In case you want to be cheered up after the battering from back-to-back blizzards...don't read this blog post! The Atlantic has a fascinating look at the now deeply rooted jobless problem in America -- fascinating but depressing. The long-term prospect for recovery is not good, and the article looks at the troubling social pathologies that are caused by unemployment and that are hindering new job creation. It's hardly a classically liberal piece, by the way -- there's a sharp (and effective) shot at self-esteem parenting, which is a bugaboo of conservatives...who clearly have a point on that front. The article also effectively takes you way past Bush and Obama, D's and R's, and who's up and who's down politics.
Here's one excerpt.
I talked to Errol a few days later. He is 28 and has a gentle, straightforward manner. He graduated from high school in 1999 and has lived with his parents since then. He worked in a machine shop for a couple of years after school, and has also held jobs at a battery factory, a sandpaper manufacturer, and a restaurant, where he was a cook. The restaurant closed in June 2008, and apart from a few days of work through temp agencies, he hasn’t had a job since.