DISemployment is the elite policy of choice
It's not an accident. So, what Avedon said:
Everyone, including the Republican rank and file, knows that small business is where the jobs really come from. So what does it mean when: "Nearly nine months after its formation, a $30 billion government fund to foster small-business lending has yet to pay out a single dime, even as the nation struggles with traumatic levels of unemployment." It means they don't want you to have jobs.
I love Eschaton's "Maybe somebody should do something" riff, but it rather misses the point, no?
Somebody is doing something. They're maintaining DISemployment at a 10% nominal (20% real) level as far as the eye can see. Versailles views those flat-lined unemployment charts as a success and a happy outcome. And so what if a lot of peasants get ruined and die?
I think the personal answer is to get off the grid. And so what if that means consumption numbers tank? I think the public policy answer is the Jobs Guarantee: A Federal job for anybody willing and able to work. It's not like there isn't work to be done: Look around.