Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Job Creation

Job Creation

Glenn linked to this fascinating (in a weirdly sick way) graph courtesy of Fabius Maximus:

President Obama talks a lot about "job creation." It looks like Bush and his predecessors have all done a bang-up job of that! I guess Obama is going to turbocharge it?

I am reminded of a conversation I had with a coworker several years ago. His mother works for the Census Bureau. Her job has great benefits, lots of holidays, generous vacation and sick leave, and an excellent retirement plan. For about two and a half years at a stretch, her job is quiet and undemanding. Then, for about eighteen months it's hectic, and the hours can be somewhat long, though she is compensated for the overtime. At one family gathering, during the slow period, she commented to all that working for the .gov was just terrific, and "I don't know why everybody doesn't work for the government!"

Into the short silence that followed, my coworker replied, "We do. For about the first five months of every year."

Anybody expecting it to exceed six in the not-too-distant future?

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