Archive for September, 2010

Did You Know That 35% Of Stimulus Remains Unspent?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economic recovery, Economy, Money

To those who claim that the stimulus has failed, well, many serious economists and the the CBO say that without it we’d be in much worse shape. And even those who opposed it are wishy washy about it effects…which basically means it helped. Regardless, a large chunk is still waiting to get into the economy […]

September 9th, 2010 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

How Damaging Was The SCOTUS Campaign Finance Decision?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Money

Well, as was mentioned when it happened, now unlimited, anonymous money can flow into the election cycle via what are now being dubbed “Super PACs”, and these entities can run advertising and say pretty much whatever they want. From Bloomberg: These political action committees can take unlimited company, union and individual donations and explicitly urge […]

September 9th, 2010 | Permalink| No Comments »

Shorter Castro: Communism Doesn’t Work

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Cuba, Media

First he told Jeffrey Goldberg that he was wrong when he told Russia to bomb us during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Now he’s saying that the entire Cuban model is flawed? From The Atlantic… But during the generally lighthearted conversation (we had just spent three hours talking about Iran and the Middle East), I asked […]

September 8th, 2010 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Low Capacity Utilization + High Unemployment = WTF???

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Economy, Obama

Modeled Behavior points out something I’ve talked about recently. That companies are holding trillions of dollars in profits close to their chest and losing trillions more in opportunities because they’re scared and won’t put people back to work…even those there’s plenty of work to be done because the demand is there. First, the capacity utilization… […]

September 8th, 2010 | Permalink| 19 Comments »

Gallup: Dems & Repubs Tied in Generic Ballot

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Polls, Republicans

What a difference a week makes, at least according to Gallup. The key graph… However, the enthusiasm gap remains the same. Repubs are excited and Dems not at all. You’d think that Independents would be less enthused, but Dems are downright depressed at this point and in midterms it’s all about GOTV. If the preference […]

September 8th, 2010 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Who’s on the Sunday Talk Shows?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in News

Courtesy of Mike Allen’s Daily Digest: –“Meet the Press”: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe; roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Cook Political Report’s Charlie Cook, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and National Review’s Rich Lowry –“This Week”: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, New York Times […]

September 4th, 2010 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Private Sector Job Growth In 2008, 2009, 2010

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Deficit, Democrats, Economic recovery, Economy, Jobs, Money, Republicans, Texas

Here ya go… Pretty straightforward. Dems aren’t going to win any economic ingenuity awards, but we’re out of the recession, private sector job growth is still holding on and we’ve got the shopping season coming up, which should drive even more. But what if the Republicans had their way? Well, let’s refer back to the […]

September 3rd, 2010 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

Boxer vs. Fiorina

By mw | Related entries in California, Senate

t. Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer met for their first (and potentially only) debate of the election season. It is one of the “dirty dozen” bubble contests that will determine whether the GOP retakes the majority in the Senate.

September 3rd, 2010 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Exploded Oil Rig Paid Over $700K In Fines In 2010 Alone

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Disasters, Energy, Oil, Video

The Vermilion 380 blew up today, but it looks like we may have dodged an oily bullet. Still, could it have been prevented? Well, as the title suggest, it’s very likely. Because fines are usually in the thousands to tens of thousands. So, to be fined the better part of a million dollars is patently […]

September 2nd, 2010 | Permalink| No Comments »

Jan Brewer’s Very Bad Debate Day

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Video

The Arizona Governor is taking some heat for her strange performance in last night’s debate against the state’s Attorney General Terry Goddard. First, there’s this painful opening… Errrr…. Listen, being on air is tough and nerves can get to you, but did she really not prepare? Did she not have notes? Then, yeah, she’s called […]

September 2nd, 2010 | Permalink| 9 Comments »