Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jobs

The news this weekend is that seven people are looking for every job that's available now, a record. Those who were laid off and have found a job in this environment can thank God and their own persistence that they've found one. Other than some part-time temporary seasonal work, there's not going to be any job creation for the rest of this year, but there will be more layoffs.

The one bona fide economist I know is brilliant, like many of the best are. But that's mostly in retrospect; none of them are fortune tellers. One thing they all agree on and appropriately point out to us flat-earthers who do well to manage a household budget is that economics is not a zero-sum game. In other words, wealth can be created, not just shifted around. There's a lot of psychology involved in that concept. While everyone believes in a limitless economy, wealth grows. When people stop believing in it, it shrinks.

Thanks to threats by big government advocates (led of course by President Obama) pushing repressive taxes and oppressive regulations on business, no one in business believes in it right now. I am going to win a bet with my buddy Dave this week that the stock market would not reach 10000 by September 30. It almost did, but it was rising on artificial and unsustainable "stimulus" activity and has finally stalled on that. Unless and until small businesses start hiring more workers, there will be no recovery.

You'd think a brainiac like Barack Obama would have figured that out. But even if he has, the unions and lefties have him so hogtied that he can't truly do anything about it.

It's a shame, because there are millions of jobs out there waiting to be created in the private sector by companies who have become lean, mean, and focused and just need a free and optimistic market to operate in.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Silenced.

My "resist sOcialism" yard sign was finally stolen last night. I didn't think it would last this long at all, as lefties are known for respecting neither free speech nor private property rights. It was kicked down once a couple of weeks ago, but this morning it's just gone gone.

That's all right. I was getting kind of tired of that one. Besides, I'll make more.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

You lie!

Congressman Joe Wilson couldn't have picked a better time or way to offer the Republican response to the President Obama's speech last night. Too bad he felt the need to apologize, but it doesn't matter. He got the essential point across by speaking, as they say, truth to power.