So, Mr. Obama, the job numbers are in and more people than ever have dropped out of the labor force? What are you telling people to do? [Darleen Click]
O!: “Go to Howard Johnson’s …”
Today in Ohio, lost in all the flurry of the news about the jobs numbers, was a speech almost as strange and depressing given by our current president, Barack Obama, as he talked about his own childhood. This way of life and standard of living, he appeared to say, is the American ideal and what people should be prepared to settle for:
Nobody expected to get fabulously rich, although it was great if people got rich. But when I think about my family and Michelle’s family, what made us rich was spending time together, and the idea was that if our families were of good character and had good values and you we willing to work hard, then you could find a job that paid a decent wage. And eventually if you saved enough you could own a home. And you knew that you wouldn’t go bankrupt if you got sick because you had some health insurance. And maybe you took a vacation every once in a while. And it wasn’t necessarily some fancy vacation at some fancy resort.
Best vacation I had when I was a kid was my grandmother, my mom and my sister — we traveled around the country on Greyhound buses and on trains and we stayed at Howard Johnson’s.
Yeah, that’s right, aspire to a job with a “decent” wage and vacations at the Howard Johnson’s. Now that’s living.
And if you can’t afford the Greyhound bus and motel, there’s always the immensely popular Bundy vacation on your living room couch.
Of course, that’s assuming the 34,000 people who dropped out of the labor force in June alone still have a living room couch.
Heck of a job, Barry!
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