In the current economy, many people are out of work, and may be out of work for a long time. Those recently unemployed can expect to spend months or years looking for a new job. In many cases, that new job will never come.
That's why I'm sure we all want to help actor Charlie Sheen, recently fired from CBS TV show "Two And a Half Men." Luckily Sheen, born Carlos Estevez, has a long resume and EEO minority status in his favor.
One possibility would be for him to take over as conductor and music director for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Current director James Levine is stepping down for health reasons, and Sheen did play a composer on "Two And a Half Men."
Perhaps President Obama could nominate Sheen to the Federal Reserve Board, instead of Republican-blocked nominee Peter Diamond. Sheen certainly has the depth in monetary policy, and Republicans are sure to embrace his family values.
But I think a better fit for him might be as Libyan strongman, replacing Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who currently holds that job. Sheen has certainly displayed the kind of tough talk for which Qaddafi is famous. It remains to be seen, however, whether he would be friendly towards the U.S. or, for that matter, towards anyone.