The state of Missouri is famous as a political “bellwether” state, both in projecting presidential winners and in gauging public sentiment on divisive issues. That trend may be continuing in the latest vote on a key aspect of the Democrats’ new health care law: 71.1% of the people of Missouri just approved a ballot proposition to bar the law’s “individual mandate” provision from taking effect in their state.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its June unemployment figures: the jobless rate fell from 9.7% to 9.5% for the month of June. Good news, right? Well, no. Joblessness went down because 652,000 people simply gave up looking for work, and thus weren’t counted in the labor pool. If these people were still among those still actively job-searching, the unemployment rate would have shot up to 10.1%.
This is the mindset we’re up against: it’s gotten to the point where the Democrats in Congress and the Administration are so hair-trigger defensive about regular people having the nerve to object to high taxes, even a good-natured jibe by a small business manager gets cranky backtalk from an official visiting as his guest.
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The U.S. Commerce Department released the following statistic this week: new-home sales plummeted by a staggering 33% during the month of May, resulting in the slowest new-home market in 46 years. Why did the housing market vanish? Why else: an attempt by the government to manipulate the private sector, and to create a veneer of prosperity. The worst part? President Obama, John Hall, and other Democrats ignored an object lesson from less than a year ago in why this was bound to happen.
Missing a budget deadline is a failing with which we New Yorkers, through our dysfunctional State Legislature, have become all too familiar. The Pelosi/Reid Congress, however, has taken budget delinquency to a new level, by actively refusing to pass a budget resolution before the fiscal year expires at the end of September – and isn’t likely to do so before the November elections, either. To which one can only respond, in a year in which the American public is increasingly, and justifiably, furious at the completely irresponsible behavior of this Congress: “Good luck with that.”