If you’ve been paying attention you’ve noticed that this Christmas season is not like recent Christmas seasons. It’s better. Much better.*** How much better? Well, I was wandering through the World Market last week knocking off the last of my list and I came across this display front and center in the store devouring Christmas section:
Yes, the country is doing so well that simple gingerbread houses can no longer contain our oh-so-terribly materialistic Christmas. Now we both need and will finance gingerbread estates. What can I say? We’re an optimistic nation.
*** “The Czar knows a lot of people in all walks of life; for example, he happens to know a handful of professional recruiters—who do not (as far as he is aware) have any knowledge of the other. Two, in particular, say similar things: unemployment is ridiculously low.
“One of these recruiters despises the economy; as a partner in a recruiting firm, he is seeing his revenues plummet to historic lows because he can’t find good candidates. Many of his clients are long-done with trying to find CEOs and CFOs: he’s desperately trying to find forklift drivers and mail-room workers. There are none to be found. He told us that he joked to a business owner that perhaps the candidates would need to be “active felons,” to which the owner shrugged and asked if he could manage that. The owner was serious.” — It’s Still the Economy, Stupid – The Gormogons