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  • The Sky Is Falling - Only 74,000 Jobs Created [View instapost]
    sorry for the confusion on the 2014 data point. it is for one week only - but to make it appear, i have to stretch it to two weeks. Simply it is a single dot showing the 4 week moving average for the first week of 2014.

    as far as trends are concerned, the current value is approximately at the historical trend level for unemployment. see for an expanded analysis.
    Jan 13, 2014. 02:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Economic Growth Accelerating? [View instapost]
    my "guess" is the kind of things we export are not particularly linked to subtle variations in the dollar.
    Dec 23, 2013. 09:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Look At Holiday Retail Sales [View article]
    i did not adjust the numbers for inflation, but i wonder if the real story this year is not profit margins. we will know soon enough.
    Dec 23, 2013. 09:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Extend Unemployment Benefits? [View article]
    every one has an opinion on this based on where they are standing, and what they are seeing. my point is that unemployment claims are in a normal range - which suggests extraordinary measures are not necessary.

    however, i do not like the current system on how we teach our citizens skill sets to find jobs.
    Dec 15, 2013. 08:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Raise The Minimum Wage? [View article]
    also the author clearly labeled the graphic as indexed on the year 2000 (not 1955)
    Dec 12, 2013. 08:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Happened To Consumer Income In October? [View instapost]
    all true - but i use a 3 month rolling average on income, and it went flat.
    Dec 8, 2013. 11:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Economy Is Now Growing To Trend [View instapost]
    totally agree ..
    Dec 1, 2013. 09:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Another Reason To Suspect The Economy Is Improving [View article]
    agreed about aggregate income growth - that is why i provided median income data.
    Nov 18, 2013. 08:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Government Shutdown Over, But What Did It Achieve? [View article]
    look at employment levels which are the end result of fiscal and regulatory policy.[1][id]=USPRIV
    Oct 20, 2013. 08:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare And The Government Shutdown [View article]
    Logical - good to hear from you,

    1) most of the doctors in the tourism hospitals have trained in the USA, and have the ability to practice in the USA.

    2) the tourism hospitals are state of the art - with the identical equipment. the same disposable products or permanent products are used on the patients. they are able to purchase all at significant savings over usa prices (different tort laws).

    i believe the current laws (especially the direct and indirect costs of tort) which are causing a good portion of the cost difference.
    Oct 13, 2013. 09:10 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare Reducing Insurance Premiums [View article]
    Many people believe Obamacare was a major step in the reduction of health care costs. I see no evidence that there is any dynamic in play that will effect the current rate of growth of health care costs.
    Sep 15, 2013. 06:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare Reducing Insurance Premiums [View article]
    Hungry, I suggest your read the entire post instead of only the first paragraph. No point you are making is disputed by this post.
    Sep 15, 2013. 09:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Sad State Of Consumer Income [View article]
    investor talkroom - you are correct.
    Sep 1, 2013. 08:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Blaming Obamacare For Decline In Average Work Week Hours [View article]
    the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    for the record, i have lived most of my life in socialized medicine countries - and i believe this is the way to go. this dogmatic belief does not swing me into favoring Obamacare. This legislation to me has too many downside risks - and was not thought out well enough.

    if you look at how the various countries in the world embedded socialized medicine - you will quickly realize that several required legs were not included. further, where i have seen socialized medicine mechanisms first hand - they were always dual tracked with a private system operating side-by-side.
    Aug 27, 2013. 08:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • July Retail Sales Were Good But ... [View article]
    i agree - but i cannot prove it because real time median data does not exist.
    Aug 19, 2013. 08:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment