[lbo-talk] Americans: doped up for decades

Jordan Hayes jmhayes at j-o-r-d-a-n.com
Sun Aug 28 10:23:52 PDT 2011

shag writes:

> The one thing that is annoying me so far, though, is that
> Whitaker seems to be using the "productive member of society"
> trope to subtly persuade. In other words, he's saying that
> rise in the number of people collecting SSI/SSDI payments
> is alarming because there are so many unproductive members
> of society who aren't holding down jobs.

I've always wondered why the Free Market types don't just forget about this kind of thing (call it, I don't know, a "cost of doing business" ...?), because really: if The Market was suffering from a lack of workers, we'd all hear about it. But in this part of the cycle, we're missing about 13M jobs. If anything, those who can't/won't work are helping to keep down the (official) unemployment rate :-)

A la toys-for-guns, I'd love to see someone say "I'll give you a good paying job with benefits if you stop taking those wretched drugs" ... then I guess I could take something like Whitaker's complaint seriously.


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