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  • Ford (F) Oct. U.S. sales: +19.2% to 157,935 vehicles, vs. Edmunds expectations of +14%. Cars up 20%; utilites up 9%; trucks up 25%. F-Series pickup (Truck month promotion) +24% to 49,041; Fusion +29% to 17,362. Escape SUV +16.9% to 14,578. (PR)  [View news story]
    Average price for a Ford is $30,000. Go figure. Depends on where you live. My area seems to be hopping, see a lot of new cars with the temp plates. Walked into the wrong door of Macy's the other day (for a quick hunt and shoot shopping trip), stumbled into the purse and shoe department - utter mad scene.
    Nov 3, 2010. 12:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Election Results: Big Win for GOP, Potential Loss for the Economy [View article]
    Other things have changed. Used to be you could afford a house without having to have a well-paying job. My father made $3000 a year in 1965 and bought a house while raising 4 kids. And no, my mother didn't work. Looking back on it, smart parents (those in their 70's and 80's) have done quite well making the years of inflation work for them.
    Nov 3, 2010. 12:38 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Election Results: Big Win for GOP, Potential Loss for the Economy [View article]
    And military spending (by the USSR), led to their demise.
    Nov 3, 2010. 12:33 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Election Results: Big Win for GOP, Potential Loss for the Economy [View article]
    Do these people not see the word "social" when they get their checks? SS was meant as insurance against poverty in old age, not a reason to retire early without having a large savings.
    Nov 3, 2010. 11:46 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Election Results: Big Win for GOP, Potential Loss for the Economy [View article]
    Very good comments.
    Nov 3, 2010. 11:45 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Election Results: Big Win for GOP, Potential Loss for the Economy [View article]
    I'm sure Mr. Boehner will also cancel his tanning parlor membership.
    Nov 3, 2010. 11:43 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Election Results: Big Win for GOP, Potential Loss for the Economy [View article]
    What if I bought a house that I could afford but all my savings was lost because my local bank went belly-up? Was I too stupid to just keep my money buried in the backyard? So you would favor a run on the banks because of ideology and not follow practicality?
    Nov 3, 2010. 11:41 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Election Results: Big Win for GOP, Potential Loss for the Economy [View article]
    Capitalism also created the slave trade, rampant pollution, and child labor. We are, after all, humans. We have laws that regulate our behavior, we need laws to regulate our commerce. Once again, we are merely human, not wholly benevolent capitalists. To paraphrase Churchill, capitalism is the worst type of economic system, except for all the rest.
    Nov 3, 2010. 09:32 AM | 21 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Election Results: Big Win for GOP, Potential Loss for the Economy [View article]
    Couple longevity and guaranteed benefits (including SS) and we do have a problem. Unfortunately, only a benevolent despot will be able to fix that problem.
    Nov 3, 2010. 08:26 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is headed for a "fiscal train wreck," Nouriel Roubini writes, and the likely makeup of Congress after Tuesday's election virtually takes fiscal reform off the table. Paul Krugman concurs that large Republican gains would lead to Congressional chaos and a weaker economy.  [View news story]
    I must agree that the pension system is way to generous. Retirement at 55 should not be an option. But then, in other countries, including Norway with the best educational system (100% union, by the way, two teachers per class), retirement is taken care of by the state, as is healthcare, so there are no disparities between teachers and other professions. I was a bit appalled to find out how much was spent per student in Jersey city, way more than my town, Milford. (Yes, that Milford, Cincinnatus). Trouble with any education system is parents not giving a you know what. Sit on your kids and make them do their homework. I had a bad teacher here and there 30 years ago but still pride myself on my education.
    Oct 31, 2010. 06:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is headed for a "fiscal train wreck," Nouriel Roubini writes, and the likely makeup of Congress after Tuesday's election virtually takes fiscal reform off the table. Paul Krugman concurs that large Republican gains would lead to Congressional chaos and a weaker economy.  [View news story]
    And at angry bear:
    www.angrybearblog.com/...

    Number of federal employees per capita grew under Reagen, fell the most under Clinton.
    Oct 31, 2010. 11:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is headed for a "fiscal train wreck," Nouriel Roubini writes, and the likely makeup of Congress after Tuesday's election virtually takes fiscal reform off the table. Paul Krugman concurs that large Republican gains would lead to Congressional chaos and a weaker economy.  [View news story]
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    The conservative Brookings Institute of Gore's effort to reinvent government. A fifth year report.
    Oct 31, 2010. 11:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is headed for a "fiscal train wreck," Nouriel Roubini writes, and the likely makeup of Congress after Tuesday's election virtually takes fiscal reform off the table. Paul Krugman concurs that large Republican gains would lead to Congressional chaos and a weaker economy.  [View news story]
    Government did shrink under Clinton-Gore. The making of a smaller and more government was Gore's main job. Government exploded in growth under Bush.
    Oct 29, 2010. 02:23 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is headed for a "fiscal train wreck," Nouriel Roubini writes, and the likely makeup of Congress after Tuesday's election virtually takes fiscal reform off the table. Paul Krugman concurs that large Republican gains would lead to Congressional chaos and a weaker economy.  [View news story]
    My feelings exactly.
    Oct 29, 2010. 02:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is headed for a "fiscal train wreck," Nouriel Roubini writes, and the likely makeup of Congress after Tuesday's election virtually takes fiscal reform off the table. Paul Krugman concurs that large Republican gains would lead to Congressional chaos and a weaker economy.  [View news story]
    And vice verse. Trust me, if we went totally to the right, we would be drinking chemically laced water and breathing noxious air. Totally free markets won't cure pollution on their own. Clean Air Act is just one program the extreme right wants to gut. Balance.
    Oct 29, 2010. 02:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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