Economy and Business
I had dinner the other night with one of those villains, a “faceless bureaucrat” working as a wildlife biologist for the Department of the Interior in northern Florida. A college friend of my wife, she had spent many years in research on endangered species, and now has moved into an administrative position where she supervises the research of other wildlife scientists.
Look out. They’re angry. Foaming-at-the-mouth angry. And they’re lashing out, saying they won’t take it anymore. As one of their leaders angrily cried, “It’s a war.” Indeed–they’re on the move to take their country back.
President Barack Obama is surely on the right track in scratching our return to the moon and in dropping the Space Shuttle program.
If the Republican Party gets any nuttier, we’re going to have to lock it in the attic when company visits.
Congress has also greased the skids for American jobs to skitter overseas, and for employers here to import both high- and low-skilled workers to siphon off jobs from domestic payrolls. In the name of thrift, it has chiseled as well on unemployment, food stamps, housing, child care, and most other social services. Only military expenditures have spiraled upward unimpeded.
In case you haven’t heard, the economy is not in great shape–10 percent unemployment, home foreclosures soaring, the national debt exploding. And the future looks worse. Some people think inflation is on the way; others think it’s going to be deflation, a condition in which your money is worth a little more, but you have a lot less of it.
Maybe you’re one of the thousands of young lawyers in America working in some low-skill, part-time job because law firms have cut so many of the starting positions you were educated to take. If so, I have good news: Jobs for young lawyers are now mushrooming in companies that provide legal services to U.S. corporations.