America is economically obese, too.
Democracy, Limited Edition:The enthusiastic middle-class youth who brought down Mubarak are not as happy today as they thought they'd be. But then they didn't think the new military government would throw 7,000 of them in jail pending abuse, torture, a trial and more jail. They should have read the fine print.
The Good News: US retail sales fell, but less than expected – so stocks zoomed up.
Busy, Busy: As the US House voted against funding the start-up war in Libya, the Pentagon stepped up its undeclared war in Yemen – but this one is funded through the CIA so the Congress can't do anything about it.
Pandering: In New York, a proposed law would let disgruntled parents fire half the teachers, or the principal or both, or close the school, or privatize it. Okay, but let's require that any parent voting for such an action must have completed high school, attended all of their child's parent teacher conferences and PTA meetings for the last two years, volunteered to assist the school on at least one project in the current year, and voted in favor of a school tax increase.
Smaller Small Business: Hiring by small businesses in May was at an 8-month low.
Forward To The Past: Republican presidential wannabes, when not running in lockstep against Obama, sing in 7, 8 or 12 part harmony about the glories cut-throat capitalism could bring back if only the government would stop helping the poor and elderly, quit protecting the environment, let the Wall Street
rapists investors have their way, outlaw unions and the minimum wage, and keep out all illegal aliens who are not agricultural slaves, nannies or roofers. They are undecided about the 40-hour work week and child labor.
Why? A headline proclaims: Secret US/Afghan Talks Could See Troops Stay for Decades.
Cart, Horse: “... the current slowdown in the US and, increasingly, global growth can be turned around if the globe’s automatic stabilizer, the oil price, eases.” From here it looked far more like the rising price of oil acted like an automatic deflator of economic growth. Again.
Egg, Face: The Republicans forgot that at least one major block of unionized voters was on their side. 'Was' being the operative word, at least among the police in Florida.
Killing Bambi: The benignly yclept Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act would authorize the slaughter of sea lions along the Columbia River. It seems they are eating too many salmon. Of course as soon as those sea lions are killed others will show up for lunch and then they'll have to be killed. And so on.
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