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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Slow Cartoon Day

Memo to Roanoke Times in-house cartoonist, Chris OBrion: The first rule, when you're putting your thoughts into a little rectangular box for all the world to see, is: draw the thing so that the world understands the message you're trying to convey.

What are those things coming out of the City Market?  Fire hoses?  Worms?  Fingers?  Penises?

And what's the point?

Good grief.  Make yourself clear, man. 

Slow Column Day

The editorialist's worst nightmare: What do you do when you are committed to writing a regular newspaper column and have nothing to write about?

In the Roanoke Times's Dan Casey's case, you write about the hazards posed by a Roanoke River bicycle path that allows for two cyclists to potentially collide and about how a desperate situation required desp ...

.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ...

Oh, sorry.  I must have dozed off.

What were we talking about again?

Oh.  Yeah.  The imminent dangers posed by ... a ... bicycle ... p ...

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Obama & His Priorities

He can't do anything about the unemployment crisis.  But he can buy more desert for the national park system.

Price tag?


8 million tax dollars that could have been invested by America's business owners and managers in equipment or upgrades or ... people.


America's archeologists and paleontologists are ecstatic.  All fourteen of them.

America's 14 million unemployed?  Unavailable for comment.

But here's mine: For the love of God.

It's a Good Day For Obama To Speak

Because he has a whole lot of explaining to the American people to do about how he has so screwed up our country and how he's going to change course to make things better.

For screwed up it is:
Why the Stimulus Failed
Wall Street Journal

Even zero jobs growth in August doesn't seem to have disrupted President Obama's faith in the economic policies of his first three years, so one theme we'll be listening for in tonight's speech is how he explains the current moment. Why did his first jobs plan—the $825 billion stimulus—so quickly result in the need for another jobs plan?

The Keynesian theory was that a burst of new government spending would take up some of the slack in aggregate consumer demand. This was justified in 2008, again in 2009, and is still defended now based not on real-world observation but on abstract macroeconomic models that depend on the assumptions of the authors.

The problem is that all but the most reductionist Keynesians of the Paul Krugman school believe it matters what the government spends money on. A dollar that eventually will be taken out of the private economy through borrowing or higher taxes to fund pointlessly expensive projects ... is not the way to nurture a recovery.

The economy would have benefitted far more if the government had instead improved the incentives for people and businesses to invest, produce and grow. The President probably won't mention any of this, but it does explain why he has to give his latest speech. [link]
Everyone expects the president tonight to ask Congress for more of the same - only ... better - in order to turn the economy around.  More of the same?  Different results?  Hello?

As Michael J. Boskin reveals in the chart below (source), we need seriously different results from those obtained thus far.

And more of the same isn't going to get them.

Click on the chart to enlarge it.

As Only Newt Can Do It

I'm sure it was calculated, but it was still a moment to behold when Newt Gingrich at last night's debate pummeled (figuratively) a left-wing member of the media who was invited (for some strange reason) to be an inquisitor.

Here's Newt at his best:

If only he didn't carry with him so much baggage. Sigh ...