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Things I Worry About – Economic Disaster Version

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The debt ceiling crisis – it’s getting worse: Time to get scared about debt limit armageddon By Jonathan Bernstein: House Republicans seem to really buy what Michele Bachmann and others are selling: that there is no real debt limit deadline, and that default isn’t a big deal anyway. Several weeks ago, former Obama Administration OMB […] [Read More]
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Low-income families’ diets often fall short in nutrition

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More than seven in 10 low-income families in a new study struggled to reach adequate levels of nutrition in their diet, researchers said. When asked to recall food choices from the previous day, only 28 percent of participating parents and caregivers reported meals with adequate amounts of nutrients like vitamins A and C, protein, calcium […] [Read More]
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Malloy Has Other Options

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As of now, the Governor’s entire plan is to tell his department heads to save $700 million. The legislature is supposed to OK that plan. He says he has to act now (he doesn’t) and that it’s his only alternative (it isn’t). Jon Pelto asks why lay-off so many – renegotiate with the unions or […] [Read More]
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Michele Bachmann’s false and misleading claims

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From FactCheck.org: Rep. Michele Bachmann officially joined the presidential campaign trail, but made a flurry of false and misleading claims along the way. The Minnesota Republican appeared on two Sunday talk shows the day before giving her formal announcement speech in Waterloo, Iowa. On the shows, she made false statements about income from her family […] [Read More]
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Michele Bachmann: Eliminate Minumum Wage, Many Other Rules and Regulations

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Michele wants to do away with anything that inhibits economic activity of any sort – explicitly minimum wage, but also implicitly, healths and safety regulations, environmental regulations, nuclear safety, – the mind boggles at what she wants to eliminate: From Good Morning America: Stephanopoulos: Well let me move on to another one of your statements […] [Read More]
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You Have To Laugh To Stop From Crying

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The rejection by state employee union members is the latest step in the tragedy/farce of Malloy budget calculations and negotiations. Colin McEnroe finds humor in this very sad development: This is good news for Malloy because now he’s probably going to lay off many thousands of state employees. People want to see him get tough […] [Read More]
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Jon’s Health Tips – Latest Health Research

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Lots of interesting stuff the last 3 weeks, mostly on diet: I. I’ve got to cut down even more on carbs – almost all are whole grain now – maybe that’s different? And eat even fewer potatoes (I LOVE hash browns) and corn (I LOVE sweet corn) A, Cut Down On ‘Carbs’ to Reduce Body […] [Read More]
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Republicans want to destroy our economy

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We are headed to disaster (debt default – or massive spending decreases in the face of continuing recession and horrible unemployment) as a result of Republicans refusal to consider any tax increases out of fear of the tea party, putting their own political survival over the interests of the country. Aren’t there any responsible Republicans […] [Read More]
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High technology, not low taxes, may drive states’ economic growth

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High-tech training may trump tax breaks for creating more jobs and improving a state’s economy, according to a team of economists. “We found that lower state taxes were not statistically associated with a state’s economic performance,” said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural economics and regional economics, Penn State. “The tax climate was not linked to […] [Read More]
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President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change

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Former Vice President Al Gore is going where few environmentalists – and fellow Democrats – have gone before: criticizing President Barack Obama’s record on global warming. In a 7,000-word essay for Rolling Stone magazine that will be published tomorrow, Gore says Obama has failed to stand up for “bold action” on global warming and has […] [Read More]
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