There is a core group of choose not to work people, although it is nowhere near 40% of the population. Some of us might choose to work and choose to be more productive if working were more profitable, less risk, and less of a hassle. And it goes without saying that more of us would choose to work if we were forced to by economic circumstance.
For example, I am retiring early in part because I can thanks to Obamacare, which will pay for my medical care provided I don't make too much or too little money. An unintended consequence of the Obamacare "cutoffs" at 100% and 400% of the poverty rate is that it pays to live within those two limits. Work a dollar more than 400% (about $63,000 for a married couple) and you owe the government $15,000 to $20,000 in tax credits you no longer qualify for.
That's a helluva stick, right there.
So, yes, it is possible Trump might put more people "back to work" by making our lives more difficult, thus creating the economic necessity to work. Gee, thanks!
But for the most part, Donald Trump's fleeting relationship with the truth is not a very good thing, particularly since he is making policies based on his distorted ideas of what truth is. Sadly, this sort of "truthiness" is infectious, as I illustrated in my previous posting. Fake News isn't just for the far right-wing anymore (if it was every limited to them). The mantle is being picked up by the left and the press these days, who choose to slant things to fit a narrative instead of reporting basic facts.
And than is just sad. Very sad.
They say in any war, the first casualty is the truth, and maybe today we are at war - a war over realities.
This probably won't end well.
Anyway, if the Bureau of Specious Statistics is now a cabinet-level position, and since I need a job what with Obamacare being cancelled and all, maybe Trump can hire me to handle this tricky and delicate job. After all, I have tons of experience!
Just look at my resume:
Bureau of Specious Statistics
Bureau of Specious Statistics. Vol. II
Bureau of Specious Statistics, Vol. III
Bureau of Specious Statistics. Chapter IV
Bureau of Specious Statistics, Part 6
Bureau of Specious Statistics, Islam Division
Bureau of Specious Statistics, Restaurant Division
Bureau of Specious Statistics, New York Times Division
Bureau of Specious Statistics., Automotive Division
Bureau of Specious Statistics, Old Folks Edition
Bureau of Specious Statistics, Student Edition
Give me a call, Donald. I already even own a condo in the DC area. Moving ain't a problem!