Ben Stein had a piece published on The American Spectator yesterday. Strange.
For one, [the current recession] has hit the people closest to me the hardest. Until now, I never had a friend who was truly in financial extremis from a recession.
I never had a friend lose his house until this recession and now I am sad to say I have many pals who have either lost their homes or are in process of losing their homes.
He feels bad for his friends and yet...
But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. They are people who create either little utility or negative utility on the job. Again, there are powerful exceptions and I know some, but when employers are looking to lay off, they lay off the least productive or the most negative. To assure that a worker is not one of them, he should learn how to work and how to get along -- not always easy.