Day: July 13, 2012

Obama’s goose is cooked

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Obama needed a filet mignon in the June employment report. But instead he got a rubber chicken. Only 80,000 new jobs were created last month, way below Wall Street expectations. It’s the fourth consecutive monthly disappointment. For a few months last winter, jobs were rising at an average of 225,000 a month. But that has sloped way down to only 75,000. The unemployment rate continues at 8.2 percent, which is the 41st-straight month above 8 percent. The U6 unemployment rate, which includes discouraged workers, is just under 15 percent. As voters finalize their election impressions this summer, all of this is bad news for the Chicago incumbent. In a campaign stop in Ohio on Friday, Obama actually said we’re still “heading in the right direction.” Is he kidding? As a stagnant gross domestic product drops below 2 percent, employment falters, retail sales decline and the ISM index for manufacturing drops below 50 (signaling contraction)? No objective observer can deny that the economy is headed in the wrong direction. I don’t like playing the pessimist, but the numbers are the numbers. This is exactly what former Clinton advisers James Carville, Doug Schoen and Stanley Greenberg have been warning Obama about. People just don’t believe the economy is getting better. So he’s gotta change his message. But what change? Taxing rich people won’t create jobs. Neither will bashing...

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The tricky politics of climate change

By TOM ROSSHIRT On June 29, a weather system called a “derecho” rolled through the Washington, D.C., area, felling trees and power lines and leaving more than a million people without power. A “derecho,” according to the news coverage, is “a fast-moving, long-lived, large, violent thunderstorm complex.” When climate events force a new word into the common vocabulary, it’s another sign that the weather is getting weirder. Of course, no individual weather event can be scientifically tied to climate change. But this is the kind of event that can start to change people’s minds. For now, the climate deniers are powerful enough to block congressional action against climate change. But if you believe — as 97 percent of climate scientists do — that man-made climate change is real, then you know the day of reckoning is coming for climate deniers. When that day arrives, a supermajority of Americans will unite behind the idea that we have to take action against climate change — and a lot of powerful people will be disgraced. The more dire that day is likely to be for climate deniers – economically, politically, psychologically — the harder and longer they will fight to delay it. Therefore, to get action as soon as possible, climate believers need to give the deniers a face-saving way out. This is why Democrats should soften the rhetoric of the debate...

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Mandate assures broadest coverage

To the Editor: In order to “sell” the Affordable Health Care Act, its proponents came up with the cockamamie claim that it would not cost anything.  Ridiculous!  Adding or extending health care coverage to include people that don’t presently have it cannot help but cost something, and I say so be it. The person who said that he doesn’t mind paying for his own health care but doesn’t want to pay for someone else’s, misses the point.  By eliminating preventive care, the ultimate cost to the writer and others could well be much higher. And inclusion of the individual mandate, assures the broadest possible base and likely lowest possible rates. Art Burr...

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Coaching teachers

To the Editor: The coaches from the Salem-Keizer School District have put in a year, teaching and training the classroom teachers, which have required meetings and activity. The teachers all ready have a full schedule. Therefore, the teachers has had to take evening and after-school hours in preparation for the next day classes. Because of the preparations, time with the family is limited. Notice, too, these after school preparations are all overtime hours? For this year, the experiment, for the coaches have come to a close. It would be well, for the teachers to get back to teaching again without the coaches. Etheldra Tjernagel...

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