The stock market roared on Friday, relieved, one supposes, that the onset of a new depression has not yet begun. A paltry 156,000 new jobs were created in April, which, normally, would be bad news. But previous month's revisions gave 2013 a monthly average of over 200,000 jobs created per month. That was better than previously thought, but is dismal and inadequate to reduce unemployment unless folks simply quit looking for work.
Since Obama took office, 9.5 million Americans have given up looking for work. Why bother, when there are alternatives? Besides, the Obama Administration and the Congress have made it almost un-American for businesses to hire anyone, so why not go with the flow.
It's pretty amazing that the pitiful record of the Obama Administration on the economic front has now become acceptable. Europe has gotten use to the spectacle of double digit unemployment and widespread economic stagnation. It looks like America is following suit.