A look at Thanksgiving, then vs. now….
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With a still uncertain economy, loss of house values and no or low paying jobs we are all getting angry. This was just the focus of a NY Fox 5 story (below).
Some are describing this as “America’s anger epidemic.” And there are a few reasons: uncertainty in the job market and the economy, working long hours — on average about one month more now than they did in the 1970s and with less vacation.
So if it seems like Americans are angrier these days it’s because we are.
What has you seeing red? Maybe it’s the traffic or the ups and downs of the stock market. For one guy seen on a viral video, he threw a tantrum over a city street trombone player. I guess he didn’t like the tune.
And of course, there are the celebrity meltdowns, like Alec Baldwin’s epic fail last week when he blew up at Fox 5 reporter Linda Schmidt.
Singer Chris Brown was also just ordered to spend three months in rehab after reading he threw a rock through his own mother’s car window.
Dr. Sudeepta Varma, a psychiatrist, said it is not all a coincidence. Americans really are angrier now than they’ve ever been before.
A recent study from the USA Today found 60 percent of Americans report feeling angry or irritable. That is up from 50 percent when a similar poll was taken in 2011.
Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24039954/americas-anger-epidemic-why#ixzz2lTZ6myYO
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Good news as Ireland’s hard work is paying off. This is a roadmap for other troubled EU countries like Spain and Italy. However, Ireland made tough choices, cut entitlements, encouraged business growth with low taxes. And it worked.
According to the Wall Street Journal
Ireland’s government will make a clean exit from its three-year international bailout in the coming weeks without recourse to a precautionary line of credit, and will work closely with Germany to ensure the country makes a strong recovery from its debt crisis, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said.
Dublin had long debated whether it would need a credit line from the International Monetary Fund and the euro zone to safeguard against potential setbacks after it draws down the last of its bailout loans, and now believes that it does not need a safety net to secure full access to debt markets from 2014, Mr. Kenny told lawmakers in a special sitting of the Irish parliament.
According to the government’s own numbers there are less people in the workforce than in the last 35 years. An article (below) gives the details but one paragraph must be making the Democratic Party worry about 2014:
When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the labor force participation rate was 65.7 percent. By the beginning of 2013, the start of Obama’s second term, it had dropped to 63.6 percent. Since this January, it has continued to decline, hitting a 35-year low of 62.8 percent in October.
Where are all the workers? Did they just give up and move to food stamps? Well those numbers are at an all time high too.
The whole article starts here:
The percentage of American civilians 16 or older who have a job or are actively seeking one dropped to a 35-year low in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In September, the labor force participation rate was 63.2 percent, but in October it dropped to 62.8 percent—the lowest it has been since February 1978, when Jimmy Carter was president.
The labor force, according to BLS, is that part of the civilian noninstitutional population that either has a job or has actively sought one in the last four weeks. The civilian noninstitutional population consists of people 16 or older, who are not on active-duty in the military or in an institution.
At no time during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, did such a small percentage of the civilian non-institutional population either hold a job or at least actively seek one.
- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/americans-participation-labor-force-hits-35-year-low#sthash.KVfudNS2.sbjs9DlF.dpuf