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America Will Never Recover From This Recession, The End

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There's acheery new article in the Atlantic about how this country will never ever recover and nobody will ever have jobs again -- especially the youth and the "working class," both of whom have actually been not having jobs while living pathetic wrecked lives for a decade or so before the Great Recession.


It's hard to pick a representative quote from this long, painful piece. You might want to just bring the bottle to the table next to the computer, because after every other paragraph or so, you'll be muttering "Jesus fucking christ," staring at the wall, and taking another drink. (By "you" I mean "me.") And that's one of many wounds this Decades-Long Disaster will leave on the corpse of America: Everyone who loses their job or can't get a job turns into a serious Problem Drinker and also dies long before the few people who still have jobs and houses. So, that's an upside, maybe? Less social security to pay out! Uh where were we? Right, a quote:

If it persists much longer, this era of high joblessness will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults—and quite possibly those of the children behind them as well. It will leave an indelible imprint on many blue-collar white men—and on white culture. It could change the nature of modern marriage, and also cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a kind of despair and dysfunction not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years.

Ha ha ha, is this the "white culture" that pig-eyed poopsack Glenn Beck was talking about? Did you know more than half of the white people without college degrees have children "out of wedlock"? This produces kids who tend to be poor, dumb and emotionally unstable forever, while also guaranteeing a pretty shitty life for the (unwed) parents:

But a large body of research shows that one of the worst things for children, in the long run, is an unstable family. By the time the average out-of-wedlock child has reached the age of 5, his or her mother will have had two or three significant relationships with men other than the father, and the child will typically have at least one half sibling. This kind of churning is terrible for children—heightening the risks of mental-health problems, troubles at school, teenage delinquency, and so on—and we’re likely to see more and more of it, the longer this malaise stretches on.

Luckily, there will be no jobs for this new permanent underclass of bastard morons with tattoos on their mouths.

Oh, and something like a third of all young adults now live with their parents, part of a decade-long trend that just jumped another 10% in the two years of this Recession. That's another fun development, and the number would probably be a lot higher, but so few parents are married and have the money and the house for an adult kid to return to .... uh, and kids who grew up during the "self esteem" educational movement are delusional idiots, one in eighteen think they're going to be pop stars or Hollywood actors, the rest have no ability to do anything beyond follow simple orders, so they're completely unequipped for entrepreneurial pursuits or creative jobs. They do, however, generally expect to earn huge amounts of money, even though income is decreasing, and those lucky enough to have jobs at all are mostly earning in the $25K range.

On the other hand, the same issue has a funny article by Liz Phair about some eco-design conference and a NASCAR race. Liz Phair! We guess the record industry wasn't dead enough for her, so now she's trying print journalism. [Atlantic article of epic sadness via Metafilter]

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On Monday, someone attempted to murder George Soros by putting a bomb in his mailbox. Also on Monday, someone threw a rock into House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office. Also, I spilled some hot coffee on myself. These are all things that happened on Monday, and were by some measure unpleasant. While most people might say, "Yes, all of those things are unpleasant, but they are not equal degrees of unpleasant," most people are not Chuck Schumer.

In what appears to be an attempt to get someone on Fox News to describe him as a "reasonable guy," Schumer sent out a tweet today lamenting the "despicable acts of violence and harassment" being done by "both sides."

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Republicans are KILLIN' IT in Florida, you guys! No worries about election day, Gators. It's all smooooooth sailing for the Sunshine State GOP. Just take it from Governor Rick Scott's lead pollster Wes Anderson, who produced a whimsical, unskewed poll for the campaign, featuring nostalgic jams about high Republican turnout in those good old days, telling the Tampa Bay Times,

As the linked slides indicate, Governor Scott currently leads Senator Nelson 51% to 46%, a lead that is outside of the margin of error.

It should also be noted that this sample from last week is very robust at 2,200 interviews of likely voters, stratified by county to reflect historic mid-term turnout. Our sample shows the Republicans with a one-point turnout advantage, even though we believe we will end up with a two- or three-point advantage. For historical context, in the past two mid-term elections Republicans had a four-point advantage in 2010 and a three-point advantage in 2014. At R+1, that makes our current sample a very conservative take on the likely partisan composition of this year's electorate.

NEEDZ MOAR BILL MURRAY.

No other pollster has replicated those numbers, with SurveyUSA, Quinnipiac, and CNN/SSRS all finding Bill Nelson in the lead, but if OnMessage, Inc. says Scott is running way ahead, then it must be true! Only OnMessage promises to "take your principles, your experience, and your opponent's weaknesses to develop a winning message plan that the voters will embrace." And who wouldn't trust a push pollster, right?

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