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Three Graphs: Per Capita GDP Up, Worker Productivity Up, Worker Pay Stagnant in the USA

Three graphs:

Source: USDA Economic Research Service

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The juxtaposition speaks. How do you respond?

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Jeb Bush Fact Check: Is Declining Worker Productivity to Blame for America’s Economic Rut?

Jeb Bush said it July 8 in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader:

New Hampshire Union Leader: Anything specific?

Jeb Bush: “We’re working on a strategy to, that’s kind of under, let’s say, my aspiration for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is 4% growth as far as the […]

Legislation By Bernie Sanders Shows GOP Congress Is Managerially Incompetent

Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill to break up banks that are too big to fail. What the Republican managers of Congress have done with it is absurd. […]

The Maine Airport Coffee Economy

Maine has its faults, but this is one of the reasons I love living here:

 

This is how you get coffee at the local airport:

The tin-can economy is a great antidote to my gloomy cynicism.

Aaron Schock Says No Jobs Can Be Created Unless America Burns Huge Amounts Of Dirty Coal

It sounds like an exaggeration, but these are the words that actually came out of the mouth of Republican Congressman Aaron Schock yesterday: “No corporation, however globally well-positioned or integral to our state’s economy, can create or save American jobs given the current administration’s anti-fossil fuel agenda.”

Representative Schock was complaining about regulations designed to […]

Shadow Vice President To March On The Chamber Of Commerce

The message of the marchers: Government policies that cater to the demands of large corporations, while ignoring human needs and the climate crisis, are destructive, not just ethically, but economically as well. […]

Irregular Times Political Donation: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

As Irregular Times writers, we’ve pledged to donate a dollar to international relief for every shirt we sell, but we also donate another dollar to good political causes within American borders. Our donation this month isn’t headed to some Democratic politician. For years the Democrats convinced us to vote them into office on the premise […]

Americans Elect wants you to know Americans are not really as Angry with Wall Street as you might Think

What does this “news item” at Americans Elect have to do with running its own online election to select a presidential candidate?

I have no earthly idea, especially because Americans Elect says it has no issues, ideology or agenda that it’s pushing.

But for whatever reason, Americans Elect really wants you to know that […]

Collection of Suspicious Activity Reports by Government Declines in 2009

When the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, the bar above which financial institutions are required to send the U.S. Government “suspicious activity reports” regarding Americans’ financial transactions was dramatically lowered. The Patriot Act also placed new emphasis on the use of financial surveillance to keep track of PEPs. That acronym stands for “politically exposed […]

Judd Gregg Wants Loopholes for Ski Poles

There’s one bit of legislative action by Senator Gregg that you won’t be able to read about in any press release from Senator Gregg’s office. It has to do with ski poles. […]

Remember John Shadegg Laughing It Up About Tanking Economy

Mem’ries May be beautiful and yet What’s too painful to remember We simply choose to forget…

Representative John Shadegg, 2007 Conservative Leadership Conference:

Uh, you know, I have friends back home in Arizona who say, “Oh, gosh, the economy is tanking, it’s going down, we’re in trouble.” And they’ve told me that, like, every six […]