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  1. Dan in Philly

    Obama will channel his inner Khrushchev, and claim his ideas of planned economy will leave the old ideas of free enterprise behind.

  2. Is this correlation or causation? I can easily believe forced unization states are also highly regulated states in other ways.

    1. You might just have a point there pete

      From Chief Executive New: Another Triumph for Texas: Best/Worst States for Business 2012

      Bottom four states: Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, and California…

    2. John Dewey

      Although there are a few exceptions, foreign automakers have been choosing right-to-work states for the past two decades. Honda did build in Ohio in the 80s and recently in Indiana. But it took big bribes to seal those deals.

      The presence of right-to-work laws may not be the number one criteria used in evaluating potential sites. Proximity to markets, to transportation infrastructure, and to suppliers has got to carry a lot of weight. But a favorable union climate is certainly a factor.

  3. I wonder if indeed there is anyone that believes that Obama wants jobs to be created by the private sector (OK, perhaps the 20 or 30% of those that voted for him and are indeed also convinced that the debt problem has been taken care of)

  4. Obama is as serious about job creation as he is about reducing medical costs.

    1. Obama is as serious about job creation as he is about reducing medical costs“…

      Yeah Just ask the Millennials

  5. MacDaddyWatch

    PROPOSED 24% INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE:

    1- Higher unemployment among entry-level, youth and the unskilled–those who can least afford it.

    2-An influx of even more illegals with all of its negative implications.

    The increase to $9.00 p/h comes when small businesses are being bombarded with costly regulations and inflation is at a benign 2%.

    Mindless.

  6. He’s got other ideas for job creation. The same loser who gave us the green jobs fiasco is now proposing, “..we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.”

    He fails every single time he tries this kind of garbage. He never learns when it blows up in his face, but we the taxpayers get the bill.

    1. SeattleSam

      He fails only if you assume his objective has something to do with delivering an economic return on the expenditure. It’s not. It’s to give government more and more control over directing capital flow. And in that he is wildly succeeding.

    2. He fails only if you assume…

      Oh! I see SeattleSam already said that.

      Nevermind. Just read Sam’s comment again – it’s spot on.

  7. so, there are two pubs A and B across the street.
    Both used to sell a pint for $4. Now A sells same beer for $3.50.
    Their sales are 10% up, and B has sales down by 8%.
    If B starts to sell for $3.50, do we expect 10% grows in both A and B next year?

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