Consider this: the U.S. economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June 2009. In the same period, 3.1 million workers have signed up for disability benefits. Back in 1992 there was one person on disability benefits for every 36 people in employment. Now the ratio is 1 to 16. Unemployment is being concealed—and rendered permanent—in ways all too familiar to Europeans. — It is Westerners who are in the stationary state, while China is growing faster than any other major economy in the world. The World Bank expects the European economy to contract this year and the U.S. to grow by just 2 percent. China will grow as much as four times faster than that. The mood disorder is especially bad for investors. Only seven out of 47 national stock markets around the world have posted gains in the last 12 months. — Niall Ferguson
Whining has served man well thus far, and I can hardly wait to see what wondrous things we’ll have to gripe about in the future.
“My intergalactic spaceship doesn’t have enough cup holders.”
“My robot butler is too noisy.”
“My holodeck is too small.”
“Time travel makes me dizzy.”
“My health insurance won’t pay for all of my elective bionic limb replacement.”
However much greater life becomes, the only certainty is that we’ll be sure that we deserve more and that someone else should give it to us. — Frank Fleming.
But under Eric Holder, the Justice Department has engaged in a pattern of selective enforcement of discrimination laws. In 2009, it infamously dismissed a voter-intimidation lawsuit the departing Bush administration brought against the New Black Panther Party, even though the case had been effectively won in court. Justice’s former Voting Section chief Christopher Coates testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in 2010 that he was informed by Julie Fernandes, an Obama-appointed deputy assistant attorney general, that the Voting Rights Act was not to be enforced in cases where racial minorities were accused of discrimination. — John Fund
Listening to @BarackObama wage #classwarfare in #Jacksonville #Florida.Parts of it sound like speech by left-wing 3rd world leader. — Marco Rubio
If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. — Barack Obama
The mistake made by virtually the entire Western media during the Arab Spring was to assume that social progress is like technological progress — that, like the wheel or the internal-combustion engine, women’s rights and gay rights cannot be disinvented. They can, very easily. — Mark Steyn
In the first ever poll of Irish Muslims, 37 percent said they would like Ireland to be governed by Islamic law. When the same question was put to young Irish Muslims, it was 57 percent. In other words, the hope’n’change generation are less Westernized than their parents. Thirty-six percent of young British Muslims think the penalty for apostasy — i.e., leaving Islam — should be death. Had you asked the same question of British Muslims in 1970, I doubt the enthusiasts would have cracked double figures. Unlike the dopes droning the halfwit slogans at the Obama rallies, these guys mean it. The children are our future. That’s the problem. — Mark Steyn
“The president clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely no idea how the American economy functions. The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world — it is the American way,” Sununu said in his opening remarks of the conference call. I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” — Romney surrogate, John Sununu