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Someone has to lose.

Megan McArdle points out someone has to lose:

I spent quite a lot of time on the “We are the 99%” website last night and this morning.  There’s been a considerable amount of carping about it from the conservative side, and to be sure, some of the stories strain plausibility (the percentage of people in the sample who have either taken up prostitution, or claim to have seriously considered doing so, seems rather high, for instance, and as far as I could tell, not a single person on the site had been fired for cause).  Many of the people complaining made all sorts of bad decisions about having children, getting very expensive “fun” degrees, and so forth.

But quibbling rather misses the point.  These are people who are terrified, and their terror is easy to understand.  Jobs are hard to come by, and while you might well argue that any of these individuals could find a job if they did something different, in aggregate, there are not enough job openings to absorb our legion of unemployed.

And here’s a truly depressing graph:

So, to any GOPers out there inclined to blame the poor and unemployed for their situation (ahem, Herman Frontrunner Cain), you need to change your rhetoric and realize that yes, no matter how hard everyone works, someone’s gotta lose.

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