Category Archives: Economy

the price of liberty

The First Amendment guarantees Philip R. Greaves absolute freedom to publish “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct” whether the government likes it or not. Constitutionally, there’s not a damn thing they can do about it. And if someone representing Amazon.com was stupid enough to contractually agree to sell it, they’re stuck, too.

Am I happy knowing this book is out there, available to perverts everywhere? Hell, no. What can I do about it? Well, not buying anything from Amazon.com seems like a pretty good place to start. I can also put pressure on those in Washington to make sure sales of Greaves’ work are monitored by law enforcement. In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, that’s just about it.

Oh, and I can also rant about it on my silly little blog…

i don’t get it

“I do think that there is a tone and tenor that needs to change, where we can disagree without being disagreeable or making wild accusations about the other side. And I think that’s what most Americans would like to see, as well.”

That was President Obama’s response to Harry Smith’s “vitriol” question during CBS’ Early Show yesterday. Those on the Right heard Obama was taking away their Right to Free Speech. I don’t get it.

When the Labor Department released March’s job numbers – the best numbers in three years –  those on the Right criticized the President’s economic policies. The current Administration is a failure. As opposed to the previous Administration?

I don’t get it.

getting the job done

Even the right-leaning Associated Press can’t ignore the facts: The Obama recovery is in full-swing. I’m sure it was painful to admit, but this is the title they were forced to use when the latest job numbers came out: Employers added most jobs in 3 years in March.

According to the Labor Department, employers added 162,000 jobs in March, the most in a single month since the recession began back in 2007.

For all those skeptics, Census jobs were far fewer than experts expected. There were significant gains in the fields of manufacturing, health-care, hospitality, and even construction. For all those skeptics, the revised numbers for the past couple of months were actually higher than original estimates. For all those skeptics, the average work-week increased to 34 hours from 33.9.

Bottom-line: Bush policies got us into a mess, Obama’s polices got us out of it.