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Obama Tops This Poll: Clueless or Lying on Joy of Economic Growth U.S. President Barack Obama led the polling this week for worst offense on our Wall of Shame. I’d like to think it was the cool hot rod graphic I created, but I’m pretty sure it was his either being clueless or intentionally lying in the interest of political expediency. In Obama: Hot Rod Economy Braggadocio we took him to task for celebrating the “revving” of economic engines. That’s the sound of a race to climate disruption, habitat destruction, water and air toxification, and resource depletion. Unfortunately, the President is a repeat offender here. See Congress Should Take Action to Continue Growing...
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NewYork Times: Economic Engines Not Revving Enough Yesterday we hoisted U.S. President Barack Obama onto the Wall of Shame for representing 4% GDP growth as good news and bragging, “our engines are revving.” Today, the New York Times Editorial Board joins the President, for opining that the engines aren’t revving enough. In Growth Without Jobs, the Times complains about, “job growth that is too weak, wages that are too low and workweeks that are too short.” The Times editorial board provides us with the usual tripe about needing more work and higher pay. I am waiting for the board to step back and examine the assumptions behind this line...
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Obama: Hot Rod Economy Braggadocio Happy Birthday, Mr. President, you’re on the Wall of Shame today! I really hate to ruin his day, but U.S. President Obama’s remarks to the news media last Thursday offer a classic example of the deadly requirement that politicians promise and deliver economic growth. One day archeologists will view the first few minutes of this video and scratch their heads. Celebrated:  “…our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July.  That’s on top of about 300,000 new jobs in June.  So we are now in a six-month streak with at least 200,000 new jobs each month.  That's the first time that has...
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Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction This morning the United States Department of Commerce released its advanced estimate of 2nd quarter National Income and Product Accounts – GDP. An annualized growth rate of about 3% was widely anticipated, so the 4 percent figure reported today will undoubtedly be celebrated – by the White House, growth profiteers counting their money, growth propheteers on the business news networks, and economic reporters. All will be celebrating a number which, in truth, measures how fast the U.S. is liquidating the planet of nonrenewable resources, how fast we’re replacing wildlife habitat and farms with mcmansions on cul-de-sacs, and how much CO2 we’re...
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AP Trifecta of Pro-Growth Bias in Reporting Associated Press offered so much judgment in recent days that more spending, consumption and economic growth are desirable, I’m having to spotlight three stories at once here on the Wall of Shame: In New US Home Sales Plunge 8.1% In June, there is a clear assumption that building more houses is an unalloyed good. A drop in the number of new houses sold is reported as, “a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.” Construction and sale of more houses would apparently create a “stronger” economy. What are the criteria the reporter, analysts and policymakers...
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