Free Markets, Free People

Saturday Link-O-Rama

Got to tell you, my heart just goes out to the poor baby </sarc>

Booed at Fenway.  More unpopular than the Yankees.

And meanwhile, the big money just isn’t rolling in like it did.

But guess who is still bundling for Obama?

Here we go again.  Why don’t we just get it over with and make it $100 an hour. $500?  They just don’t get it do they?

Guess what industry is driving Ohio’s economic recovery and … jobs?

Is California becoming unaffordable for the majority of people?

Really?

Why blacks die younger.  Hint: It has nothing to do with race.

Why the middle class is doomed.

Is the left committed to “Social Creationism?”

The UN: A case study in failure.

What obstructs the “pursuit of happiness”?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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10 Responses to Saturday Link-O-Rama

  • “Why the middle class is doomed.”

    Mostly, the Middle Class uses more of their leisure time to watch TV, whereas the upper classes use that time to improve their job skills.

    When the 1990 Census data came out, t found the upper 10% of income EARNERS watched 6-8 hours of TV a week; the lowest 10% watched 42 hours.

    The upper 10% read around 15-20 books per year, the lowest 10% read two. The upper 10% had 1.5 kids, the lower 10% had 4+. The upper 10% had 18 years of education and were still learning via school/private study; the lower percentages has

    • @Sharpshooter I have heard versions of this for many years but I thin it is all besides the point. Yes, there exists in every society a upper echelon of highly motivated and talented people. These alpha-types will make big money and will contribute hugely to the success of society, but they will also likely work themselve to death.

      On the bottom end of the scale are the slackers, the people who have some ability but just don’t use it, they would rather slide by on part time wages, mooching, and government handouts.

      But in between is where most of us are. I certainly could work a lot more, and a lot harder, but my rewards would only be slightly greater. Why? because I have in my middle ages realized that I am just a mediocre person with middling talents. Now, I really enjoy working, then going home, blogging, spending lots of time with my family and friends, and watching TV (especially sports).

      That, makes me happier than the time in my life when I was working two jobs, and taking night classes. Sometimes you have to realize the trade offs.

      • @kyle8 — “Yes, there exists in every society a upper echelon of highly motivated and talented people.”

        Except the issue is the MIDDLE class. There’s a unmistakable trend line from upper 5% straight through to lowest 5%. That trend-line has been around for a long time, but with a global economy this past couple generations, our middle class lifestyles won’t hold up under our half-assed work ethics.

    • @Sharpshooter Another factor which runs as a thread through his article was debt. The amount of debt, and the ability to service that debt if one of the presumed two wage earners in a household looses their jobs. Last time I checked most of the debt we acquire is self inflicted. So if the modern middle class is unable to revert to the methods of pre-boom generations and NOT acquire debt by forgoing acquisitions paid for over time, and instead paid cash, which would mean of course being mindful of what was needed versus what was WANTED, or what we weren’t willing to pay (what was once the low end of a generous loan sharks rate) 29% for credit cards….yeah…..so we can’t go on spending recklessly at the national or personal level and keep a middle class….geeze, who knew?

      • @looker good point about debt Looker, one reason I don’t have to work that hard anymore is because I paid off almost all of my bills. Now I rarely use credit except on vacations or such.

        • @kyle8 You must be able to remember when, like 15% was a high credit card rate…now? heh….they’d have arrested them for loan sharking. It hits me because we just emptied out a bunch of ‘stuff’ here at the house that we’ve accumulated over the years, good lord but we’re a consuming society. And as I trash it, or curb it, or give it away, I just shake my head and wonder why we HAD to have it in the first place.

  • Katie Dixon, a ‘confidential assistant’ in the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice, reportedly sent an email to Washington Free Beacon writer C.J. Ciaramella saying that she had been directed to send him a link to Media Matters for America, which holds weekly “strategy calls” with the White House, in response to an inquiry regarding the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/04/20/vast-left-wing-conspiracy-doj-refers-reporter-to-media-matters

  • “This is precisely the reason it is time to get rid of the all-volunteer
    force. It has been too successful. Our relatively small and highly adept
    military has made it all too easy for our nation to go to war — and to
    ignore the consequences.”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-time-to-toss-the-all-volunteer-military/2012/04/19/gIQAwFV3TT_story.html?wprss=rss_opinions
    Wow, just wow !