WaPo Praises The Joy Of Being "Untethered" And "Unleashed" From A Job, The "Freedom" Of Unemployment

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Now that the full court press to refute the findings of the CBO report which, as we reported, confirmed what was largely known - that as a result of Obamacare, the strapped US economy will have even fewer workers as millions will fall back on welfare state entitlements which make hard work obsolete - has failed, it is time for the propaganda to take a different track: one where not having a job, and in fact losing it due to Obamacare, is hailed as an act of nobility. Sure enough, here comes one of the administration's favorites, the Bezos Times, with "They quit their jobs, thanks to health-care law" which does largely as its name suggests: highlights just how "enabling" and "liberating" Obamacare is for one's life, once a person is no longer burdened by something as trivial as a job.

No, we aren't kidding:

Count Polly Lower among those who quit their jobs because of the health-care law.


It happened in September, when her boss abruptly changed her job description. She went from doing payroll, which she liked, to working on her boss’s schedule, which she loathed. At another time, she might have had to grit her teeth and accept the new position because she needed the health benefits.


But with the health-care law soon to take effect, she simply resigned — and hasn’t looked back.


It was wonderful. It was very freeing,” said Lower, 56, of Bourbon, Ind., who is now babysitting her 5-year-old granddaughter full time. With the help of federal subsidies that kicked in Jan. 1, she is paying less than $500 a month for health coverage for herself and her husband.

One really can't make this up - it appears that in America's creeping transition to a socialist paradise, the new American dream is living on "Federal subsidies" (paid for by taxpayers) and government welfare. It gets better:

The White House and its allies argue that the government has a role in addressing a failure of the health-insurance market: the high prices and coverage restrictions that have kept health coverage out of reach for so many people. Like Social Security, which provides a safety net so people can retire, the health law may have the effect of leading some Americans to stop working, they say. But they called the impact positive, arguing that people have for too long been stuck in jobs that are a poor fit or that they dislike, simply for the benefits. While some people may make the calculation to just work less to keep more generous benefits, many will use their time to do something more productive, such as start their own business or take care of family members, advocates of the new law say.


“What the White House wants you to think is, if a person chooses to make less income, they must be doing something that makes them better off,” said former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, now president of the American Action Forum, a conservative policy group. “What conservatives would have you ask is, is it an appropriate use of someone else’s money to put you in that position to choose?”


The CBO acknowledged that there could be some positive economic impacts from unleashing people from their jobs but concluded that there was no good way to quantify that, and therefore left the number out.

Incidentally, "unleashing people from their jobs" may be the punchline of 2014. And why not, everything else is rapidly going to bizarro socialist hell. Actually, here is another punchline candidate: "tethered to a job":

Lower acknowledged that it has been harder to make ends meet without a steady paycheck. But she said there is no way to quantify the peace of mind she feels, now that she isn’t tethered to a job she hates and can help her daughter, a single mother who works full time, with child care.


Lower expected to miss her job. “It was definitely a scary move to make,” she said. “I’m a person who likes routine, and there definitely was an adjustment period.” 


But upon reflection, she said, “I’ve adjusted well.”

We hate to break it to you, but "adjusting" to living on the welfare of others, while being untethered, and unleashed from the tyranny of working (hard) and paying taxes is not exactly training for the Ironman Triathlon. Also, the final outcome when the entire population becomes untethered and unleashed is rather unpleasant - just see every socialist paradise in history.

However, what is becoming clear is that slowly but surely, the entire process of labor and being employed is increasingly cast in a negative light: something which is not exactly surprising. At least not to our readers, because, sadly, we were once again just over a year ahead of the prevailing sentiment when, in November of 2012, we wrote "When Work Is Punished: The Tragedy Of America's Welfare State" when we said that "for increasingly more it is now more lucrative - in the form of actual disposable income - to sit, do nothing, and collect various welfare entitlements, than to work. This is graphically, and very painfully confirmed, in the below chart from Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (a state best known for its broke capital Harrisburg). As quantified, and explained by Alexander, "the single mom is better off earnings gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045." That was then. Now we can add Obamacare... which will further help America's now almost extinct middle class get even more untethered and unleashed.

Of course, it is up to the likes of the Bezos Washington Post to make it appear that this is all not only perfectly normal, but noble and dignified.

Alas, as smarter people than us have pointed out, being untethered and unleashed only works as long as the system has other people's money to distribute to those who chose not to work and pay taxes. Once said money runs out , complete social collapse and revolution usually follows.

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rtalcott's picture

'effing a@@holes...worthless unproductive suckers of resources...

so there is no confusion I am referring to the a@@holes @ the WaPo

BlackChicken's picture

I don't know what's worse, the complete lack of leadership or the people that put up with it. This is becoming a sick joke.

When the sell-off resumes perhaps wapo will enlighten us as to how liberating being broke is. Whores...

Fedaykinx's picture

now i can finally get the degree in women's studies that i never wanted or learn some useless craft that nobody would ever pay real money for.  maybe both, if i'm really super duper double plus lucky.

Shocker's picture

We know the Job Situation is not great - http://www.dailyjobcuts.com


But really, just taking handouts and doing nothing is sad.


Carl Popper's picture

Sad for those of us who are still trying to do the right thing

knukles's picture

Problem is not that some people write this tripe.

Problem is some people believe it.
And some even conclude they're entitled to it.

Dumbfounding and depressing.



I know a chap who lives off of disability, 100%.
federal and state of CA
Fucker just got a second car.
Now has a Mini and a Jag
And lives in a Very Nice Complex subsidized (almost free) by state and federal subsidies, in a 3 BR condo.

On our dime.

'Nuff is E-Nuff

Looney's picture

Bezos should be on the List to be Robespierred for his .GOV activities.


Clint Liquor's picture

The central planners have just handed you a turd and said 'it's chocolate, enjoy"

Supernova Born's picture

The corporatist devils are trying to out evil each other.

Microsoft's "anti-trust" problems disappear with NSA cooperation.

Amazon goes full retard propaganda from the Wash Post.

Coke sells globalism, diabeetus and left wing propaganda to calm political pressure on their products.

kaiserhoff's picture

Seems like Bezos has been untethered for a while now.

Maybe his losses on the WaPo will off set his losses on Amazon. 

The new math in the New Normal.

Looney's picture

... Maybe his losses on the WaPo will off set his losses on Amazon.

ATTABOY, Kaserhoff! +978!!!


Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"now i can finally get the degree in women's studies that i never wanted"

Hey, when I quit my job, I am going to use my Womens Studies degree to its fullest potential!! 

kaiserhoff's picture

Black History and Women's Studies...,

  Making Phys Ed and Leisure Studies almost respectable.

Indian_Goldsmith's picture

Reading the comments on that WaPo page http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/they-quit-their-jo... is the most fun i've had today!

Seriously the extent to which Fat Ass Lazy Americans feel themselves entitled to every luxury in the world! LOL

An example:


I just love this. I have to continue to work to pay my taxes to subsidize people who aren't happy in their jobs. 
Thanks Obama...


The problem for Democrats will be winching the subsidized off their couches to get them to the polls to sustain the subsidies in the face of outrage from those providing the subsidies


philipat's picture

Even Goebels wouldn't have had the chutzpah to try this one!!

clooney_art's picture

Hey, if CEOs and select officers of a corporation can make 440% of an average worker's pay and somehow that can be justified, this too can be justified and become part of our society.

All of this boils down to ones acceptance threshold.

Acet's picture

It's not 440%, its 440 TIMES or 44000%

This fish is rotting both from the head down and from the tail up.

GetZeeGold's picture





Arbeit macht frei - 1940



Obamacare will set you free - 2014

Anusocracy's picture

It's time to be untethered and unleashed from government and its minions.

There isn't a form of government that is a benefit to society.

logicalman's picture

Government is the problem.

Not much point looking to government to solve said problem.

Society is a difficult concept to get a handle on, so it's hard to define 'what benefits society' and then there's the question of individuality and how individuals form society.

For me, the only reasonable solution is anarchism. Everyone can do whatever they want, as long as the are not damaging anyone else deliberately or negligently.

Elites will only ever look after their own - no solutions there.



Canoe Driver's picture

+1000. Government is, unfortunately, the essence of these problems. And this is always the last realization for the masses. (Cf. the French Revolution)

Governments, and the people that constitute governments, purport to be able to do something of which they are fundamentally incapable: to act altruistically.  They are always acting grossly in their own interests, for which we can also blame the near-universal cultural defect under which any theft or fraud is justified, in the individual mind, if he/she "did it for my children." Government officials are rarely without this justification. When they are, the greed is often worse.

No form of government, democratic, capitalist, socialist, communist, etc., has ever succeeded over these defects in human nature.

Read Noam Chomsky.

Sean7k's picture


We need to form social structures that eliminate the concept of law. It is law that empowers the state and enslaves the people. It is law that enforces fiat currency usuage. It is law that allows for the distribution of "justice" to the .01%. It is law that defends the corporation. 

People can make their own agreements without someone else telling them how or else. Law is the tool of the Levites and their descendants, it was their gift from lucifer. See how it destroys and enslaves.

Anusocracy's picture

Very true, we are getting ever closer to becoming dead-enders.

A favorite read:

Gateway to an Altered Landscape: Law in a Free Nation by Richard O. Hammer


fonestar's picture

WaPo journalists need to be untethered from their heads.

Indian_Goldsmith's picture


I just had an idea.. All these liberals should resign from their "benefits providing" government jobs, including the TopMan, and live off the socialist utopian "welfare" benefits.

Seriously! Why work, eh libtards?


Anusocracy's picture

Why would liberals want to work? How many hours a day do their cultural ancestors, the hunter-gatherers, work?

One maybe?

wee-weed up's picture

WaPo needs to wipe the Obama brown stuff off it's nose!

fockewulf190's picture

They all need to quit their jobs and go over to Blogspot where they can all be free, writing for free, living off the 17 cents per day from accidental ad clicks, and only pay $500 per month for Obamacare.

Happy happy joy joy!!

Indian_Goldsmith's picture

Bloody Hell! I sometimes thank our good fortune that a vast population of india is illiterate and without access to electricity. This way they dont get exposed to this toxic dribble.

Wonder what gigantic shithole our country will become if all the farmers stopped working hard.... Holy fuck!!!!!!

It seems the only kind of hard work these asshole libtards believe in is indiscriminate sex.

knukles's picture

That's the whole reason that the Federalies feel the need to provide High Speed Internet Access to every last man, woman, child and slacker in the world.



Sit up straight and eat your peas, peasant!

Looney's picture

Zacktly! Ding-Ding-Ding! Yatsi!  ;-)

chunga's picture

And how, all of a sudden, is having "health insurance" for only 500/month some awesome panacea?

We've had this through employers (Blue Cross/Blue Shield/Delta Denta) for decades and every single time we need some type of medical care there seems to be a fairly substantial out of pocket cost. Just one more thing I don't understand.

Meat Hammer's picture

When I hear this nonsense I can't help but think back to the 2008 Obama campaign and wonder what the response to "I'm going to make hard work a ridiculous notion" would be.  Now people are cheering it.  

My, how far we have fallen in 60 short months.

HurricaneSeason's picture

I'd rather see her be able to get healthcare than see a $100k a year self employed janitor sweeping the courthouse through affirmative action. We haven't even scratched the surface yet.

Shad_ow's picture

Obama says I am now free of the job that keeps me from being home to tuck my child into bed.

My questions is "who is going to pay for the ****ing bed and the place to put it?"

Canoe Driver's picture

There are people who can make it on a spouse's income, without government assistance, and would like to be home with their kids, but choose not to, because they need the health coverage which comes with their job. People should consider whether, overall, our society was not in error to promote two-income households in the first instance.

EscapingProgress's picture

We have entered a new era. We no longer need to produce. We only need more FRNs.

Xibalba's picture

Perhaps there is veiled truth in this.  The predatory capitalists greatest enemy is the self educated man walking around with his eyes wide open.  

economics9698's picture

"Perhaps there is veiled truth in this.  The predatory central bankers greatest enemy is the self educated man walking around with his eyes wide open."

Fixed it. 

barroter's picture

Sure. There's nothing better than having an employee who is desperate if you're a "producer." The last thing they want is any employee with choices. I know of several people who finally quit or changed jobs with the advent of ACA.

samsara's picture

Playing by the rules in a crooked game is Insane.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Krugman's dispatch last week towed this line.  His acolytes praised The One and blamed all of humanity's woes on the eee-vil Tea Party.  Par for the course, I suppose.

I'm amazed I still experience amazement.  Sure, the GOP's sound bites were misleading re the report, but Krugman fully backed up the idea that people would merely be "choosing" to work less, throwing in a line or two about how a reduction in overall hours isnt all good.

Nothing about full time workers essentially having to further subsidize yet more people.


Hoping to see more "cash grab for the insurers" articles here at ZH, as it seems obvious this would be the intent.  I initially looked at it mostly as a power grab by the fedgov, the Roberts' decision, which was the logical equivalent of a mugging, really has expanded federal power far more than, I think, most people really understand.


But the cash grab part...  I mean, since insurers are large corporations, and the Left thinks corporations are evil [to the point of supporting laws fining and jailing people organized into LLCs to make shitty documentaries] - perhaps the corporate cash grab angle will wake even some of those state-worshipping fuckers up a bit.


You can always hope.

SAT 800's picture

Lowering the voting age to 18; was sooo helpful. Raise it to 45 and see how many Obamas you get.

scrappy's picture

Why don't the rest of us unteather from their bs system?


If we build a Grand Jury, the people will come.

Join us.


Pure Evil's picture

People don't want a Grand Jury.

They want to see bloody heads rolling in the streets!

Paveway IV's picture

Hmmm.... suddenly remembered that weird head-chopper machine in Caligula. Thanks for the nightmarish image, Pure Evil. 

El Vaquero's picture

Only some of the people, my evil friend.  Only some of the people.  The rest want to feel safe and think that it's OK to have cops busting into their houses with M16s pointed in their faces because it makes them safer, or they want to eat TV dinners and watch dancing with the stars, or they want their motherfucking EBT. 


Me?  I want March to come around so I can get to planting some spring crops.  I want April to come around so that I can get to planting a bunch of other stuff.  I want June to come around so that I can plant various cucurbits.  But barring that, I may have to build a guillotine.  I'll put a hitch and an axle on it, and it'll roll.