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If the White House has some kind of organized training curriculum for new Cabinet members, Sally Jewell seems to have completed it with at least a passing grade.   Why?  She’s raising the familiar Obama Administration banner — “Ready To Help Americans Where A Do-Nothing-GOP-Controlled-Congress Refuses” — with vigor from her Interior Department perch. Preview […]

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Declaring Peace on the Welfare State

 

Are we better off today than we were six years ago? Apparently not. The US Census Bureau finds the pretax income of the median US family nearly 10% lower today — four years into a supposed economic recovery — than at the Great Recession’s start.

Except that alarming statistic on “market income” is deceptive. The federal government’s income definition misses a lot of stuff such as food stamps, subsidized school lunches, Medicare, Medicaid, and Earned Income Tax Credit benefits. Add in all that, factor for taxes, and you’ll find, as e21 economist Scott Winship has, middle-income buying power is essentially back at its 2007 peak — which was an all-time high. “In short, while the middle class—and especially the poor—saw declines in market income after 2007, the safety net appears to have performed just as we would hope, mitigating the losses experienced by households,” Winship concludes.

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I just saw this ad on Ricochet’s front page: I guess no one told that ad’s creator that Obama mania is over.  Still, it’s fascinating that sleazy financial companies are using Obama’s good name to sell their products, isn’t it?  At the very least, it means they don’t fear his retaliation, which says all sorts […]

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Among  the GOP,  giddy with schadenfreude, the question of the moment seems to be, “Now that it looks like ObamaCare is going to be the mother of all train wrecks, what should we be doing?”  People I usually agree with and always admire are suggesting that, with the public so aggravated with Obama and the […]

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“You know, I actually believe my own bull[expletive].”                                                                                     Barack Obama, President of the United States Preview Open

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I was as disgusted as anyone when the Supreme Court pronounced the ACA constitutional, but, after listening to Hugh Hewitt’s radio show last night, I now wonder if that wasn’t a good decision after all. On the show someone noted that, had the Supreme Court struck down Obamacare, the left and the media would be outraged at […]

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Blessings to all of you on this feast day of the Saints! Today the Church celebrates all the saints: canonized or beatified, and the multitude of those who are in heaven enjoying the beatific vision that are only known to God. During the early centuries the Saints venerated by the Church were all martyrs. Later […]

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Today’s shareholder meeting at Oracle had a larger than usual number proposals for left-wing issues.  All were defeated.  The comptroller of the City of New York had argued that we shareholders should have vastly more information when we vote on the pay of the execs.  The left hates the fact that Larry Ellison is the […]

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I listened to yesterday’s podcast and found James’ and Rob’s inquiries of Dave Carter, re: Las Vegas, interesting.  These brave two, nominally political, more comic observers of politics than pundits (who just happen to lean ever so rightward) both assumed that politics would somehow dominate the meet-up conversation.  They were interested in our thoughts, our […]

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