Musings on the week ending 1/21/2012


By: David Coughlin
Media – “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you read the newspaper you are misinformed.” Mark Twain.
Politics – The class warfare argument is false since it depends on fixed classes, while the U.S. is known for class mobility (up AND down) based on hard work and entrepreneurship.
Politics – Congress ended its least-productive year in modern history accomplishing less than any other year in history passing 80 bills, with Senate’s record weakest by a huge margin.
Politics – The bigger goal of the 2012 election is to rescue the Senate from Democrat leadership, since Harry Reid has led them to its least productive session in history.
Politics – Contrary to Republican conventional wisdom, America needs a conservative ideologue, not a moderate, to lead the country back from the brink of economic collapse.
Politics – The best Republican Presidential candidates are Newt Gingrich, followed by Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney still requires me to hold my nose to vote for him.
Media – Republicans have two opponents in the 2012 election: Democrats and the Mainstream Media, each requiring its own political strategies to defeat these two opponents.
Politics – Voter Question:How did that vote for Obama work out for you? Are you better off today than when Barack Obama took office? Is he making the economy better or worse?
January 2009
December 2011
Change
Federal Spending
$2.98T
$3.62T
+$.64T
National Debt
$10.66T
$15.14T
+$4.48T
Food Stamp Participation (000)
32,200
47,500
+15,300
Employed (000)
142,201
140,790
-1,411
Unemployed (000)
11,984
13,097
+1,113
Unemployment Rate (U3)
7.8%
8.5%
+0.7%
Underemployment Rate (U6)
14.1%
15.2%
+1.1%
Average Weeks Unemployed 
19.9
40.8
+20.9
Inflation Rate
.03%
3.39%
+3.36%
Misery Index
7.8
11.9
+4.1
About The Author David Coughlin:
David Coughlin is a political pundit, editor of the policy action planning web site “Return to Common Sense,” and an active member of the White Plains Tea Party. He retired from IBM after a short career in the U.S. Army. He currently resides with his wife of 40 years in Hawthorne, NY. He was educated at West Point (Bachelor of Science, 1971) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Masters, Administrative Science, 1976).
Website:http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/

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