“If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values, because you don’t.” — Jimmy Carter
“I can tell you that over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we’d put in place, we’d get the unemployment rate down to 6%, and perhaps a little lower.” — then candidate Mitt Romney
With more than a year to go in his presidency, Barack Obama has got it down to 5%.
The problem of “underemployment” that this good number masks stems in no small measure from the Republicans’ unconscionable refusal to pass his American Jobs Act, despite majority support, that would have put so many Americans to work renewing our crumbling national infrastructure.
Speaking of which . . . Ted Koppel reported for CBS last Sunday morning on our fragile power grid. A sobering 9 minutes. We really need to fix this — no? In the meantime, it’s one more reason to go solar, if you live someplace sunny. In case of emergency, you’ll still be able to power up your devices. Whether the cell towers will have juice is another question. But satellite TV should work, so as the rest of the nation sits in darkness without refrigeration or entertainment, you can binge on Veep and 32 other recommended shows we’ve both likely missed.
Quote of the Day
Many [managing agents of New York cooperative apartment buildings] promote arbitration and mediation. This would prevent cases like the recent one in which $130,000 in legal fees were exhausted to decide who should pay for window bars costing $924.~The New York Times, October, 1995
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