Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘increase’

Good News…A Rise In Unemployment!

carlinSometime I wonder why I try.  I understand that newspapers rely on wire services to fill their pages, but I really don’t understand how Pittsburgh’s “conservative” paper can include drivel from the Associated Press on their pages.  The headline (with link);

Employers add 156K jobs

So really this is an anemic amount of job growth which they can only muster a description of “decent” adjective by the writer.  The real story is that the unemployment rate rose “slightly”.  Here is the mother of all kickers and I’ll quote straight from the article here;

Middle Class Riches

If you have read much of my posts over the years you might logically conclude that I am not fond of the policies of our current President. But I have to admit that recently I have seen some light at the end of my own personal fiscal tunnel. I noticed in my pay stub that I have somehow become rich!

Less Power To The People

It seems like just yesterday that I wrote about how Obama’s Administration and Czars are prodding us back to living like the early days of our nation.  Actually that is not true they are prodding us to become like some small European nation even though our country is more vast and our populations are more spread out.  Our slow decline into European living took another step today as American Electric Power (“AEP”) announced that in order to comply with EPA emissions standards they will be shutting down five power stations and spending up to $8 billion to upgrade some remaining plants.

Parse-imony – Sin Tax

In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…

First the headline: 

Racing, alcohol tax on tap for General Assembly’s final day

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers will debate today an increase in the sales tax on alcoholic beverages and how to subsidize troubled horse racing tracks as the General Assembly pushes toward midnight adjournment. [It is extremely interesting that the Maryland elected officials are looking to tax citizen who prefer to imbibe while at the same time give money to (although “subsidize” sounds much better) folks who run another “sin tax” operation leaving little doubt who has better lobbyists.]

Barry’s Choice

We were blessed on Valentine’s Day with the release of the Obama Administration’s 2012 budget proposal.  The cover of the document perhaps should have been red, but give him credit Obama is coming out swinging in defense of his vision for our economic future (sound of toilet flushing in the distance).  It is an interesting tactic to produce this and immediately have his lackeys and media dogs go on the attack because the Republicans have not given their proposal for the 2012 budget.  Perhaps that is because they are working to cut from the current budget before taking on the next one.  The 2011 bloated Democrat budget is not a done deal.

One Thousand Dollar Hammers

Around television ratings weeks investigative reporters pull out their eye-raising stories that are typically about government waste and abuse.  They often use “gotcha” tactics to surprise government workers who are not really working.  A favorite is the story about some item that you or I could buy at the local Home Depot for under ten dollars, but our government has paid hundreds or even thousands for.  I, like many have asked why the government pays so much for stuff  and even more for any work that it wants performed.