I just read a commentary on startribune.com about one potential response to high unemployment: reduce the number of hours each employee works. I think it's a great idea. First off, I like long weekends. Two days is just not enough. Second, it worked for Mr. Henry Ford (who also paid extravagantly high wages so that his employees could afford to buy his product).
You might think it sounds Socialist. You might think it sounds lazy. You might think it will mean lower wages for everyone. I just don't care. I want to work less, and if that means spreading the work around so everyone gets a piece, I'm all for it.
Here's to advancing society through selfishness! Channel that laziness for the betterment of your countrymen and countrywomen!