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  • The Mystery Of America's Missing Wage Growth Has Been Solved

    03/11/2015 9:06:28 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 3/11/2015 | Tyler Durden
    ...the next time anyone asks why there is no broad-based pick up in consumer retail spending across the entire population, just show them the above charts.
  • Moody's Say's cheaper Oil WILL NOT boost global growth...

    02/12/2015 10:25:53 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 25 replies
    Moody's Say's Cheaper Oil WILL NOT Boost Global Growth... What have I been saying all along... Someone should tell the morons at CNBC... Lower oil prices will fail to give a "significant boost" to global growth in the next two years, Moody's has said. The ratings agency said any boost from cheaper oil would be offset by the eurozone's economic woes as well as slowdowns in China, Japan and Russia. As a result, Moody's said it would not be revising its growth forecasts for the G20 countries. "For the G20 economies, we expect GDP growth of just under 3% each...
  • Global downsides: 1 high debt; 2 Lack of growth and deflation; 3 Fragile EM...

    01/28/2015 3:11:59 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 1 replies
    Rajan: "Today, debt is making it difficult for developed countries to resume pre-2008 growth rates" http://t.co/hi4QoAqSA8 — Project Syndicate (@ProSyn) January 18, 2015 Today, debt is making it difficult for developed countries to resume pre-2008 growth rates, let alone restore the levels of GDP that would have been attained if the subsequent Great Recession had not happened. Meanwhile, industrial countries’ overall debt/GDP ratios are continuing to grow. In emerging markets, slow growth in the advanced economies has shut down a traditional development path: export-led growth. As a result, emerging markets have had to rely once again on domestic demand. This...
  • Global economy hopes raised after European stimulus

    01/24/2015 10:50:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    12 News ^ | January 25, 2015 | Pan Pylas
    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - The global economic outlook just got brighter after this week's big stimulus from the European Central Bank, leading policymakers from around the world said Saturday. In a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they said a perkier Europe, coupled with a prolonged period of low oil prices, could help shore up the global economy following a period of underperformance that has prompted many forecasters to reduce their growth forecasts. "Lower oil prices and the big decision by ECB could further improve world economic outlook," said Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan.
  • Republicans in state governments plan juggernaut of conservative legislation

    01/03/2015 4:16:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    Legislators in the 24 states where Republicans now hold total control plan to push a series of aggressive policy initiatives in the coming year aimed at limiting the power of the federal government and rekindling the culture wars. The unprecedented breadth of the Republican majority — the party now controls 31 governorships and 68 of 98 partisan legislative chambers — all but guarantees a new tide of conservative laws. Republicans plan to launch a fresh assault on the Common Core education standards, press abortion regulations, cut personal and corporate income taxes and take up dozens of measures challenging the power...
  • Here Is The Reason For The "Surge" In Q3 GDP (Obamacare)

    12/23/2014 11:51:20 AM PST · by GilGil · 22 replies
    ZeroHege ^ | 12/23/14 | Tyler Durden
    Fast forward to today when as every pundit is happy to report, the final estimate of Q3 GDP indeed rose by 5% (no really, just as we predicted), with a surge in personal consumption being the main driver of US growth in the June-September quarter. As noted before, between the second revision of the Q3 GDP number and its final print, Personal Consumption increased from 2.2% to 3.2% Q/Q, and ended up contributing 2.21% of the final 4.96% GDP amount, up from 1.51%. So what did Americans supposedly spend so much more on compared to the previous revision released one...
  • Texas job growth outpaces rest of U.S. combined

    12/19/2014 2:05:31 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jason Russell
    .....Since the recession began in December 2007, 1.2 million net jobs have been created in Texas. Only 700,000 net jobs have been created in the other 49 states combined......... Only North Dakota has outpaced Texas on percent job growth, thanks to jobs created by the fracking revolution. California, Texas’ biggest economic rival, has created 985,600 fewer net jobs during the same period. California’s 1.5 percent job growth is ten percentage points lower than Texas’ percent job growth.............................
  • US economic growth is all an illusion

    11/06/2014 5:59:26 PM PST · by Paul R. · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | Nov. 6, 2014 | John Crudele
    ... What Harwood and the rest of the folks who rely solely on Washington’s mainstream thinkers and Wall Street boosters for their information don’t realize is this: The economy isn’t really doing what the statistics say it is doing. Our nation’s economic statistics are nipped and tucked, massaged, managed, fabricated and dolled up. In short, our statistics are wrong and Main Street folks know it.
  • Can A Republican Congress Force Obama to Adopt Reaganomics?

    11/01/2014 11:07:01 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 30 replies
    Radix News ^ | November 1, 2014 | Lawrence Kudlow
    Election Day will produce a new Republican Congress, or so the latest polls tell us. If so, the huge losses for the Obama Democrats — both in 2010 and this year — will have come in large measure from the economic failures of a party that has moved radically left over the past 20 years. Hillary Clinton just argued that corporations and businesses don’t create jobs, and that a higher minimum wage and other government actions do. It showcases just how far the Democrats have moved left since her husband, working with a Republican Congress, launched pro-growth supply-side policies like...
  • 24 Crazy Facts About Global Christianity in the 21st Century

    10/16/2014 6:48:59 AM PDT · by millegan · 6 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The global face of Christianity has changed dramatically in the last one hundred years. So much so, that everything that seemed so permanent about “the way the world was” no longer holds. Information courtesy of PewForum, here’s where things stand:
  • Are High Housing Costs Restraining California's Growth?

    09/11/2014 6:57:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/11/2014 | Carson Bruno
    <p>It's no secret. California is expensive. But is it a little more nuanced than that; coastal California is very expensive while inland California is just moderately expensive. Yet, despite being a well-known fact, Sacramento doesn't appear too concerned with California's growing price tag even though there is evidence it could be slowing the Golden State's economic growth.</p>
  • #NCGA: Bill reversing 2013 E-verify water-down intro’ed in House

    09/03/2014 9:23:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | June 4, 2014 | Brant Clifton
    Governor Pat McCrory knocked heads with the General Assembly — and lost — on the issue of waiving the use of E-verify to do residency checks on temporary workers across the state. Now, it appears that a group of Republican House members is seeking to repeal the legislation passed despite the governor’s veto. Reps. Cleveland, Millis and Conrad are sponsoring HB 1184, which seeks to repeal the e-verify exemption for temporary workers and appropriates funds for an extra investigator.
  • U.S. GDP Grew 4.2% In The Second Quarter 2014, Up From Prior Estimate

    08/28/2014 8:30:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/28/2014
    On Thursday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its second estimate of real gross domestic product for the second quarter of 2014 — covering April, May and June of this year. The release showed output in the U.S. increasing at an annual rate of 4.2%. This is relative to the first quarter when real GDP declined a sharp 2.1%. The revision is up marginally from BEA’s 4% advance estimate released last month. The revision, BEA said in a release, was largely due to a larger than previously estimated increase in nonresidential fixed investment. However, the increase in private inventory investment...
  • Death by Delay [The old Reds have become the new Greens]

    07/02/2014 1:11:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 2, 2014 | Viv Forbes
    There was a time, before the baby-boom generation took over, when we took pride in the achievements of our builders, producers, and innovators. There was always great celebration when settler families got a phone, a tractor, a bitumen road, or electric power. An oil strike or a gold discovery made headlines, and people welcomed new businesses, new railways, and new inventions. Science and engineering were revered, and the wealth delivered by these human achievements enabled the builders and their children to live more rewarding lives, with more leisure, more time for culture and crusades, and greater interest in taking better...
  • Club for Growth Backs New Hampshire House Candidate

    06/29/2014 6:31:52 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 50 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Abby Livingston
    The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed state Rep. Marilinda Garcia in the GOP primary in New Hampshire’s 2nd District. Garcia faces former state Sen. Gary Lambert on Sept. 9, and the winner will challenge Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster in November.
  • Why One Walmart in North Dakota Is Paying $17.40 an Hour [Hint: It ISN'T Obama]

    06/11/2014 6:05:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/11/14
    A Walmart store in Williston, N.D., is offering to pay entry-level workers as much as $17.40 per hour—nearly 2½ times the federal minimum wage—in an effort to compete in one of America’s most dynamic labor markets.
  • 5th District hopeful Tom Horne challenges Cathy McMorris-Rodgers

    05/23/2014 4:49:14 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    A retired engineer and volunteer firefighter who joined the race against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Friday said he’s unimpressed with the five-term incumbent and others in House Republican leadership on issues ranging from immigration to health care. Tom Horne, 65, of Nine Mile Falls, said he wants to replace the Affordable Care Act with a better system but questions House Republicans’ multiple votes to repeal it, only to have the bills die in the Senate.
  • And Now, It's The Warm Weather's Fault

    05/10/2014 6:21:27 AM PDT · by SteelToe · 5 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | May 9th, 2014
    By now everyone knows that a $17 trillion economy has no greater nemesis than snow... in the winter... which in the first quarter of 2014 managed to lob off some $50 billion in growth from the world's largest economy, and instead of allowing the US to expand at its priced to ultraperfection 3.0% rate, resulted in a screeching halt in growth. But did you know that the one thing that the economy of the centrally-planned world can't stand more than cold is... heat. That is what Italians found out today when they read daily publication Ansa which "explained" that March...
  • Q1 GDP Cut To -0.6% At Goldman, -0.8% At JPMorgan

    05/06/2014 4:15:47 PM PDT · by GilGil · 7 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 05/06/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Also, keep in mind that as we explained before, Q1 GDP was boosted around 1% by the forced spending "benefit" of Obamacare: a GDP contribution that will no longer be there. Which means that either normalized Q1 GDP is approaching -2%, or Q2 GDP is about to be whacked by the same amount. Pick your poison. One thing is certain - anyone hoping that 2014 is the year in which the US economy finally achieved "escape velocity" will have to drink the humiliation under the table as they repeat the mantra of apologists everywhere: "snow.... snow.... snow...."
  • Humans Grew More Than 4 Inches In The Last 100 Years

    05/02/2014 3:41:15 PM PDT · by blam · 68 replies
    BI - The Conversation UK ^ | 5-2-2014 | Tim Hatton, University of Essex, The Conversation
    Humans Grew More Than 4 Inches In The Last 100 Years The Conversation Tim Hatton, University of Essex, The Conversation May 2, 2014, 5:02 PM It is a commonplace for children to be taller than their parents, but four generations ago this wasn’t the case. A recent study of soldiers around the age of 20 who enlisted in the army during World War I revealed an average height of five feet six inches (168cm). Today the average for young men is five feet ten inches (178cm). A gain of four inches seems a lot. But it is not unique to...
  • New Research Indicates Islam Growing Faster Than Christianity

    05/02/2014 5:40:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | May 01, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    New research claims that the global numbers of Christians has remained stagnant, while Islam has skyrocketed as a worldwide religion reports Christianity Today. Dick Slikker of Christian mission consultancy group Project Care, assembled a report comparing numbers of Christians and Muslims from 1900 to 2010. According to Slikker’s report, Christianity has remained about the same, but Islam has almost doubled in members. The statistics of the report are as follows: •Christians made up 34.5 percent of the world’s population in 1900, but fell to 32.9 percent in 2010. •Muslims made up 12.3 percent of the world’s population in 1900, but...
  • Obama´s Economic Growth Gap Hits $1.5 Trillion

    05/01/2014 6:26:26 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/30/2014 | IBD Staff
    Slowdown: So much for those forecasts that 2014 would be a solid growth year. The meager 0.1% gain in the first quarter extends President Obama's miserable track record and puts his "recovery" $1.5 trillion below average. You'd think economists would have learned by now to stop making glowing forecasts about Obama's economy. Just months ago, they were "pretty upbeat," claiming "growth was accelerating," the economy was "ready to bust out" and 2014 could well be "the best year for the U.S. economy since the recession." Haven't these economists noticed that the only thing Obama's economic policies have produced with any...
  • Meet the 99.999999 Percent: They’re worried about jobs and growth, not inequality.

    02/10/2014 8:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Forget about the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. It’s really more like the 0.000001 percent versus everybody else. A tiny group — mostly comprising the Obama White House, a bunch of Washington Democrats, progressive economists, and the media elite — continues to fixate on income inequality as America’s greatest challenge. Most everybody else, the 99.999999 percent, sees things differently. Surveys continue to show Americans most worried about jobs and economic growth, not the income gap between the top and bottom. It’s a rational view given new employment data from the government. The January jobs report showed only 113,000 net...
  • U.S. Economy Grows 3.2% in 4Q

    01/30/2014 6:02:24 AM PST · by mykroar · 62 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 1/30/14 | Reuters
    Robust household spending and rising exports kept the U.S. economy on solid ground in the fourth quarter, but stagnant wages could chip away some of the momentum in early 2014. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, in line with expectations. While that was a slowdown from the third-quarter's brisk 4.1 percent pace, it was a far stronger performance than earlier anticipated and was welcome news in light of a 0.3 percentage point drag from October's partial government shutdown and a much smaller contribution to growth from a restocking by businesses....
  • Oklahoma Tax Cuts Back on Track

    01/27/2014 12:59:16 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-27-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Oklahoma is back on track to reduce its personal income tax and make sure it remains economically competitive. Last year, Oklahoma legislators voted to reduce the state’s personal income tax from 5.25 percent to 5 percent starting January 1, 2015. There was also a provision to lower the income tax further to 4.85 percent in 2016 if certain revenue targets are met. Governor Fallin signed the measure into law and Oklahoma became one of eighteen states to cut taxes during the 2013 legislative session. Unfortunately, the tax cut package was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The package...
  • Why Economic Growth Is Exponentially More Important Than Income Inequality

    01/15/2014 9:51:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/15/2014 | Peter Ferrara
    In 1900, we had no airplanes, no computers, no cellphones, no internet. We had only rudimentary versions of cars, trucks, telephones, even cameras.But in the last century, 1900 to 2000, as Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon report in their underappreciated work, It’s Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years, real per capita GDP in the U.S. grew by nearly 7 times, meaning the American standard of living grew by that much as well. The authors explain,“It is hard for us to imagine, for example, that in 1900 less than one in five homes...
  • Why Does Economy Grow More Under Democratic Presidents?

    12/03/2013 4:54:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/03/2013 | By DAVID WESSEL
    The U.S. economy has performed better since World War II when the president is a Democrat rather than a Republican, two prominent Princeton University economists conclude. The reasons, they say, involve more luck than successful policies. Over the past 64 years and 16 presidential terms, the U.S. grew at an average rate of 4.35% when a Democrat was in the White House and at a 2.54% when a Republican was, a gap the economists call “astoundingly large.” The research was done by Alan Blinder, a macroeconomist who served in the Clinton White House and has advised several Democratic candidates, and...
  • Chicago Fed's Evans: $1.5 Trillion MORE QE By January 2015 (Stalled Economic Growth)

    11/19/2013 7:30:42 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/19/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Chicago Fed’s President Charles Evans sent this Tweet today: #CharlesLEvans our purchases will continue to be open ended. We may need to purchase 1.5 trillion in assets until January 2015. Well, that’s not good. Although he is only one person, this seems to be the mindset of soon-to-be-Fed Chair Janet “Bubbles” Yellen. This is a statement about how markets are addicted to the sugar high of easy money and declining expectations of inflation (at least how the Federal government measures it). In other words, lethargic growth is in our economic future. Here is a chart on nominal GDP growth...
  • Economic Growth Is the Best Way to Help the Poor, not Redistribution by Coerced Income Equality

    11/15/2013 8:01:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/15/2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Switzerland’s left-wing party has instigated a referendum for November 24 that asks voters to limit pay ranges so that a company wouldn’t be able to pay top employees more than 12 times what they’re paying their lowest-level employees. I talked with Neil Cavuto about this proposal and made several (hopefully) cogent points. Since Swiss voters already have demonstrated considerable wisdom (rejecting a class-warfare tax proposal in 2010 and imposing a cap on government spending in 2001), I predicted they will reject the plan. And I pointed out that Switzerland’s comparatively successful system is a result of not letting government have...
  • Here's What Obama's Economic Growth Looks Like, in Three Charts

    11/14/2013 8:12:15 AM PST · by pabianice · 5 replies
    Here's What Economic Growth Looks Like, in 3 Charts: There's no doubt that the government shutdown caused unnecessary damage to the economy in October. But there's still a good story to tell: The economy is growing steadily. Here's what that looks like. 7.8 million private sector jobs have been added to the economy in just 44 months (see chart 1)! http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/longform_economy_111213_816_0.jpg Real economic growth averaging 2.3%! (see chart 2) http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/longform_economy_111213_816_0.jpg The 2013 deficit is just half of what Obama inherited from Bush! (see chart 3) http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/longform_economy_111213_816_0.jpg http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/economic-growth-in-three-charts?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email259-graphic&utm_campaign=econ
  • 'Dying' Russia Is On Pace To Record Natural Population Growth in 2013

    11/06/2013 5:47:34 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 5, 2013 | Mark Adomanis
    Rosstat recently released their latest batch of demographic statistics. Nothing particularly bizarre or unexpected happened, but the data show that births have held steady at their 2012 level while deaths have modestly decreased. This means that, if the trends from the January-September period are maintained for the entirety of 2013, Russia will record natural population growth of roughly 13,000, its first natural population growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now in one sense natural growth of 13,000 out of a total population of 143,000,000 sounds puny and unimpressive. However, as I never tire of reminding people, it wasn’t...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right About Growth, While Ben Stein Is Hopelessly Wrong

    11/06/2013 4:13:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 6, 2013 | Louis Woodhill
    In his remarks to the Robert L. Bartley Gala Dinner on October 23, Senator Ted Cruz disparaged the notion of a “grand bargain,” which would raise taxes and (supposedly) cut spending. Cruz went on to say: “ “I’m going to tell you my view, which is I think that we ought to be relentlessly, tirelessly, exclusively focused on growth, because every other priority we have depends on growth.”(continued)
  • Fed maintains strong stimulus as U.S. growth stumbles

    10/30/2013 11:37:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/30/13 | Pedro da Costa and Alister Bull - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve extended its support for a slowing U.S. economy on Wednesday, sounding a bit less optimistic about growth and saying it will keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month for the time being. In announcing the widely expected decision, Fed officials nodded to weaker economic prospects due in part to a fiscal fight in Washington that shuttered much of the government for 16 days earlier this month. The Fed indicated the recovery in housing had lost some steam, while noting some reversal in a recent spike in borrowing costs. "Available data suggest that household...
  • Pace of Economic Growth Quickens in Wisconsin

    09/13/2013 10:37:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Lasee Notes ^ | 9-12-13 | Senator Frank Lasee
    Only two other states had better economic growth than Wisconsin in July, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Each month the bank takes into account key economic indicators as well as unemployment and the average number of hours worked before making a judgment on economic growth. For the second month in a row, the numbers were so good they were way above the national average. Despite what liberals want you to think, Wisconsin's economy is getting better and the numbers prove it. More people are investing money in their businesses and more Wisconsinites are getting back to work....
  • A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

    09/04/2013 12:17:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/04/2013 | Joel Kotkin
    The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and problems. These nations compete with one another–the Great Lakes loses factories to the Southeast, and talent flees the brutal winters and high taxes of the city-state New York for gentler climes–but, more important, they develop synergies, albeit unintentionally. Wealth generated in the humid South or icy northern plains benefits the rest of the country; energy flows...
  • Don't Buy Into The Myth About Universal College Education And Economic Growth

    09/04/2013 4:32:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/03/2013 | Brian Domitrovic
    College began across the country last week. Opportunists associated with the higher-education establishment took the occasion to engage in special pleading. First was the leader of the organization most on the hook for higher ed, the federal government. Last year, the feds dished out $112 billion on student loans, an amount nicely equal to the combined endowments of all eight of the Ivy League universities plus Stanford. Grants to universities for research and other federal higher-ed handouts amounted to another $50 billion. The total is hard to measure, in that all sorts of federal agencies exist to funnel money to...
  • Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population

    08/12/2013 1:35:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 08/13/2013
    A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion. Christians are also geographically widespread – so far-flung, in fact, that no single continent or region can indisputably claim to be the center of global Christianity. A century ago, this was not the case. In 1910, about two-thirds of the world’s Christians lived in Europe, where the bulk of Christians had been for a millennium, according to historical estimates by the Center for the Study...
  • The Upside of Trauma

    07/04/2013 8:25:35 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 2 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | June 27, 2013 | Mark Obbie
    Worries about post-traumatic stress have become a stock part of the media narrative surrounding tragedies like Boston and Newtown. And resilience is supposedly the best we can hope for in the face of adversity. But what if there’s a third option? The story of one mass shooting, and the surprising tug of post-traumatic growth.
  • Let's Talk About Sex: Why More Babies Means More Economic Growth

    06/14/2013 9:19:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/14/2013 | Jerry Boyle
    Maybe the problem is that the topic has something to do with sex. Fertility is always about sex, although sex is not always about fertility. Maybe that’s what makes everyone so tense when demographics is raised as a possible factor in the economic woes of the nation. Or maybe it’s not sex at all: perhaps there’s something else which keeps economists and financial analysts (except for a small number of specialists) from talking about population issues when they look at economic growth and investment risk levels. After all, we don’t seem reticent about sexually-related topics the rest of the...

    05/28/2013 2:46:21 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies
    Calwatchdog.com ^ | May 28, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Californians are fleeing the center of their big cities while suburbs are suffering from slow growth. If it were not for international in-migration, California’s older big cities would be suffering from population decline the same as Detroit. Texas has become the “New California” by figuring out the formula to sustain the population of its older city centers while its suburbs are booming at the same time.
  • MAP: Which EU Economies Are Growing?

    05/17/2013 12:14:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/17/2013 | Tyler Durden
    As Europe ends another week comfortably in the green (near all-time highs) - the short answer - not many...as the region's longest recession in history rolls on...
  • Yes, Obamacare is a roadblock to economic growth

    04/29/2013 11:17:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 04/29/2013 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    The US economy and baseball player Josh Hamilton have something in common: they are both in a big slump! The first quarter GDP numbers are in and it is not good: "The bad news is that this recovery is still half the pace of the normal expansion. The Joint Economic Committee reports that if the economy had grown at the typical pace coming out of recession, at this stage GDP would be closer to $17.4 trillion. This $1.4 trillion growth deficit is roughly the size of the combined annual production of Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2011." (WSJ) Translation: We...
  • GDP Disappoints (2.5%A Vs 3.0A Expected), Treasury Yields Fall, Debt to GDP = 105%

    04/26/2013 9:33:04 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/26/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Q1 Real GDP was released by the BEA this morning. It was a mixture of disappointment and good news (for retailers). Real GDP grew by 2.5% (annualized), but analysts were expecting 3.0%. So, this was a swing and a miss. According to the BEA, “The acceleration in real GDP in the first quarter primarily reflected an upturn in private inventory investment, an acceleration in PCE, an upturn in exports, and a smaller decrease in federal government spending that were partly offset by an upturn in imports and a deceleration in nonresidential fixed investment.” Personal consumption expenditures rose 3.2% in Q1,...
  • Don't Break Out the Champagne Just Yet (On the latest 2.5% GDP Growth Report)

    04/26/2013 7:34:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    RCM ^ | 04/26/2013 | By Peter Morici
    The Commerce Department reported GDP grew at a 2.5 percent pace in the first quarter but don't break out the champagne. Several one-time factors contributed to this seemingly robust performance. The economy is already slowing and new crises threaten. Most of first quarter growth likely was concentrated in January and February and the economy slowed, and actually may have contracted, in March. In the fourth quarter, inventory investments and defense purchases were uncharacteristically weak-the former rebounded and the latter declined much less in the New Year. Also, extraordinary year-end corporate bonuses and dividend payments, intended to soften the blow of...
  • U.S. Economy Expands at Weakest Pace Since 2011

    02/28/2013 6:12:55 AM PST · by mykroar · 4 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 2/28/2013 | Reuters
    The U.S. economy barely grew in the fourth quarter although a slightly better performance in exports and fewer imports led the government to scratch an earlier estimate that showed an economic contraction. Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.1 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, missing the 0.5 percent gain forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. The growth rate was the slowest since the first quarter of 2011 and far from what is needed to fuel a faster drop in the unemployment rate. However, much of the weakness came from a slowdown in inventory accumulation and...
  • When Will Monetary Policy Jump-start Bank Lending and Economic Growth?

    02/15/2013 4:05:33 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Like many Americans, I keep wondering when the US economy will received a kick-start and get back on its feet. The Federal Reserve has certainly been quite active since 2008 in attempting to revive the economy, but has it worked? Here is a chart of The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Indicators (blue) and the 10 year Treasury rate (green). While the LEI have been increasing with declines in the 10 year Treasury rate, it is a pale recovery compared with the 2001-2007 (Q3) under President Bush. Part of the problem with the inability to recover as quickly which we did...
  • America’s Creeping New Normalcy: Sluggish growth and high unemployment are now just accepted

    02/05/2013 6:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    The Japanese have said “Enough.” After a generation of stagnation, they’ve chosen an all-of-the-above policy to boost economic growth. The nation’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is promising a “three arrows” strategy: bold monetary easing, increased public-works spending, and structural changes, such as regulatory reform. He’s throwing the ramen against the shoji and hoping something will stick. Some of those ideas are good ones, some probably aren’t. But it’s clear that Tokyo’s priority is growth, growth, growth. Time to get Nippon moving again. Nations probably never choose decline, at least not consciously. More likely they become victims of a creeping...
  • Obama Warns Republicans That 2013 COULD Be A Year of Solid Economic Growth

    02/02/2013 9:29:12 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama warned today that 2013 “can be a year of solid economic growth” but warned “self-inflicted wounds in Washington” would hurt progress. Translation: Republicans should surrender and allow more government spending, more “stimulus,” more debt, HIGHER taxes, etc. I don’t think that Republicans will fall for this ploy since it hasn't worked so far. Perhaps it would be easier for President Obama to deal with Grumpy Cat.
  • WHAT Growth? Naive Voters Re-Elected Obama While He/the Labor Dept/MSM Hid a Crashing Economy..

    01/30/2013 6:39:43 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 30 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    US economy actually SHRUNK in the 4th Quarter... Remember back in the closing weeks of the 2012 campaign... when Jack Welch questioned Labor Dept jobs stats that seemed to be cooked to prop-up Dear Leader on the eve of the election? If you'll recall, he stated (and was pilloried by the Left for it) that 'The economy would have to be growing at a breakneck speed' to make such numbers possible... and just as Welch had suspected- it ain't. But it's even worse than any of us thought: now you know what politicized federal agencies, the MSM, and the Obama campaign...
  • Texas A Model State For Dynamic Job And Economic Growth

    01/17/2013 8:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/17/2013 | WENDELL COX
    The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also — pace critics such as the New York Times' Paul Krugman — created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth. Texan job creation has far outpaced the...