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WSJ: Media Bears - Why 1/3 of Americans think we're in recession when the economy is booming.
Wall Street Journal ^ | August 19, 2005 | Editorial

Posted on 08/19/2005 5:22:29 AM PDT by OESY

The paradox of the year is why so many Americans tell pollsters they feel bad about an economy that's been so good, with solid job growth and corporate profits, rising wages and home prices, and a huge decline in the budget deficit. Perhaps one reason is because the media keep saying the economy stinks.

That's the conclusion of... the Media Research Center, which finds that so far this year 62% of the news stories on the Big Three TV networks have portrayed the U.S. economy in negative fashion. The "negative full length TV news stories on the economy outnumbered positive stories by an overwhelming ratio of 4 to 1," the MRC reports.

...[A] CBS Evening News story on July 22 said that the economy is "very tenuous. It could fall apart at any moment. One piece of bad news, one additional terrorist attack, one negative corporate earnings, and it goes right down again." Contrast that funeral dirge with what Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress that same day: "The outlook is one of sustained economic growth."...

Media coverage of President Bush's tax cuts has been particularly slanted. During the 2003 tax-cut debate, three of every four major TV network news stories were negative. The favorite criticisms were liberal echoes that it would bust the budget and favor the rich. Earlier this year, a news story on National Public Radio announced that "as everyone knows, the primary cause of the budget deficit was the Bush tax cuts." No word yet on whom NPR is crediting with this year's revenue surge of $262 billion. Robert Rubin?

Given all of this doom-and-gloom reporting, maybe the surprise is that Americans are nonetheless behaving with their typical optimism, buying goods and services, bidding up the stock market, and creating new businesses....

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: budget; bush; cbs; corporateprofits; decline; deficit; economy; greenspan; homeprices; jobgrowth; media; mediaresearch; mrc; msm; npr; polls; pollsters; risingwages; rubin; tv
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1 posted on 08/19/2005 5:22:39 AM PDT by OESY
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To: OESY

Imagine that...


2 posted on 08/19/2005 5:26:21 AM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Grampa Dave

Hooverville ping.


3 posted on 08/19/2005 5:27:40 AM PDT by CasearianDaoist
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To: OESY
A third of Americans are out to lunch. Always were, always will be.

They are not reachable and I don't see any reason to bother.

4 posted on 08/19/2005 5:28:38 AM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: OESY

The stock market has not moved up that much. The reason why 1/3 of the population thinks it is a recession is because of their decline in buying power. Mainly because they have not gotten the wage increase that others have and because of the increasingly high gas prices.


5 posted on 08/19/2005 5:30:28 AM PDT by tomjohn77
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To: tomjohn77
I think that's right. Because of the little arrows on the TV screens, the psychological impact of the stock market is important to perceptions. Likewise, the constant drumbeat of "gas prices" has people in a tizzy, even though last night on the FOX business show, all the analysts agreed that we'd have to see $90 a barrel before it would seriously affect the U.S. economy.

But the MSM only covers high gas prices, not good jobs reports or rising productivity. There are academic studies that confirm this, especially during a GOP administration, when they are FAR more likely to report bad news over good.

6 posted on 08/19/2005 5:34:22 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: OESY
Obviously, the media's dishonest reporting on the economy is
matched by their dishonest reporting of our military's successes.
7 posted on 08/19/2005 5:44:18 AM PDT by jigsaw (The Democratic Party has Irritable Howl Syndrome.)
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To: tomjohn77

Fixed income is also pretty tough. Finding investment vehicles with a decent return has gotten harder and harder to do.

The inflationary increases take a toll on retirees.


8 posted on 08/19/2005 5:49:08 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Try permaculture and get back to the Founders intent. Mr. Jefferson lives!)
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To: OESY

Probably because 1/3 of Americans are actually economically literate. They understand the overwhelming trade and current account deficits. They realize that the massive amounts of credit creation by the Fed (to boost the housing market) is doing great damage to America's international competitiveness.


9 posted on 08/19/2005 5:51:49 AM PDT by hubbubhubbub
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To: LS

I was reading newsweek/time magazine at the gym. They have a section with the up/down arrow about people in the news. Bush or someone in the administration always has a down arrow. A has been dem. always has an up arrow.


10 posted on 08/19/2005 5:52:26 AM PDT by Holicheese (Would you like a beer? No thanks, I will have a bud light.)
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To: OESY
...bidding up the stock market...

Here are the Dow, the Nasdaq, and the S&P for the last five years:

Source: Yahoo! Finance

11 posted on 08/19/2005 5:54:10 AM PDT by snowsislander
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To: OESY

The mainstream media will do anything to try and make the President look bad.


12 posted on 08/19/2005 5:59:26 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Holicheese

I'd like to give the has-been Dems an up arrow, you know where.


13 posted on 08/19/2005 6:10:10 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: OESY

As usual, the agenda of the MSM is about its business of deceiving the public to defeat the current administration. Furthermore, the activity in the stock market, which is been quite positive, portends economic prosperity at least for the next 6 months.


14 posted on 08/19/2005 6:13:22 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Conservatism: doing what is right instead of what is easy)
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To: OESY; Willie Green; Wolfie; ex-snook; Jhoffa_; FITZ; arete; FreedomPoster; Red Jones; Pyro7480; ...
A third of Americans are out to lunch.

One could say that in 1933 only one fourth of Americans were out to lunch. The difference is that people today are further apart one from another. So the situation is peachy if you are not directly affected. This is demonstrated by the several posts on FR by people who gaze into their navel for inspiration.

Some data from the 1920s (TIMELINES OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION:

Organized labor declines throughout the 1920s. The United Mine Workers Union have seen its membership fall from 500,000 in 1920 to 75,000 in 1928. The American Federation of Labor fell from 5.1 million in 1920 to 3.4 million in 1929.

By 1929, the richest 1 percent owned 40 percent of the nation's wealth. The bottom 93 percent had experienced a 4 percent drop in real disposable per-capita income between 1923 and 1929.

Over the decade of 1920s, about 1,200 mergers swalled up more than 6,000 previously independent companies; by 1929, only 200 corporations controled over half of all American industry.

Individual worker productivity rised an astonishing 43 percent from 1919 to 1929. But the rewards were being funneled to the top: the number of people reporting half-million dollar incomes grew from 156 to 1,489 between 1920 and 1929, a phenomenal rise compared to other decades. But that was still less than 1 percent of all income-earners.

In 1922 The conservative Supreme Court stroke down federal child labor legislation.

In 1923 President Warren Harding dies in office; his administration was easily one of the most corrupt in American history. Calvin Coolidge, who is squeaky clean by comparison, becomes president. Coolidge is no less committed to laissez-faire and a non-interventionist government. He announces to the American people: "The business of America is business." Supreme Court nullifies minimum wage for women in District of Columbia.

In 1924 the stock market begins its spectacular rise. Bears little relation to the rest of the economy.

In 1925 The top tax rate is lowered to 25 percent - the lowest top rate in the eight decades since World War I. Supreme Court rules that trade organizations do not violate anti-trust laws as long as some competition survives.

In 1928 Between May 1928 and September 1929, the average prices of stocks rises 40 percent. Trading mushroomed from 2-3 million shares per day to over 5 million.

In 1929 Herbert Hoover becomes President. Hoover is a staunch individualist but not as committed to laissez-faire ideology as Coolidge.

For 1933, unemployment rises to 23.6 percent.

Two crucial difference - US economy is now very dependent on foreign production and we have huge flood of illegal immigrants.

15 posted on 08/19/2005 6:42:18 AM PDT by A. Pole (" There is no other god but Free Market, and Adam Smith is his prophet ! ")
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To: A. Pole

One other crucial difference is that the U.S. today is far less likely to engage in the stupid measures that FDR implemented in the 1930s to "fix" the Great Depression -- which ended up making the Depression far worse than it would have otherwise been.


16 posted on 08/19/2005 6:48:25 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: OldFriend

Most of that third post to FR under the Buchanan flag.


17 posted on 08/19/2005 6:48:55 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: wideawake

LOL...you're right!


18 posted on 08/19/2005 6:50:06 AM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: OldFriend

The biggest taboo in the USA is for the press and even conservative columnists to tell it straight . . .

ignorance runs rampant in the USA.

It gets worse every year with the population boom of illegal aliens and a high population birth from public school grads.

For politically correct reasons, rare is it that any commentator tell the truth--America is a highly ignorant society.


19 posted on 08/19/2005 6:50:25 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: A. Pole
Two crucial difference - US economy is now very dependent on foreign production and we have huge flood of illegal immigrants.

I'd be careful about calling it a "huge flood of illegal immigrants," as if those folks just sorta came here unbidden. They don't: Americans pay them to come here.

I think in a sense it's a slightly different form of outsourcing for things like agriculture, while still maintaining the production facilities (i.e., the fields) within the US.

The lessons here are pretty obvious, if unpleasant:

2) By choosing to outsource, American businessmen so focused on short-term results that they cannot see the long-term implications of lesson #1.

20 posted on 08/19/2005 6:50:39 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: tomjohn77
The stock market has not moved up that much.

You lack facts.

Here are some selected Morningstar Index returns for the last three years: NOTE: These are AVERAGED ANNUALIZED over the 3 year period, not simply the total return over three years (example--20% annualized is apprx a 60% return over three years)

Small Value Index + 22.01%

Small Cap Index + 21.18

Mid Value Index + 20.71%

Mid Growth Index + 18.92%

Large Value Index + 12.27%

Large Cap Index + 10.35%

S&P 500 Index + 11.48%

NASDAQ Index + 16.38%

Your opinion is an opinion, but the FACTS show that the broad market has had an OUTSTANDING return over the last three years.

If in doubt, choose FACTS over opinion. May I suggest to you that before you post, try doing some FACTUAL checking first. It makes your post so much more credit worthy to read.

SOURCE: http://screen.morningstar.com/index/indexReturns3YearDesc.html

21 posted on 08/19/2005 7:01:38 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: OESY
It depends on where you live. Our national economy is really made up of regional economies. California may be booming but the economy is lagging in Oregon and Washington. Unemployment has gone up .5 % in these two states since January, 2005.

The stock market is lagging because people are putting all their cash into real estate. That is fine if you can take $ 350,000 cash out of your 401(k) to pay for a home outright. Some people are paying cash for homes in other states to prepare for retirement. Great, if you can do it.

In the meantime, speculators are buying homes they will never live in with plans to flip them at huge profits. Beware of homes being flipped in your area. You might be caught with your pants down later. Read more about real estate bubble? 'Nuff said.

22 posted on 08/19/2005 7:04:06 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Mathew 7:1 through 6)
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To: OESY

Can anyone provide substantiation for the claim that wages are up?


23 posted on 08/19/2005 7:05:37 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: OESY
"WSJ: Media Bears - Why 1/3 of Americans think we're in recession when the economy is booming. "

Let's guess. Maybe for 1/3 of Americans who don't read the WSJ it's not booming?

24 posted on 08/19/2005 7:06:31 AM PDT by ex-snook (Protectionism is Patriotism in both war and trade.)
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To: All
Can anyone provide substantiation for the claim that wages are up?

Can anyone provide substantiation for the claim that wages - less dividends - are up?

25 posted on 08/19/2005 7:15:02 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: All
Though there is no doubt of MSM bias, anti-Republican reporting that excuse and "the critics in the general public are just plain too dumb to understand" as explanations for some of the public's perception are not enough.

And as usual on these threads the critics who say things could be better offer thoughtful and sourced opinions while those who take umbrage at any criticism on the jobs front offer thoughtless "clever" put downs.

What categories of jobs are being created according to BLS figures? Temporary agencies, food services and lodging, construction, government, health care. Yes, I know. Jobs is jobs.

What do labor studies by Northeastern University, Pew Hispanic Center, CIS say about those job categories? They say that recent immigrants are getting huge numbers (most?) of them (excluding government). I think that it is fair to say that these are the government-subsidized "cheap" labor folks which are highly prized by business.

Current recovery lags the classic recovery model in wage increases and jobs creation -- it's the impact of globalization and the economy is still adjusting. If that's Bush bashing then I am a Bush basher and proud of it.

Among good news indicators IMO is the higher-paying jobs available on dice.com. At the lowest point a couple of years ago the nationwide total was around 25,000 now it's getting close to 75,000. Yes, I know there are duplicate listings. I also know that during the dot con (yes, con) bubble it was close to 150,000.

Bottom line, it ain't the Great Depression and the general public ain't stupid.

26 posted on 08/19/2005 7:21:53 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (Hillary is the she in shenanigans.)
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To: Alberta's Child
"One other crucial difference is that the U.S. today is far less likely to engage in the stupid measures that FDR implemented in the 1930s to "fix" the Great Depression -- which ended up making the Depression far worse than it would have otherwise been."

You might consider that Bush has adopted the FDR receipe of priming the economy with deficit government dollars. FDR filled the job needs that private industry did not provide. FDR was doing OK until the Commies took him over.

Some history. "The Great Depression brought about severe economic hardships in America and around the world. People were opportunistic, wanting any type of advantage that could be given to them. One such group of people were the World War I veterans and their families; who wanted a bonus for their services in the Great War now, instead of in 1945. During this turbulent time, the United States government was very concerned with political uprisings that tried to overthrow the government. The government's great concern about riots and political uprisings during the Great Depression led to hasty actions to quell the Bonus March demonstrations, created animosity towards President Hoover, and eventually forced him out of office."

Actually it was a war that ended the Great Depression.

27 posted on 08/19/2005 7:25:15 AM PDT by ex-snook (Protectionism is Patriotism in both war and trade.)
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To: OldFriend; wideawake

And for good reason: PJB's utterances usually are dead-on prophesies.

But then--insight was never a feature of the GWB-bots.


28 posted on 08/19/2005 7:27:29 AM PDT by ninenot (Minister of Membership, Tomas Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888

Yup.

Meanwhile, Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P remain UNDER the levels of 5 years ago.

And the USD remains UNDER the levels of 3 years ago.


29 posted on 08/19/2005 7:28:59 AM PDT by ninenot (Minister of Membership, Tomas Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: jigsaw

I want someone with some degree of expertise on the subject to assess when nightly news for CBS, ABC, and NBC will essentially be out of business. 2008? 2009?

These ridiculous parent companies keep pouring more good money after bad in their news divisions, and their shareholders are tolerating this nonsense.


30 posted on 08/19/2005 7:31:42 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: skeeter

Well-wages are up, but not keeping with inflation over the last 2 years (median, not average.)

"Income" includes rents, dividends, interest, and pensions. A far different story than 'wages.'

More significant, it was only last month that total US private employment got back to the numbers pre-2001; but factory employment has NEVER increased since 2001.

That's WTO/MFN China at work.


31 posted on 08/19/2005 7:32:58 AM PDT by ninenot (Minister of Membership, Tomas Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: ninenot

My post factually showed the statement that the "market has not moved up much" runs against the facts.

The discussion had nothing to do with the five year history as you are implying, but I showed that members did not have his/her facts since the market has indeed moved up quite a bit over the last three years, regardless of its position versus historic highs.


32 posted on 08/19/2005 7:33:11 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: ex-snook
You might consider that Bush has adopted the FDR receipe of priming the economy with deficit government dollars.

That's not entirely accurate.
Dubya's deficits more closely mirror LBJ's "Great Society".
He's spending money like a drunken sailor on BOTH "guns and butter".

33 posted on 08/19/2005 7:33:19 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: ex-Texan
The stock market is lagging because people are putting all their cash into real estate.

Read post #21.

34 posted on 08/19/2005 7:35:01 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: ninenot
Well-wages are up, but not keeping with inflation over the last 2 years (median, not average.)

then I would say they're not up, but down.

I would be interested to see a graph of real wages over the past twenty years.

35 posted on 08/19/2005 7:38:30 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: OESY
One word says it all,"oil". The economy is excellent but most people don't analyze the inside numbers but will analyze the gas prices on their way to work and associate the rise in price with a tax. Unfortunately the party in charge usually takes the brunt from the pocketbook voters.
36 posted on 08/19/2005 7:39:30 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Willie Green
He's spending money like a drunken sailor on BOTH "guns and butter".

I agree that Bush is spending money like a drunken sailor (a drunken RAT sailor at that), but his "guns" spending throws off a false reading.

True, the Defense Dept has had a big increase, but much of this money is going toward payroll, logistics, replacement parts, administration, troop rotation, hazard pay, etc.

I submit that the spending on the military has gone down if we talk what the dollars are buying. The Ruskies and the Chicoms are spending their Defense dollars on late generation ICBMs, strategic ICBM carrying submarines and fifth generation fighters and other advanced hardware.

America is spending its Defense dollars on payroll and logistics, etc., while cutting back on hardware procurement, eliminating some advanced weapon platforms and eliminating many military bases.

America has gotten WEAKER militarily under Bush relative to Russia and China.

That is not much "guns" spending from a factual angle.

37 posted on 08/19/2005 7:44:54 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: tomjohn77
Decline in buying power? I could nor disagree more. I just bought furniture for my new home and paid a fraction for this furniture then I paid for similar stuff 8 years ago. Much of it made in China but as someone who has at least some knowledge of quality I feel I can say it is more then worth what I paid and probably would cost 2-3 times more if made here. I also was at a Staples store today and saw flt screen monitors, 17" for $279.00. Only 3 years ago they were selling for about $499. A 3.1 mega pixel digital camera I paid $265.00 for a year and a half ago can be replaced with a 5 mega pixel multi mode digital camera for the same price. The 3.1 mega pixel cameras are now selling for $149. A 32 inch TV that cost almost $900.00 in the early 1990's can be bought for a bit over $300.00 today. Cell phone, computers, printers, you name it all have come down in price markedly as have clothing. Gasoline has gone up as have heating costs and any fuel oil related products but they have been offset by declines in the areas I mentioned. Except for housing and health care, products and services that have increased in price have generally done so within the bounds of inflation.
38 posted on 08/19/2005 7:46:25 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: OldFriend
Perhaps one reason is because the media keep saying the economy stinks.

Bush has to sell the economy and its his fault for the negative perception. Its not fair, but those are the rules.

39 posted on 08/19/2005 7:48:20 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888
We are seeing the results of having the boomers teaching our kids....in high schools, universities. Boomers who were too busy 'protesting' to bother with their own education.

They've exchanged their mantra of not trusting anyone over thirty, to ignorance is bliss.

40 posted on 08/19/2005 7:49:40 AM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: mwl1
I want someone with some degree of expertise on the subject to assess when nightly news for CBS, ABC, and NBC will essentially be out of business.

Just the opposite.

As America becomes an even more ignorant nation, FOX News and conservative radio will actually start a decline.

CNN, CBS and others have yet to see their brightest days. They will be the state run centralized government mouthpiece someday. Ignorance in America is on a parabolic curve upward.

41 posted on 08/19/2005 7:50:33 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: hubbubhubbub
"Probably because 1/3 of Americans are actually economically literate.

You are far to generous in your assessment of how many Americans are actually economically literate. I would put the number much closer to 10% I have for many years subscribed to the "90-10 rule". It means that 10% of the people are aware and 90% haven't the first clue what is going on around them either locally or in the world generally.

42 posted on 08/19/2005 7:51:13 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888

Many people make the mistake of thinking the stock market is the DOW, S&P and NASDAQ only. Probably 80% or more of the population also doesn't know that plenty of money can be made even when the market tanks.


43 posted on 08/19/2005 7:53:47 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888

Look at the graphs in post 11.


44 posted on 08/19/2005 7:55:32 AM PDT by tomjohn77
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888
America has gotten WEAKER militarily under Bush relative to Russia and China.

Relative to China, yes.
I wouldn't be so quick to include Russia in that analysis.
Their military prowess took quite a kick to the groin with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
But your point is well made.

45 posted on 08/19/2005 7:56:09 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: ex-snook
The measures implemented by the Roosevelt administration to control prices were an absolute disaster, and were largely responsible for prolonging the Depression.

It was the height of idiocy to have people scraping along to make ends meet while at the same time the government was destroying large quantities of agricultural commodities just to support the incomes of U.S. farmers.

46 posted on 08/19/2005 7:57:24 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: Eagles Talon IV
I also was at a Staples store today and saw flt screen monitors, 17" for $279.00. Only 3 years ago they were selling for about $499. A 3.1 mega pixel digital camera I paid $265.00 for a year and a half ago can be replaced with a 5 mega pixel multi mode digital camera for the same price. The 3.1 mega pixel cameras are now selling for $149. A 32 inch TV that cost almost $900.00 in the early 1990's can be bought for a bit over $300.00 today.

Why do you think that is? It's more because when something first comes out there is limited supply and high demand than the stuff gets cheaper. How is it cheaper to make the 17" monitor now than it was two years ago? When the producct first came out they were taking high profits. Now, with a fair amount of saturation they are selling at a normal price. They are still making money off of the products today but in order to reach more of the market they had to lower the price.

47 posted on 08/19/2005 7:59:03 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888
" America has gotten WEAKER militarily under Bush relative to Russia and China. That is not much "guns" spending from a factual angle."

That may not have included the 'guns' money being spent in Iraq in the death of a thousand cuts. The 'guns' money being spent in Iraq has not added to our strength relative to Russia/China. They must wonder at our inability to overcome the resistance of car bombs.

48 posted on 08/19/2005 7:59:09 AM PDT by ex-snook (Protectionism is Patriotism in both war and trade.)
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To: ninenot
. . . but factory employment has NEVER increased since 2001.

Aside from World War II, has there ever been a single year in the last seven decades in which factory employment has actually increased?

49 posted on 08/19/2005 7:59:09 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888

Please pardon me. I really meant to say "some people are putting huge sums of cash into real estate." There was a FR poster yesterday who said he paid cash for a home. He affirmed an earlier post about people investing their 401{k) funds into real estate.


50 posted on 08/19/2005 8:02:59 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Mathew 7:1 through 6)
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