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Welcome to Jobless America
Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Jeff Crouere

Posted on 01/25/2014 7:39:57 AM PST by Kaslin

It is becoming laughable to hear the Obama administration talk about a so-called “recovery.” Supposedly, this “recovery” started in June of 2009; however, in reality our economy is on life support and the latest jobs figures just confirm this horrible news.

In the government’s December labor report, the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent, which is our lowest rate since October of 2008. While this may be heralded as good news, it is truly disturbing. Unfortunately, only 74,000 new jobs were added last month, the worst job growth numbers since January of 2011.

This is anemic job creation, a fraction of the 200,000+ new jobs needed each month just to keep pace with the nation’s population growth. It is even more shocking since most analysts predicted approximately 193,000 new jobs in December.

Even worse, of the new jobs, 40,000 were temporary positions, not what wage earners need to care for their families. Not surprisingly, the average work week for Americans dropped to only 34.4 hours. So, there are few full time jobs being created and on average Americans are working less. No wonder there are 47 million Americans on food stamps and over 50 million people who are considered poor.

The reason the unemployment rate dropped is that an astounding 347,000 Americans left the work force in December. This means that 5 times more Americans exited the labor pool than located new jobs. Our country now has 91.8 million Americans not in the work force. These are Americans who are receiving benefits, living off their savings or living on the streets. Many of these Americans have given up any hope of finding work and for these poor individuals; the hope of the American dream is over.

We cannot have a “recovery” with no jobs. There can be no “recovery” with a labor force participation rate of only 62.8 percent, the lowest level since 1978. In December, the country’s civilian labor force dropped to 154.9 million. This is occurring at the same time that the population is increasing to 317 million.

If the labor force participation rate was the same today as it was at the start of the Obama administration, the nation’s unemployment rate would be over 11 percent. If that were the case, experts would be worried about an economic “crisis” and not boasting about a “recovery.”

There could be even worse news in future months. Due to Obamacare, the healthcare industry will face a severe crisis. In December, 6,000 healthcare jobs were lost, the first time in 10 years that there have been any losses in healthcare. This trend will likely accelerate in 2014 as the truly disastrous policies of Obamacare are implemented.

If the President was truly concerned about the economy, he would immediately halt the onslaught of Obamacare and start working on pro-growth policies of tax and budget reform and sensible energy policies such as construction of the Keystone pipeline. Sadly, the President is still committed to pro government, anti-growth positions that exacerbated these problems in the first place.

While the administration claims that “Happy Days are Here Again,” the reality is that our economic clouds are darkening and a major storm is coming our way.


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KEYWORDS: obama; recession; unemployment
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1 posted on 01/25/2014 7:39:57 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I am looking and can vouch first-hand for how bad it is out there.


2 posted on 01/25/2014 7:42:53 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kaslin

China has lots of jobs, which used to be American.

Now they’re not.

China now sells 300 trillion more to America, than America sells to China.

300 trillion a year.


3 posted on 01/25/2014 7:42:59 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Kaslin

In Dave Stockman’s book, he shows calculation that the number of “breadwinner” jobs (his terminology) peaked in 98, and has been going down ever since.

When I was a young man, they built large buildings, filled them with machines, and called them factories.

When I was middle age, they built large buildings, filled them with stuff made in China, and called them warehouses.

Now that I’m old, the don’t build large buildings.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 7:45:32 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Kaslin

There has been no recovery. We are in a DEPRESSION, and have been since about the time the TARP program was rolled out. Had that atrocity never been introduced, we would have recovered, with absolutely no “help” from the Federal government, by 2010, and been well on our way to the kind of prosperity we enjoyed under Eisenhower and later Reagan.

But NOOOOO. The “experts” who knew so much more than any of the rest of us (and most of what they knew was just dead wrong) got the votes to ram through Congress and into the ever-growing stack of contradictory and self-serving regulation we have come to know and love, with the Current Regime now squatting in the White Hut.


5 posted on 01/25/2014 7:49:31 AM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: Kaslin

“Once I built a railroad, I made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it’s done
Brother, can you spare a dime?”


6 posted on 01/25/2014 7:51:11 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: nascarnation
Now that I’m old, they don’t build large buildings.

Even if they wanted to, it would take too long to get the necessary permits.

7 posted on 01/25/2014 7:54:32 AM PST by madprof98
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To: Kaslin

Anyone with half a brain knows they are re-categorizing what a “job” is now to skew the numbers. Let’s do a “real” report about “gainful” employment that you can support a family on, not these fast food after school or temp jobs.


8 posted on 01/25/2014 7:56:37 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: alloysteel

> If the President was truly concerned about the economy, he would immediately halt the onslaught of Obamacare and start working on pro-growth policies of tax and budget reform and sensible energy policies such as construction of the Keystone pipeline. Sadly, the President is still committed to pro government, anti-growth positions that exacerbated these problems in the first place.

Bingo to ^ and what you said. This is the beginning of the second Great Depression brought on br The One himself and intentionally I believe.


9 posted on 01/25/2014 7:58:40 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Kaslin

If absolutely nothing was different other than Romney being president instead of this puke, we’d be hearing about nothing but recession, depression, worst economy in 50 years, etc. etc. from the mediawhores 24/7


10 posted on 01/25/2014 7:59:08 AM PST by wny
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Billion, not trillion. Still horrible.


11 posted on 01/25/2014 7:59:39 AM PST by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: nascarnation

When I was a young man, they built large buildings, filled them with machines, and called them factories.

When I was middle age, they built large buildings, filled them with stuff made in China, and called them warehouses.

Now that I’m old, the don’t build large buildings.

Correction:
Now that I’m old, they build larg buildings and fill them with technology to spy on Americans.


12 posted on 01/25/2014 7:59:52 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Kaslin

“Welcome to Jobless America”

And a large part of the electorate, along with the Progressives who manipulate them, absolutely love it.

IMHO


13 posted on 01/25/2014 8:01:24 AM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

I’m 60. Have knee problems. Theoretically I’m employed doing real estate, but that is a bust.
The only way I’m going to make it the next 25 years of life is to create my own job(s). I’m well on my way to doing that, but I’ve been doing startups my whole life and have a clue what to do. Many people are just going to be left on the cutting room floor.


14 posted on 01/25/2014 8:01:48 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: nascarnation
Now that I’m old, the don’t build large buildings.

Yes they do. They fill them with server farms and massive data analysis computers, and use them to spy on people who were young men when the large buildings were factories.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 8:02:08 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Kaslin

bfl


16 posted on 01/25/2014 8:02:28 AM PST by NWHawk (Not Quirky)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I am looking and can vouch first-hand for how bad it is out there.

I'm with ya too. There are some jobs out there but they might not be exactly what we want or trained for, don't pay a lot and sometimes not totally full-time thanks to Obongocare.
17 posted on 01/25/2014 8:03:53 AM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Kaslin

Our company has a nice young man from North Carolina here tending to our CNC machine. He’s been out of work for awhile and gets the odd gig hooking up used equipment at new locations.

Such a nice accent. I haven’t ventured a conversation about politics yet, but I know he’s not too keen on unions. I may just drop Rush’s name and see if his face lights up or turns red with anger....maybe I’ll wait til our machine is working.


18 posted on 01/25/2014 8:04:38 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Red in Blue PA

Nothing that MADE IN USA won’t solve. About everything you buy is made somewhere else. Bring the jobs home.


19 posted on 01/25/2014 8:07:59 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I am looking and can vouch first-hand for how bad it is out there.

I'm not in the "favorable age" group and have been out of work since the end of September 2012....I have had two, count 'em two interviews....one person told me in no uncertain terms that I was too old for the job then tried to back track when I pointed out age discrimination. The other interview went just the same only the person didn't actually say the words "you're too old".......secondly, there are very few jobs out there and the job I lost in 2012 is now paying about $4 less an hour than what I was making at the time and there's a lot more responsibility now.

20 posted on 01/25/2014 8:08:01 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Kaslin

In before the “There’s plenty of jobs, just a bunch of ‘deadbeats’”crowd.


21 posted on 01/25/2014 8:14:31 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: alloysteel
Fox and Friends showed a poll this morning where only 22% believed the recession has ended. 74% feel like the country is still in a recession 3% are clueless

Source

22 posted on 01/25/2014 8:17:04 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kartographer
In before the “There’s plenty of jobs, just a bunch of ‘deadbeats’”crowd.

When that crowd loses their jobs they'll be singing a different tune.

23 posted on 01/25/2014 8:20:34 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Kaslin

Try to imagine what it will be like in 3 more years.


24 posted on 01/25/2014 8:21:12 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nascarnation
-----Now that I’m old, the don’t build large buildings----

Well, not exactly. You just need to lift the horizon of your vision to observe what is being constructed

25 posted on 01/25/2014 8:21:20 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: nascarnation

Now that I’m old, the don’t build large buildings.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Yes they do. The buildings are full of machines to spy on us, subdue us, and confine us.


26 posted on 01/25/2014 8:22:02 AM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Campion

Oops.

You’re right. As of November the latest data compiled, here are the numbers:

America sold to China: 109 billion.
China sold to America: 403 billion.

This “global trade” thing stinks.


27 posted on 01/25/2014 8:22:39 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Kaslin

The demonrats have about destroyed our economy and their voters will be the last to know that we are becoming like the evil nation of Germany under the hateful Hitler.
Professing themselves to be wise they became fools and changed the glory of God into an image made like unto a man...
The left of the world are liars and murderers by nature as is their leader, Satan.


28 posted on 01/25/2014 8:22:41 AM PST by kindred (Conservative third party or America is dead, the golden goose has been stabbed to many times)
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To: bert

True, I should have prefaced it with America.


29 posted on 01/25/2014 8:25:14 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

[Now that I’m old, the don’t build large buildings.]

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Jesus), but sin is a reproach to any people.

And the demonrats will be the last to know this fact even as America sinks to the bottom of the sea of humanity much like the Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. The sin of pride is the worst sin of all and the left loves the I wills, as Satan did before Jesus saw him cast out of heaven like lightning.


30 posted on 01/25/2014 8:27:31 AM PST by kindred (Conservative third party or America is dead, the golden goose has been stabbed to many times)
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To: Kaslin
Sadly, the President is still committed to pro government, anti-growth positions that exacerbated these problems in the first place.

I don't believe this islamist President is committed to anything other than the destruction of the United States and the installation of sharia law.

31 posted on 01/25/2014 8:27:56 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Kaslin

While it is true there are many without jobs, it is also true that there are many with jobs. The economy is operating at a different level than previously. Companies have adjusted to the current levels and many, but not all especially small businesses, are profitable.

The cash has been hoarded. There are indications that the horded cash is now being allocated to capital spending for growth and more importantly to permit operations at a less costly and reduced level.

Although the Fed is said to be responsible for the level of the markets, there is an element of profit and growth of profitability. That is a factor in the price increase and is the reason to have a position in stocks.

There are many without jobs. That is a matter of choice.

There are untold numbers of jobs available for those that make the effort to learn to drive a truck. Loans are available for the training

In two areas of Texas and another in North Dakota jobs go begging and those there work very long hours doing just about everything. Oil workers need to be fed and payrolls need to be calculated and paid with deposits in banks and on and on. If you show up, you can find a job


32 posted on 01/25/2014 8:34:17 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Kaslin

But but but but there must be a recovery! Industry insists, and congress agrees to the tune of 65,000 H-1Bs, that there are no unemployed American engineers!


33 posted on 01/25/2014 8:35:04 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: onedoug
"I don't believe this islamist President is committed to anything other than the destruction of the United States and the installation of sharia law. "

That's bull. Unemployment problems were here before Obama and will be here after Obama. Bring the jobs home.

34 posted on 01/25/2014 8:36:10 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: kindred

They sure have. Remember when the Republicans were in charge during George W. Bush’s presidency? The economy was thriving and unemployment was practically nonexistent.
Things changed good to worse in 2007 when the rats took over


35 posted on 01/25/2014 8:37:48 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I don’t even want to think about it.


36 posted on 01/25/2014 8:39:41 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: ex-snook
I'm all for buying Made is USA, but if the companies support far left causes, I'll avoid them to the best of my ability.

In fact, I already have made that choice. It left me with a severe case of buyer's remorse, but at least I didn't support hrc.org by buying from one of their partners.

37 posted on 01/25/2014 8:56:11 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: nascarnation

“Now that I’m old, the don’t build large buildings.”

Sure they do; they’re called “self-storage units”, and they’re used to ease Americans into our reduced standard of living where home ownership is a thing of the past.


38 posted on 01/25/2014 9:09:02 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Kaslin

“Things changed good to worse in 2007 when the rats took over”

The Dems are making matters worse, but if things were good in 2007 then Obama would have never been elected. In fact, if things were good in 2000 Gore would have been elected; this has been a gradual downward spiral simply accelerated by Dems.


39 posted on 01/25/2014 9:11:10 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Idiots here on Free Republic enthusiastically embraced shipping jobs to asia, and were defending it against all debate years ago. These were, by and large, the same idiots who insisted that there was no real estate bubble and it wasn’t going to pop.

The cost of obtrusive government regulations, from waste disposal laws that became ludicrous to extravagant building and safety codes are big parts of this, and a lot of people explained what the consequences would ultimately be.

We aren’t laughing now, but certainly mockery and calling into question the capacity to make a salient assessment is appropriate for those who insisted that our level of government intrusion was not going to have the effects we are seeing now.

Not all of the damage started with Obonghit.


40 posted on 01/25/2014 9:12:40 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Kaslin

When hearing this news if you are a…

Democrat - you hear: “Sunshine, lollypops, and rainbows, everything that’s wonderful is gonna come your way…”

Republican - you hear: “Johnny Angel how I love him and how I hope that someday he’ll love me…”

Conservative - you hear the beginning of Beethoven’s 5th


41 posted on 01/25/2014 9:17:09 AM PST by Lake Living
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To: MrEdd
Not all of the damage started with Obonghit.

True, but Senator Obama was among the Democrats who blocked Republican efforts to reel in Fannie and Freddie during the last decade.

And attorney-at-law Obama fought to lower mortgage standards so that "disadvantaged" people could get mortgages, many whom couldn't afford them.

But the free trade idea was being pushed long before Obama became President.

42 posted on 01/25/2014 9:17:34 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Me too, been looking for awhile now. People who are employed have no idea how rough it really is...


43 posted on 01/25/2014 9:18:24 AM PST by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: MrEdd

To tell the truth I was once on the Chinese marketplace side.

We have sent far too much however, and China has been far too aggressive in deindustrializing America.

Enough.

Time to aggressively bring back jobs to America.

We need jobs. Right here.

And we need to stop sending money to China.

We need to grow.

We are in a huge competition now with China. Not cooperation. Competition.

America please wake up.


44 posted on 01/25/2014 9:19:54 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: rockabyebaby

“the job I lost in 2012 is now paying about $4 less an hour than what I was making at the time and there’s a lot more responsibility now.”

This is the elephant in the room that is being hushed in the news; anyone I know who lost a job and found another is making a lot less money (even if they’re doing the same thing). Our wages are being suppressed to meet the rising wages of Asia’s growing middle class (who are working the jobs we used to have).


45 posted on 01/25/2014 9:22:32 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: seeker41; Red in Blue PA
Reading these accounts from Freepers like you really makes me bitter about my choice in post 37.
46 posted on 01/25/2014 9:22:53 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: Kaslin
Things changed good to worse in 2007 when the rats took over

Look at Detroit. Run by the "rats" for decades.

"$hit and shoved in it"... it's the "rats" trademark.

47 posted on 01/25/2014 9:26:51 AM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: kearnyirish2
I hope you realize that was supposed to be "Things changed from good to worse in 2007 when the rats took over"

Thanks for re-posting and allowing me to correct my mistake.

Remember we were in a economic bubble in 2000. so Gore would have continued Billy Jeff's bubble and we would have still been attacked by the terrorists on 9/11/2001. The difference is Gore would have done nothing about it.

48 posted on 01/25/2014 9:34:52 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: kearnyirish2

I noticed that Carlyle Group (perhaps the most politically connected private equity outfit) is buying trailer parks. That’s likely a good indicator of America’s future.


49 posted on 01/25/2014 9:37:51 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

“I noticed that Carlyle Group (perhaps the most politically connected private equity outfit) is buying trailer parks. That’s likely a good indicator of America’s future.”

Definitely; in my area the flourishing businesses are self-storage, laundromats, pawnshops/second-hand stores, and other businesses catering to Americans with no children/no future. Everything is designed around living in the present.


50 posted on 01/25/2014 9:40:51 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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