Today’s announcement of the latest unemployment figures was bad news all around — only 18,000 jobs created, the unemployment rate up to 9.2%, more than 270,000 out-of-work Americans who have just stopped looking for a job, and growing fears that our lingering recission is going to get worse before it gets better. One economist quoted in the linked article said it was “an employment report with no redeeming features whatsoever.”
My grandmother told me, however, that I should always look on the bright side. I’ve tried to do that about the current sad state of the American economy, and have come up with the following possible silver linings:
* We’re kicking Greece’s ass!
* “Quantative easing” would be a good phrase to use in a laxative commercial.
* When you think about it, owning your own home really is kind of a hassle, anyway.
* Look, a squirrel!
If those don’t do the trick, how about the classic song of unbridled optimism from Monty Python’s Life of Brian: