Working Together

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

When do we say “Enough!”?

 

This is a good question, in light of the fact that Congress just passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill, spending even more money we don’t have on things that we don’t need. It truly was quite surprising watching the rapidity with which the GOP cratered on this deal…to most conservatives, seeing inside-the-beltway progressive RINOs push their big-government agenda isn’t too much of a surprise, we’ve just gotten used to seeing the GOP leadership putting up some token resistance for show. I will give them some credit, though – nobody in Congress actually read the bill before voting on it. Reading legislation is so old fashioned, after all, and it might have made them have to own-up to knowingly passing a really, really bad bill. This way, at least they can plead ignorance.

 

Meanwhile, Democrats are celebrating the end of the evil “sequester.” Sequestration was like removing a piece of dust from a Giant Sequoia tree, but to hear the Democrats talk, you’d think the GOP was bringing the whole forest down. Never mind the fact that thanks to them and their policies, our entire economy is standing on a house of cards – ready to come crashing down at any moment.

 

I felt a perverse satisfaction reading the AP story about the most recent jobs report – not that I’m happy about the news, it was just nice to see some major media outlets finally reporting the truth about the government’s fake unemployment rate. For years now, actual job growth has barely been keeping pace with population growth – in many months during that span, it hasn’t kept up at all. The only reason that the government-reported unemployment rate keeps going down is because the government doesn’t count people who have stopped looking for work. Labor participation is at an all time low. Maybe that has something to do with the extension in unemployment benefits that the Democrats told us we just had to have, and the Republicans caved, because they fear nasty Washington finger pointing more than anything else on planet Earth. Congress has carried over their “emergency” unemployment benefits extensions for five years now, and it has never had the effect that Democrats are telling us it will have. Of course, the Democrats have never been ones to let facts get in the way of a good crisis. Too bad for the rest of America that their plan still doesn’t work.

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