We Can’t Send People Back to Those Shithole Countries and how DARE you call them That!

Sir Humphery Appleby: He’s also against oppression and persecution in Africa. Prime Minister Jim Hacker: So are we. Sir Humphery Appleby: Yes but he’s against it when practiced by black governments as well as white ones. Prime Minister Jim Hacker: You mean he’s a racist. Yes Prime Minister The Bishops Gambit 1986 The latest attempt to generate Trump outrage by the … Continue reading We Can’t Send People Back to Those Shithole Countries and how DARE you call them That!

Raising the Minimum Wage, Expanding Medicaid, and Re-instating SNAP: John Bel Edwards Prepares to Take Office

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has declared that Louisiana has given him a mandate to do what he wants, what he promised during the campaign, and he intends to govern just that way.  Among his first steps, as I outlined last week, will be working to enact the Medicaid expansion that … Continue reading Raising the Minimum Wage, Expanding Medicaid, and Re-instating SNAP: John Bel Edwards Prepares to Take Office

Canada poised to outflank Obama on Keystone XL dithering

By John Ruberry President Obama may soon find out what how it feels to be un-upped by Canada in a hockey-style shootout. Since his inauguration nearly six years ago, Obama has been dragging his feet in regards to approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline will bring much-needed petroleum from our friends in Alberta … Continue reading Canada poised to outflank Obama on Keystone XL dithering

August jobs report – Can’t hide the decline

By Steve Eggleston Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August jobs report, and the news was not good. The seasonally-adjusted 144,000 non-farm jobs added, with 134,000 in the private sector, broke the 8-month streak of at least 200,000 jobs added per month, and was unexpectedly worse than the expert consensus of 220,000-230,000 jobs … Continue reading August jobs report – Can’t hide the decline

July jobs report – Same old story, same old song and dance

By Steve Eggleston Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July jobs report, which says that on a seasonally-adjusted basis, the economy added 209,000 jobs with the unemployment rate ticking up 0.1 percentage point to 6.2%. That marks the 6th month in a row that there were at least 200,000 jobs added, the first … Continue reading July jobs report – Same old story, same old song and dance

The June jobs report – more of the same

By Steve Eggleston Because Independence Day fell on Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the June employment and jobs report on Thursday. On the surface, much of the report seems strong, especially considering the jobs numbers for April and May were revised upward. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, there were 288,000 more non-farm jobs and … Continue reading The June jobs report – more of the same

The December jobs report – more ugly

By Steve Eggleston Before I begin disassembling the December jobs report, I need to provide an update on the lawfare against conservatives here in Wisconsin. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the current judge overseeing the John Doe investigation has quashed subpoenas against the Walker campaign and three conservative groups, including two of the … Continue reading The December jobs report – more ugly

A Good Jobs Report but an Unreliable Source

Last week the news was good, Unemployment down to 7% 200,000 new jobs, the first real sign of the business cycle re-asserting itself. On simply anecdotal evidence I do finally see some signs of recovery.  I see a lot of help wanted signs as I drive through Fitchburg, Leominster (mostly at places like McDonalds & … Continue reading A Good Jobs Report but an Unreliable Source

The Cultural indictment of the Baby Boom Generation

Village Boy: We're ashamed to live here. Our fathers are cowards. O'Reilly: Don't you ever say that again about your fathers, because they are not cowards. You think I am brave because I carry a gun; well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers. … Continue reading The Cultural indictment of the Baby Boom Generation

Adam Smith loses his job, Is Chick-Fil-A hiring?

That is what you should NOT do. So let that be a lesson to you. Jan Bearenstein The Bike Lesson 1964 Adam Smith has lost his job as CFO of a company in Arizona after his...episode at Chick-Fil-A Wednesday. While it is sad in this economy for anyone to lose a job for the sake … Continue reading Adam Smith loses his job, Is Chick-Fil-A hiring?

Bait & Switch The true price of Obama

The costs of Obama and his programs are becoming more apparent. via five feet of fury) those who oppose him: Even if you add in all possible “indirect” jobs that could be attributed to this subsidy flurry, it still works out to $1.63 million in subsidies per job created, according to the report. Just to … Continue reading Bait & Switch The true price of Obama

Unemployment problem solved, re-define “employed”

The budget numbers and the employment numbers are causing panic at the White House. Democrats don't know what to do or how to spin it, but they are simply ignoring the solution that is right in front of them courtesy of the NY Legislature. NY was kind enough to demonstrate that we can simply wipe … Continue reading Unemployment problem solved, re-define “employed”

9.1 percent unemployment makes people do interesting things…

...like steal railroad tracks perhaps? A CSX railroad engine en route to a delivery in Taunton’s Myles Standish Industrial Park derailed Wednesday afternoon after thieves cut away two 8-foot sections of solid steel track, authorities said. No one was injured as a result of the incident, which observers on scene said ranks as the most … Continue reading 9.1 percent unemployment makes people do interesting things…

The “Would you like fries with that?” recovery

When the unemployment rate went to 9% last week the headlines trumpeted the 244k private sector jobs that were created last month. They left out the fact that a full 25% of them were at McDonalds. The Corner asks a question: ...consider this: Had the Obama administration not granted McD’s a waiver from having to … Continue reading The “Would you like fries with that?” recovery

Unemployment at 9% “unexpectedly”

When the unemployment rate dropped to 8.9% MSNBC and the networks when long on the significance of getting below the "psychological" 9% barrier and as the rates dropped to 8.8% it kept up the patter. Today the news is the unemployment rate is back to 9% and look at the headline at the HuffPo: Unemployment … Continue reading Unemployment at 9% “unexpectedly”

Ignorance of the Tax law is no excuse

After recovering from the biggest Christmas open house ever I called my brother who had missed the party and inadvertently found out that I have some work to do ASAP. Back when I owned a business decades ago I paid what was called quarterly wages, basically estimated tax payments. Well I don't remember how it … Continue reading Ignorance of the Tax law is no excuse

Airport Bloging as Democrats legislate jobs away

It looks like I should have bid lower on this flight rather than just looking for a good price since with under 45 minutes to its departure the gate area is practically empty. The free Logan wi-fi for the price of watching one 70 second ad is a deal to my liking as is the … Continue reading Airport Bloging as Democrats legislate jobs away

I should be happy about this

since it will mean 17 weeks grace and at least 2 months more of bills being paid before the hole begins why am I worried about this? Democrats have stripped the unemployment insurance measure down to the bare essentials for Tuesday’s vote, which is a do-over of a tally taken late last month. With West … Continue reading I should be happy about this

Joe Mika and Norah O’Donnell surprise me today

Ok make sure you are sitting down for this. MSNBC's Morning Joe was talking about an unemployment extension. It started with the regular meme about Republicans blocking unemployment but around the 13 minute mark Pat mentioned Republican offsets, then after the break, Norah O'Donnell (who has the look of someone who just had some personal … Continue reading Joe Mika and Norah O’Donnell surprise me today