Labor, Education & Pensions Issues
It’s rare that the liberal mayor of Boulder and conservative mayor of Colorado Springs strongly agree on something. When they do, we need to take notice. What the two agree on is that Senate Bill-25 — a bill that would grant collective bargaining rights for firefighters in those and other cities across the state — [...]
Americans who don't read past the headlines can sometimes be led astray, or only get part of the story. That's why legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey delighted his legion of loyal listeners by taking the time to clue them into "the rest of the story."
This news story provides an excellent case in point. The headline will be seized-on by some to argue that there's no demand for more domestic drilling, because the U.S. is now, suddenly, an exporter of certain fuels. But a look beyond the headline tells a more complicated story.
The Washington D.C. Police Department this week vowed to actually begin enforcing the law, including laws against assault, menacing and disturbing the peace but only after Occupy Washington goons roughed-up AFP supporters attending a Ronald Reagan tribute dinner on Friday evening. The dinner was part of AFPs Defending the American Dream Summit.
Fridays donnybrook outside the D.C. Convention Center was anything but a peaceful protest: rabid Occupiers pushed and shoved and verbally assaulted attendees, knocking down several senior citizens in the process. They blocked traffic. They ganged on windows like animals at the zoo. They provoked one young mother, fearing for the safety of her child, to go on the attack against the mob. All this while D.C.s finest -- the few of them that were there -- stood around as if on a donut break, passively letting the mayhem and abuse occur.
Just can't attend AFP's Defending the American Dream Summit this weekend in Washington, D.C.? We'll miss you not being there in person, but you can still enjoy much of the action, the excitement and the speakers without even leaving home.
How is that possible? It's the age of the Internet, baby. Almost anything is possible (at least until the govermnment starts messing with it). The AFP Foundation will be providing live streaming video of the summit, from the kick-off at 11 a.m. tomorrow to the end of the event, at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Just click here to access the live stream!
Why is the American economy in the dumper? We dont have time here to list all the reasons.
But one obvious anchor on any economy, and on the American economy especially, is rising energy costs. Like it or not and some Americans do not the fact is that theres a strong correlation between economic productivity and energy consumption, and higher energy prices mean that virtually everything we do or buy costs more. That reduces consumption, fuels inflation, eliminates profit margins, kills business (and jobs) and means Americans are paying more just to run in place.
No wonder the economy is sputtering.