-- Politicians in Washington may be ineffectually nattering about creating jobs in hard economic times, but the Occupy Wall Street protest that began Sept. 17 and has born similar fruit across the country is actually doing something about jobs. Their presence means that cops are getting a lot of overtime keeping an eye on them. Their presence helps to keep the media -- however weak-kneed and feeding-frenzy-prone -- in business. Garbage men must be doing double duty in their neighborhood. There may not be a whole lot of 'new' jobs, but still....
-- And in somewhat the same realm, politicians and big business are working hand-in-glove during the economic downturn. Business is claiming that if the government would get off their backs and allow for mergers and previously-forbidden oil drilling ... voila! jobs. The politicians parrot these suggestions in their bid for higher office. But, as usual, it's fuzzy math ... a tastes-good-less-filling route that doesn't really pan out.