Your librul media

Hey, I understand! To the Village, this is so common, it’s not even worth mentioning that Elaine Chao is Mitch McConnell’s beard nominal wife:

CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday failed to tell viewers that former Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao was married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as she blasted President Barack Obama’s “far-left agenda” and claimed that he had not been as willing to work towards bipartisan solutions as Republican senators.


During a panel segment on CNN’s State of the Union, Crowley noted that Obama had accused Republicans of obstructionism and standing in the way of improving jobs and the economy.


“I don’t know how he can say that when he had control of both the houses in the legislative branch, he had control of the White House from 2009 to 2010,” Chao opined. “He was able to get sweeping changes through to our economy, which actually, including for example, Obamacare and also Dodd-Frank , which are actually having a hampering effect — they’re having a dampening effect on job creation.”


“I’m actually rather surprised that in his inaugural address that there was not a more magnanimous spirit shown, that there was not more of a graciousness to focus on reaching out to the other side to work together,” she continued. “He uses the words, but if you look at the agenda, it’s very much a far-left agenda item… So, I think the president has to focus on job creation. He cannot do everything at one time.”

These days

Don’t confront me with my failures
For I have not forgotten them.

Jackson Browne:

Generation Squeeze

I think we can all relate to this, yes?

In the current listless economy, every generation has a claim to having been most injured. But the Labor Department’s latest jobs snapshot and other recent data reports present a strong case for crowning baby boomers as the greatest victims of the recession and its grim aftermath.


These Americans in their 50s and early 60s — those near retirement age who do not yet have access to Medicare and Social Security — have lost the most earnings power of any age group, with their household incomes 10 percent below what they made when the recovery began three years ago, according to Sentier Research, a data analysis company.


Their retirement savings and home values fell sharply at the worst possible time: just before they needed to cash out. They are supporting both aged parents and unemployed young-adult children, earning them the inauspicious nickname “Generation Squeeze.”


New research suggests that they may die sooner, because their health, income security and mental well-being were battered by recession at a crucial time in their lives. A recent study by economists at Wellesley College found that people who lost their jobs in the few years before becoming eligible for Social Security lost up to three years from their life expectancy, largely because they no longer had access to affordable health care.


“If I break my wrist, I lose my house,” said Susan Zimmerman, 62, a freelance writer in Cleveland, of the distress that a medical emergency would wreak upon her finances and her quality of life. None of the three part-time jobs she has cobbled together pay benefits, and she says she is counting the days until she becomes eligible for Medicare.


In the meantime, Ms. Zimmerman has fashioned her own regimen of home remedies — including eating blue cheese instead of taking penicillin and consuming plenty of orange juice, red wine, coffee and whatever else the latest longevity studies recommend — to maintain her health, which she must do if she wants to continue paying the bills.


“I will probably be working until I’m 100,” she said.


As common as that sentiment is, the job market has been especially unkind to older workers.

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