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  • New York Times: Nation’s Confidence Ebbs at a Steady Drip

    10/22/2014 7:30:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/22/2014 | Peter Baker
    WASHINGTON — In taking office during two overseas wars and the Great Recession, President Obama set out to restore society’s frayed faith in its public institutions, saying that the question was not whether government was too big or small, “but whether it works.” Six years later, Americans seem more dubious than ever that it really does. With every passing week or month, it seems, some government agency or another has had a misstep or has been caught up in scandals that have deeply eroded public confidence. The Internal Revenue Service targets political groups, the Border Patrol is overwhelmed by children...
  • Gallup: Americans' Confidence in Government to Handle Ebola Drops

    10/22/2014 4:32:27 AM PDT · by wtd · 11 replies
    Gallup ^ | Frank Newport
    Story Highlights Confidence in gov't to handle Ebola down to 52% from 61% No change in the percentage of Americans worried about getting Ebola Drop in confidence more apparent among Republicans PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are no more worried about getting Ebola now than they were two weeks ago, but they have become somewhat less confident in the federal government's ability to deal with an outbreak of the virus. Fifty-two percent of Americans are now very or somewhat confident in the government's ability to handle Ebola, down from 61% in early October.
  • Killing Confidence in Our Government

    10/19/2014 11:31:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/19/14 | Alan Caruba
    Our confidence in our government must be restored with new leadership. What has been the over-riding theme of life in America since Barack Obama became President in 2008? It has been the continued loss of confidence Americans have regarding various elements of the federal government. From the Centers for Disease Control, the Veterans Administration, the Secret Service, to the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, these and other agencies have been tainted in ways that have turned his two terms into a litany of scandals and failures. Obama is a President for whom politics is the sole reason...
  • Obama's Approval Rating And Confidence In The Future Of America Has Collapsed

    08/05/2014 8:36:00 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    BI ^ | 8-6-2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    Obama's Approval Rating Has Hit All-Time Low, And Confidence In The Future Of America Has Collapsed Joe WeisenthalAugust 5, 2014 A new poll from WSJ/NBC finds a high level of dissatisfaction with the president, the U.S. political system, and the economy, and a stunning number of respondents see a grim future for their children. Just 40% of respondents approve of the job President Obama is doing, a level which matches an all-time low. On the matter of foreign policy — which is in the news a lot lately due to Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, and Gaza — the President's approval is...
  • Welcome Back Carter! Consumer Confidence Lowest In 4 Months – Back At MrPeanut-era Levels

    09/24/2013 9:55:53 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/24/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index declined to 79.7, the weakest since May, from 81.8 a month earlier. Consumer confidence remains below the 100 threshold last seen under President Bush (Dubya). cc092413 In fact, consumer confidence is back to the grim old days of President Jimmy Carter. Conference-Board-consumer-confidence-index Of course, declining real median household income will do that. medianhouseholdincome Welcome back, Carter! carterd
  • Consumer Confidence Fall To Lowest Point In 5 Months As Interest Rates Rise

    09/13/2013 9:47:37 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/13/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Rising interest rates are really starting to hit the economy. The Reuters – University of Michigan Survey of Consumer Confidence Sentiment was forecast to be 82.0 but printed at 76.8 after a previous print of 82.1. This is the lowest print in 5 months. Rising Treasury and mortgage rates are definitely a cause of declining consumer confidence. Notice that the 10 year Treasury yield began to decline in mid 2011 and consumer confidence began to rise (green box). Then Treasury rates began rising on May 1st and consumer confidence fell (red box). With a lag. consumerconfid091313 We know that mortgage...
  • Need purchasing advice (vanity)

    09/08/2013 2:59:43 PM PDT · by sauropod · 189 replies
    Self | 8 Sep 2013 | Self
    Hello all, I need some advice on purchasing a handgun. I live in the People’s Republic of MD and the new gun control laws are about to take effect (Oct 1st). I am in the market for a .45. I was looking at cheaper than dirt at several models and would appreciate any hints you can give regarding a purchase. Have you dealt with buying guns from cheaper than dirt? Do you have a better source/way to do this? What is the proper procedure for completing this purchase from an on-line retailer? I would also like recommendations for handguns in...
  • The One Chart To Explain Consumer Confidence (UMichigan Index Falls To 80)

    08/16/2013 7:38:16 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index dropped to 80, down to September 2007 levels. umcc But here is the one chart that largely is correlated with consumer confidence: housing price growth. umccloanhp Notice that consumer confidence was above 80 during the housing bubble and has only exceeded 80 recently as house prices have surged. But as house prices fell in 2008, consumer confidence fell below 80. Despite rising house prices, the recent increase in part-time rather than full-time jobs. Not to mention the reality of Obamacare. Average Weekly Hours 2013-08C I know I am feeling less confident!
  • Gallup: Americans' Confidence in Newspapers Continues to Erode

    06/17/2013 1:00:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Gallup ^ | 06/17/2013 | Elizabeth Mendes
    Americans' confidence in newspapers fell slightly to 23% this year, from 25% in 2012 and 28% in 2011. The percentage of Americans saying they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers has been generally trending downward since 1979, when it reached a high of 51%. Newspapers rank near the bottom on a list of 16 societal institutions Gallup measured in a June 1-4 survey. Television news is tied with newspapers on the list, with 23% of Americans also expressing confidence in it. That is up slightly from the all-time low of 21% found last year....
  • CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SOARS IN MAY TO HIGHEST READING SINCE 2007

    05/31/2013 7:15:07 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-31-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SOARS IN MAY TO HIGHEST READING SINCE 2007 Matthew Boesler May 31, 2013, 9:55 AM Brady Hoke UPDATE: The consumer confidence report is out. The headline index rose to 84.5 in May from 76.4 in April. Economists expected the number to come in at 83.7, matching the preliminary estimate published by the University of Michigan earlier this month. The economic conditions sub-index rose to 98.0 from 89.9 in April, exceeding the preliminary May estimate of 97.5. The economic outlook sub-index rose to 75.8 from 67.8 in April, beating the preliminary estimate of 74.8. Inflation expectations one year ahead...
  • Why Male Pansies Can’t Attract a Good Woman

    05/19/2013 7:39:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 152 replies
    Girls Just Wanna Have Guns ^ | May 2013 | Regis Giles
    A while back I received several e-mails from guys requesting my advice on how to attract a female like me. You see, they seem to have a hard time attracting women that are into shooting and the outdoors… and I understand this. Being that we humans aren’t whitetail deer and you can’t rub your scent on a tree to find yourself a mate, it makes things harder for guys. I’ve decided to throw these guys a bone, and any others who need help, on how to attract such a lady. Here are essential points to follow in attracting the Katniss...
  • Economic mood in euro zone sours again in April

    04/29/2013 5:02:02 AM PDT · by mykroar
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 4/29/2013 | Reuters
    BRUSSELS – Confidence in the euro zone's economy fell for a second straight month in April and by more than expected, data showed on Monday, strengthening the case for a cut in interest rates this week. Economic morale in the 17 countries using the euro slipped 1.5 percent points to 88.6, the European Commission said. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a decline to 89.3. The disappointing data highlights the euro zone's difficult road out of recession and the souring of the mood among companies and consumers since March, after an optimistic start to the year. Likely of most concern,...
  • GALLUP: U.S. Economic Confidence Inches Up

    04/25/2013 6:37:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    GALLUP ^ | 04/25/2013 | Alyssa Brown
    The Gallup U.S. Economic Confidence Index was -14 last week, compared with -17 the prior week. The current score is six points below the five-year high of -8 reached in early February. The Economic Confidence Index reached -12 -- the highest score since the five-year high -- in the last week of March, likely as a reaction to record-high stock prices, a boost in housing prices, and lower gas prices. This score was up from -22 at the end of February and beginning of March as Congress and the president failed to reach an agreement to avoid the sequestration spending...
  • Freep a poll! (Do you have confidence in the economic recovery?)

    04/06/2013 4:29:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 4-6-13 | LA Daily News
    Saturday's Poll Do you have confidence in the economic recovery? Yes No
  • Grumpy Cat Recovery: New Home Sales Decline, Consumer Confidence Falls

    03/26/2013 8:33:37 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 17 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/26/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of new single-family houses in February 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000. This is 4.6 percent below the revised January rate of 431,000, but is 12.3 percent above the February 2012 estimate of 366,000. Hmm. Not what some were hoping. But Lorraine Wollert at Bloomberg has a nice, positive take on the news: March 26 (Bloomberg) — Sales of new U.S. houses in February capped the best back-to-back months in more than four years, spurred by near record-low borrowing costs and improving job prospects. Yes, housing affordability (relatively speaking)...
  • Grumpy Cat Recovery: Existing Home Sales Back To 1999 Levels, Consumer Confidence Falls

    03/21/2013 10:14:27 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/21/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The housing market news has been positive this week. Today, existing home sales added to the positive housing news by posting a modest gain in February of 0.81%. So, we are ALMOST back to 1999 levels of existing home sales. But looking more closely at the data, single family detached existing home sales fell -0.229% in February. Sales of existing condos and co-ops rose by a whopping 8.772%. The months supply of existing homes rose 9.3% in February while the median price rose 1.8%. On the consumer comfort front, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell to -33.9 from -31.6. Consumer...
  • Consumer Confidence, Flippers and Other Headaches for Housing

    02/07/2013 1:10:04 PM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/07/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Bloomberg Consumer Confidence Index was released this morning and it shows slight improvement to -36.3. Consumer confidence has not been above -30 since 2008. A still sluggish housing market (despite record low mortgage rates) is partly to blame. The worst recovery since WWII is also to blame. But what is really noticeable in the chart is that Consumer Confidence fell below 0 in the latter half of 2001 and only breached 0 on the upside for a brief time in Q1 2007. Apparently, the government’s efforts to push home ownership did not placate nervous investors after the recession of...
  • Jobless Claims Rise, Consumer Confidence Falls – Slowest Economic Recovery Since 1882

    01/31/2013 11:39:07 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/31/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The was a large print of economic news this morning. The most important prints for the housing and commercial real estate markets are personal income (which rose) and Consumer Comfort (which fell again). Personal surged in December by 2.6% versus the expectation of 0.8% by economists. quarter of 2008, a report showed yesterday. Some companies paid dividends and employee bonuses earlier than usual before tax rates went up this year. The Commerce Department estimated about $26.4 billion of the increase in incomes last quarter was attributable to early dividend payments and another $15 billion reflected bonuses and other types of...
  • Still the WORST Economic Recovery Since 1882!

    01/31/2013 8:56:31 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | Anthony B. Sanders
    Jobless claims rise, consumer confidence down. Worst economic recovery since 1882. See chartsat link!
  • New Home Sales Rise to June 1982 Level, Consumer Confidence Remains Far Below Average

    12/27/2012 9:42:40 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 10 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/27/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The US economy continues to wander through the recessionary woods, with some rays of light peeking through the dark clouds. In other words, there is still a long way to go. New home sales in November printed at 377,000 units, less than the expected 380,000 but higher than October’s print of 368,000. New home sales have struggled to return to June 1982 levels. The Conference Board’s measure of consumer confidence fell to 65.10. Note that consumer confidence remains far below the average of 94.18 from 1967-today. Of course, the Christmas retail season has seen an increase in employment and a...
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Falling Confidence Signals Likely Fed Action

    12/11/2012 8:09:37 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/11/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    he Good: Job openings in construction rose to +48 after several months of little progress. The Bad: The Small Business Optimism Index fell to its lowest point since March 2010. The Ugly: The Investors Business Daily (IBD) and TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence (TIPP) economic optimism index fell to 45.1 in December, down 3.5 points from a month earlier. A reading over 50 indicates a positive outlook while a reading below 50 signals a negative outlook. On the ugly side, the USA trade balance with the Pacific Rim (China, Japan, etc) fell as well. On the mortgage/MBS side, Ginnie Mae 15 year...
  • U.S. Consumer Sentiment Sinks in Early December

    12/07/2012 7:27:35 AM PST · by mykroar · 7 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 12/7/2012 | Reuters
    Americans' outlook on the economy and their finances took a turn for the worse in early December due likely to anxiety about the potential for higher taxes resulting from contentious discussions in Washington over fiscal issues, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary reading of the overall index on consumer sentiment plunged to 74.5 in early December, the lowest level since August. It was far below November's figure of 82.7 and the median forecast of 82.4 among economists polled by Reuters.
  • Freep a Poll! (Are you confident the economy is improving?)

    11/28/2012 4:59:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 11-28-12 | LA Daily News
    Are you confident the economy is improving? Yes No
  • Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level Since February '08

    11/27/2012 9:25:58 AM PST · by mykroar · 37 replies
    Foxbusiness.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Reuters
    Consumer confidence rose to a four-and-a-half-year high in November as consumers became more optimistic about the outlook for the economy, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 73.7 up from an upwardly revised 73.1 the month before, its highest since February 2008. Economists had expected a reading of 73.0, according to a Reuters poll. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2012/11/27/consumer-confidence-hits-highest-level-since-february-08/#ixzz2DRcxDlqn
  • IBD/TIPP Poll: U.S. Consumer Confidence Nosedives

    11/13/2012 11:55:56 AM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    TIPP Online ^ | 11-13-12
    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 5.4 points, or 10%, in November, posting 48.6 vs. 54 in October. The index is 0.4 points above its 12-month average of 48.2, 4.2 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 1.3 points below its all-time average of 49.9. Note: Index readings above 50 indicate optimism; below 50 indicate pessimism. The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index has a good track record of foreshadowing the confidence indicators put out later each month by the University of Michigan and The Conference Board. IBD/TIPP conducted the national...
  • U.S. Consumer Sentiment Hits 5-Year High in November

    11/09/2012 7:50:49 AM PST · by mykroar · 43 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 11/9/2012 | Reuters
    U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in more than five years in November as consumers felt more optimistic about employment prospects and the outlook for the overall economy, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 84.9, up from 82.6 the month before. It was above the median forecast of 83 among economists polled by Reuters. "More consumers expected good rather than bad times financially in the economy in early November, not only for the year ahead but over the next five years...
  • October Surprise: Consumer Confidence Gets Back to Sept 2007 Level (Bush) - Did The Fed Contribute?

    10/12/2012 8:22:33 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/12/2012 | Snakeeyes Econ
    As a long-time Ohio State Buckeye football fan, I have never been a fan of University of Michigan. And the recent University of Michigan Consumer Confidence index seems to be measuring optimism about Michigan Wolverine football than the economy. Seriously, as real GDP growth hovers barely above 1% and the crash in durable goods orders, this is a surprise. According to University of Michigan, consumer confidence has risen to Bush-era levels of September 2007. Just to put it into context, I put a yellow line through the 100 level. We still have a long way to go to get to...
  • Jobless Claims Stuck at Dec ’11 Level, Consumer Confidence Remains Weak

    08/30/2012 11:25:08 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/30/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Jobless claims were little changed at 374,000 in the week ended Aug. 25, matching the upwardly revised figure from the prior week, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, climbed to a six-week high. In fact, jobless claims are at December 2011 levels, indicating fear of new taxes from Obamacare and the dreaded fiscal cliff. Continuing jobless claims are stuck at March 2012 levels, not a good sign this far after the end of the recession. On the other hand, Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed in July for the first time...
  • Case-Shiller 20 City Composite Rose 2.3% MoM in June, Consumer Confidence Falls

    08/28/2012 11:27:37 AM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/28/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Case-Shiller house price indices were released this morning. The 20-City Composite posted an annual returns\ of +0.5% in June 2012. Month-over-month, average home prices in the 20-City Composite were up 2.3% versus May. You can see the Case-Shiller 20 Composite (green) compared to recent prints by FNC (blue) and FHFA Purchase (gold). For the second consecutive month, all 20 cities and both Composites recorded positive monthly gains. Eighteen of the 20 MSAs and both Composites posted better annual returns in June as compared to May 2012 – only Charlotte and Dallas saw a deceleration in their annual rates. As...
  • HUGE MISS: CONSUMER CONFIDENCE PLUNGES TO 60.6

    08/28/2012 7:20:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/28/2012 | Mamta Badkar and Eric Platt
    Consumer confidence missed big in August falling to 60.6. The reading is the lowest since November 2011. Meanwhile, July's reading was revised down to 65.4. "Consumers were more apprehensive about business and employment prospects, but more optimistic about their financial prospects despite rising inflation expectations," according to Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. "Consumers' assessment of current conditions was virtually unchanged, suggesting no significant pickup or deterioration in the pace of growth." But the number is still above 60, showing the report wasn't a complete disaster. Here are some highlights from the report: The percent saying...
  • Gallup: Economic confidence dropping sharply for second month in a row

    08/07/2012 1:13:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The question for the economic fight in the presidential election may not be whether voters buy Mitt Romney's tax plan or Barack Obama's class warfare. It may be whether they're buying anything at all. After six straight months of improvements in consumer confidence, Gallup's latest survey shows a drop for the second month in a row --- and well below a healthy indicator for economic expansion (via Instapundit): Gallup's Economic Confidence Index averaged -26 in July, a decline from -22 in June, and close to the 2012 low of -27 measured in January. Economic confidence improved during the first five...
  • Americans' Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low

    07/11/2012 8:45:35 PM PDT · by Wills_Dad · 18 replies
    Gallup Politics ^ | July 10, 2012 | by Lymari Morales
    Americans' confidence in television news is at a new low by one percentage point, with 21% of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. This marks a decline from 27% last year and from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in television news in 1993.
  • Small-business confidence drops to lowest level in eight months (Hiring impulse dropped sharply)

    07/11/2012 7:23:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, Barack Obama responded to criticism of his plan to hike taxes on those earning as little as $250,000 a year --- a class which includes a large number of small-business owners --- by claiming that those entrepreneurs have no greater friend than the current President. He pointed to a number of tax breaks and credits he championed for small businesses, and dismissed the effects of hiking their taxes now: Now, we can already anticipate — we know what those who are opposed to letting the high-end tax cuts expire will say. They’ll say that we can’t tax “job creators.”...
  • Rasmussen Consumer Index-Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest Level Since January

    06/24/2012 9:28:48 AM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 6/24/2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    Sunday, June 24, 2012 The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, dropped two more points on Sunday to 80.2. The Consumer Index is down five points from a week ago, down ten points from a month ago, and down 11 points from three months ago. The Consumer Index has dropped over 15 points since May 20th when it was at 95.4.
  • Rasmussen Consumer Index-Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest Level Since January

    06/24/2012 9:28:50 AM PDT · by Signalman
    Rasmussen ^ | 6/24/2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    Sunday, June 24, 2012 The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, dropped two more points on Sunday to 80.2. The Consumer Index is down five points from a week ago, down ten points from a month ago, and down 11 points from three months ago. The Consumer Index has dropped over 15 points since May 20th when it was at 95.4.
  • Clearing Houses Are The Mechanism Of All Markets

    12/02/2011 4:14:47 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 2+ views
    Jim Sinclair's Mineset ^ | December 2, 2011 | Jim Sinclair
    My Dear Extended Family, We all know bank’s balance sheets are cartoons due to FASB’s capitulation on the fair market value issue, that the euro financial leaders do not deserve the title leader, and that the Fed is the source of liquidity for Euroland in unlimited cheap dollar swaps, but there is more. That more is the first failure of a major clearing house. Clearing is the mechanism of all markets. It is the guts of the system. It is the engine under the hood of finance. It is the pulleys that turn inside the watch. It is basic to...
  • U.S. Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Drops to Two-Year Low

    10/25/2011 9:42:33 AM PDT · by traumer · 22 replies
    Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Consumer confidence unexpectedly slumped in October to the lowest level since March 2009, when the U.S. economy was in a recession, as Americans' outlooks for employment and incomes soured. The Conference Board's sentiment index decreased to 39.8 from a revised 46.4 reading in September, figures from the New York-based private research group showed today. This month's reading was less than the most pessimistic forecast in a Bloomberg News survey in which the median projection was 46. Limited job availability, deteriorating home values and the threat of a European debt default are weighing on sentiment. A drop...
  • Oct. consumer confidence weakest since March 2009

    10/25/2011 7:52:53 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.25.11 | Ruth Mantell
    The nonprofit organization said its consumer-confidence index declined to 39.8 in October from a September level of 46.4, which was upwardly revised from a prior estimate of 45.4. Economists polled by MarketWatch expected a reading of 46 for October; when the economy is growing at a good clip, confidence readings are at 90 and above... ...The Conference Board’s expectations barometer fell to 48.7 in October from 55.1 in September. The percentage of those who expected business conditions to be “better” in six months declined, while most expected the same conditions...
  • On eve of debate, Rick Perry ‘pretty confident’ he’ll win

    10/11/2011 2:45:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 160 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | LYNN SHERR, Parade Magazine interview - Oct 23 issue
    ...LYNN SHERR: Do you feel as if the other candidates have been ganging up on in the debates? RICK PERRY:“When you come into the fray and you’re leading in the polls, you’re going to get attacked by everyone. I get it. I’m a big boy, and I know how to play that game. “ Your critics say you’re not electable... “Well, I disregard that. Americans are looking for somebody to stand up and tell them the truth, and I have a record to back it up. Ultimately, if I can explain my heart, my jobs record, and my philosophy to...
  • The Hot New Theory About What Happened To The US Economy (Everything Is Okay Now)

    10/08/2011 5:13:45 AM PDT · by blam · 35 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-8-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Hot New Theory About What Happened To The US Economy Joe Weisenthal Oct. 8, 2011, 6:27 AM Something weird is happening with the economic data in September: It's okay! Datapoint after datapoint screams: The economy is mediocre, but it's not collapsing. For example... * The September jobs report was a lot better than the August jobs report. * Rail traffic is growing. * Car sales were downright HOT in September. * Retail sales? Check. * Construction spending was fine too. There was certainly some weak data, as things are not amazing, but the numbers haven't been heart-stopping the way...
  • Consumer confidence ticks higher

    09/28/2011 6:37:08 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 4 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.27.11 | Ruth Mantell
    As expectations slightly gained, consumer confidence ticked higher in September while remaining at low levels, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. The nonprofit organization said its consumer-confidence index rose to 45.4 in September from 45.2 in August, when it had plunged on worries about jobs and the U.S. debt, among other factors... Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected a September reading of 46.1...The August confidence reading was upwardly revised from a prior estimate of 44.5.
  • Reuters Analysis: Under fire, Obama struggles to instill confidence

    08/10/2011 6:53:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 10, 2011 | By Steve Holland
    President Barack Obama is getting hammered on all sides for a stumbling U.S. economy and his uneven response to it, raising pressure on him to take steps to create jobs or risk being ousted in next year's election. With markets in turmoil and the jobless rate stuck above 9 percent, Obama is struggling to instill a sense of confidence that there is a way out of the maelstrom. He received negative reviews from pundits for a speech on Monday that offered no new policy ideas and failed to cushion a steep sell-off on Wall Street. The president also is getting...
  • Consumer confidence in June worst in eight months

    06/28/2011 8:19:12 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 7 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6.28.11 | Ruth Mantell
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Consumer confidence fell in June to the worst level in eight months on concerns about employment and income, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. The nonprofit organization said its consumer-confidence index fell to 58.5 in June from an upwardly revised 61.7 in May. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected a June reading of 60.5. “Overall, we take this as another sign of the cooler economic conditions that we judge likely to prove transitory, but the data does point to downside risks for a rebound in the labor market in June,” wrote David Resler, chief economist at Nomura Securities...
  • Consumer confidence rises in April

    04/26/2011 7:55:22 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 54 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 4.26.11 | Ruth Mantell
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Consumer confidence recovered somewhat in April, though the impact of a spike in gasoline prices is still evident, according to data released Tuesday by the Conference Board. The confidence index hit 65.4 in April, compared with an upwardly revised 63.8 in March. That’s still below the 72.0 reading of February, as gasoline prices nationally have approached $4 per gallon. The increase came as consumers’ 12-month inflation expectations declined to 6.3% in April from 6.7% in March. In addition, consumer views about the present situation improved.
  • Those Confident That America’s Best Days Lie Ahead Down to 31% (lowest level ever)

    04/25/2011 10:00:47 AM PDT · by library user · 55 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 25, 2011 | by Scott Rasmussen
    ~ EXCERPT ~ Voter confidence that the nation’s best days are still to come has fallen to its lowest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 31% believe America’s best days are in the future. That’s down three points from last month and is the lowest result found in polling since late 2006. Fifty-three percent (53%) believe America’s best days are in the past, also the highest measurement in over four years. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. Separate polling finds that only 22% of Likely Voters believe the United States is now...
  • Having an Answer (Part 1)

    04/06/2011 11:56:50 AM PDT · by hawkins · 13 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 04/06/2011 | Erik Smith
    A teacher stands in front of her classroom of students. She begins to review some of the previous day’s homework that she assigned her students to study and complete. She asks: “Can someone give me the answer for question #1?” She then adds with a smile: “Remember to raise your hands if you have the answer.” The response is mixed. Some of her students almost literally jump out of their seats as their hands shoot skyward. With great enthusiasm they chime in: “I know it, I know it! Pick me, teacher! Pick me!” These students had obviously “done their homework”...
  • Confidence in the US System of Government

    03/17/2011 7:22:02 AM PDT · by haujo01 · 5 replies
    A Hollywood Republican ^ | 3/17/11 | Craig Covello
    n March 15, ABC News, in cooperation with the Washington Post, released the results of a new survey done by Langer Research Associates. One of the questions asked about the level of confidence that US citizens have in our system of government today.
  • People Are Starting To Notice

    03/16/2011 3:33:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 52 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 15, 2011 | John Hinderaker
    Recent poll data suggest that Americans have woken up to the fact that Barack Obama is an empty suit, and the Democrats have nothing to offer in terms of policy solutions. First, President Obama. Today's Rasmussen Reports finds that among likely voters, President Obama has matched his lowest standing ever. He now ranks at -22 on the Approval Index, defined as the difference between those who strongly approve and strongly disapprove of his performance: [Graph] Rasmussen also finds that the voters' preference for Republicans over Democrats is growing, as the current generic Congressional preference survey has Republicans ahead by 46-37....
  • Record 13.2% Of Americans Plan To Buy Car Or Truck Soon

    02/22/2011 11:12:35 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 40 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/22/2011 | Ed Carson
    The share of Americans planning to buy an auto in the next six months rose to 13.2% this month, easily the highest reading since the Conference Board began tracking this measure in 1978. Auto sales for GM(GM), Ford (F) and others have been hot in recent months. Auto loan credit approvals for first-time buyers have risen for the first time since the start of the recession, climbing 4.5% since October, LeaseTrader.com said.
  • Why losers have delusions of grandeur--- The less you know, the more you think you do

    02/19/2011 7:10:05 PM PST · by dennisw · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 23, 2010 | By DANIEL SIMONS and CHRISTOPHER CHABRIS
    Charles Darwin observed “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” That was certainly true in 1995 when a man named McArthur Wheeler boldly robbed two banks in Pittsburgh without using a disguise. Security camera footage of him was broadcast on the evening news the same day as the robberies, and he was arrested an hour later. Mr. Wheeler was surprised when the police explained how they had used the surveillance tapes to catch him. “But I wore the juice,” he mumbled incredulously. He seemed to believe that rubbing his face with lemon juice would blur his image and make...