Friday 01/25/13 - Batchelor First Hour

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Hour One

Friday 25 Jan 2013/ Hour 1, Block A: Jim McTague, Barron’s, in re: 35% of American now receive “means-tested” payments from the federal government. Seven per cent of men in their late thirties are not in the workforce.  What is Big Govervment today and what relation to the jobs shortages?

Nick Eberstadt on entitlements: “At this writing, about 35% of Americans (well over 100 million people) are accepting money, goods or services from 'means-tested' government programs. This percentage is twice as high as in the early 1980s. Today, the overwhelming majority of Americans on entitlement programs are taking means-tested benefits. Only a third of all Americans receiving government entitlement transfers are seniors on Social Security and Medicare. As entitlement outlays have risen, there has been flight of men from the work force. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of adult men 20 and older working or seeking work dropped by 13 percentage points between 1948 and 2008. The American male flight from work is so acute that more than 7% of men in their late 30s (the prime working age-group) had totally checked out of the workforce, even before the recent recession. This workforce opt-out, incidentally, was more than twice that of contemporary Greece, the poster child for modern welfare-state dysfunction. The share of 30-somethings neither working nor looking for work appears to be higher in America than in practically any other Western European economy . . .  The Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 12.4 million working-age Americans obtained disability income support from all government programs in 2011. That's more than the total number of employees in the manufacturing sector of the economy."

Friday 25 Jan 2013/ Hour 1, Block B:  Eric Trager, Washington Institute, in re: Mohammed Morsi of Egypt, two-year anniversary in the Arab Spring,  Egyptian opposition supporters are protesting across the country on the second anniversary of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power, with five people killed in the city of Suez. Police clashed with Pres Mohammed Morsi's opponents in Cairo outside his palace and near Tahrir Square.

Friday 25 Jan 2013/ Hour 1, Block C: . Reed Watson, PERC, in re: two ranchers managing wildlife in Montana and Colorado.

Friday 25 Jan 2013/ Hour 1, Block D:  Corey Kilgannon, NYT, in re: the doll in the library, Kirstin of American Doll, and ten years of visiting little girls at their homes. Is there a doll library in the making?A Doll’s Magic, Free to Renew By COREY KILGANNON Kirsten, an American Girl doll with a $110 price tag, is one of the most well-loved and sought-after items at a library branch in the East Village.