Bad prescription

Bob Herbert of the NY Times writes about unemployment woes of today's economy:

The stories have been rolling in for some time about the stresses and misfortunes that are inevitably associated with long-term joblessness: the bankruptcies, foreclosures and evictions, the dreams deferred, the mental difficulties ? anxiety, depression ? the excessive drinking and abuse of drugs, the family violence. There are few things more miserable than to need a job and be unable to find one.

Yes, the bust is the unfortunate, painful price paid for prior malinvestment. Herbert's solution?

There are ways to spark the creation of good jobs on a large scale in the U.S. (I will explore some of them in a future column.) But that would require vision, a long-term financial investment and, most important, a commitment at the federal level to the idea that it is truly in the nation's interest to keep as many Americans as possible gainfully employed.

In other words, more Federal spending.

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Bob Herbert doesn't even

Bob Herbert doesn't even seem to make any casual mentions of self-control and responsibility upon losing one's job. For instance, I was out of work for a few weeks in June, yet - even though stress level is higher - I didn't dive head first into drugs nor jump into violent arguments with family and friends. Unemployment doesn't "cause" those things, the individual does.