Nov 162012
 

By Tommy Christopher (Mediaite) For all of his bitching about President Obama and support for Mitt Romney, Schnatter’s stock price was at $51.90 per share on Election Day, more than triple the $16.58 it closed with when President Obama was inaugurated. On the other hand, during the eight years of the Bush administration, Papa John’s stock price leapt from $11.97 per share to $16.58, an improvement of $4.68.

via Papa John’s Pizza Stock Price Tripled Under President Obama | Mediaite.

 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 7:40 am Comments Off
Nov 152012
 


(CNN) – Most of the Republican members of a Senate committee investigating the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, skipped a classified briefing by administration officials on the incident Wednesday, CNN has learned.

The missing lawmakers included Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who at the time of the top-secret briefing held a press conference in the Capitol to call for the creation of a Watergate-type special Congressional committee to investigate how and why the attack took place.

Nov 152012
 

By Paul Krugman (NY Times) It’s important to understand the roots of this stuff. It began as a deliberate appeal to racism, with explicit condemnation of Those People as welfare moochers. Then it became more coded; Rick Perlstein posts the original, famous Lee Atwater interview containing the memorable passage,

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

What Mitt Romney is now complaining about is the horrifying reality that many people who aren’t black see themselves as victims of those “economic things” — and as a result anti-government rhetoric is turning into a way to lose elections rather than win them.

via The Moocher Majority – NYTimes.com.

 November 15, 2012  Posted by at 11:43 am Comments Off
Nov 132012
 

By Adam Hartung (Forbes) The common viewpoint is that Republicans are good for business, which is good for the economy.  Republican policies — and the more Adam Smith, invisible hand, limited regulation, lassaiz faire the better— are expected to create a robust, healthy, growing economy.  Meanwhile, the common view of Democrat policies is that they too heavily favor regulation and higher taxes which are economy killers.

Well, for those who feel this way it may be time to review the last 80 years of economic history, Bob Deitrick and Lew Godlfarb have done it in a great, easy to read book; “Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box” (available at Amazon.com) Their heavily researched, and footnoted, text brings forth some serious inconsistency between the common viewpoint of America’s dominant parties, and the reality of how America has performed since the start of the Great Depression.

The authors looked at a range of economic metrics including inflation, unemployment, corporate profit growth, stock market performance, household income growth, economy (GDP) growth, months in recession and others.  To their surprise (I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Goldfarb) they discovered that laissez faire policies had far less benefits than expected, and in fact produced almost universal negative economic outcomes for the nation!

  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents
  • Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53%/year)
  • Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democrat administrations you had $3.9M at the end)
  • Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents
  • The two times the economy steered into the ditch (Great Depression and Great Recession) were during Republican, laissez faire administrations

via Want a Better Economy? History Says Vote Democrat! – Forbes.

 November 13, 2012  Posted by at 10:00 am Comments Off
Nov 132012
 

(Columbia Business School) New research from Professor Andreas Mueller digs deeper to not only provide strong evidence that high-wage workers are disproportionately impacted in recessions but also to explain why firms seem so overeager to shed their most productive workers.

He finds that even controlling for education, work experience, gender, and other easily observable characteristics of the unemployed, those with high wages — beyond any other similarities they may share — tend to get disproportionately laid off in recessions. In particular, those with high residual wages — high wages relative to others with similar education and experience — are the most heavily impacted.

via Columbia Ideas at Work : Feature : Letting+Go+of+the+Best.

 November 13, 2012  Posted by at 8:53 am Comments Off