spivonious said:W3bbo said:*snip*
Yeah don't want to derail the thread too much. It's definitely abuse of the system that irks me. One of my wife's friends lost her job last year and she hasn't even been looking for a new one because she gets unemployment checks for another couple of months. I've started saying "you're welcome" every time she pays for something when I'm around. Anyway, enough of that
Glad you're happy with the TV! Don't worry, 37" will seem small in a couple weeks.
I don't really think there is enough jobs for everyone. People are getting laid off enmasse from profitable companies, not because these companies can't pay their paycheck, but they are simply not needed anymore. This is often because the company has outsourced their work to a different country, or that more efficent business processes (usually involving computers), have replaced their traditional role.
So either some people are going to be unemployed, or "employed" for the government or some big company where they do nothing useful all day anyway. We just don't need that many people employed when some many jobs have moved to China/India or are handled by computers. The only real answer to this 'problem' is a welfare state.