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Presidential Honeymoon Period Over

January 20th, 2009 No comments

Obama Barack PresidentAs President Barack Obama gets ready for his first night in the White House the Honeymoon is ending. Wednesday begins his first full day as President.  Obama’s Presidency begins in a time of Economic Turmoil and trying times internationally.  It is unlikely that he will get a long honeymoon that has been extended to presidents past.

Pres. Obama inherits a two front war in the Middle East.  A weakened economy full of scandal and turmoil that directly effects the falling employment rates.  Many people from around the world will be  looking to the Leader of The Free World for guidance.

So to spare you the obvious problems that face America lets take a look at days gone by with information from the United Steelworkers Rapid Response.  Only history will tell the legacy of Former George W. Bush today’s stats are dim and perhaps indicative of how history will be written.

The Legacy of George W. Bush

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When Bush Took OfficeToday
Unemployment Rate4.2%7.2%
National Debt$5.7 trillion$10.6 trillion
Manufacturing Jobs17.2 million13.0 million
Americans without Health Care Coverage40 million46 million
Employers Offering Some Type of Insurance Coverage69%63%
Annual Premium Cost for Family Coverage$6,230$12,680
Americans in Poverty31.6 million37.3 million
U.S. Trade Deficit$362 billion$688 billion
Cost of College6 Public Private $3,766 $17,377$6,585 $25,143
  1. U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics Survey, Manufacturing Employment, 2000 & 2008.
  2. Kaiser Family Foundation, Employer Health Benefits, 2008 Annual Survey.
  3. Kaiser Family Foundation, Employer Health Benefits Surveys.
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, most recent available data is for 2007.
  5. U.S. Census Bureau, data is from a 12-month period of December-November for both timeframes.
  6. College Board, Trends in College Pricing, data is for tuition and fees only.

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Statistics eblast original source for USW.org

Ann Coulter Worst Guest

January 15th, 2009 No comments

Is writter and political pundit Ann Coulter the worst Guest on TV?

In my opinion – I can’t think of any worse guest to have on a show.  She is the most uncompassionate person and has even been on the record saying terrible things about surviving parents and families of fallen soldiers.  The things she says absolutely horrid. She is known for jumping in on the defensive and blast people without all the facts.  TV characters try to be cordial to her and she goes on in an outrageous way.

Watch this bit from CNN and tell me what you think about Ann Coulter:

[sniplet ann-coluter]

I have never bought her books and would certainly disgourage anyone else to. What do you think?  Will you be buying her books?

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Gas Prices on the Rise Again

January 12th, 2009 2 comments

It looks as though the low gas prices are going away.  CNN is saying that gas prices are going back up after sliding down from the July 11th High that has hurt so many and aided in the economic crisis we are in now.  Though the gas prices going up is a good sign for gas and oil workers in the south as that means the demand for more fuel is rising.  Typically the winter months begin the rise up to the spring and summer travel season meaning more fuel.  This could be s sign of a strengthening economy.  When the demand goes up for fuel so does the demand for support of goods to supply.  Though this is only a hope for a need to supply jobs.  For me the gas industry directly effects my family.  If the off shore wells are in production that means my family business of making pipe for oil wells and pipeline is needed.  So in turn th gas price is a god send to support my family.

But rising gas prices are going to hurt others that are already hurting and don’t work in the industry.  So as a socially responsible citizen I try to transfer the funds to companies that make goods here.    So my buy American Attitude is in full swing.

I doubt the projection of $1 a gallon gas is probably not going to happen.  That failure is probably good.

Check out the CNN.com Artilce

Gas-price slide shifts into reverse, rises 12 cents in 3 weeks

(CNN) — The U.S. average price for regular unleaded gasoline rose by nearly 12 cents in the past three weeks, marking the first increase in six months, according to a national survey released Sunday.

“It is the first rise since July 11 last year when prices hit their all-time high,” said Trilby Lundberg, publisher of the survey.

The average price of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is $1.78, according to the Lundberg Survey, which is based on responses from more than 5,000 service stations nationwide. The latest survey looked at prices January 9.

“The price had to hit bottom sometime,” Lundberg said.

She said part of the reason for the price spike is recent indications of production cuts among OPEC members, which are aimed at driving up oil prices during a time of year when there is a decreased demand for gasoline.

“January historically is the lowest gasoline usage month,” Lundberg said.

Despite the increase, gas prices are still $1.29 lower than they were on January 11, 2008, she said.
Drivers in Billings, Montana, had the cheapest gas on average, paying $1.34. Motorists in Anchorage, Alaska, paid the most, at $2.32.

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2009 No comments

Happy New Year!  I wish you all the best in 2009.

Happy new Year

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