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Who Didn't Expect Big Jobless Claims?

Just around the corner? Watch out when journalists start using that phrase. It’s code for, “We have no clue when this disaster will end, but we prefer to keep people’s hopes up.” [...]

McClintock Blames The Economy's Victims

Is Tom McClintock saying that American workers are “losers” because their employers squandered the value of their labor? [...]

Testing the Corapi Destruction Abortion Prediction Internationally

Yesterday I tested Catholic priest and radio personality John Corapi’s prediction that…

If we do not soon stop the genocide of abortion in the United States, we shall run the course of all those that prove by their actions that they are enemies of God—total collapse, economic, social, and national.

… with reference to actual [...]

Battle for Ohio Senate Seat: Conservatism versus its Effects

Today Senator George Voinovich of Ohio is expected to announce that he will not run for re-election in 2010. The conservatism of large swaths of Ohio is not to be underestimated, but the effects of that conservatism, from financial deregulation to resisting change in the auto industry, have led to massive job loss. Will conservatism’s [...]

New Employment Growth Sector: Unemployment Centers

How bad is the economy? State unemployment centers in Hawaii, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Washington are hiring large numbers of new workers… to meet the surge in demand for at their unemployment service centers.

An Army Of One Last Resort

Well, that’s because even with unemployment numbers at a height unseen for a generation, most young, fit, bright Americans still are not so hopeless that they would consider joining the military. [...]

New York Times: Spend Money You Don't Have

New York Times columnists lately have been channeling the George W. Bush of 2001. Michael Kinsley urges us (with tongue only a bit in cheek) to “Show your consumer confidence. One last shopping spree. Buy that coffee maker whether you want one or not.” Thomas Friedman exhorts with greater force: “Now is when we need [...]

Time for another WPA?

Driven across a bridge lately? Used a public park? Visited a library? Walked on a sidewalk? Hiked on a trail? Taken your kids to a public school? Enjoyed a drink of clean water thanks to water treatment facilities? Taken a swim in a municipal pool? Thank the Works Progress Administration (WPA), through which these were [...]

Will Fired Zillow Workers Use Zillow To Sell Their Homes?

A large-scale pre-emptive firing of American workers would suddenly create a large number of people who wouldn’t have much money to spend, and would be out making it harder for people who are already out of work to find a job. That would be a good way to make the economy a lot worse pretty quickly, wouldn’t it? [...]

Why Should the Unemployed Pay Taxes on Unemployment Benefits?

If Republicans really don’t like taxes, how come they’re not joining Barack Obama in opposing these unemployment taxes? [...]