The Economist on Catalan Independence

A pro-secession protest in Catalonia on September 11th brought out 8% of the region's entire population, The Economist reports. Opinion polls have support for independence at about half of the electorate, possibly more. The moderate nationalists in power in Catalonia have even radicalized their platform. In the past, Convergence and Unity was a moderate nationalist, … Continue reading The Economist on Catalan Independence

New Hampshire Gubernatorial Race Poll

Rasmussen Reports has this just in on the NH gubernatorial race: Rasmussen Reports' first look at New Hampshire's gubernatorial race since the state's party primaries finds Republican Ovide Lamontagne slightly ahead of Democrat Maggie Hassan. A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Granite State shows Lamontagne earning 48% of the vote, while Hassan picks up 44% … Continue reading New Hampshire Gubernatorial Race Poll

Sunday Morning Quotation – Some Contrarian Thinking at the Fed (while channeling Dr. Hayek)

A nice acknowledgement by Richard Fisher, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, of what they at the Fed do not know: We are blessed at the Fed with sophisticated econometric models and superb analysts. We can easily conjure up plausible theories as to what we will do when it comes to our … Continue reading Sunday Morning Quotation – Some Contrarian Thinking at the Fed (while channeling Dr. Hayek)

Rick Perry Mocks the Creepy Obama Hand Thing

And makes a point too: HT: One of my FB friends (with apologies to George Will) And for more on the "creepy" things we've seen this fall, see these articles: here and here (and if you look at the first one, you'll see ScarJo looking as awesome as ever.  Too bad she isn't the kind of … Continue reading Rick Perry Mocks the Creepy Obama Hand Thing

The Case that Romney Isn’t Finished Yet

From Real Clear Politics: The basic argument for why Romney is being written off far too early is pretty simple. He trails the incumbent president by 48.2 percent to 45.3 percent in the RCP Average seven weeks before the election. There are very few races that have been this close, this far out from Election … Continue reading The Case that Romney Isn’t Finished Yet

On taxes and contributions

The graph below from NPR.org is both insightful and fair (as is the accompanying article.) But one thing has always struck me funny when discussing Social Security and Medicare with those on the left.  When they are defending the benefits of the programs, they always refer to "contributions" into a social insurance system, and they … Continue reading On taxes and contributions