Archives: Economics

Let Me Give You A Hammer.

January 5, 2015 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Let Me Give You A Hammer. | Filed in: Culture, Economics, Kevin, Law, politcs, Politics.

Let me give you a hammer. It’s my own hammer. A regular carpenter’s hammer, nothing special, but it is mine, and I like it. I’m giving you my hammer because I need you to build a bridge for me. It’s a very useful and very needed bridge, and building it will be beneficial to you, me, • Read More »

Out of the one, many.

November 4, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Out of the one, many. | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, Economics, GOP, Kevin, politcs, Politics.

Leave it to a Libertarian to notice the (decentralized) elephant in the room. Just 39 percent give Democrats a favorable rating and just 33 percent do the same for Republicans. Not coincidentally, each party has also recently had a clear shot at implementing its vision of the good society. If you want to drive down • Read More »

A pack, not a herd.

September 26, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A pack, not a herd. | Filed in: blogging, Current Events, Democrats, Economics, GOP, History, Kevin, politcs, Politics.

Grover Norquist lays out the case that America isn’t having a “libertarian moment”, it’s having a libertarian MOVEMENT.  “So forget ‘moment.’ Think trend. And consider the once-impossible political shifts that have taken place over the past 30 years. The relevant dividing line is not right versus left or Republican versus Democrat but the expansion of • Read More »

It’s a good day when Michael Barone agrees with me.

September 12, 2014 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Democrats, Economics, Guns, History, Kevin, Money, politcs, Politics, Technology.

This has been a bugaboo of mine for quite a while now: We are entering into an era of increased personal empowerment unseen since the invention of the printing press. I don’t HAVE to watch the evening news to know what’s going on, I have my podcasts and RSS feeds. I don’t HAVE to limit • Read More »

The collapsing reality of modern progressivism

March 16, 2014 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, Economics, GOP, HEALTH, History, International, Kevin, Medicine, politcs, Politics, Quotes.

“‘How did you go bankrupt?’ Bill asked. ‘Two ways,’ Mike said. ‘Gradually and then suddenly.’” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises The years of the Obama presidency have been challenging for America, but they’ve placed an even greater strain on American progressives. From the utter failure of Obama’s economic stimulus package to the own-goal • Read More »

Free to be you and me

February 10, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Free to be you and me | Filed in: Culture, Democrats, Economics, Kevin, Law, politcs, Politics, Privacy.

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of Obamacare’s impact on the jobs market, and the message it sent to the few remaining supporters of the law was brutal. In its new budget outlook, CBO very clearly states that Obamacare amounts to an implicit tax on work and workers that will reduce employment • Read More »

The kids are alright

January 28, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The kids are alright | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, Economics, Education, Kevin, politcs, Politics.

There’s nothing in the streets, looks any different to meAnd the slogans are replaced, by-the-byeAnd the parting on the left is now parting on the rightAnd the beards have all grown longer overnight I’ll tip my hat to the new constitutionTake a bow for the new revolutionSmile and grin at the change all aroundPick up • Read More »

We talk a good game, but…

January 23, 2014 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, Economics, GOP, Kevin, Military, Money, politcs, Politics, space.

… I’m afraid Chuck Schumer might be on to something here.  Schumer will argue that Democrats must defend popular government programs such as extended unemployment benefits and student loan subsidies to persuade Tea Party voters that they can benefit from federal programs. “The average Tea Party member, like the average American, likes government run Medicare, • Read More »

Point, Counterpoint.

January 18, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Point, Counterpoint. | Filed in: Economics, Environment, global warming, International, Kevin, politcs, Politics, Science.

China A Leader In Fighting Global Warming “China is ‘doing it right’ when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official said. The nation has some of the toughest energy-efficiency standards for buildings and transportation and its support for photovoltaic technology helped reduce solar-panel costs by 80 percent since 2008, Christiana Figueres, • Read More »

What Recovery?

December 31, 2013 | By exurbandoug | Comments Off on What Recovery? | Filed in: Doug, Economics.

Despite what the MSM and the Administration say, there isn’t much economic growth going on. Latest example, this article on the fallacy of an economic recovery. When you have lost Mother Jones, you have lost the Left.

Wired for failure

December 4, 2013 | By KevinC | Comments Off on Wired for failure | Filed in: Democrats, Economics, HEALTH, Kevin, Medicine, politcs, Technology, techology.

Wired.com rips the Obamacare website a new one.  “In a story published yesterday, CNBC quotes an anonymous insurance industry source as saying that little more than 125,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance through Healthcare.gov through the end of November. By comparison, when Amazon filed for its IPO in 1997, it said that through the end of the • Read More »

The Fish Rots From The Brain Down

November 26, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The Fish Rots From The Brain Down | Filed in: Business, Culture, Democrats, Economics, HEALTH, Kevin, Medicine, politcs, Politics.

Or, Two Unrelated, Related Stories.  Franklin Foer of the oh-so-liberal New Republic: Obamacare’s Failure Is A Threat to Liberalism. Liberalism has spent the better part of the past century attempting to prove that it could competently and responsibly extend the state into new reaches of American life. With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, • Read More »

What happens when you don’t get what you were (falsely) promised?

September 21, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on What happens when you don’t get what you were (falsely) promised? | Filed in: Crime, Culture, Current Events, Economics, Kevin, politcs, Politics.

What happens when a man who promised to “fundamentally transform” America succeeds in only making things WORSE for a key group of supporters? What happens when a group of people who’ve been told their whole lives that they’re victims and that someone else is to blame for their troubles decides to punish their (alleged) persecutors?  Jack • Read More »

Man dies after a 34 hour wait in the ER

August 28, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Man dies after a 34 hour wait in the ER | Filed in: Canada, Democrats, Economics, HEALTH, International, Kevin, Medicine.

Oh, the heartless American hospital system and what it does to patients! Is it any wonder this sort of thing happens in such a mean, cruel country that doesn’t have single-payer, universal health care?  Wait, this happened in Canada? Nevermind. An inquest was told Tuesday that a man who died in a hospital emergency room • Read More »

L’Italia sta andando Galt

August 26, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on L’Italia sta andando Galt | Filed in: Business, Economics, Kevin, Marketing, Money, politcs, Politics.

Turn your country into a hostile business environment, and companies will take their business elsewhere. Earlier this month, the owner of an electrical components factory in the north of the country waved his employees off on their summer holidays. Then, without informing them, he moved the entire operation, lock, stock and barrel, to Poland. Fabrizio • Read More »

Not just “yes” but HELL YES!

June 21, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Not just “yes” but HELL YES! | Filed in: Economics, GOP, Kevin, politcs, Politics.

“The federal bureaucracy, and in particular the growth of public sector unions, has created an inherent and undeniable tension between those who believe in limited self-government and those who stand to benefit from its growth. Let’s face it, when elected leaders and union bosses tell the folks who work at these agencies that they should • Read More »

Business, schooled.

June 18, 2013 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Culture, Economics, Education, Humor, Kevin, Music.

The SunDome is getting torn down for that paragon of modern American culture, a shopping center.  No, really. When it opened 33 years ago, the Sundome in Sun City West was the largest single-story performing-arts center in the country. It cost $8.6 million to build and was designed primarily as a concert hall with 7,169 • Read More »

What, me worry?

May 13, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on What, me worry? | Filed in: Crime, Democrats, Economics, GOP, Kevin, Law, Money, politcs, Politics.

Obama, May 5th.  Obama also urged the students to “reject these voices” that warn of the evils of government,saying: Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always • Read More »

DIY Nation

April 3, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on DIY Nation | Filed in: Culture, Democrats, Economics, GOP, Kevin, Money, politcs, Politics.

Just spitballin’ here, but if we are, in fact, creating a nation of interns because of Obamacare and a bunch of other bad policies from the Democrats, who does that help long-term? Does a nation of people used to fighting and scratching for employment help the Democrats, with their bastions of rank-and-file unions and resentment • Read More »

$3.8 Million Dollars to reduce “Human-Elephant” conflict.

March 28, 2013 | By admindude | Comments Off on $3.8 Million Dollars to reduce “Human-Elephant” conflict. | Filed in: Economics, Guns, Humor, International, Kevin, politcs, Politics.

My kids and I can’t go to Luke Days because of the sequester but we’re still spending tons of cash of things like this. The federal government is looking into the serious issue of the “conflict” between humans and elephants. To help out on that important issue, the government generously gave $3.8 million of your • Read More »

$50k a year to remember the Maine.

March 20, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on $50k a year to remember the Maine. | Filed in: Canada, Democrats, Economics, International, Kevin, Military.

Look, I get that we owe our military veterans a huge debt. They’re willing to die for our safety, and I think we should honour and reward their service as much as we can.  But paying out $20 million a year in benefits to spouses and families of veterans… of World War One? Is that • Read More »

Canaries in the coal mine

March 19, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Canaries in the coal mine | Filed in: Culture, Current Events, Economics, GOP, HEALTH, Kevin, Medicine, Money, politcs, Politics.

Katie Pavlich has a great article up on Townhall warning us not to get complacent about the Cyprus savings seizures.  As a reminder, the United States government has been eying and researching how Americans use their 401k plans for quite some time now. Recently we saw the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggest the government • Read More »

Hit ’em where it hurts

February 26, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Hit ’em where it hurts | Filed in: Advertising and Marketing, computers, Crime, Culture, Democrats, Economics, Entertainment, GOP, Kevin, Law, Movies, MSM and New Media, politcs.

The current push to ban the best-selling rifle in America began as a reflexive response to the tragedy in Newtown. It’s not an appeal to common sense, it’s a play on emotions, because “even if it saves just one life, it’s worth it”.  Two can play that game.  Hollywood, academia and big media have been • Read More »