Calpundit expresses so clearly this concept that I’ve been trying to verbalize, about how the middle class is fundamental to the economy, and job growth there is the true indicator. He only hints at (in this article) the wanton destruction by prezzo of the middle class in his tax cuts and elimination of goverment services and regulation. I believe that the middle class is largely driven by the existence of goverment jobs…perhaps not driven, but anchored. Good benefits, a living wage, and employment for the educated and hard-working. It is fundamental, it is the flywheel of the economy. You can try to energize the flywheel all you pretend to like, through tax cuts and deregulation, but if you destabilize the wheel, it’ll quit turning for you, it won’t carry the momentum forward. Then he mentions one of my peeves, I’ve mentioned many times…Wal-Mart. It’s excusable to drive an SUV (somewhat, sometimes), it’s excusable to not buy local or even from chains, but Wal-Mart is inexcusable. They treat their employees like garbage. They spread like an STD, Wal-Mart is a blight. They homogenize your life. And they will assimilate you. It’s never too late to stop buying at Wal-Mart…except for tomorrow. Only shop at Wal-Mart if you’d be happy with a Wal-Mart job. And if you don’t need choices. And you despise your independent store-owner neighbors. Any of them, because Wal-Mart will destroy them all if you’re not careful. Ooops, I let that one get away. cheers.