“But when I walk through
the Tan something shaft, in the dark, I can touch with
my hands the leaves on the trees, and underneath . . . where
the corn is green. . . . There is a wind in the shaft, not carbon monoxide
they talk about, it smell like the sea, only like as if the sea
had fresh flowers lying about . . . and that is my holiday.” The power of daydreams from the dialogue from the film The Corn Is Green. The dark is the mine shaft where men and children work from dawn till dusk. The full text of the screenplay is on-line here.
If the US continues to make headway on the jobs front, it will do even better on the deficit front, which is why any sensible economist will tell you that deficit reduction per se should never be an object of government policy. In a market economy, employment is the main source of income for most of the population. Economic growth creates jobs. Without paying jobs, individuals are unable to pay taxes. In capitalist, wage-labor societies, therefore, joblessness creates a long list of other kinds of waste that Congress never talks about—the breakup of families, rising alcoholism and drug addiction, higher crime rates, absolute and relative poverty, damage to social status and self-respect, adverse psychological and physical health effects, stress, suicide, crime and other anti-social behavior.
During WWII, the government’s deficit — which one year reached 25 percent of GDP — raised government’s public debt ratio above 120 percent, much higher than the ratio expected to be achieved by 2015.
When I say economy, I mean the real bread and butter economy that more than half the country depends on. The wealthy are doing very well, and many of them, like the Kochs, are the loudest complainers. If we should slide into a mini-recession because of conservative intransigence on the sequester, the wealthy will still do well. The pundits, those would be the people who are supposed to have especially keen insights should be glad that pundit malpractice is not a capital crime, Pundits Still Getting Sequester and Budget Debates Wrong.
Despite her success Neha, a devoted Harry Potter fan and keen swimmer, said she found the Mensa test “quite hard” and did not expect to get in.
She said: “I’m really, really happy because I found the test quite hard and I wasn’t really holding out much hope that I’d be a member of Mensa.
She does seem to be gifted, but she is also a very determined person who enjoys reading and taking an active interests in pursuing knowledge. Being gifted is great, a head start, but a lot of that can be made up with the passionate and determined pursuit of knowledge or skills. IQ tests cannot measure creativity and practical knowledge in areas such as music, art or athletics. Nor are they a guarantee of success in life – financial or otherwise.