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The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he…

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Affordable Energy Media Campaign

Affordable Energy Media Campaign

This is a press release issued by NAM today directly from John Engler, President and CEO. Congress returns from its summer recess next week, and high on the agenda will be proposals from President Obama and congressional leadership to raise taxes on America’s energy sector. These potential tax increases would cause serious damage to the manufacturing sector, job creation and…

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State of the Union: What’s at Stake

State of the Union: What’s at Stake

Tonight President Obama will command the attention of Congress, the nation and the world as he delivers his first State of the Union Address.  And there is a lot at stake. According to recent polls, President Obama’s approval rating hovers around 50%, which is a far cry from the 65% rating he enjoyed a few months ago. However, when you…

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A Doozy of a New Year

A Doozy of a New Year

I sure hope the holidays were restful for our nation’s lawmakers, because the second session of the 111th Congress is shaping up to be a doozy.  First, we have health care reform – the House and Senate approved their respective bills in the waning days of 2009, and the process wasn’t pretty. Now Congress and the Obama Administration have the…

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Stuck on the Sidelines

Stuck on the Sidelines

Judging by the reaction, this morning’s employment report, which showed a net decline of only 11,000 jobs and 0.2 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate, is being received as a sign the job market is on the mend. While the rapid deceleration in job losses is certainly welcome news, some of the details of the report highlight what still…

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The Politics and Policy of Job Creation

The Politics and Policy of Job Creation

This week House and Senate leaders announced that Congress will do something to respond to rising unemployment before they adjourn for the year.  I don't know any economist — or anyone else, for that matter — who would argue that the current 10.2% unemployment rate and lack of job creation in this economic recovery is NOT a problem.  Quite the contrary – workers…

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