Category: Politics

Submarines Are Durable Goods

  Orders for Durable Goods a measure the government tracks on the economy rose in April. Which is generally good news, the demand for goods of a certain type, like refrigerators is growing. However in April the government also ordered…

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Election Post Mortem And The Limit Of Money

This national election defined a significant limit, the limit of money in an national election, where no additional expenditures would have changed the dynamics or changed the public’s perception of the candidates. The airwaves were saturated and targeted. The demographers…

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Polling The Art and the Science

Every election cycle the media and pollsters drive us nuts with their breathless pronouncements of who is a head and who is losing momentum.  They would have you believe it’s scientific fact, well most science is a lot more accurate…

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The Middle Class’s Lost Decade

Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some of it’s own.  As reported by the  Pew Research Center “Fewer, Poorer, Gloomier” study and from that study a couple of charts.…

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Stocks: The Death of Buy and Hold

If you think your stock portfolio seems to be moving up and down a lot but you aren’t getting anywhere, you just might be right. Looking at the S&P 500 over a multi-decade period shows, we really haven’t made much…

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The Obama, Romney and Ryan Tax Plans

Don’t let anyone tell you there is no difference between the parties. From CNBC.com Differences in Tax Plans . Obama Romney Ryan Personal income taxes: Obama would keep tax rates the same for families making less than $250,000 annually. For…

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The Economics of The Hunger Games

Are “The Hunger Games” realistic? Yes and there are ample historic examples. The Soviet Union operated on that basic premise for decades.  Specifically various regions (Districts) operating a very monolithic economy with all planning and distribution through a central authority…

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Tech SO Amazing It Needs Federal Dollars

Ponder the concept of tech so amazing that it must get Federal loans.   Considering the track record of Federal government giving loans and the following exchange between Energy secretary Steven Chu and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and you just might…

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Why We Honor George Washington

Why?  Because he stepped down.  At a critical point in the new Republic, when traditions had not yet been solidified, he voluntarily gave up power and went home. A tradition that held till Franklin Roosevelt, who couldn’t give up power, only after…

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