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An economic stimulus is all the rage in Washington these days. The president says he is seriously considering one and may reveal it in his State of the Union Address; congressional Democrats are talking about one of their own that could be announced before the SOTU occurs.
It's hard not to be impressed with a song, like "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay," which Danny and the Juniors made popular half a century ago, that is still being sung.
It's also hard not to be impressed by how popular earmarks are in the local area where the money will be spent and how angry voters in those areas are when the money they were hoping would be appropriated isn't provided.
Former U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Richard Rahn has a "don't worry be happy" piece in today's Washington Times that, at least when it comes to the federal budget and U.S. fiscal policy, is one of the best examples of selective memory I've seen in a long time.
Rahn says that, because the budget deficit fell slightly from 2006 to 2007, the Bush tax cuts have been a huge success. Here's what he's conveniently not saying:
So what will Washington do between now and Election Day when it comes to the economy? If we’re talking about the White House and Congress, the answer is “not much.”
One of the standard practices of public relations is that the best time to release a statement, study, report, press release, etc. that you don't want to get much attention is late on a Friday afternoon or the day before a major holiday, like New Year's. So the fact that NASA decided that December 31 was the right time to release its long-withheld study of commercial airline pilots complaints about the air traffic control system by itself makes you wonder why NASA was trying to bury the information.
I like and appreciate C-SPAN and have great admiration for it's founder, Brian Lamb.
But my appearance on Christmas morning was the first time I had been C-SPAN for about a decade. There are two reasons.
First, they haven't called.
Second, I haven't reached out to them because the calls you receive while on the air are often from very angry people for who facts and rational arguments are of little interest.
One of my biggest concerns about the ongoing mortgage situation is the continuing (or even growing) use of anecdotes about what brokers and lenders did to excuse homebuyers from taking any responsibility for their actions.