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Some Potentially VERY Good Economic News

Here's some potentially VERY good economic news that was lost amid the weekend news flurry.  Those with "skin in the game," and who likely possess the best perspective, are betting heavily on an upturn, as highlighted by Friday's Wall Street Journal:

Corporate insiders are buying stock in their own companies at a pact not seen in years, a sign they are betting on a rebound after a coronavirus-induced rout.  More than 2,800 executives and directors have purchased nearly $1.19 billion in company stock since the beginning of March.  That's the third-highest level on both an individual and dollar basis since 1988, according to the Washington Service, which provides data analytics about trading activity by insiders."

Here's why that's important:

Because insiders typically know the…[more]

March 30, 2020 • 11:02 am

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On the Basic Math of Bernie Sanders' Socialist Schemes:

"For those who can do simple arithmetic, here are some fun numbers on Bernie Sanders' harebrained socialist schemes:

"Bernie Sanders said at the debate last night that he wants minimum wage to be $15 per hour.

"15$ X 40 per week = $600

"600$ X 52 weeks per yr = $31,200

"Bernie Sanders wants free health care for all and was asked how he would pay for it. His answer was raise taxes to 52% on anybody making over $29,000 per year.

"52% of $31,000 = $16,224 in tax

"$31,200 - $16,224 = $14,976 is your pay

"$14,976 / 52 weeks = $288 per week

"$288 / 40 hr week = $7.20 per hour"

— Tweet By James Woods, Actor, Social Commentator (and MIT graduate)
— Tweet By James Woods, Actor, Social Commentator (and MIT graduate)
Posted February 21, 2020 • 07:29 am
On the Democrats' Las Vegas Debate:

"The upshot of this two-hour brawl was that the front-runner, Sanders, didn't take too much damage. The quickly rising Bloomberg took it on the chin, but he can probably erase most of the damage with another $400 million or so in television ads. Bloomberg isn't leaving the race any time soon, and Sanders is, at least right now, on track to get to Milwaukee with the most delegates. These two guys really disdain each other, and tonight suggested that the next few months will be an epic slugfest between two septuagenarians who vehemently oppose everything the other man represents.

"The gargantuan winner of the night was the Trump campaign. Tonight's debate shone a bright spotlight on the weaknesses of the candidates most likely to be the nominee, and it provided a ton of fodder for Trump ads in the general election."

— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
Posted February 20, 2020 • 07:26 am
On the Making of Michael Bloomberg:

"And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 'I need a tiny, soulless technocrat to tell everyone else how to live their lives.' So God made a Bloomberg.

"God said, 'I need a know-it-all Wall Street banker who made more money by getting fired than most men will make their entire lives working an honest job.' So God made a Bloomberg. ...

"God said, 'I need somebody with no charm, no charisma, and no compelling reason to ever serve in government to nonetheless buy his way onto the ballot, then buy his way into the mayor's office, then buy off the city council to eliminate the two-term limit on mayoral service. And then I need him to spend nine figures buying his way into the Democrat primary, because there would be nothing more hilarious than watching a broken down old socialist get robbed, again, by yet another New York crony who is the life-size poster child for everything that's wrong with modern capitalism.'

"So God made a Bloomberg."

— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
Posted February 19, 2020 • 08:04 am
On Common Sense in Virginia Politics:

"For once, common sense has won the day in Virginia politics. And yes, even a few Democrats deserve credit this time.

"On Monday, the Mike Bloomberg and Gov. Ralph Northam-backed 'assault weapons' ban that passed the Virginia House of Delegates died in the state Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would have outlawed future sales of so-called assault weapons, including popular firearm models such as the AR-15, and forced gun owners to turn in certain magazines or face criminal penalties, even jail time. It was a draconian measure that would have cracked down on the rights of law-abiding Virginians without meaningfully improving public safety in any way.

"The vote failed after four moderate Democrats broke with their party to kill the bill. Bravo to these four brave souls, who will have undoubtedly earned the ire of the anti-gun lobby, but ultimately, did the right thing. After all, there was no compelling evidence supporting this proposal to begin with."

— Brad Polumbo, Washington Examiner
— Brad Polumbo, Washington Examiner
Posted February 18, 2020 • 08:05 am
On Senate Judiciary Committee Probe into Russia 'Investigation':

"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is requesting interviews with a slew of current and former Justice Department and FBI officials as part of his panel's probe into the department's handling of the investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign.

"Graham sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Friday asking that he make 17 officials, many of whom are identified only by title, available for interviews. ...

"Graham has said he plans to call former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to testify as part of his investigation. ...

"'I'm going to get to the bottom of the FISA work process because it was an abuse of power of the Department of Justice, the FBI,' Graham told CBS News on Sunday."

— Jordain Carney, The Hill
— Jordain Carney, The Hill
Posted February 17, 2020 • 08:09 am
On Bernie Sanders' Vast Expansion:

"To young liberals, Bernie Sanders is a hero. The senator of Vermont speaks truth to power and rattles cages. His win in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, while narrow, makes him a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"To President Donald Trump and his supporters, however, 'Crazy Bernie' is a godsend, a guy they'd love to run against. South Carolina GOP leaders have urged Republicans to vote for him in the state's open Democratic primary. And Republican senators have refrained from investigations into his background.

"One big reason for this is Republicans know that large segments of the electorate would be repelled by Sanders' vast expansion of government spending at a time when Uncle Sam is already running $1 trillion annual deficits and is more than $23 trillion in debt.

"According to the liberal Progressive Policy Institute, Sanders' proposals would increase federal spending by a whopping $51.5 trillion over a decade. That's seven to eight times what relative moderates like Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are pushing. It is also more than 50 times the size of Obamacare, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2010 would cost less than $1 trillion over 10 years."

— The Editorial Board, USA TODAY
— The Editorial Board, USA TODAY
Posted February 14, 2020 • 09:02 am
On President Trump's Showing in New Hampshire:

"Voter enthusiasm. It's a term we often hear, but what exactly does it mean and how exactly can we quantify it? Hidden in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary results is a bit of data that helps us to answer both questions. While the Democrats were deepening their primary quandary and embarrassing poor Joe Biden, 118,774 voters cast ballots for President Trump in a race where he was essentially running unopposed.

"To put this in perspective, in 2012 incumbent Barack Obama received 49,080 votes in the New Hampshire primary. The all-time record for an incumbent was achieved by Bill Clinton with 76,797. ...

"From Trump's raucous arena rally in New Hampshire on Monday, it was clear that his core supporters are fired up for 2020 and ready to win. But a rally is one thing. It's an event, there's music, speeches, chicken fingers for sale, and of course, The Donald himself. For 118,000 people to take the time on a cold rainy New Hampshire day to vote in a race that is already decided is something else entirely."

— David Marcus, The Federalist
— David Marcus, The Federalist
Posted February 13, 2020 • 07:30 am
On Elizabeth Warren's Showing in New Hampshire:

"So Warren is still in. She has the organization and money to keep going at least for a few more states. But to what end?

"For a while three months ago, Warren, senator from neighboring Massachusetts, led the polls in New Hampshire. Since then, her trajectory has been down, down, down. What has been remarkable about the last week is how seldom she was mentioned when politicos discussed the latest in primary news. The story was the durability of Sanders' lead, or Buttigieg's surge, or the nearly-as-big surge from Klobuchar. Perhaps biggest of all was the implosion of Joe Biden, who led the RealClearPolitics average of New Hampshire polls as recently as January 15. ...

"Warren's supporters still cannot figure out quite how it happened. But they sense that she is now in a very difficult position, with no indication that things will get better anytime soon."

— Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
Posted February 12, 2020 • 07:37 am
On Draining the NSA of Obama-Era Holdovers:

"President Trump is making good on his promises to 'drain the swamp' and cut Obama-era holdovers from his staffs, especially the critical and recently controversial National Security Council.

"Officials confirmed that Trump and national security adviser Robert O'Brien have cut 70 positions inherited from former President Barack Obama, who had fattened the staff to 200.

"Many were loaners from other agencies and have been sent back. Others left government work."

— Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
— Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
Posted February 11, 2020 • 07:27 am
On Pearl-Clutching Democrats Going Into the 2020 General:

"Blinded by their personal contempt for the president and his supporters and captive to the wacko wing of the party, Pelosi's team still acts as if there is a magic button that will persuade even the deplorables to turn on the president.

"Meanwhile, Dems obviously intend to fritter away their two years of power without producing a coherent agenda that would give swing voters a reason to reelect them. A November platform of resistance, rage and failed impeachment is a narrow base appeal, not an effort to win the middle.

"The party's presidential candidates are also lost in space and aren't even generating the expected enthusiasm among primary voters. The counting debacle in Iowa obscured a larger problem: the caucus turnout was about 25 percent below estimates."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted February 10, 2020 • 07:45 am
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following pandemics caused the largest number of deaths in the 20th Century alone?
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"The city of San Francisco is forbidding shoppers from carrying reusable bags into grocery stores out of fear that they could spread the coronavirus.As part of its shelter-in-place ordinance, the California city barred stores from 'permitting customers to bring their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home.' The city noted that transferring the bags back and forth led to unnecessary contact…[more]
—Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner
— Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner
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