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Only 54% Of Young Adults In America Have A Job

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A month ago, Zero Hedge readers were stunned to learn that unemployment among Europe's young adults has exploded as a result of the European financial crisis, and peaking anywhere between 46% in the case of Greece all they way to 51% for Spain. Which makes us wonder what the reaction will be to the discovery that when it comes to young adults (18-24) in the US, the employment rate is just barely above half, or 54%, which just happens to be the lowest in 64 years, and 7% worse than when Obama took office promising a whole lot of change 3 years ago.

And while technically this means 46% are unemployed, or the same percentage as in Greece, the US ratio, which comes from Pew, shows the ratio as a % of the total population: a very sensitive topic now that every month we see another 250,000 drop off mysteriously from the total labor force. However, unlike those on the trailing age end, young adults by definition are the labor force in their age group demographic, so it would be difficult to explain away this horrendous number by claiming that ever more 24 year olds are retiring. Although, yes, we agree that some may be dropping out of the labor force in order to go to college, incidentally the locus of the latest credit bubble, where they meet a fate worse even than secular unemployment: they become debt slaves of the Federal System, with non-dischargable debt at that, which even assuming they can get a job would take ages to pay back!

But wait: there's more - of all age groups, this is the one that has actually seen its wages drop the most under the Obama administration.

So not only are they unemployed, young adults are at least poor.

Net result: double the change, zero the hope.



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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:41 | 2211202 DormRoom
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The sun'll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!

Just thinkin' about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!

When I'm stuck a day
That's gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin,
And Say,


A lot of my friends have abandoned Obama.  And we're increasingly annoyed by emails asking us for money, when we're barely scraping by.  dude has lost the youth vote

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:16 | 2211335 economics1996
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The reporters don’t give a shit about the 46% unemployment rate, all they are focused on is Obama’s re-election.   

Would someone who knows these assholes please smack them up side the fucking head and knock some sense into their shit for brains.  Fucking retarded morons.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:29 | 2211497 UP Forester
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Reporters just see that 46% of 18-24 year olds have plenty of time on their hands to campaign for Obama....

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 03:03 | 2211543 The Big Ching-aso
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Thank goodness their parents are rapidly approaching 46% unemployment so they'll have someone to talk to at home.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 03:47 | 2211580 Sudden Debt
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OR 54% lives in Beverly Hills and lives in a sitcom, drives 7 cars for every day of the week and they all had sex with Paris Hilton and made a movie about it.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:47 | 2211847 engineertheeconomy
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give me freedom or give me death



Thu, 03/01/2012 - 04:27 | 2211625 sessinpo
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I was thinking this was bullish for xbox and ps3 sarc

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:23 | 2211805 King_Julian
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Bullish for families!

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 17:37 | 2265648 Grey-Ghost
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If the majority of the youth vote for Obama again I will support any war that gets them killed.

And if the majority of old farts vote for Repulsive party candidate I will support any policy that gets them robbed.

(I parafrazed an old comment from ZeroHedge but do not recall the author)

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 04:40 | 2211642 BorisTheBlade
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In parallel they are also busy selling a new war, 46% of young adults is a lot of cannon fodder to dispose the way those really making decisions see it.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:42 | 2211390 ACP
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Shouldn't the headline be: "Only 54% of young adults want a job"?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:56 | 2211426 The4thStooge
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Age: 25, Position: Store Manager. Degree: History (Incomplete, 102/120 credit hours)

I've got a buddy in law school and another who's making decent money as a personal trainer. The rest of my friends are either barely scraping by or just lazy as all fuck. I also used to trade in my free time till I found this site. Made some money with MCP and REE and got out before they collapsed (got lucky). Now I'm all physical. Thanks ZH!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:15 | 2211464 ACP
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Exactly. I never once saw a reporter interview a recent college grad and ask, "Have you looked for a job?"

Seems like they are just too good for "shit jobs," while they apply for the one they actually want. But then again, what some call "shit jobs" can pay a hell of a lot, but the stigma is just too hard for some to bear.

$200k and a BMW or bust!


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:42 | 2211519 The4thStooge
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There's that, and then there's the fact that employers don't really give a shit about your education either. They want experience. I worked at 7-Eleven for 3 years while I was in school. The retail experience has helped me so much more than my education has. Now I'm running a store and selling electronic cigarettes. Been in the business for a year and a half, and its not a bad business to be in. New industry, plenty of room for growth. It's cheaper than smoking and hell of lot healthier, so the bad economy is actually helping us. I put my time in and it's paid off. You gotta be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up. A lot of people aren't willing to do that and they blame everyone but themselves. Another thing people are not willing to do is adapt. I ride a motercycle and when it's raining, I take the bus. Gas prices don't bother me one bit.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 11:54 | 2212746 tekhneek
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Gas is actually a lot more affordable when you're not paying $120/month for a fucking iPhone 5GSXULTRA10GINCREDIBLE. Get a simple phone with unlimited texting/calling...bata-bing: $80 freed up for gasoline that was "tied up" in that awesome phone. 22 extra gallons per month simply by shifting a little money from one pocket to the other.

Of course that works great unless you drive an Excursion and enjoy that incredible 7 mpg highway but let's be honest... driving an affordable and efficient car from your apartment to your city job isn't realistic. You need that 48" lift and those $7,000/piece tires just to make sure you're "safe" because everyone knows cars are just so small.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:09 | 2211454 LowProfile
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What, we should help to help perpetuate this hopelessly corrupt, lawless, murderous system?

Fuck it, I'm doing as little as possible until the collapse.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:42 | 2211394 FlyoverCountryS...
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Young people who voted for Obama wrecked thier own futures. They have no one to blame but themselves. But hey, a few TV shows show how cool it is to be an unemployed adult living in Mommy's Basement and how the girls just LOVE guys like that, should do it, right?


OBAMA2012 - FOUR MORE YEARS! (in Mommy's basement!)

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:46 | 2211403 Michael
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Young people in our idiocracy don't vote. Fuck em.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:49 | 2211437 Michael
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Breaking News:

Barack Obama’s eligibility to be President?

Media organizations from all political persuasions are seeking admittance to a news conference to be held by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz.

Media finally paying attention to eligibility?   See which major networks plan on covering Cold Case Posse results

The event is tomorrow at 1 p.m. Mountain Standard Time in Phoenix, 3 p.m. Eastern, and will be live-streamed by WND.


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:07 | 2211451 The4thStooge
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I didn't vote because the choice was between a douchbag who dances around on stage singing "bomb bomb bomb Iran" and another douchbag who had never done anything in his life besides never showing up for votes in the Senate. I'm only voting this year if Ron Paul is on the ticket. And my mom loses the house if I move out and stop paying rent. And since that comment is directed at me, fuck you.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:16 | 2211471 Michael
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Have you ever thought of voting against all incumbent congress critters in the rare event you might go to vote? Of course not. You don't even know the definition of the word incumbent and don't even know there are other people to vote against on the ballot you moron.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:25 | 2211490 The4thStooge
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I can name all 44 US presidents in chronological order. You think voting matters? Moron.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 03:20 | 2211528 Michael
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Kid, make a bumper sticker that says, "Churn The Congress Critters", and make a million bucks.

Quote me.

HAL, is that you?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 05:01 | 2211657 Michael
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Mr Paul you're recognized, your thorn in the flesh, for 3? minutes.

More like a the flesh for 3 minutes!

Financial Services Hearing Highlights Feb 29 2012

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 05:06 | 2211660 Michael
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I'm not just an interceptor of random cosmic thoughts.

Hope that wasn't too heavy for you.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:33 | 2211666 Michael
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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:30 | 2211814 Ghordius
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michael, I appreciate your zeal in getting everybody to vote. particularly for RP

if you really have multiple personalities which make you answer your own comments, why don't you give every personality an own account? ;-)

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:47 | 2211766 ChrisFromMorningside
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If Ron Paul isn't on the Presidential ballot then vote for Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party 2012.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:45 | 2211761 taxpayer102
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When Obama was running for president in 2008 many young idealistic college students volunteered for his campaign.  I asked a group of them if they realized U.S. corporations were outsourcing jobs they could do to workers overseas.  They knew about outsourcing of jobs and didn't have an answer for it but felt Obama was the only choice they had at that time.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:47 | 2211410 I am a Man I am...
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hope you are in technology, all other industries are controlled by the establishment

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:29 | 2211744 Michael
Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:02 | 2211724 nodhannum
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DormRoom, don't complain.  You guys got the "hype and change" that you can really believe in. "Usefull iodiots" is what Vladimir Illiyich called them.  In Lenins case, it was the Menshevicks and SRs that he referred to, in the modern day US, it is the kids that watch Jersey Shore and American Idiot.  I will have to say, that if you are here on Zero Hedge, it is a start; however, if "dear leader" gets another term, it will Chavez with a vengeance.  None of votes will matter then. 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:36 | 2211209 Sans-culottes
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Go Obama!!!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:48 | 2211246 Cpl Hicks
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Go Obama..go home to wherever you came from.
And do not let the door hit Michelle on the ass on the way out. We cant afford to repair it.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:06 | 2211305 flacon
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Comment by reefman on 2012-02-29 23:41:34
I am going to try to get SGS to make this an official post here because it is so important! 
A Canadian Concern? 
February 29, 2012News > TV Shows > The National 
Adrienne Arsenault with the eye-opening story of a US anti-government group and why Canada needs to be concerned.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:17 | 2211328 economics1996
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If the majority of the youth vote for Obama again I will support any war that gets them killed.


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 06:52 | 2211717 btechtrader
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Ok, a funny comment, but I when are you stupid fucks gonna get over this vote for Obama bullshit. Who gives a fuck who they vote for. It's pretty much agreed that policy is non dependent on who is president. The whole election scam is just a circus show to make you idiots think you actually have a say. Newsflash. You don't.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:20 | 2211798 SilverDOG
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Most of those finger pointing blame 'tards would much rather continue shoving their stinky finger in others faces.

Why? Due to the fact that, if they stop pointing they would need to make a decision of which they would be responsible for. Most are trained stupid, or just plain cowards.

100% correct; political ponzi election scam. Exception being Ron Paul.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:16 | 2211470 ACP
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Go Obama!

...back to Chicago...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:14 | 2211730 e_goldstein
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That's the problem with federal politics. After the scumbags are kicked out of Washington, they eventually return home.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:36 | 2211826 General Decline
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I'd like to believe mentally Illinois is a better place without him but it still sucks donkey here. 67% personal income tax increase and a 42% corporate income tax increase last year and Rham (the dual Israeli citizen) Emmanuel says we need to tax guns @ $60 each so the state can make more money.

I need to book one of those ZH hunting/canoeing trips many of you have already taken.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 10:25 | 2212310 NumberNone
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Obama should immediately apologize to these young adults because they might riot and it's the right thing to do. 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:37 | 2211211 Pairadimes
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Bullish private corrections facilities.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:59 | 2211283 LasVegasDave
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Lots of jobs for attractive females on backpage starting at $100/hr.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:57 | 2211429 seek
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You must live on the coast. I just checked the listings in my city... lots of opening bids at $50, median is $80 on ads with prices in headlines. (Couldn't resist doing some statistical analysis on your little quip out of curiousity. This ties in with the story about 20-somethings paying student loans this way I read a month ago.)

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 06:46 | 2211716 LasVegasDave
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And of course if you are willing to travel for work, say to the greek isles, you can earn upwards of $400 per hour

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:37 | 2211212 SumSUN
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Who needs a job when you can make mad money trading LULU!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:38 | 2211213 Midas
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Is this bullish for housing? Unemployment, declining wages and student loan debt service for the next generation of home buyers? Tune in to Mad Money to find out!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:12 | 2211322 RockyRacoon
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I wonder, just for grins, what the UE rate for young-uns is in the parallel universe where John and Sarah are presiding over the economy.  Is it any better or worse there?  Somehow I think we'd be looking at approximately the same stats.   Either the Prez is a useless stooge, or he has some power.  One has to make up one's mind or all analysis is moot.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:35 | 2211381 GovtMediaLiars
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Spot on. I think most here are aware of this though which makes pointing it out every post unnecessary.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:21 | 2211738 Bobbyrib
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Did you read the fifty posts above that basically say the opposite?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 11:45 | 2212697 RockyRacoon
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One cannot state the obvious too many times, eh?  'Tis an easy mindset to take out one's frustrations on one guy who is easy to find and vilify.  Sometimes I think that is the only function of the POTUS.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 13:20 | 2213127 blunderdog
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If they'd started a few more wars, they might've reactivated the draft by now, resulting in a huge employment boost.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:38 | 2211214 CaptFufflePants
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I don't understand why you have to put Obama in there implying he is responsible.

We all know it would be the same no matter who was at the helm.

Let's try and be honest. The game is rigged.

I thought everyone here understood that truth.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:40 | 2211221 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yeah but Obama is such a cunty douchebag, you gotta mention him.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:48 | 2211411 shuckster
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Obama is just another nig trying to get Reperations for his people - no offense to good black folks like Lil Wayne and Reggie M

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:13 | 2211460 LowProfile
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So sayeth a member of ZH for 4 weeks and a day.

How much does the DNC pay you for this sort of transparant bullshit? 

Hint:  Anybody who reads ZH and actually IS racist, is too smart to let it show here.

But then, the quality of person that they get for your sort of work is understandably lacking.  So sad...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:12 | 2211729 nodhannum
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Now back to your moma's basement and to DU.  Another usefull idiot!  The real folks (read not troll) here at Zero Hedge don't give a damn if someone is green, red, brown or has terminal acne...we aren't hiring a guy to be pretty or PC. We want the truth and a way forward.  Don't play the agent provocateur with us looser.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:01 | 2211778 ChrisFromMorningside
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Look at the bipartisan support that Greenspan and Bernanke have. Their monetary policy was never challenged by Democratic OR Republican administrations. Look at the continuity in foreign policy from Bush to Obama. The party divide only matters with regard to domestic/social issues. On foreign policy, debt policy, monetary policy, the two parties de facto support a unified agenda.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:46 | 2211240 Central Bankster
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Why do you care? Still attached to the two party con? Obama is a lieing political scumbag with no solutions, just like his republican counterparts.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:03 | 2211296 DaveyJones
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God I hope more people start thinking like this

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:01 | 2211777 Ghostbusters
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yeah that guy McCain would have been a lot bette <sarc>

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:43 | 2211518 Tsunami Wave
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Because when I read the comment boards of CNN, MSNBC, Politico, Yahoo, The NYT, and other news sites, it's full of dumbass comments basically saying things like:

1.) We need to vote in Obama for another 4 years, Republicans need to stay out of politics for at least 10 years.

2.) Obama inherited a mess and he saved our economy from the abyss.

3.) Republicans are so stupid.. and so is literally everyone else that isn't a Democrat.

4.) No one can fix our economy and lead us to universal healthcare or taxing exclusively the rich unless it's Obama.


And other crazy shit. Go ahead.. read the comment boards of just about any "news" site on the internet and a lot of people in the comments section say this.  Maybe it's astroturfed.. maybe it isn't. But oh well.. People will get what they deserve in this disgusting, filthy situation.


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:08 | 2211727 BeetleBailey
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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 11:48 | 2212714 RockyRacoon
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And Fox News is... what?    "Fair and Balanced"?   Uh-huh.   Just trying to keep the scales balanced here.

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 09:54 | 2269340 BeetleBailey
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Did I mention Fox News? No. Stop deflecting.

ALL "news" organizations these days are biased. 

Of the major ones, Fox is biased to the right, msnbc is biased to the left, as well as ABC, NBC and CBS.

I watch all of them - which I doubt you or many of you that bash Fox does. You probably hear from someone else that Fox is not fair and balanced, and parrot that above. Pretty sad.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:58 | 2211282 Midas
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I think Obama's signature legislation, Health care reform, has put more burdens on employers which discourages hiring. People in this demographic spend very little on health care. They would be better off with a job and no health care. I've named something specific he has done to hinder job growth, you name something he has done to encourage job growth, and not just since he said "I'm going to focus like a laser on jobs."

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:15 | 2211465 LowProfile
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"I'm going to focus like a laser on jobs."

You know, like the one from the Death Star.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:08 | 2211312 barliman
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Over 2.5 years on ZH and I thought I had seen massive FAILS before tonight ...

We have had some of the dumbest people in the universe put forward the most idiotic arguments ever seen.

You, my friend, have left them all in the dust.  Did you spend the last 49 weeks waiting to roll this monumentally offensive line out?

"I don't understand why you have to put Obama in there implying he is responsible."

I would consider the remote possibility you are being snarky or sarcastic ... but the whole of your post speaks of a simple mindedness that is stunning in its magnitude.

Everyone is responsible for the choices they make. Obama, if he is just a stooge of "dark forces", has chosen to do their bidding.

In small words you might grasp,  'If you do evil, you are evil.'

This applies to someone like yourself that has to remember to breathe and apparently is unable to grasp the concepts of right & wrong; much less a higher order concept like reponsibility.

Please do the world a favor and discorporate at your earliest opportunity.


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 05:25 | 2211671 NorthPole
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You are right, but what you have just said is only part of the truth. The thing is, shouting 'eff Obama' plays right into TPTB's hand, for the Republican alternative is equally going to be their puppet. They have succeeded in dividing people across partisan lines. You don't have freedom simply because you have a choice to vote for two puppets pre-selected for you by the establishment.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:32 | 2211816 Hacked Economy
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Every new President could arguably get a free pass for six months after taking office as he deals with whatever he inherited from the previous one.

But after that, he has to answer for his own actions 100%. 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 11:49 | 2212727 RockyRacoon
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Forty years of pure evil can't be fixed in 6 months.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:51 | 2214353 barliman
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I'd go with fifty one years - but let's not quibble over a decade.


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:14 | 2211329 Milestones
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"The game is rigged"By whom is the game "rigged" pray-tell?  The tooth fairy? The bankers control the $$ who do you think provides the muscle?


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:19 | 2211344 Augustus
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Sure, it is rigged by O'Bammie.

That was the promised change.  You thought it was going to be Chicago Pizza?

No, Baby, No.

It is Chicago Politics you voted for.

Well, along with a promise of higher energy costs.

Can O'Bammie deliver, or what?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:54 | 2211424 eatthebanksters
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Read 'Confidence Men' by Suskind and then tell me what you just said, again and with a straight face.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:39 | 2211215 fourchan
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bullish, theres so much room to go for the remaining 46% debt slaves, i mean youth.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:43 | 2211229 non_anon
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I'm 50 years "young" and lost my job too!

edit: oh, and Debt Bro doesn't need any help any losing, he is doing an excellent job himself and the help of his czars!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:43 | 2211231 RobotTrader
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Exactly.  Who needs to work when you can trade the IBD Top 50 for a living??



I know lots of guys getting rich on AAPL, PCLN, etc.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:48 | 2211247 Central Bankster
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Momofader lol.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:17 | 2211472 LowProfile
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He's not smart enough to fade it.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:48 | 2211248 dark pools of soros
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and they will all sell just before the crash

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:54 | 2211264 Dr. Gonzo
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You're constant abuse of  the teenage girl invented acronym LOL is surely intended as humor. right? 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:22 | 2211353 Vic Vinegar
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No offense dude but today is another day (still tracking at 100% consistency) where Robo has been proven right and all the angry comments on Zero Hedge have done nothing.


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:13 | 2211461 Burnbright
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Oh rly? Was that before or after the fact? Or was that your point?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:21 | 2211481 Vic Vinegar
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My Great Aunt Orly came back onto Zero Hedge recently.  But she seems to have gone away again.  It would be nice to have her back.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:51 | 2211417 I am a Man I am...
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just curious, does anyone use priceline? not sure how they continue to do so well with all the competition

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:58 | 2211433 eatthebanksters
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It's all because of Captain Kirk!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:15 | 2211463 Vic Vinegar
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Priceline dropped William Shatner and changed their business model.

But that news is boring.  How about something more interesting - how do you sleep at night?  Be honest and I'll be interested.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:44 | 2211235 Dave Thomas
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[Cue scratchy newsreel music and announcement]

Need a job bub? Wanna do good by your country and family?

Ask big sis for a leg up chum!

Join the Eagle Watch DHS Youth Brigade today!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:45 | 2211238 Yen Cross
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 Legitimate Jobs Tyler.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:46 | 2211241 dark pools of soros
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does Cali make that many exaggerated facial expression during sex as well??

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:01 | 2211291 wandstrasse
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Depends. I make these expressions when I am paid.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:47 | 2211242 wandstrasse
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Real economy? Jobs? Ancient relics.
So why are still some jobs left? Tradition.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:48 | 2211244 navy62802
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It doesn't matter if 100% of them are employed. If they're making shit, they won't be able to afford anything. And that'll be the end of your economy which is based on consuming for the sake of consuming.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:50 | 2211252 dark pools of soros
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in USSA economy consumes YOU

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:03 | 2211294 AgShaman
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Want to serve your country and become a "Citizen"?

Interested in killing "Bugz" from Klandathu?

Now you can do both....

Want to learn more

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 10:34 | 2212351 nah
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i read this comment 20 times over 2 days and its still funny

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 09:51 | 2212166 Kobe Beef
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Best post of the thread by far. And it's true.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:51 | 2211256 Yen Cross
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 You were an Ass Hole on Sunday, and you are still an Ass Hole today. Do you pay attention?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:56 | 2211272 navy62802
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I'm sorry, what was that again?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:58 | 2211281 Yen Cross
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+1 Forgiven. Stay flat.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:29 | 2211498 navy62802
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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:51 | 2211258 Bansters-in-my-...
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Come on you's young american slaves,join the army,start a war or rob a citizen while you are wearing a suit.....

Wheres your drive....???

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:53 | 2211260 StockHut
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And Obama will take the microphone tomorrow and trumpet the "recovery" we are win.  The man needs to stop lying.  It's pathetic.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:55 | 2211269 Caviar Emptor
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I was all over this about a month ago (brag, I  know). But now we have the confirmatory numbers for the US. No big surprise. Even though they haven't released numbers for the 25-30 year olds, I think we all can smell the sour milk in the fridge from out here. 

Keep in mind the political trade-off, the choices that have been made: corporate welfare has never been bigger since 2008 when the entire FIRE sector was put on life support (and still is in an ongoing fashion). All of Fed monetary policy is aimed at keeping those failed companies alive (banks, WS, insurance companies and all that rely on easy ongoing credit to fund operations). And The money flows directly into the pockets of the top echelon so that their take home remains as high as possible. 

Without allowing failure there will never be private sector job creation unless it is fully subsidized by the government. Same as a public works project, just pretending to be "private". 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:56 | 2211273 Creepy Lurker
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I'm stunned, stunned I tell you.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:36 | 2211508 UP Forester
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Yeah.  It's almost enough to make you question the 8. whatever % unemployment rate by the BLS, eh?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:57 | 2211276 Yen Cross
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 M/E petro dolars are being sold as we speak. Hence the Month end flows in the crosses. SHIT! If I ever went on Vacation, I wouldn't sleep.

     I KNOW every damn time zone in the world!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 00:58 | 2211278 bgilliam83
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yeah lets go ahead and blame Obama.  Why not the pink elephant in the room that seemingly NOBODY has a rebuttal for me for....Fractional reserve banking?   Buehler?  To me, you guys are all IDIOTS, especially Ron Paul.  Who the hell cares if we have a gold backed ponzi scheme?  The generation before me just does not get it, thoroughly brainwashed and has NO HOPE.   Sign me up for death panels, get rid of these fuckers.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:16 | 2211334 bgilliam83
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cool beans -2 and no rebuttals.  We should have never been born.  What part of that do you bozo's 3 times my age not understand?  Population boom, industrial revolution, all that jazz...perfectly coincides with the advent of fractional reserve banking.  Do you psychopaths suggest we keep this circle jerk going to complete your life fantasy at the cost of.....all the earth's natural resources?  God damn you people are retarded.  Buy your property away from everyone, trust me folks.  Seen enough black friday videos....

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:20 | 2211479 LowProfile
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"To me, you guys are all IDIOTS, especially Ron Paul."

You mean the guy who's been warning about all this for the last thirty years?

Go.  Fuck.  Yourself.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:31 | 2211500 Yen Cross
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You answered that DROOL? I expect More From You!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:43 | 2211510 bgilliam83
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Warning what man?  I could have been alive in 1700 and told you you were a fucking tard.  Same with Thomas Jefferson.  Ron paul is a neutuered little cumquat if you ask me. Next question?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:17 | 2211340 ceilidh_trail
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You'll be at the head of the line.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:20 | 2211347 bgilliam83
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Why?  I would prolly fuck you up

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:23 | 2211356 ceilidh_trail
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First, you'd have to learn to spell, then, learn how to be civil. I put people to sleep for a living. You seem to be a ramsey 5 even in real time. Gomer.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:26 | 2211363 bgilliam83
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I can spell, that's pretty clear from my posts.  You, however, need to learn log functions.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:52 | 2211421 GovtMediaLiars
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These falling sky "nobody understands exponential functions but me!!!" guys are just as annoying, and just as wrong, as the MMT crowd and other monetary cranks.
Though FRB most certainly is a problem. 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:39 | 2211515 bgilliam83
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LMAO another pointless bastard.  Why wont anyone touch fractional reserve banking?  My point of the fucking post?  Gold. Silver. Ron Paul 2012 doesnt mean a god damn thing with it.... losers

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:41 | 2211388 bgilliam83
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I know you old fogies are dying to bash me but you got NOTHING but -1.  Gotcha, see ya in the afterlife then.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:15 | 2211467 eatthebanksters
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Let's see, Obama had the chance with bipartisan support and support from the top lobbyist in the healthcare industry to bring Peter Orzag's dream of national healthcare to all americans in a way that would cut costs enough to pay for all the new insured (based upon the 'Dartmouth Study'.  Obama fucked it up.  Let's see, Obama fired the CEO of GM on a Sunday without ever meeting him. Industry experts hailed his work (I'd have to go backand look up his name) as a leader in the manufacturing sector who did an outstanding job of moving a behemoth forward in spite of the unions and their attitude which prevented the evoution of GM at the same rate as their competitors.  That same Sunday he fired the CEO of GM Obama met with the '13 bankers', the CEO's of the biggest banks in our country.  Again with a bipartisan spirit to effect real and lasting reform to our financial system he had the opportunity to make demands and effect real change from these bankers.  What did he do?  He started the meeting by saying,"The only thing between you guys and the pitchforksis me."  And then he said,"I'm the only friend you have."  No investigations of Wall Street for the finacial crisis.  No prosecutions.  WTF.  Do I need to tell you any more?  If so, let me know, my list goes on and on.  Barry is a Chicago politician at best and a disaster for our country at worst.  He needs to go. 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:41 | 2211516 bgilliam83
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Shut the fuck up and give me the 411 on fractional reserve banking.  I dont give a damn about Obama retard!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:22 | 2211483 LowProfile
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You seem really adept at carrying on conversations with yourself.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 07:45 | 2211762 spankfish
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" see ya in the afterlife then"... thank God I will be in hell with all the really important people and you will be somewhere else.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:02 | 2211443 eatthebanksters
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you're are very well informed and highly educated..I can tell...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:00 | 2211285 El Tuco
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Soon there will be plenty of jobs for all these unemployed kids...

War in Syria, Iran, etc.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:00 | 2211286 Fantasy Planet
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Long basements.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:11 | 2211316 DaveyJones
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and family group counselling, elder abuse pamphlets and the clapper

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:44 | 2211400 bgilliam83
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elder abuse?  Do you really fucking think we make it that far?  Davey Jones of all people? lol

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 11:57 | 2212761 DaveyJones
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the parents.......

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:03 | 2211293 Yen Cross
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 I am LONG YEN!! The KAMPO savings rate continues. I'll short the crosses short term.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:06 | 2211303 onearmedlove
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Manufacturing jobs will make their glorious return at half wages.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:09 | 2211318 Caviar Emptor
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Sorry. Your math is off. To return to competitive wages would need to be about 1/10th. But prices will never return to that baseline, hence the biflationary squeeze. 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:24 | 2211358 Augustus
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Who would ever take a job like that?

It is much more noble and dignified to simply take the food off of someone else's table and do nothing to earn it.

it is the O'Bammie connection.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:07 | 2211310 bahaar
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Why does everyone pretend that the Government or the President or the Feds have anything to do with the employment?  People are unemployed because more and more jobs are being taken over by machines.  And it'll only get worse.   Relentless march of the machines.  Doesn't matter who's in the office.  Either we'll run out of oil and having not developed alternative energy source, will go back to 16th century.  Or a day will come when there will be only machines on this earth who worship man as their 'creator'...and go to war over man's identity.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:24 | 2211359 Questan1913
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Very, very enlightening.  I blushed with shame when I read your sage words!  How could I have been so blind?  Thank you, so much!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:56 | 2211427 GovtMediaLiars
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You win the (unofficial) Zero Hedge "Biggest Economic Fallacy Of The Day" award.

Congratulations, sir! 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:17 | 2211473 snblitz
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Indeed it is time for us to throw our shoes into the workings of the machines. /sarc

By the way, do you know how many women or men it would take to operate the swtichboards necessary to replace the AT&T 5ESS telco swtiches that are doing the job now?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 04:43 | 2211644 Oh regional Indian
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Very well said Bahaar. You MUST be a wise Persian. ;-)



Thu, 03/01/2012 - 09:34 | 2212082 BeerBrewer09
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Technological unemployment is indeed one of the pressures gaining force against the currrent, albeit fragile, structure of our society. My company laid off 40 out of 600 (15%) of it's workforce due to our newly streamlined business model. EVERYTHING is more efficient and requires less human touch. Our parent company will be instituting software that will probably (in my estimates) eliminate another 50% of our workforce within days of it going live. My uncle works for Donnelly Printing, at a plant that does nothing but annual reports. He claims that his plant will be shut down in just a year or two because of the reports going completely digital.

How can these examples not inflict damage on a capitalistic society? How will governments collect revenue, aside from monetization, with constantly dwindling numbers of people working? Will we all live on the dole? Nah, something's gonna break, and when it does, it will be chaos.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:10 | 2211319 Yen Cross
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CHRISt < I Feel LIKE " JOHN GLENN", on the first " MOON SHOT!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:11 | 2211321 Kevlar Akubra
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I remember when I had a job

Serving burgers to overweight slobs

Now they're all hardened

From working their gardens

And battling the unemployed mob

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:11 | 2211323 Azwethinkweiz
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Where's the optimism folks? All the kids aged 25-30 that I come across have high hopes and aspirations. They dream of starting the next big social networking site, becoming a star on YouTube or creating an app (most are working on something to organize their digital music collections but a few are working on creating a game more addicting than Angry Birds) to help people spend more of their time doing nothing. The future is bright!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:13 | 2211327 q99x2
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GMO kids may have more genetic mutations than a spliced flat worm but they can still vote for Ron Paul.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:15 | 2211332 Questan1913
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But, but "it's for the children", remember?  And "it takes a village", we all remember that one, don't we?    So for the paltry few who managed to make it out of the womb alive, then managed to survive, unknowingly, 12 years of  putrid maleducation, at the hands of the "village" finally hit the "village" jackpot:  No job, a skateboard for transportation, dressed in serf clothing via Walmart, domiciled with mom and pop, at age thinty five, no skills that are marketable and no prospects for the future.  

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 09:57 | 2212189 Kobe Beef
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So break out the High Explosives and make a difference.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:18 | 2211342 Yen Cross
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 You guys at Z/H helped me re-enter a stop hunting trade on the crosses. Those morons were testing weak stops on the crosses. We have a " YARD" for them.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:21 | 2211348 Vic Vinegar
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Back when I started working I was paid the federal gov's minimum wage, which was $4.25/hr.  This was back in the day when silver cost about $4 an ounce.

Now I that even though I've "prospered" I don't make enough per hour to buy an ounce of silver.  

Bring back the good old days!  LOL

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:25 | 2211489 Unnatural Selection
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Minimum wage laws are why the young have so few opportunities.  Who wants to / can afford to hire a kid with no experience for pushing $10 an hour (in San Francisco)? 

Classic case of unintended consequences.  The liberal proclaim to be helping the poor by passing laws distorting the labor market, yet the poor are decidedly worse off for it.

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