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Almost DailyBrett has never dunked a basketball, and never will.

Not enough height, hops and hand-circumference.

Palm a basketball? Forget it.

There are many people for a wide variety of endeavors, who just can’t.

And many times they bravely try anyway.

Which leads your author to those, who won’t.

They have the talent. They have the knowledge. They have in many cases extraordinary opportunity …Some even won the biological lottery.

But … their attitude. Their stubbornness. Their lack of motivation. Their gaming of the system are all symptom of … won’t.

The Best Economy in 20 Years

“It’s the economy, stupid.” – Successful Political Campaign Consultant James Carville

The help wanted signs are everywhere.

According to the U.S. Depart of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent or about 0.4 percent above full employment.

We have a labor shortage — not for just jobs with wages — but positions with salaries, a full array of benefits and maybe equity opportunities.

Our service oriented economy is in full gear with GDP growing at 4 percent and inflation hovering around 2 percent.

And yet there are so many out there (particularly lame males of the species), who still pretend the economy is mired in the 2007-2010 “Big Short” crash-and-burn mode.

Jobs did not exist back then, not even tasks (e.g., fast food) that many men type believed then and contend now were/are below their pride.

Fast forward to the present day, and these men still act as if jobs/positions do not exist. According to the American Enterprise Institute, up to 32 percent of working age males (20-54 years young) are voluntarily not working.

As Almost DailyBrett has mentioned before, these hombres are typically sleeping in until 11 am or noon, playing video games/binge watching for an average of 5.5. hours per day (e.g., Fortnite, Dungeons and Dragons … ), before happy hour/evening intoxication.

Do you think that someone obsessed with video games/binge watching could quite possibly be adept at software coding for a major publicly traded technology company?

Sure … but …

Ten years ago when the nation was mired in its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the national labor participation rate was 65 percent. Today during a boom, its 62.9 percent.

Yep, the economy went from depressing recession to robust economic expansion and the percent of Americans working went down … 2.1 percent or about 3.2 million workers.

Can you imagine the increased productivity and tax revenues if 3+ million workers entered the workforce en masse?

In-lieu of an increase or decrease in tax rates, what would be the impact be on the nation’s bottom line if all of these people were filing tax returns under existing rates each spring?

Instead of never-ending arguing about tax legislation wouldn’t it be more productive to focus on increasing the number of taxpayers?

Scared Of The Service Economy?

As America has matriculated from an agrarian-to-manufacturing-to-a-service-oriented economy brute strength, ignorance and testosterone has lost value. The upswing has been enjoyed by the fairer gender, albeit pay rates are not at parity.

As a result way too many hard-working women who can are supporting far too many sedentary men who won’t.

What would happen if these women realized they would be better off without these parasitical men?

What if they threatened to drop the hydrogen bomb and declare to their young retirees: “you can and you must” learn to add value to the service economy.

Yes, there are some who can’t … but not all of the record 9 million souls on disability. Is there really nothing some of these recipients can do to participate in society to make a difference? Are all of them just waiting for that day when they can’t operate the remote or video game controller?

In some cases for idle men, it’s just plain old arrogance. They appear to be rising out of their respective chairs to go out and find a job, but for some reason … that dog just won’t hunt.

These men can, but they won’t. There is always an excuse.

“I have to sign a document.” “I have to urinate in a cup.” “I have to …

How do you spell the word, F-R-A-U-D?



What happened to the days, when all men had pride?

The Baby Boomer author of Almost DailyBrett took it for granted that men instinctively wanted to build a career, support a family and bask in the glory of financial independence.

Those were the days when men couldn’t even contemplate being supported by a woman.

As rugged John Wayne once said: “A man is going to do, what a man is going to do.”

In way too many cases today, men are doing precisely … nothing.

Instead of having personal pride in a job well done, these testosterone parasites are being supported by women.

Worse yet, they don’t seem to have even one smidgen of guilt and/or shame.

Where is that video game controller anyway? Let’s load up our digital assault weapon and aggressively blow away literally dozens of people.

What time is it anyway? What day is it? Who cares?

Lost War of the Sexes

“Men who have chosen to not seek work are two and a half times more numerous than men that government statistics count as unemployed because they are seeking jobs.” – Washington Post columnist/author George Will

When it comes to the War of the Sexes, men are losing by two touchdowns … make that three touchdowns in this service-driven economy.

Many men are convinced it’s still 2008 … 2009 … 2010, when there were zero jobs across the fruited plain.

They threw up their collective hands eight-nine-10 years ago, and started living off the fruits of the labor of their girlfriends or wives.

Women are justifiably upset about making 80 cents on the dollar for the same job as the men, who are working. And then they are taking these unfair dollars home to support men, who are not working.

And you are wondering why women are pissed?

Actually, far too men became comfortable during the recession, waking up around noon, hanging out, and then waited for the fairer gender to bring home the bacon.

“When’s dinner, dear?”

Earth-to-recreational-by-choice men: The economy has completely rebounded. There is an acute labor shortage. The help-wanted signs are everywhere. It’s time — actually it’s past time — for you to put down the remote/video game controller and contribute to your loved one, your family, your country.

Do you really think your girlfriend, your soul mate, your wife is going to forever put up with your slovenly behavior?

Do you see yourself as a Hausmann, when in reality you’re not a man at all?

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

What would happen theoretically, if your girlfriend, soul mate, wife meets a thriving, accomplished man at work, the Trader Joe’s produce aisle or anywhere else?

She will then have a choice: Start dating a real man with a pulse or go back home to a flat-lined vegetative man? Tough decision?

Way too men have voluntarily made the decision to not be a man.

Women have choices too.

Does Almost DailyBrett blame women for contemplating dumping your collective derrieres?

More to the point, why shouldn’t women opt for men who work for a living, who have dreams, who have ambition and want the absolutely best for their girlfriends, wives and families?

Isn’t that what being a man is all about?








“As people do better, they start voting like Republicans – unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing,” – Republican presidential campaign strategist Karl Rove.

“If you are young and not a liberal, you don’t have a heart. If you are old and not a conservative, you don’t have a brain,” – Too many Republicans claiming credit to count.

“Hope I die before I get old,” The Who, My Generation

According to a recent syndicated column, literally millions of Baby Boomers have undergone a personal political metamorphosis during the course of their lives. They have been transformed from a born-this-way liberal caterpillar to a conservative butterfly. In my Roman Catholic family, JFK was the patron saint and I could have sworn that Nixon’s first name was “damn.” That was then, this is now.


What I have seen recently is empirical evidence that our generation may not have been as liberal as some thought in the 1960s, and that the majority of us became more conservative beginning in the 1980s. Certainly that is the premise of a syndicated column by Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg of the American Enterprise Institute.

Keep in mind that AEI is conservative, libertarian, free-market oriented – not exactly totally unbiased — so it may not be surprising that they have come to this conclusion. The piece, which relies heavily on polling data over time, is still worthy of analysis.

There is no doubt that Baby Boomers (born1946-1964) harbor vastly different attitudes and approaches from their parents, the majority of whom will go to their respective graves never appreciating classic rock. At the same time, Baby Boomers as a generation are more open-minded when it came to racial issues, sexual orientation and women’s rights than the generations that preceded them. Despite the relaxation of attitudes, the AEI report states that the inevitable maturing and aging of the Baby Boomers in the 1980s resulted in many of them marrying and caring for their own families for the first time and with that parental responsibility.


“In the 1986 Time (magazine) poll, 64 percent of the Baby Boomers polled said they had become more conservative since the 1960s,” Bowman and Rugg wrote. “When asked about their ideological identification, 31 percent said they had been liberal in the 1960s and 70s, but only 21 percent described themselves that way in 1986. The number identifying as conservative rose from 28 percent to 41 percent.”

Even though the AEI research into quantitative data about the political shift of Baby Boomers over the course the past 50 years is impressive and hard to argue with something is indeed missing in the analysis, carried in the market-oriented Wall Street Journal, the liberal-leaning Los Angeles Times and many other publications. The column never mentions a major factor: The “R” word as in Reagan.

Americans instinctively gravitate toward a winner. If you doubt that assertion just think about how many nationwide are fans of the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Lakers, and those who line up for hours to buy the latest gadget from Apple. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan was seen as a winner, and he projected the confidence of a winner. Millions simply wanted to be on the winning team.


In 1986, no one was talking about broken government. Reagan was popular. It was morning in America. The right track/wrong track barometer was solidly right track. My boss, George Deukmejian, was re-elected that year as the Republican governor of the biggest blue state, California, with 61 percent of the vote. For those of you scoring at home, that is still the largest landslide of any California gubernatorial race in the modern era (at least).

Looking back at the 1980s, Reagan ran against incumbent Jimmy Carter in 1980 and Walter Mondale four years later. In these two races, Reagan won 93 states and lost a grand total of seven. Quiz: What was the one and only state to vote against Reagan both times?

Before Reagan, America had a long-succession (for a variety of reasons) of presidents that did not serve two terms (Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter) and some pundits wondered whether the job of the presidency was frankly too big for any person to effectively dispense the responsibilities over the course of two terms. Guess the pundits were wrong as Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush were two term presidents.

As the first Baby Boomers reach retirement age of 65 this year, the question remains how many more presidential elections will this generation make its considerable presence felt?  For now, Baby Boomers are a large, active voting bloc. Barack Obama and his inevitable Republican challenger will be developing outreach strategies for this high participatory constituency. Reagan obviously won the majority of this group. You can be certain that campaign pros on both sides of the great political divide are reviewing the Reagan strategy and coming up with their own twists to win over the Baby Boomer generation in 2012 and beyond.

Quiz Answer: Mondale’s home state of Minnesota. DC voted twice against Reagan as well, but it is not counted as a state.




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