Hump Day Open Thread

March 26, 2014

What’s up?

I was enthralled with this Washington satire Elephant Hunt Massacre by Jon Steinman, and wanted to recommend it. Jon is a friend and DC journalist who is able to capture the craziness — the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction variety — of politics in DC with solid and grabbing writing. On a personal note, I was doubly impressed learning from his wife that he wrote this book on top of a full-time job and caring for two little girls. Let’s support this budding author and hard-working poppa! The amazon kindle link is here, but it is available in Barnes & Noble and other outlets as well.

In somewhat related news: The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson had a great rebuttal to Rep. Paul Ryan’s assertion that poverty in the inner city was due to “generations of men not even thinking about working.”

In depressed urban and rural communities, there is an acute shortage of meaningful work. There was a time when young men who didn’t plan to go to college could anticipate finding blue-collar work at “the plant” nearby — maybe a steel mill, maybe an assembly line. There they could have job security, enough income to keep a roof over a family’s head, a pension when they retired. Their children, who would go to college, could expect lives of greater accomplishment and affluence.

This was how the “culture of work” functioned. How is it supposed to happen without work?

Good question.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?