Why a Falling Birthrate is Terrible News for an Already Hurting Economy
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the November jobs report, America’s falling birthrate in this recession and why it’s terrible news for our economy.
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Do Machinists Union Members Know Dues Are Used To Fund Charity President’s Salary?
While giving to a charity is laudable and the Puget Sound members should be lauded for their voluntary giving to the Guide Dogs of America. Do they actually know their dues are also used to fund the salary of the charity’s president as well?
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Why John Boehner Must Not Fold on Tax Rate Increases
Often things get lost in the daily grind of politics. The fact that the GOP is willing to raise taxes gets lost by the media because the media wants the GOP to raise rates. This Politico story makes very clear John Boehner must not raise rates. Better to go off the cliff than raise rates. In a meeting with leadership staff, [Rob] Nabors reiterated the | Read More »
Unions Get Ugly As Michigan Now Set To Become 24th Right-to-Work State In Nation
By all appearances, however, Obama’s weighing into Michigan’s Right-to-Work brief battle will likely be too little too late as Michigan Republicans seem to have borrowed from Obama’s own take-no-prisoners playbook and passed the bill quickly.
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Breaking: Right-to-Work legislation passes Michigan State House.
The Monroe News has reported that the legislation (part of House Bill 4054) just (4:45 PM) passed 58-52 in the state house, and will now go to the State Senate (I’m being told that the Senate will vote on this legislation within five business days). Governor Rick Snyder (R) has already indicated that he will sign the legislation if it gets to his desk; given | Read More »
VIDEO: Ed Asner – Truth or Truther?
If you’re still one of the few left wondering why California is such a fiscal disaster, it may be in part because they spend their money on videos like this. Tax The Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale is the newest attempt by the left to blame every problem in America on the wealthy. The video is paid for by the California Federation of Teachers, which | Read More »
Two Roads Diverged: Jim DeMint Leaves U.S. Senate for Heritage Foundation Presidency
I got the call before the news went out. Jim DeMint, the standard bearer of the conservative movement in America and conservative king maker, is leaving the United States Senate. He will succeed Ed Feulner as President of the Heritage Foundation. While my initial reaction was one of sadness that we are losing the clearest voice in the Senate for conservatives, the upside on Jim | Read More »
Americans: Don’t Touch My Entitlements!
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss recent polls showing Americans want entitlement reform, but not entitlement reforms that impact them, and skyrocketing insurance premiums under Obamacare and the implementation of state exchanges.
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Boehner’s One-Sided Litmus Test
Yesterday, John Boehner told his conference that he would be watching the voting records of particular members. Those who don’t support his view of Democrat-lite as the party platform will be kicked off their respective committees – just like Huelskamp, Schweikert, and Amash were axed earlier this week. Boehner and other members of leadership are repeating this mantra that the punishment of those members had | Read More »
Filling in for Neal Boortz Today
I’m in for Talkmaster Neal Boortz today. You probably will want to tune in for this show. There’s a lot going on today with the fiscal cliff and other news. The show runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. You can listen live tonight on the WSB live stream and call in at 1-877-310-2100.
The unreasonable Republicans in the House of Representatives are willing to raise taxes by $800 billion. Anti-tax Republicans will raise taxes. I’m not happy about it, but that is what John Boehner and Mitch McConnell seem to be offering. They want to raise that money by limiting deductions instead of raising rates. They do not want to raise rates because that will impact many small | Read More »
Tech at Night: Obama failing to stop a bad ITU process; Free riding to be encouraged on data roaming
Nobody wants the ITU treaty to go anywhere. Not Net Neut backers. Not House Republicans and House Democrats. But the Obama administration is failing to do anything about it. Remember when we were told electing Obama was the key to great international respect? Not so much…
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Democrats poised to raise taxes… on their own voters.
Let me sum up this New Geography article (via Instapundit): Top states with most $250K households: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington DC. Top metro areas with most $250K households: Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Jose, Washington DC. States with highest average housing values / mortgages: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, Washington DC. Metro areas with | Read More »
Wage Trends Favor Workplace Freedom States
Average wages in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky were each leapfrogged by multiple workplace freedom states from 2001 to 2011 based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Comparing Ohio and its 5 neighboring states to the 22 workplace freedom states – whose ranks Indiana joined in February 2012 – Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana were 3 of only 5 states with wage growth below 30 percent over the course of the decade.
In terms of BLS-calculated wages, slow wage growth resulted in an erosion of the relative advantage in Ohio and neighboring forced-unionism states, where workers can be required to pay a union boss as a condition of employment, versus workplace freedom states. Without adjusting for taxes or cost of living, the statewide average wage in Ohio fell from 7th-highest to 9th-highest.
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In Light of the Purge, House Conservatives Must Unite
Well, that was quick. After denying that conservatives were thrown off committee spots for ideological purposes, Boehner now admitted it in front of his conference, according to The Hill: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are “watching” how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting. Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of | Read More »