RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Friday, November 16, 2012

How Obama has changed America

Outstanding piece by John Goodman on He points out
  1. A large number of employers are switching to part-timers to do low-paying jobs, to avoid the Obamacare mandate. This, of course, was as predictable a consequence as one can possibly imagine.
  2. About half the precipitous decline in labor-force participation since 2007 is a result of easier eligibility rules for unemployment insurance, food stamps and housing aid. When Romney spoke of the 47%, he may have been optimistic.
In other words, at a time full time, low-income workers just became much more expensive to employ, the government reduced the incentive for people to take low-income jobs. We are well on the way to become the U.K., with a class of able but permanently unemployed adults living on the government dole.


  1. You, Dr. Harbison, could tell us all about living on the government dole.