Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Furcations: time to contemplate unemployment

If you haven’t heard this “word” yet, you soon will. It’s the latest in a string of ridiculous terms cranked out by spin machines to convince wage earners to resume spending despite their defunct 401Ks and pink slips.

While I expect travel companies to try to stay afloat by wooing furloughed and jobless clients into spending their dwindling savings on furcations, and bars and restaurants have every reason to try to save themselves by recasting happy hours as "furlough Fridays”, the unemployed or nearly unemployed must resist the temptation to fool themselves.

As my father often says, “You can’t make chicken soup out of chicken sh _ _.” A furcation is only the next best thing to getting fired and the economy is still one step away from careening into an abyss. If only the pundits, Mr. Bernanke, Mr. Geithner and others with access to the airwaves would acknowledge this, the nation just might begin discussing alternatives that don’t involve sustaining the unsustainable economy we have concocted over the past 30 years.

So, let’s forgo the furcations until such time that they are called vacations again.

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