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Sunday, February 08, 2009


Capitalist "jobs program"

Washington Post:
In 2006, a 62-year-old man in Ohio chose an unorthodox financial plan: He robbed a bank, waited for the police to arrest him, then asked the judge for a three-year prison term (a wish that was granted) because he hadn't been able to find a real job with benefits in several years and he could no longer support himself on the outside.
It's safe to say he's not the only person in prison because he couldn't find a job, whether the prison was intentional (as in this case) or unintended.

The same article talks, not particularly morbidly but just matter-of-factly, about older people wishing for death because, "I cannot afford to live too long. I cannot afford to live out my normal life expectancy." Delightful.

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