Archive for May, 2011

One More Reason To Skip College And Move To California

My Mother was a fanatic about swimming lessons for her children. From the age of 5 until my early teens my summer mornings were tied up with progressively advanced lessons. I don’t think the Red Cross (that’s who provided the lessons at public pools) had at that time any certification that I didn’t earn. Like […]

Investing At Home

Mike Mandel has done some interesting digging and developed this rather intriguing list: He labels them “Investment Heroes” because they invest the most in the US economy. Here is why he finds their action important: Why is this important? We at PPI see long-term economic prosperity as resting on a three-legged stool: Investment in physical […]

Letting Light Shine On Campaign Contributions

Ezra Klein and Norman Ornstein have taken the GOP establishment as well as the Wall Street Journal to task for their opposition to the proposed executive order requiring the disclosure of political contributions by companies doing business with the federal government. The charge they level is hypocrisy. They have a point. Republicans, the WSJ and […]

Two Views Of Paul Ryan

Representative Paul Ryan was a guest at a gathering of the American Council on Capital Formation this week. Apparently, he spoke at length on a number of topics. Two of the better analysts around these days attended and offered their take on his positions. Ryan Avent was, shall we say, not taken by Mr. Ryan: […]

Employment Slogs Ahead

After a week or so of pretty middling economic news – paltry GDP growth in the first quarter, continuing increases in applications for unemployment insurance and weakness in the ISM measurement of services sector strength – there was more than a bit of breath holding in advance of this mornings April employment report. The breeze […]

War Dog

Stealth Blackhawks, real-time action reporting, night vision and impeccably trained and equipped fighters were all a apart of the successful mission that took down Osama bin Laden. It turns out that you can add one piece of equipment that’s older than the catapult and just about every other weapon which has been used over the […]

Workers Living Off The Dole

I can’t figure this one out: The number of people who filed new applications for jobless benefits leaped 43,000 last week to 474,000, the highest level in almost nine months. A Labor official attributed much of the increase to temporary layoffs in the auto sector and in the state of New York, where workers in […]