I keep hearing about how the 90% have tired of playing a losing economic game while watching the top 10% get rich at their expense, so those 90% are quitting their jobs and refusing to pay. I don’t understand how.

How are they paying for housing? Food? Utilities? I understand wanting to quit your job and lie about with no job. What I don’t understand is how they can afford to. Can anyone explain this? Are the government handouts really that great?

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Jonathan · January 12, 2022 at 5:51 pm

The people I know who have done this are lazy and arrogant, who have never really worked in their lives.
While there are people sick of the game, I doubt it is a majority, let alone 90%.

Steve S · January 12, 2022 at 6:47 pm

I suspect the ones they think are checking out are actually in the insurance company stats as either deceased or on long term disability. See recent articles from insurances execs (40-50% increase in death rate among working age population).

joe · January 12, 2022 at 6:57 pm

some of them don’t care if they lose everything…the mils all think they are getting screwed over anyway and can’t wait for all us old fucks to die off…

EN2 SS · January 12, 2022 at 7:25 pm

A shiton are living in mommy’s basement, waiting on soroass’s check and planning their next riot.

AL · January 12, 2022 at 7:40 pm

Wives aren’t returning to work for most of my friends with kids. Lifestyles have been scaled back but not a lot because expenses such as daycare, commuting, etc have scaled down to zero.
It will be early “retirement” for me. Transition from w-2 income to piece-work. I just left a company that got vax-stupid and took a chance with a company that isn’t vax-stupid, but does have over 100employees. If the supremes don’t strike down the osha and fed contract BS then I’ll be “out of the workforce”.

    Divemedic · January 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Interesting. I have an employee who is doing the same. The wife is still working for me, the husband is staying home. They told me that this saves them $1,000 a month in daycare, and this saving combined with the $600 a month they now get from the government for having kids is making up the difference.
    I wasn’t sure if this was the reason, but it makes sense.

      Chris Mallory · January 12, 2022 at 8:45 pm

      The Child Tax Credit extension monthly payment ended in December. Remember, we can’t afford to help actual American families, but we can police the world and send welfare to nearly every other nation.

Plague Monk · January 12, 2022 at 8:10 pm

I quit a very lucrative out of state technical lead designer job at the beginning of 2021 because the client was both incompetent and mask requiring, ignoring my doctor’s statement that I have trouble breathing with a mask. I passed out at work on a few occasions in meetings because of the mask, and once in a local Walmart.
I started collecting Social Security at the age of 64, instead of waiting(and working) until I was 70. All of the engineering contract houses are requiring the kill shots before looking at the resume. I hate not working, but I love being home every night, and I’m resigned to not being employable in a professional capacity.
We’re living on SS(both my wife and I are getting it), some investments and inheritances, and we have no debt, including no mortgage.
Here in SW Ohio, even low wage jobs require the kill shot and masks all the time. If I take a low wage job, I lose the SS, so I have to be able to gross at least $25/hr in order to make it worthwhile, and my normal rate is in the $40 and up per hour range.
I guess that makes me and my wife lazy, judging from what I read on a lot of sites. Sigh.

WOIW · January 12, 2022 at 8:26 pm

Left my oil field job to be at home. So once everthing was paid off I quite in June. Crypto, living small, also have a small farm and we sell local and when I need extra money I work under the table at a really small local contractor. Only bill is fuel, insurance, and the house so don’t need a ton.

rightwingterrorist · January 12, 2022 at 8:32 pm

Don’t know how all of this works.
Wife is stay at home.
I work 10-12 a day, many times 7 days on the road.
Power plant/boilermaker work.
1 rental house with the usual suspects.
They’re good, always pay on time in cash and don’t trash the place.
Things at work are becoming more and more insane.
I’ve a hefty sum put away, but the way inflation is going…


    Anonymous · January 13, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Consider turning 10, 20, 30% of that hefty saved sum into US 1 ounce gold coins, stored at home “under your mattress”. This cannot be inflated away, and to date Gold is necessary to make wires and contacts for computer chips. Have a small decoy amount in a separate location to give up to robbers under duress, thereby protecting the larger amount. If the robbers knew how much you had total, say you blew the rest gambling. Also have an amount in plain gold wedding rings, because people don’t assume you have more than one.

(((Doc B))) · January 13, 2022 at 1:35 pm

Quit the fire department last year (early retirement is what I tell myself) for two reasons

1) Clot shot
2) I will not work on tyrants, and don’t want to be put in a position where I may have to

Planning on selling the casa at grossly inflated city prices to some flatlander who will immediately turn it into yet another air b and b. Fuggem …they are all leftist fools anyway.

Moving to the frozen notrh somewhere to homestead another place and work under the table as needed.

The system hates me and my kind, and is in the process of completely failing. Why should I break my back for it.

    Anonymous · January 14, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Sounds like you’re in a great position to be a founder/chief of a new rural private fire department funded by private insurance subscription, like fire departments in the US used to be. Maybe you could lease a big helicopter to get rural victims to the hospital in the middle of Winter for $5K/ride and serious people in actual peril would be happy to pay it when they’re having a heart attack etc. Fire department headquarters is a hanger at a small airport?

      Divemedic · January 14, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      The South Fulton Fire Department proved that model to not work. I blogged about that 12 years ago.


        Anonymous · January 14, 2022 at 11:04 pm


        [Link to Firefighter’s analysis is missing]

        Instead, I want to talk about a more general issue. The people commenting here [http://www.salon.com/news/libertarianism/index.html?story=%2Fpolitics%2Fwar_room%2F2010%2F10%2F04%2Flibertarian_fire_department now 404] say that Libertarianism will never work because it is cruel. They are wrong, the real reason why the Libertarian philosophy will never work is that people always want the power to make others give them what they want, but never want to pay for it. Everyone has their issue: the homeless, healthcare, Fire service, whatever.

        Darwinism means humans who want to be predators and parasites of other humans will always be re-appearing. Darwinism appears to be a law of nature. We’re stuck with it. But just because the kleptoparasite life strategy keeps reappearing doesn’t mean that “we” have to refuse to prosecute it. Instead, we should resign ourselves to “eternal vigilance”; spend a day every week hanging the new crooks who were convicted that week. The floor keeps getting dirty, but we don’t stop cleaning it, do we?

        Government says that policy from a libertarian who is commie on the homeless merged with policy from a libertarian who is commie on healthcare equals commie policy about everything. Instead, do the opposite of what government says to do. The libertarian who is libertarian on healthcare restrains the policy urges of the libertarian with a weak spot on healthcare.

        MILK wasn’t a pacifist, he had the Deacons for Defense and Justice, WWII and Korean vets, to stalemate the KKK/LEO. I can’t find the link to Wanderer’s history lecture in Absolved, but that’s where I learned it. https://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2009/01/remember-mlk-better-yet-remember.html http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com/2008/07/vanderboegh-deacon.html

anonymous coward · January 13, 2022 at 4:36 pm

If you work at MacD’s, the first thing the teach you, is here is all the government benefits you qualify for as a low wage earner, and here is how to apply for them. Yea, the rest of the US to some extent makes up for some employers low pay.

Once you get that education from McD’s, it doesn’t take long to realize, you can either earn 20K a year flipping burgers FT, or you can go find someone who’s willing to pay cash – they used to call it under the table – and work part time and still make the same 20K.

So I think people are still working, but on a cash basis – Italy has real trouble with this, every time they raise taxes, more people work for cash and revenue goes down.

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