear Internet,
I'm stranded in the desert with no idea of how I'll get myself out of this fix. Is it wrong to take a long satisfying drink from my finite water supply?


You're not helping Leon. Why is that?
 
2012-07-25 08:24:26 AM  

EatTheWorld: AuBricker: No one makes an issue of it when Donald Trump goes on vacation, unemployed or otherwise, but heaven forbid a mere mortal take a break.

big difference. Trump didn't soak up unemployment until it ran out. Plus as you say, he is immortal.


Well, the Donald did put three of his companies into bankruptcy. I'm guessing that cost taxpayers a slight bit more than did her unemployment benefits. But, hey, only little people have to pay for past failures, right?
 
2012-07-25 08:36:50 AM  

xl5150: KrispyKritter: WhyteRaven74: Only in America would someone, anyone, question someone else taking a vacation.

indeed. this bears repeating.

How do you figure? You really think it to be wise to take a vacation when the economy is in the current state and your boss most likely has a stack of resumes for people who would gladly start tomorrow to take your job?


If all it takes to get replaced is to go on a work place sanctioned vacation, chances are, remaining at work probably won't be any more of a garantee that your position has not already been slated for removal anyhow.

Playing hookie from work may be an altogether different matter- especially if there are a slew of potential employees who may be responsible enough to show up at work when they are scheduled to.
 
jgi
2012-07-25 08:38:03 AM  
You can claim moral superiority all you want but the fact is the people at the top do what they please, usually at your expense; if you're not trying to do the same thing you're only hurting yourself. You can be just, invest in your community, be a good person, but you always need to place yourself first in line. It's a funny thing, when you change your serf mindset and start taking things, you get more respect and aren't treated like a serf any longer.

Take a vacation.

If I was on unemployment, you better believe I would do whatever the hell I wanted to do. If you're employed and worry that taking a vacation might get you fired, well, figure out a way to screw your boss and your company if that outcome happens. And let them know it, albeit very subtly. I'm not saying screw your boss and screw your company if they're good people and treat you fairly. But if they hold the job over your head, threaten you, overwork you... you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't enact your own insurance.

You're only a serf if you think you are.

Now pardon me, I'm about to start my vacation!
 
2012-07-25 08:40:16 AM  

AuBricker: EatTheWorld: AuBricker: No one makes an issue of it when Donald Trump goes on vacation, unemployed or otherwise, but heaven forbid a mere mortal take a break.

big difference. Trump didn't soak up unemployment until it ran out. Plus as you say, he is immortal.

Well, the Donald did put three of his companies into bankruptcy. I'm guessing that cost taxpayers a slight bit more than did her unemployment benefits. But, hey, only little people have to pay for past failures, right?


YOu can rant about the inequalities of our financial system all you want. I amy even agree with you on a lot of points.

But the reality of this woman's situtaiton is that she has akid to look after and no job. So it is pretty stupid to go on a vacation. Whatever you think of Trump, I am sure he had enough money to look after his kids.
 
2012-07-25 08:41:55 AM  
If CEO's can collect bonuses funded by taxpayer bailout money for doing a shiatty job, then the unemployed can go on vacation with their unemployment money.
 
2012-07-25 08:41:56 AM  

xl5150: I would certainly question the loyalty of one of my subservients who decided to take a vacation in the current economic climate when they know that there are people knocking down the door to get a job who would be happy to replace them.


xl5150: What people who obviously aren't serious about their jobs do in order to ensure that one of the people stepping over everyone else to get a job are sitting in their desk when they return.


xl5150: How do you figure? You really think it to be wise to take a vacation when the economy is in the current state and your boss most likely has a stack of resumes for people who would gladly start tomorrow to take your job?


Trust me, any job where employees need to fear for their job when taking a vacation is a place with no morale where employees will bolt at the first opportunity (especially when the economy picks up).

Happy employees are productive employees. And replacing good employees (especially in positions that require training or certain specialized skills) is surprisingly difficult, even with the abundance of resumes out there.
 
2012-07-25 08:45:21 AM  
Based upon the fact that the Baby Boomers are probably the last generation that will be able to retire en masse, I won't begrudge anyone that takes a vacation at any time. Humans weren't meant to work 60+ hours a week until they take their last breathe.
 
2012-07-25 08:48:42 AM  
Shoot...I've been working for 10 years straight and I can't afford to go on vacation. If you can go, go. Fark it.
 
2012-07-25 08:49:32 AM  
1) When I was unemployed, I was told by the nice people at the unemployment office that my job is now to find a job. If I have a job, then I should be able to take time off every now and then, yes?

2) I'd already paid for a cruise and had enough money to cover my expenses while I was gone. I don't remember if I'd claimed unemployment during that time (probably not, maybe it was before I could file for unemployment? don't remember).
 
2012-07-25 08:52:12 AM  

dittybopper: Sitting_Duk: Dear Internet,
I'm stranded in the desert with no idea of how I'll get myself out of this fix. Is it wrong to take a long satisfying drink from my finite water supply?

You're not helping Leon. Why is that?


If your final demise is inevitable- drink away and enjoy those last few moments without a dry mouth. Now if you are drinking that water from a cohort's canteen or meant to be shared with someone in your care who is also stuck out in the same dessert with you, drink only what you need to survive unless they say otherwise.

But being unemployed in America in not like being stranded out in the desert. You have a social/economic system you can fall back on once your "canteen " is empty. We have a tendency to share our water, be it through unemployment benefits, healthcare, charities, friends and family, living assistance, etc. and we are happy to do it. It's when you decide that a full canteen isn't enough and choose to fill up a little wading pool to lounge around in expexting others to keep refreshing the water in pool that we tend to reconsider our generosity.
 
2012-07-25 08:59:58 AM  
I believe this is am example of what the late, lamented Douglas Adams referred to as an "SEP" - somebody else's problem. This isn't any of my business.
 
2012-07-25 09:02:04 AM  

v2micca: Yankees Team Gynecologist: xl5150: How do you figure? You really think it to be wise to take a vacation when the economy is in the current state and your boss most likely has a stack of resumes for people who would gladly start tomorrow to take your job?



Don't know what kind of Jobs you have been dealing with. But my last three jobs all required my employer at least 2 months to get new hires up to speed with current employees. And that is after spending 3 months finding someone whose skill set match their requirements. And my experiences are not an aberration. Bosses who create a large turn-over environment only hurt themselves. The smart ones figure that out



Nobody has said bosses were smart. I've watched a boss slam a 2 inch boring bar into a chuck at 800 inches per minute, after I specifically told him the battery that maintained the zero points was dead and the offsets were changing every day when I turned the lathe on. I watched the same guy hire another guy who regaled us with tales of scrambling parameters and dropping the g52 Z location 10" below the table at his previous workplace, then defended that same guy when he installed virus-ridden, pirated CAD-CAM software on the company system and passed out repeatedly from oxycontin overdoses. It took an act of vandalism on my personal vehicle to get him fired.

I watched another one get sucked into a six-sigma consultancy scam where the "consultant" literally took his office over (at $8 thousand a month) and sat on his ass for 18 months, then ordered half the crew to be laid off after he had refused to allow the purchase of several cutters, insert drills and holders for them to support a request from a primary customer to speed up production, who then pulled the contract when we couldn't meet the demand. Those cutters would have cut actual machining time by better than 60%. This same boss had borrowed against his house to pay for that consultant.

No, bosses aren't necessarily smart.
 
2012-07-25 09:03:37 AM  

the opposite of charity is justice: I know people who haven't taken a vacation in years who *are* employed, just worried they'll no longer be upon their return.


I worked for a place like that.

Then I up and quit one day to save my sanity.

/doing just fine, thanks.
 
2012-07-25 09:05:13 AM  
Sorry Lady, but you are an idiot. When the money runs out and a major emergency happens (I take it both of you and your son are uninsured or have a private medical insurance plan, which are usually crap, so if any major medical expenses occur, you will both be screwed), you will have wished you had the money back you selfishly wasted on a vacation. The "I'm worn out from not having a job. Boo-hoo!" is not selling to those of us who are actually worn out, for real, from working.

Go find a job. Get a steady income stream you and *your son* (who should come first in all your financial decision making) can count on before you talk about recreational expenses.
 
2012-07-25 09:14:24 AM  
If you are an american, no. A period of unemployment may be the the only time you have to take a vacation. So much of my "real" vacations are taken up by family obligations that I don't feel like I've had a vacation in years.

However, I would have a hard time relaxing if I didn't have a job.
 
2012-07-25 09:18:31 AM  

Weaver95: huh. And to think i've just been working on my backlog of projects around the house in between filing for unemployment and sending out resumes.


Do you do java-based web development?
 
2012-07-25 09:30:39 AM  

dittybopper: shotglasss: We all know another unemployed woman who loves to go on vacation, but she uses other people's money.

[webpages.charter.net image 400x600]

Oh now come on. Michelle is actually quite attractive.


I won't argue that, but I do love that pic of her.
 
2012-07-25 09:43:41 AM  

Graffito: Weaver95: huh. And to think i've just been working on my backlog of projects around the house in between filing for unemployment and sending out resumes.

Do you do java-based web development?


Don't insult the man.
 
2012-07-25 09:53:59 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: I take the same vacation every year, employed or not.

I also travel beyond that vacation, employed or not.

While on unemployment, I halted the unemployment while not actively looking for work, in compliance with our laws.

It's my savings, and it's my insurance money. How I budget is nobody's concern but my own.


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2012-07-25 09:55:46 AM  
I got notified that I was beng laid off while on vacation. Does that count?

/company offered a very generous severance package.
//considered going home but it's already paid for, so we are staying
 
2012-07-25 09:59:06 AM  
Hell, I'm employed and don't take vacations.
 
2012-07-25 10:05:59 AM  

shotglasss: We all know another unemployed woman who loves to go on vacation, but she uses other people's money.

[webpages.charter.net image 400x600]


Wow. The First Lady gets to travel? This is unprecedented.
 
2012-07-25 10:06:28 AM  

Magorn: jaylectricity: Bathia_Mapes: According to the article her benefits ran out awhile back, so she's not using them to take a vacation.

But she did get benefits which saved her savings account. You can't just pick and choose which dollars went where. Without those benefits she might not have any money left.

On the other hand, the money generated by her work is what paid the insurance company who provided the benefit dollars...so in a way, it was already her money.

Her "benefits" were paid for BY HER and her employer when she WAS working. Unemployment is an INSURANCE program, paid for by premiums charged to employers (and therefore indirectly by workers (not a government handout) so what shedoes with it was her business. Was unemployed for about 4 moths a couple years back and I wish i had had more savings because I would have taken the family on a memorable vacation somewhere, to a working person time is as precious a commodity as money and the shiatty vacation we get in the US as opposed to the rest of the civilized world means meaningful vacations are rare to non-existent.


That's what I said.
 
2012-07-25 10:20:06 AM  
Well, if you win a prize. Gee, why wouldn't you
 
2012-07-25 10:21:08 AM  
Depends. If I were to loose my job, I'd probably take a quick trip to my family's place out in the mountains for a week or two, where it's free... get my brain back in place. Then again, I'm 33 and have never been unemployed... so, what the hell do I know?
 
2012-07-25 10:30:58 AM  

shotglasss: dittybopper: shotglasss: We all know another unemployed woman who loves to go on vacation, but she uses other people's money.

[webpages.charter.net image 400x600]

Oh now come on. Michelle is actually quite attractive.

I won't argue that, but I do love that pic of her.


I've got to say, as a white guy with conservative-ish, libertarian-ish leanings, she's probably the most attractive first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy.
 
2012-07-25 10:32:12 AM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Ambivalence: If you can afford it, why not? Not all vacations are created equal and not all people who are unemployed are berift of money.

That, and who is really going to be able to tell that you're unemployed while you're on vacation?


Why would I be concerned about people being able to tell that I'm unemployed? I can afford a god damn vacation! They need to just keep their poorness to themselves.
 
2012-07-25 10:35:07 AM  
She presents a false choice.

There is only one way to take a vacation from unemployment: get a job.

Otherwise, at the end of the day, whether you're at the seaside or not, you're still unemployed.
 
2012-07-25 10:36:30 AM  
People who are unemployed deserve to live on rice and dried beans and should not have central heat and air or hot water. And not that instant rice either, nope, brown rice only, the kind you have to measure out and that takes 35 minutes to cook. They should have to poop in a hole in the backyard. They should have only the big three networks on TV. Their kids should have to play with the $1 toys from WalMart, yes, it's paddleball, bubbles, and army men for your little unemployed brats. If you're not selling blood to make the rent on a pay-by-the-week efficiency hotel room in a crack neighborhood, you're not a real unemployed American. How dare this woman even own the computer she used to write this article? I hope she wrote it at the local library, sitting in a chair that a homeless man just peed in! In fact, she doesn't deserve to live. Why, I've had a job since I was 15 years old, what makes her so special?

Am I doing it right?
 
2012-07-25 10:49:04 AM  
I've wondered about what I would do if I found myself unemployed. I'm a saver, don't spend much, so I could last a good long while even without unemployment benefits. So, I'd be pretty tempted to take a month off to fark around. After all, even with time off, I'd never be able to do that while employed (I've heard of long sabbaticals but I doubt I'd ever get a job that offered them).

But on the other hand, there's the whole "won't hire someone who hasn't worked in 3 months" thing. If I wasted the first month it could definitely cause me regret down the line, even if I did get a job before my savings ran out.
 
2012-07-25 10:53:00 AM  

CapeFearCadaver: Depends. If I were to loose my job, I'd probably take a quick trip to my family's place out in the mountains for a week or two, where it's free... get my brain back in place. Then again, I'm 33 and have never been unemployed... so, what the hell do I know?


I hope you never do. I was unemployed for six months back in 2002. It seriously got inside of my head. I found a fantastic job (which I am still in), but it made me doubt almost everything in life.

As for vacation while unemployed, if a lot of it is was already paid for (plane tickets, cottage rental...) I wouldn't hesitate from going. Otherwise, I would only go if the relative costs were pretty low. Worrying about how you will make ends meet when you get back would probably ruin the trip anyway.
 
2012-07-25 10:57:47 AM  
I went on vacation while unemployed. I ended up getting a job immediately after. Since then I haven't had the time or money to go on one after. Go figure.
 
2012-07-25 11:13:15 AM  

madgonad: CapeFearCadaver: Depends. If I were to loose my job, I'd probably take a quick trip to my family's place out in the mountains for a week or two, where it's free... get my brain back in place. Then again, I'm 33 and have never been unemployed... so, what the hell do I know?

I hope you never do. I was unemployed for six months back in 2002. It seriously got inside of my head. I found a fantastic job (which I am still in), but it made me doubt almost everything in life.

Yeah, that's kind of what I was figuring. Although I've never been through it I can empathize enough to the point to understand that it would have to be a fairly decent mind-fark. Glad you got and are still in that fantastic job! Been with my present company for over five years now and I simply love it here. I honestly cannot imagine working anywhere else.

/high five

 
2012-07-25 11:14:11 AM  

madgonad: CapeFearCadaver: Depends. If I were to loose my job, I'd probably take a quick trip to my family's place out in the mountains for a week or two, where it's free... get my brain back in place. Then again, I'm 33 and have never been unemployed... so, what the hell do I know?

I hope you never do. I was unemployed for six months back in 2002. It seriously got inside of my head. I found a fantastic job (which I am still in), but it made me doubt almost everything in life.


I was unemployed for 6 months back in 2001/2002. It really sucked that I was laid off about a month before 9/11.

You know what I did the day after I was laid off? Sat down at my computer and wrote a small database and associated reports/resumes/cover letters to semi-automate my job search. I then *TRIED* to make looking for a job a full time position, but by the time Tuesday would roll around, I'd have sent all the resumes/cover letters for the week, responded to all correspondence and such, and if I didn't have an interview scheduled, I was pretty much free until Sunday. I'd check job postings online every day, but with few exceptions they seemed to be uploaded on Sunday or Monday, so generally I didn't have to do anything, and when I actually saw a new one, it took me all of 15 minutes to get it entered into my system, print out the appropriate resume and cover letter (with all the fields filled automagically), and have it ready to mail. These days, I'd probably have it generate a PDF and just email it.

When the Department of Labor wanted me to come in and document my job search, I had a nicely formatted report of who, what, where and when, along with the outcome to give them.
 
2012-07-25 11:36:05 AM  

Ed Willy: Other civilized nations guarantee vacations as a basic right of workers, while in America we're still in a 19th Century Dickens novel where we are all children told to work.

Unemployment is stressful. Hell, I'm underemployed right now and my time not spent as my part-time job is spent seeking full employment. I wish I could afford a vacation (hell, or even to eat out one night every other week).

One day we will live in a civilized nation again, not these backwards nation of dumb savages sacrificing our health and well being to the unelected King of Wall Street.


I so agree with this.
 
2012-07-25 11:37:30 AM  

ZombiesYall: People who are unemployed deserve to live on rice and dried beans and should not have central heat and air or hot water. And not that instant rice either, nope, brown rice only, the kind you have to measure out and that takes 35 minutes to cook. They should have to poop in a hole in the backyard. They should have only the big three networks on TV. Their kids should have to play with the $1 toys from WalMart, yes, it's paddleball, bubbles, and army men for your little unemployed brats. If you're not selling blood to make the rent on a pay-by-the-week efficiency hotel room in a crack neighborhood, you're not a real unemployed American. How dare this woman even own the computer she used to write this article? I hope she wrote it at the local library, sitting in a chair that a homeless man just peed in! In fact, she doesn't deserve to live. Why, I've had a job since I was 15 years old, what makes her so special?

Am I doing it right?


Pretty much, throw in a self-righteous story about how you went from eating rats in a tent city as a kid to the life of spartan, but stable frugality you currently enjoy. "I buy all my underpants at Estate sales!"

The thing is, most people in this country have developed this niggling, unshakable feeling in the back of their minds that they are getting farked. They aren't exactly sure how, but somewhere along the line, something changed and the American Dream was found dead in a motel with a plastic bag over its head.
 
2012-07-25 11:39:40 AM  

StopLurkListen: Goimir: StopLurkListen: No.

Looking for work is a full-time job. My state requires you to show what jobs you've applied to on your bi-weekly claim. Researching job boards, prepping for interviews, traveling for interviews, and the application process itself -- in my case, the last job I interviews for required a test, of which they expected ONE WEEK'S worth of output, which they would judge for quality as well as quantity.

So after this grueling schedule for several months during the worst of the economic downturn, damn skippy I needed a break.

But watch out -- the state unemployment office may schedule an in-person interview at their office at almost zero notice.

Well, you can be out of town looking for work. After all, if you can't find a job after several months in your area, maybe you might look elsewhere.

Pretty sure they have jobs in vacation spots.

With me, the irony was they left a message on Friday that I had to come in on Monday for an interview, but I couldn't because I was offered a job that started that day! And there was no way to postpone or decline the interview, and the beauracracy was utterly unable to handle such an event. It took two months and a judge to unwind my failure to appear and receive my last benefit check.

(I did get a nice formal judgement ib my favor with a "god DAMN the state unemployment office is incompetent" letter from the judge. Hells yeah: Unemployment is designed to be as punitive and painful as possible for the claimant...!)


you must be from NH, too, then? How dare we try to collect the money we paid into the system. The nerve.
 
2012-07-25 12:30:57 PM  

StopLurkListen: But watch out -- the state unemployment office may schedule an in-person interview at their office at almost zero notice.


Find someplace beforehand in the location where you will be vacationing job hunt traveling. Submit an application. That would show that you are even considering relocation in your job search.
 
2012-07-25 12:52:55 PM  

Magnanimous_J: ZombiesYall: People who are unemployed deserve to live on rice and dried beans and should not have central heat and air or hot water. And not that instant rice either, nope, brown rice only, the kind you have to measure out and that takes 35 minutes to cook. They should have to poop in a hole in the backyard. They should have only the big three networks on TV. Their kids should have to play with the $1 toys from WalMart, yes, it's paddleball, bubbles, and army men for your little unemployed brats. If you're not selling blood to make the rent on a pay-by-the-week efficiency hotel room in a crack neighborhood, you're not a real unemployed American. How dare this woman even own the computer she used to write this article? I hope she wrote it at the local library, sitting in a chair that a homeless man just peed in! In fact, she doesn't deserve to live. Why, I've had a job since I was 15 years old, what makes her so special?

Am I doing it right?

Pretty much, throw in a self-righteous story about how you went from eating rats in a tent city as a kid to the life of spartan, but stable frugality you currently enjoy. "I buy all my underpants at Estate sales!"

The thing is, most people in this country have developed this niggling, unshakable feeling in the back of their minds that they are getting farked. They aren't exactly sure how, but somewhere along the line, something changed and the American Dream was found dead in a motel with a plastic bag over its head.


I read an excellent article the other day about the kind of people who think America is in decline, and there was a quote that stuck with me: "It's not happenstance that the Indian-born Fareed Zakaria, who shares some of the declinists' complaints, conspicuously stands apart from them by defining his subject, in The Post-American World, as not 'the decline of America' but 'the rise of everyone else.'" http://nymag.com/news/frank-rich/declining-america-2012-7/?mid=nymag_p ress
Basically, it boils down to a lot of people being like toddlers who think another kid got a bigger piece of candy, or bigots who think that civil rights for the formerly disenfranchised thing their rights are thus being trampled. I personally think life is still pretty tolerable in America, I mean, FFS, my husband just called me from work to tell me about the Krispy Kreme cheeseburger he ate today, and I answered him on my cell phone which got the signal from space, while I was sitting on my butt in a recliner enjoying some 77 degree air conditioning in our home that we own. But maybe I'm a minimalist, or easily amused, or sound fat, or have low expectations or whatever.
 
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