February 16, 2013 • 12:50 pm
In a sad game of hide and seek, hide economic reason and seek Latino votes, Marc Rubio is being paraded out of the Republican political stables to get the attention of Latino voters … It’s not working…
“In case you’re wondering, a zombie idea is a proposition that has been thoroughly refuted by analysis and evidence, and should be dead — but won’t stay dead because it serves a political purpose, appeals to prejudices, or both.”
via Rubio and the Zombies – NYTimes.com.
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February 8, 2013 • 6:12 am
India’s troubles continue beyond its economic slump into its social fabric. The immense country is home to a huge portion of the world children and it’s laws do not seem up to the task of nurturing and protecting them. India is a society of hierarchy and class leaving many poor children at the mercy of those with privilege and power…
“Sexual abuse of children is “disturbingly common” in India, and the government’s response to it has fallen short, both in protecting children and in treating victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released…”
via Report Faults India Government Over Child Sex Abuse – NYTimes.com.
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November 3, 2012 • 5:13 pm
The elegant, if left leaning, New Yorker magazine brings us an interesting article surveying the Obama administration’s per and post election leadership and an interesting review of the pending election … Must read fr those wanting to stay entertained and informed in these trying times on the East Cost …
“Bush left behind an America in dire condition and with a degraded reputation. On Inauguration Day, the United States was in a downward financial spiral brought on by predatory lending, legally sanctioned greed and pyramid schemes, an economic policy geared to the priorities and the comforts of what soon came to be called “the one per cent,” and deregulation that began before the Bush Presidency. In 2008 alone, more than two and a half million jobs were lost—up to three-quarters of a million jobs a month. The gross domestic product was shrinking at a rate of nine per cent. Housing prices collapsed. Credit markets collapsed. The stock market collapsed—and, with it, the retirement prospects of millions. Foreclosures and evictions were ubiquitous; whole neighborhoods and towns emptied. The automobile industry appeared to be headed for bankruptcy. Banks as large as Lehman Brothers were dead, and other banks were foundering. It was a crisis of historic dimensions and global ramifications. However skillful the management in Washington, the slump was bound to last longer than any since the Great Depression.”
via The New Yorker’s Endorsement of Barack Obama : The New Yorker.
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October 17, 2012 • 4:13 pm
President Barack Obama put his re-election bid back on firm footing on Tuesday night with a strong debate performance that is likely to thrill his Democratic supporters and earn him a second look from the few voters who …
More via Analysis: Obama regains his footing in feisty second debate | Reuters.
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October 16, 2012 • 4:31 am
IF MITT ROMNEY’S latest foreign-policy speech, delivered to the Virginia Military Institute on October 8th amid much build-up from campaign aides, was a barnburner, it would …
More via Mitt Romney’s foreign policy: Wishful thinking | The Economist.
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October 13, 2012 • 4:24 am
Some lawmakers, pundits, and others continue to say that President George W. Bush’s policies did not drive the projected federal deficits of the coming decade — that, instead, it was the policies of President Obama and Congress in 2009 and 2010. But, the fact remains: the economic downturn, President Bush’s tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain most of the deficit over the next ten years — according to this update of our analysis, which is based on the Congressional Budget Office’s most recent ten-year budget projections (from August) and congressional action since we released the previous version of this analysis in May 2011. (For a fuller discussion, see the technical note that begins on p. 6.)
The deficit for fiscal year 2009 — which began more than three months before President Obama’s inauguration — was $1.4 trillion and, at 10 percent of Gross …
More via Downturn and Legacy of Bush Policies Drive Large Current Deficits — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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October 6, 2012 • 4:15 am
FOR investors around the world, the recovery seems assured. The MSCI global share index has risen almost 10% since July. The credit for this largely goes to central bankers. In July Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), said he would do whatever it takes to hold the euro together. In early September the ECB pledged to be a lender of last resort to …
More via The world economy: Investors, beware | The Economist.
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