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March 3, 2013

Video: “Dr. Benjamin Carson Weighs In With Common Sense on The Sequester With Sean Hannity – 3-1-13″

Video:  “Dr. Benjamin Carson Weighs In With Common Sense on The Sequester With Sean Hannity – 3-1-13

February 27, 2013

Video: “Abandoning Hope! – Natl Black Chamber Of Commerce CEO Unleashes On Pres Obama – Hannity”

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Video:  “Abandoning Hope! – Natl Black Chamber Of Commerce CEO Unleashes On Pres Obama – Hannity”

February 16, 2013

Video: “Dr. Benjamin Carson (Full Interview) Sean Hannity Saving America – 2-15-13″

Video:  “Dr. Benjamin Carson (Full Interview) Sean Hannity Saving America – 2-15-13

June 28, 2012

The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh

I believe it was Sean Hannity I heard call The Great Destroyer:  Barack Obama’s War on the Republic (Washington, DC:  Regnery Publishing, 2012) by David Limbaugh an encyclopedia.  That is a good description.  The book should be considered a reference work and kept on a handy shelf rather than read from beginning to end.

It includes a lot of good information but too much and too much detail for the casual reader to remember.

Limbaugh covers Obama’s war on

  • America
  • the right
  • the disobedient
  • our culture and values
  • the economy
  • our future
  • oil
  • other energy resources
  • business
  • national security
  • guns
  • the office of the President

June 14, 2012

The Debt Bomb by Tom Coburn and John Hart

Filed under: Economics — Sofie @ 2:33 pm
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If you read one book on the national debt this year, right now I’d recommend that it should be The Debt Bomb (Nashville:  Thomas Nelson, 2012) by Tom Coburn, Republican Senator from Oklahoma, and John Hart.  Based on his own experience in the Senate, Coburn explains “where we are and how we got here,” as well as how to defuse “the debt bomb,” which he has been trying to do for years.

After reading his explanation and examples of careerism in the book, I am convinced that it is past time to institute term limits for members of Congress.

While Coburn presents ideas for dealing with our unsustainable entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid), I wish he had clearly stated the fact that these programs are unconstitutional and need to be eliminated at the federal level.

Appendix C is a list of oversight reports released by Coburn’s office.  These can be found on his official website on the Oversight and Investigations page (under Issues and Legislation).  The most important one to read is probably “Back in Black:  A Deficit Reduction Plan.”

June 7, 2012

Screwed! by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

After all the hype, I was disappointed with Dick Morris’s and Eileen McGann’s new book, Screwed!  How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy–and How Our Leaders Help Them Do It (New York:  Broadside Books, 2012).  Though it has a lot of good information, there is no index, and the notes, which are in no standard style, are hard to use.

In addition, the writing style is not consistent.  Paragraphs of documented information written in a professional style will be followed or preceded by an informal sentence or passage.  Are the former sections McGann’s and the latter Morris’s?

Since there is no index, I’m unable to find the page where the authors stated that they believe in global warming and are “agnostic” on whether or not it is caused by human beings.  I’ve had my doubts about Morris’s claim to be conservative, and this statement supports it.

In addition, Morris and McGann promote the China Currency Bill, which “passed the Senate 63-35 with Republicans voting against it by 16-30.”  They list the Republican Senators who voted for and against the bill.  Among those voting against it are conservative Senators DeMint, Lee, Paul, Rubio, and Toomey (128).  If those men voted against it, they must have a good reason, and I trust their judgment over the authors’.

I also wonder how much of the book is hyperbole or hysteria.  For example, in his interviews about the book that I heard, Morris painted a gloomy picture of what will happen if certain treaties (covered in Part Two, pages, 37-77), particularly the Law of the Sea Treaty, are passed in a lame-duck session in Congress this fall (assuming Romney is elected).  What I haven’t heard him mention and don’t remember reading in the book is that approving a treaty requires that “two thirds of the Senators present concur” (U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 2).  Are there enough RINOs in the Senate to allow that to happen?

May 4, 2012

Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate 1977-2012

Filed under: Economics,Employment — Sofie @ 2:28 pm
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This graph shows the civilian labor force participation rate from the beginning of  Jimmy Carter’s term to the present.

Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1977 61.6 61.9 62.0 62.1 62.2 62.4 62.1 62.3 62.3 62.4 62.8 62.7
1978 62.8 62.7 62.8 63.0 63.1 63.3 63.2 63.2 63.3 63.3 63.5 63.6
1979 63.6 63.8 63.8 63.5 63.3 63.5 63.6 63.6 63.8 63.7 63.7 63.9
1980 64.0 64.0 63.7 63.8 63.9 63.7 63.8 63.7 63.6 63.7 63.8 63.6
1981 63.9 63.9 64.1 64.2 64.3 63.7 63.8 63.8 63.5 63.8 63.9 63.6
1982 63.7 63.8 63.8 63.9 64.2 63.9 64.0 64.1 64.1 64.1 64.2 64.1
1983 63.9 63.8 63.7 63.8 63.7 64.3 64.1 64.3 64.3 64.0 64.1 64.1
1984 63.9 64.1 64.1 64.3 64.5 64.6 64.6 64.4 64.4 64.4 64.5 64.6
1985 64.7 64.7 64.9 64.9 64.8 64.6 64.7 64.6 64.9 65.0 64.9 65.0
1986 64.9 65.0 65.1 65.1 65.2 65.4 65.4 65.3 65.4 65.4 65.4 65.3
1987 65.4 65.5 65.5 65.4 65.7 65.5 65.6 65.7 65.5 65.7 65.7 65.7
1988 65.8 65.9 65.7 65.8 65.7 65.8 65.9 66.1 65.9 66.0 66.2 66.1
1989 66.5 66.3 66.3 66.4 66.3 66.5 66.5 66.5 66.4 66.5 66.6 66.5
1990 66.8 66.7 66.7 66.6 66.6 66.4 66.5 66.5 66.4 66.4 66.4 66.4
1991 66.2 66.2 66.3 66.4 66.2 66.2 66.1 66.0 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.0
1992 66.3 66.2 66.4 66.5 66.6 66.7 66.7 66.6 66.5 66.2 66.3 66.3
1993 66.2 66.2 66.2 66.1 66.4 66.5 66.4 66.4 66.2 66.3 66.3 66.4
1994 66.6 66.6 66.5 66.5 66.6 66.4 66.4 66.6 66.6 66.7 66.7 66.7
1995 66.8 66.8 66.7 66.9 66.5 66.5 66.6 66.6 66.6 66.6 66.5 66.4
1996 66.4 66.6 66.6 66.7 66.7 66.7 66.9 66.7 66.9 67.0 67.0 67.0
1997 67.0 66.9 67.1 67.1 67.1 67.1 67.2 67.2 67.1 67.1 67.2 67.2
1998 67.1 67.1 67.1 67.0 67.0 67.0 67.0 67.0 67.2 67.2 67.1 67.2
1999 67.2 67.2 67.0 67.1 67.1 67.1 67.1 67.0 67.0 67.0 67.1 67.1
2000 67.3 67.3 67.3 67.3 67.1 67.1 66.9 66.9 66.9 66.8 66.9 67.0
2001 67.2 67.1 67.2 66.9 66.7 66.7 66.8 66.5 66.8 66.7 66.7 66.7
2002 66.5 66.8 66.6 66.7 66.7 66.6 66.5 66.6 66.7 66.6 66.4 66.3
2003 66.4 66.4 66.3 66.4 66.4 66.5 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.1 65.9
2004 66.1 66.0 66.0 65.9 66.0 66.1 66.1 66.0 65.8 65.9 66.0 65.9
2005 65.8 65.9 65.9 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.0 66.0
2006 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.2 66.3 66.4
2007 66.4 66.3 66.2 65.9 66.0 66.0 66.0 65.8 66.0 65.8 66.0 66.0
2008 66.2 66.0 66.1 65.9 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.1 65.9 66.0 65.8 65.8
2009 65.7 65.8 65.6 65.6 65.7 65.7 65.5 65.4 65.1 65.0 65.0 64.6
2010 64.8 64.9 64.9 65.1 64.9 64.6 64.6 64.7 64.6 64.4 64.5 64.3
2011 64.2 64.2 64.2 64.2 64.2 64.1 64.0 64.1 64.1 64.1 64.0 64.0
2012 63.7 63.9 63.8 63.6

July 16, 2010

Summer Reading: Economics

The latest edition of the Centennial Review (July-August 2010), which is published by the Centennial Institute, features an article by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and author of The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future.

November 15, 2009

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August 19, 2009

Video: “Smackdown: Barack Obama OWNED by College Student at Colorado Town Hall [FOX News]“

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Video:  “Smackdown: Barack Obama OWNED by College Student at Colorado Town Hall [FOX News]

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