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Jason Rees wrote:Hey, Glenn, do you remember back when Democrats lost the White House, the House and the Senate, and went through a great deal of naval gazing of their own? Do you remember all the advice Republicans were giving at the time? Do you remember how Democrats ignored all of that and put Obama in office?
Jason Rees wrote:Nice try, Glenn. If a company says they have to fire x number of people to get ready for Obamacare, I'm going to take them at their word.
Glenn wrote:Oh well, Bill you have to be as disappointed in Virginia as I am in Kentucky, but at least you got a continuation for at least two years (probably four) of the federal gridlock you are always saying is good. Congratulations on that!
Evan Bayh wrote:The Supreme Court decision in June upholding the Affordable Care Act leaves in place a tax on medical devices that threatens thousands of American jobs and our global competitiveness. It will also stifle critical medical innovation in the industry that gave us defibrillators, pacemakers, artificial joints, stents, chemotherapy delivery systems and almost every device we depend on to save lives.
The 2.3% tax will be charged to manufacturers on each sale and takes effect in January.
Jason Rees wrote:Alaska actually purged enough Democrats from the state legislature to obliterate the power structure that ensured Democrats a seat at the table. It's a majority-Republican state government now, whereas before we had a 'coalition' that stood square in the path of reforming the state's oil industry. Liberals in the state are calling it a win for the oil industry.
Jason Rees wrote:Native-American groups were looking to change rules governing state resources, among other things. They're a very powerful influence group up here. They helped Murkowski clobber Miller in the last Senate election, in a successful write-in bid.
In 2016, Senator Begich may be in for the race of his life.
And I can't see solar energy as a serious contender in Alaskan energy policy. And "ice-tossing" (as far as 100 meters) appears to be a bit of a problem for wind turbines according to GE (2006), a Swiss study, and a German study.
This is a bit like the Kurds, the Shia, and the Sunnis fighting over oil rights and wealth in Iraq.
Bill Glasheen wrote:I have posted this before; I will post it again. Attached is a version of the Nolan Chart which describes political views on a 2-dimensional spectrum. Those dimensions are...
A third dimension sometimes considered is technophobic vs. technophilic. I was going to post a chart which added in that third dimension, but alas my Norton software is now blocking it because it has a virus. Damn... too bad. It was a really good one, with faces we all know posted in the various places in the 3-dimensional spectrum.
- Personal liberty vs. personal security
- Economic liberty vs. economic security
Gallup wrote:Gallup records from 1951-1988 -- based on face-to-face interviewing -- indicate that the percentage of independents was generally in the low 30% range during those years, suggesting that the proportion of independents in 2011 was the largest in at least 60 years.
Bill Glasheen wrote:That seems a much better recipe for getting us out of a very nasty and deep recession.
NBER wrote:CAMBRIDGE September 20, 2010 - The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research met yesterday by conference call. At its meeting, the committee determined that a trough in business activity occurred in the U.S. economy in June 2009. The trough marks the end of the recession that began in December 2007 and the beginning of an expansion. The recession lasted 18 months, which makes it the longest of any recession since World War II. Previously the longest postwar recessions were those of 1973-75 and 1981-82, both of which lasted 16 months.
In determining that a trough occurred in June 2009, the committee did not conclude that economic conditions since that month have been favorable or that the economy has returned to operating at normal capacity. Rather, the committee determined only that the recession ended and a recovery began in that month. A recession is a period of falling economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales. The trough marks the end of the declining phase and the start of the rising phase of the business cycle. Economic activity is typically below normal in the early stages of an expansion, and it sometimes remains so well into the expansion.
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