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Ethanol Investigation: The Secret, Dirty Cost Of Obama's Green Power Push

Ethanol Investigation: The Secret, Dirty Cost Of Obama's Green Power Push

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 15:45:38 in Green

“If anyone here is interested here is a more fact based discussion from the Renewable Fuels Association: http://ethanolrfa.3cdn.net/4368e76589cc6ef84d_agm6bew62.pdf

May be a little biased but much better than the other side.”
Antonin Scalia: Capitalism Requires 'Traditional Christian Virtues' To Succeed

Antonin Scalia: Capitalism Requires 'Traditional Christian Virtues' To Succeed

Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 18:36:41 in Politics

“More from Justice Broccoli.”
August Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 169,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Down To 7.3 Percent

August Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 169,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Down To 7.3 Percent

Commented Sep 8, 2013 at 22:17:27 in Business

“It's really shocking that unemployment has recovered so slowly. You would think that exporting millions of high paying manufacturing jobs would be good for the economy. Isn't that what all those ivory tower economists recommend as part of their raise-all-boats "free trade" theories? It's really puzzling that it doesn't seem to be working. Oh well, let's not question their wisdom and just keep on trying the same failed policies over and over again.”

99er2049er on Sep 16, 2013 at 13:14:54

“Exactly what I have been saying everyday on this board. And instead of giving offshore tax credits rewarding corporations for offshoring, we must slam them with taxes for doing this to our country. Then offer a tax reward for returning manufacturing back to America. It's the only chance we have as a country to survive economically.”
Top U.S. Fiscal Problem Is Future Deficits, Economists Say

Top U.S. Fiscal Problem Is Future Deficits, Economists Say

Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 17:43:09 in Business

“Sounds like you have things figured out.  Anyone who disagrees with your nonsense is foolish.”

S M V on Sep 2, 2013 at 20:06:09

“Any policy that is used to support producers at the expense of consumers is indeed nonsense. The idea that you grow the economy by blocking competition has been disproved so many times that it should met with laughter. Unfortunately it benefits some powerful special interests and appeals to nationalists, so maintains some level of respectability. ”
Top U.S. Fiscal Problem Is Future Deficits, Economists Say

Top U.S. Fiscal Problem Is Future Deficits, Economists Say

Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 18:35:58 in Business

“Deficits don't matter? Is this Dick Cheney?”

S M V on Sep 1, 2013 at 18:49:38

“Cheney (who would say anything for political advantage) was speaking about fiscal rather than trade deficits. "Trade deficits " are seen as important only by those that foolishly believe that lines on a map called borders matter for trade. People that believe someone in North Dakota buying goods from South Dakota is good but not someone from New Mexico purchasing the same goods from Mexico.
It is perfect nonsense.”
Top U.S. Fiscal Problem Is Future Deficits, Economists Say

Top U.S. Fiscal Problem Is Future Deficits, Economists Say

Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 16:06:03 in Business

“What did they say about the real problem deficit - the Trade Deficit?”

S M V on Aug 26, 2013 at 16:27:06

“Nothing - They realize that the trade defict is an illusion that has no impact on the real economy.”
The Official Unemployment Rate Is Wrong, Says Guy Who Used To Calculate It

The Official Unemployment Rate Is Wrong, Says Guy Who Used To Calculate It

Commented Jul 20, 2013 at 16:57:07 in Business

“Thanks for the link.  Mr Mankiw seems to be overly proud of his opinions and rather condescending to "non-economists".”

OldTulsan on Jul 20, 2013 at 17:45:21

“You're welcome.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001854367_bushecon10.html
The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Bush report: Sending jobs overseas helps U.S.

"WASHINGTO­N — The movement of American factory jobs and white-coll­ar work to other countries is part of a positive transforma­tion that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocatio­n, the Bush administra­tion said yesterday.

The embrace of foreign "outsourci­ng," an accelerati­ng trend that has contribute­d to U.S. job losses in recent years and has become an issue in the 2004 elections, is contained in the president'­s annual report to Congress on the U.S. economy.

"Outsourci­ng is just a new way of doing internatio­nal trade," said N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared the report. "More things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that's a good thing..."”
The Official Unemployment Rate Is Wrong, Says Guy Who Used To Calculate It

The Official Unemployment Rate Is Wrong, Says Guy Who Used To Calculate It

Commented Jul 20, 2013 at 14:39:08 in Business

“We need to crank-up that next bubble to temporarily lower the unemployment rate (no matter how you measure it). Then all the power brokers can pat each other on the back - until the bubble bursts. This cycle will continue and get worse each time until we address the core problem - the complete disaster that is our blind allegiance to failed trade policies. Each cycle we lose more and more good jobs making it harder and harder to recover. Pundits and politicians point to all kinds of excuses for the poor job market and never even talk about the self inflicted damage done by our failed experiment with "free trade" theories.”

OldTulsan on Jul 20, 2013 at 14:46:27

“A paper authored by N. Gregory Mankiw and Phillip Swagel...

http://www.nber.org/papers/w12398.pdf
THE POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF OFFSHORE OUTSOURCING

"...IV. Conclusion

Offshore outsourcing poses a communications challenge for economists. It can impose serious hardship on workers and their families, and it is no comfort for people facing dislocation that outsourcing provides overall gains for the United States and the world economies. Just as with trade more broadly, communications efforts on outsourcing will inevitably involve a substantial defensive component. The positive agenda, meanwhile, is to ensure that the macroeconomic environment provides for broadbased growth and robust job gains. Within this cover, trade can expand into the new channels created by improvements in technology and telecommunications. There is no doubt, however, that discontent arising from outsourcing will be an issue for politicians and economists alike for the foreseeable future..."

The word "dislocation" is such a nice way to describe hollowing out the U.S. labor market.

How many Americans have had their dreams taken away by the likes of N. Gregory Mankiw?”
Obama Calls For Review Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws After Trayvon Martin Verdict

Obama Calls For Review Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws After Trayvon Martin Verdict

Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 20:42:06 in Politics

“Hypothetically, two people have an altercation, both are armed with guns, and both fear for their lives (or can claim to). How do you determine which one gets to claim "stand your ground"? Is it the one that shoots first and survives? Starting to sound like a Hollywood Western.”

MBoyett220 on Jul 19, 2013 at 21:08:58

“You do not even need stand your ground. Self defense, as in this case, would not change if this were repealed. You would have the same verdict if that law did not exist. Don't beleive the hype.”

Norman Maine on Jul 19, 2013 at 20:51:54

“Well said.”

thinker43 on Jul 19, 2013 at 20:49:00

“That situation is indeed hard to determiine. But what if only one person is armed?”

cromanelli on Jul 19, 2013 at 20:47:44

“if there are no other eyewitnesses, it will be the zimmerman precedent. a horrible outcome.”
George Zimmerman Will Get His Gun Back, Mark O'Mara Says He Needs It 'Even More' Than Before

George Zimmerman Will Get His Gun Back, Mark O'Mara Says He Needs It 'Even More' Than Before

Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 12:41:48 in Crime

“If he didn't have a gun he could always arm himself with a handy sidewalk or perhaps a tree.”
Elizabeth Warren Opposing Obama Trade Nominee Michael Froman

Elizabeth Warren Opposing Obama Trade Nominee Michael Froman

Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 20:25:29 in Politics

“Senator Liz, you are my hero! Now, we'll see if the the media reports this story.”
Jobless Claims Are Nearly Back To Pre-Recession Levels, But Unemployment Isn't Close

Jobless Claims Are Nearly Back To Pre-Recession Levels, But Unemployment Isn't Close

Commented May 4, 2013 at 15:18:50 in Business

“Any of you economists even heard of the TRADE deficit? I wonder where those jobs went?? I wonder why demand is down?? Nope, can't think of anything.”

Bills Catz on May 4, 2013 at 21:56:32

“NAFTA comes to mind...”
Health Insurance Premium Increases Vowed By Companies For 2014

Health Insurance Premium Increases Vowed By Companies For 2014

Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 16:05:49 in Business

“Health insurance companies AND the Wall Street Journal...sure I believe everything you guys say!”
Board Games: How The Collapse Of The Senate Has Crippled The NLRB And Damaged Lives

Board Games: How The Collapse Of The Senate Has Crippled The NLRB And Damaged Lives

Commented Mar 23, 2013 at 14:13:01 in Politics

“Why do the Repubs hate the American worker so much?”

nmcginni on Mar 23, 2013 at 14:35:46

“Workers cut into the profits....The Company saves by lower the wages, cutting benefits, no safety requirements and no health insurance.”

Level7 on Mar 23, 2013 at 14:21:34

“Repubs love cheap labor, not living wages.”

capteej on Mar 23, 2013 at 14:19:34

“First get rid of that silly idea. Who is it that fights for the workers rights and smaller taxes? It is Republicans. Obama tried his best to undue the Bush tax cuts...remember that?”

chooey on Mar 23, 2013 at 14:15:50

“Democrats hate the American worker, too. How else to explain an economy where millions and millions of Americans are out of work, yet the democratic party welcomes illegal immigrants with open arms.”

FracturedFairyTalesViaHP on Mar 23, 2013 at 14:13:45

“Why do Democrats lie so much?”
Climate Change Poll: Americans Think Government Can Affect The Climate

Climate Change Poll: Americans Think Government Can Affect The Climate

Commented Feb 22, 2013 at 01:25:37 in Green

“What are we voting on science now?”

nnealj1 on Feb 22, 2013 at 06:45:07

“Better be careful how you phrase that or you might find yourself up against a filibuster in the Senate...we don't need them holding up the vote on the reality of gravity for any extended period of time...

God knows, we need gravity to keep us functioning properly, down to earth, sort of, and we'd hate to see Repubs holding up the vote on its continued existence over a technicality....”

Chepetico on Feb 22, 2013 at 02:00:33

“According to these turkeys gravity is a matter of olinion.”
As Obama Confronts Corporate Tax Reform, Past Lessons Suggest Lobbyists Will Fight For Loopholes

As Obama Confronts Corporate Tax Reform, Past Lessons Suggest Lobbyists Will Fight For Loopholes

Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 18:32:07 in Business

“How about cooking (I mean manufacturing) a cheese burger? Does that count?”

SCJohnson on Feb 16, 2013 at 18:55:09

“Only if it is being manufactured by a minimum wage worker in a mega restaurant chain, and not being perfectly seasoned, aged, and cooked by a master of the culinary arts.”
Obama: Economic Growth Can Happen In 2013

Obama: Economic Growth Can Happen In 2013

Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 14:56:55 in Politics

“Unemployment will never really come down until we address the TRADE DEFICIT.”
Government Fails To Tackle Unemployment, As Sequestration Looms

Government Fails To Tackle Unemployment, As Sequestration Looms

Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 14:18:59 in Business

“The real root cause of our economic woes are our failed trade policies. Ross Perot was right about the "giant suckin' sound", just off a little on the direction.”

wisconsinsteve on Feb 2, 2013 at 14:44:27

“I like cheap stuff made by tiny chinese hands and so does the rest of America.”
Ted Cruz: John Kerry, Chuck Hagel 'Less Than Ardent Fans' Of Military

Ted Cruz: John Kerry, Chuck Hagel 'Less Than Ardent Fans' Of Military

Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 16:14:57 in Politics

“He's embarrassing himself already. Tell me Senator is it okay to raise taxes to pay for this over-sized military and neo-con wars that you support?”

flossophy on Jan 27, 2013 at 16:19:06

“Raising taxes stifIes economic growth.”
Paul Krugman On Joe Stiglitz's Income Inequality Argument: 'I Can't See How This Works'

Paul Krugman On Joe Stiglitz's Income Inequality Argument: 'I Can't See How This Works'

Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 18:19:07 in Business

“And a primary driver of wage inequality are our terrible trade policies. Something most economists won't even discuss.”

Dad2three on Jan 20, 2013 at 18:32:03

“You mean that 'free trade' that has made a few thousand CEO's and their friends insanely rich, but has hosed everyone else?

We can thank Heritage Foundation and Ronnie Reagan who signed onto it in 1979 the day he announced his run for Prez!”
Citadel Community: Gun Company Prepares To Build A 'Bastion Of Liberty' For Patriots In Remote Idaho

Citadel Community: Gun Company Prepares To Build A 'Bastion Of Liberty' For Patriots In Remote Idaho

Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 18:40:16 in Politics

“Or they could just move to Somalia.”

IdleCrumble on Jan 14, 2013 at 18:49:49

“Nope. Too many brown people.”
Rand Paul: Obama Acting Like A 'King' With Push To Reduce Gun Violence

Rand Paul: Obama Acting Like A 'King' With Push To Reduce Gun Violence

Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 18:35:55 in Politics

“So Randy, it was King Bush too?”
The Big Fail - NYTimes.com

The Big Fail - NYTimes.com

Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 23:35:13 in Business

“One of the greatest failures by Economists was not even mentioned. How can you talk about Economists being wrong and not mention our failed trade policies and out of control trade deficit?”

mandennis on Jan 6, 2013 at 23:42:41

“failed trade policies?

like who's bright idea was it to let china make what we use to make here in America and buy it from them?

and China slowly investing what we paid them for imports to build their infrastructure not to mention their military with America in mind.”
Heidi Heitkamp: Reported White House Gun Control Plans 'Way In Extreme' (VIDEO)

Heidi Heitkamp: Reported White House Gun Control Plans 'Way In Extreme' (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 23:12:04 in Politics

“Not impressed so far Heidi.”
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