Welcome to the post-sequester apocalypse. As much as President Obama will have us believe otherwise, the greatest financial catastrophe in the coming days will not be of Washington's making at all.
If you're looking to see what a policy of liberalism can do to a city, look no further then Rock City. Despite one of the most aggressive ECD campaigns featuring celebrities Eminem, Jeff Daniels and Tim Allen, not even Hollywood can save Detroit from going broke and despite being taken over by the State of Michigan saving the City still had to declare bankruptcy.
President Obama on October 13, 2012 stated that he "refused to let Detroit go bankrupt." Well, Mr. Obama maybe you should have tried to write a very big personal check to save Detroit as once again your words have been proven false. more >>
We all know the economy is struggling. We feel it at the gas pump and we watch our paychecks diminish with increased tax assessments. But while many of us hear the rumors of sequestration and layoffs plow through our companies, the nation faces a greater problem in low income areas.
The number of households below the poverty line is increasing, and we are still missing about 2.6 million jobs compared to the employment levels of January 2008. But not every area of the country is struggling at the same rate. Some cities still have double-digit unemployment while others are recovering, adding thousands of jobs each month. And, not surprisingly, people are responding by moving to the areas with greater opportunity.
In April, Bloomberg released a list of the top twelve "boomtowns" in the United States. These were the metropolitan areas that had experienced the greatest growth in population according to US Census data, and the greatest growth in economic productivity as measured by Gross Domestic Product, adjusted for inflation. Number six on the list was no surprise to anyone: the growth of Washington DC is of course directly related to the growth of the federal government. But nine of the remaining eleven cities were in states with Republican governors. Texas alone boasted four of them-Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas-which is perhaps why President Obama opted to make Austin the first stop on his "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour" in May. more >>
There is sad news for hormone-driven boys nationwide. The Girls Gone Wild empire went into bankruptcy, brought down by hubris, missteps, litigation and changing technology.
It was a tragic day in America for purveyors of pornography. On the day the bankruptcy was announced, nudie bar owners across the nation ordered their strippers to fly their tassels at half mast. Anyone who watched late-night TV during the early 2000s understands the business model of Girls Gone Wild and its Hugh Hefner understudy, Joe Francis. He made millions by applying incremental thinking on how trashy mass entertainment could get.
Even as a pretty easygoing father of two college-aged daughters, I never looked forward to seeing GGW ads on TV. I'd like their videos to be shown in reverse; that way, it would have looked like the girls had learned their lesson. more >>
A Georgia-based charity associated with the United Methodist Church may have broken the Guinness World Record for number of sandwiches made in one hour.
Action Ministries, a faith-based charity organization with ties to the UMC, reported making 2,988 sandwiches in one hour at a Saturday gathering on behalf of the group Smart Lunch, Smart Kid.
If confirmed by Guinness officials, this would pass the present record of 2,706 sandwiches set by Eckrich Bacon Lover's Deli Meats of New York City in May. more >>
I enjoy collecting information about studies that relate to some aspect of the Bible. Over and over, social science data tends to confirm the Scriptures.
A new study verifies the truth revealed in Paul's statement in the Bible that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Paul didn't say that money is the root of evil---although I've heard people misrepresent the Bible as supposedly saying that. Nor did he say it's the lack of money that is the root of evil, although I've heard some people say that's what it should say. more >>
If you have to keep it a secret, you probably shouldn't be doing it.
But the California legislature and the new Covered California health insurance exchange are conspiring to keep secret how they will dole out more than half a billion dollars in taxpayer dollars to contractors. The lion's share of the money is going for what the exchange budget terms "outreach."
In truth, the money is going to build Democratic Party enrollment. more >>