Sunday Morning Comics - Beer Drinkin' Recovery Edition

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Good Morning! Rise and Shine! Get that Cup O' Joe...
break out the O.J....hang out with the pooch...time to check out the Funnies!


Nation's Unemployment Outlook Improves Drastically After Fifth Beer:

WASHINGTON—Despite ongoing economic woes and a jobless rate that has been approaching 10 percent, U.S. unemployment projections drastically improved Monday after the consumption of five beers.

"It's going up," leading economist David Singleton said confidently, indicating the predicted growth in jobs with an upward wave of a Bud Light bottle. "All the way up. By the end of the month. No problem."


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My 20th Reunion & economics lesson I learned there

Part of the reason I was gone was the busiest summer of my life- culminating in my 20th high school reunion, which I helped organize. What does this have to do with the Sunday funnies, and economics? Because I learned a micro economic lesson when I was there: In hobbies lie the basis of a bottom up re-creation of American Manufacturing.

In this case, Beer. The Onion story may not be that far off. Some old friends of mine, who ended up marrying into each other's families, found themselves all unemployed four year ago. With seven daughters between them and either marriages or college to pay for in the future, unemployment now was a bit of a problem. Luckily, one of them was into homebrewing beer- and another was into marketing. My hometown now has Seven Brides brewery- a small microbrewery, that actually manufactures enough to raise the girls the beers are named for, plus a little extra that goes into each girl's college/marriage fund.

I've heard a similar story about JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series- that without a layoff and unemployment period, The Philosopher's Stone, later retitled for the American Market, would never have been written.

So maybe there is something to the old economic theory that unemployment frees up resources for other uses.  I just don't think they will be high tech ones- or ones for export, or even in the case of Seven Brides which has yet to market in bottles instead of kegs and to retail outlets instead of bars, the general public.

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Maximum jobs, not maximum profits.

Fired Steel Executive

I knew a guy who was fired as a Steel Executive. Lost a huge salary, bonuses. Well, he ended up saying "family first" and his son liked donuts, wanted to be a donut he scrapped together money to start a donut shop as a family small business.

But while he was a Steel executive he really looked down and emotionally "beat up" his son. The kid didn't want to go to college, terrible at school...just wasn't doing that whole corporate/executive fast track.

They ended up making millions on donuts, but the original motivation for him was to repair his relationship with his son.

That said, not everyone can or even should start their own business, but it is a way out if one has the inspiration, work ethic and right business model.

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