I have been posting as a bleeding heart Liberal just for the fun of it. As I have told all of you guys, I am Apolitical. I usually vote for myself because all of the political advertising annoys the shit out of me in the month before election time. I know, I should just turn off the TV and read a good book, but the election season is also Football Season, and I LOVE Football. Now that I am in my mid Sixties and my sex drive is starting to wane, Football is the only thing that I am passionate about. Lately, I have let my wife cast my vote. She keeps up to date on all of the ridiculous promises the politicians make and continues to vote anyway. So now she can vote twice as much and feel that she has done good for the world. I am bored with being a liberal. Yet, there appear to be too many conservatives on this board. What to do about that? In economic matters, I will just go back to pointing out what is really happening and expose all of the lies and distortions coming from either party. In case you do not know it, the economy has been wallowing for the past two years. We fell and reached a plateau and have been bouncing around on that plateau for twenty months. Initially the outgoing Republicans were covering up the degree of the economic collapse, but now that the Democrats have been in office so long, they are starting to lie like hell, too. The only positive I have seen as of late is that Initial Claims are going down. I chalk that up to the fact that so many people have lost their jobs and millions have "disappeared from the Labor Force." that everybody else is terrified of losing their job, so the degree of job swapping has gone way down. The less job hoping, the less chance that individuals are left somewhere inbetween without a job. Remember , the way the unemployment laws are written up in most states, you can quit a perfect job and work a temporary job for three months and when the temporary job peters out, you can file for Unemployment Insurance and they almost always give it to you without asking further questions. When I retired from Pacific Bell in early 2001, I worked as a pool monitor for four months during the summer and then filed for Unemployment Insurance and received it. So, not only was I retired from Pacific Bell at the age of 51, but I was drawing unemployment compensation at the same time. It was legal and was one of my benefits that I earned by paying into the Unemployment Insurance fund for the previous 17 years that I worked for Pacific Bell as a manager. Well, a lot of people now a days are holding on to those jobs. I get bored with sitting around the house and occasionally take part time jobs as a hobby. Believe me it is great to not have to work, but just work for the fun of it. The last fun job I had I "retired from" and have been doing the pool monitor thing again this summer. (If the pool is not in use, I swim and effectively get paid for it. I have a golden brown tan and the women all tell me that I look like I am forty. Damn good job! You get paid for exercising. The other day I went around to the various health clubs (six) within bicycling distance of my home, and not one of those organizations would pay me to ride their machines. So, I refused to join, even though there were a bevy of pretty girls all running around scantily clad. I suppose I am eligible for Unemployment Insurance again, but this time I will not apply. I am beginning to feel guilty since I am actually retired. Should I do it? Oh, the guy I was working for before the summer gig was 73 and still working. He was afraid of retiring because he thinks we are going into a massive Depression (I did not attempt to dissuade him.) and he feels that he will have to keep his job to support all of his children and grandchildren and even Greatgrandchildren.