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July 16, 2010
Overnight Open Thread - TGIF Version
So how about some good news - GOP-Leaning Voters Are Enthused
Plus Gallup now finds that 42% of Americans describe themselves as conservative versus 35% as moderate and 20% as liberal. So we've got numbers and enthusiasm on our side. Lets just hope that the GOP doesn't discover a new way to screw things up.
Meanwhile the dreaded M-word - malaise - is being used to describe the US under the Obama administration. From the lips of Zbigniew Brzezinki who served the last malaise-ridden president:
On Morning Joe, Carter’s former national security adviser said there “is a sense of pervasive malaise” in America. What’s worse, suggested Zbig, Pres. Obama hasn’t been able to figure out how to deal with the malaise.
Cue the cardigans and swamp rabbits!
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And speaking of virgins John Derbyshire has coined a new term - labor-virgins - for people who’ve never done any kind of dirty or difficult low-level work.
I have noticed that if, among 30-something colleagues, I mention one of my own school or college summer jobs — factory or construction work, dishwashing, retail sales, bartending — my colleagues will look amused, and a bit baffled. How come a guy as well-educated as Derb was shoveling concrete? Boy, he’s a real eccentric! No, I’m not. Those experiences were perfectly normal for a person of my generation. They’re just not normal any more, not for children of the American middle and upper classes.
I grew up in a perfectly respectable middle-class household yet I still worked as a busboy, a stocker in a warehouse, a trash hauler, and on a blasting crew before I graduated from college. And I didn't feel embarrassed or beneath my station for doing these jobs. And yeah some of them sucked - enough to keep me grateful to this day that I get to work in air conditioning, have a minimal chance of injury, and aren't being yelled at daily by carny-rejects.
So if you've haven't worked at least a few months at a dead-end job based mostly on physical labor and scut work, you're still a labor-virgin. And sadly we probably now have our first labor-virgin president.
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