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If that population segment is shrinking, it stands to reason that the “fair share” of taxes from millionaires and billionaires is going to shrink too. Looks Like Wile E. Obama and the ACME Economic Destruction Co. are going to have to re-think their strategy. Or, maybe they already have, since they have lowered the threshold for “wealthy” down to $250,000 in income.

America’s millionaire population declined last year for the first time since the financial crisis, according to a new report.

The population of U.S. millionaire households (households with investible assets of $1 million or more) fell to 5,134,000 from 5,263,000 in 2011, according to The Boston Consulting Group’s Global Wealth study.

Total private wealth in North America fell by 0.9 percent, to $38 trillion.

The ultra-rich were the largest losers in dollar terms. Households in North America with investible assets of more than $100 million saw their wealth decline 2.4 percent. Their population declined slightly to 2,928 from 2,989.

via America Lost 129,000 Millionaires in 2011 – U.S. Business News – CNBC.

The hits just keep on comin’. The Bureau of Economic Analysis released a revised estimate for Q1 GDP (down) and a preliminary estimate for Q1 Corporate Profits (down from Q4). Let me guess: unexpected?

Time to make some more $1500 signs?

Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2012 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2011, real GDP increased 3.0 percent. The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the “advance” estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 2.2 percent (see “Revisions” on page 3).

Corporate Profits Profits from current production (corporate profits with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments) increased $11.4 billion in the first quarter, compared with an increase of $16.8 billion in the fourth quarter. Current-production cash flow (net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment) — the internal funds available to corporations for investment — decreased $98.4 billion in the first quarter, in contrast to an increase of $44.8 billion in the fourth.

I’m guessing in the next couple of days, Paul Krugman will write an editorial in the NYT calling for a new, bigger stimulus to correct the “mistake” made when the (not nearly large enough, according to him) first $800B didn’t work. Sigh.

Are you kidding me? Doesn’t this guy have anything else to do except think of ways to try and control people’s behavior? I love that fruit juices, milkshakes, and alcohol (no calories there, right?) are exempted. 15.5 oz cups, anyone?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on the verge of taking serious aim at sugary drinks, as he wants to ban such beverages larger than 16 fluid ounces from nearly all dining establishments in the city.

The city’s proposed ban on sugary drinks would apply to service in nearly all restaurants, movie theaters and street food carts and it is part of a Health Department aim to reduce obesity.

The ban, which if approved would be the first of its kind in the nation, would take affect in March 2013.

Diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based beverages like milkshakes and alcohol would be exempt from the ban and it would not affect sales in supermarkets or bodegas.

However, corner stores and all other establishments that receive a letter grade on food service from the Health Department would have to follow the ban.

The Health Department is not seeking City Council approval to move forward with this plan, but the city’s Board of Health would have to sign off on it, something that is considered a foregone conclusion.

Read the rest at NY1. H/T Weasel Zippers

I wish here were right, but that’s a highly unlikely scenario. I love Schultz’s (the left’s) assessment of Scott Walker in Wisconsin. They don’t know it yet, but guys like Walker are saving idiots like Schultz and his ilk from completely destroying Wisconsin, and the rest of the country. If they’re hanging their hopes on a win in the Wisconsin recall election, there’s a big load of disappointment coming (transcript of audio from Schultz’s show, via Newsbusters).

I would venture to say that most of the people that listen to the Ed Schultz radio show are good lefties. Or maybe they just like to hear something different every now and then because we’re just inundated with right-wing crap all over the radio dial in America, whatever reason. I guess I’m talking to lefties right now. Not that the rest of you can’t listen and we love it when you do.

But it’s pretty clear to me what’s happening here. They are trying to set it up that if Mitt Romney gets elected, if Mitt Romney gets elected, there will never be a Democratic president again in the history of the United States. The future is just, this is the way it’s going to be. There’ll never be a Democratic president in our lifetime again.  And when I say in our lifetime, I’m talking about long, long, long, long, long time.

This is why Wisconsin’s so important. The people of the country need to know that you can defeat it. And this in many respects is doing the country a favor, the way they’re operating, the way they’re lying, the way they’re backing up the worst candidate, the worst governor in the country, his record’s horrendous, and who he’s a puppet to.

So that’s why this is so important. They’re trying to make it so Barack Obama doesn’t get re-elected and no Democrat ever will be elected into the White House.

via Panicky Ed Schultz Predicts: If Romney Wins, There’ll ‘Never Be a Democratic President Again’ | NewsBusters.org.

…and out into the ocean, to the Gulf Stream, and over to Europe, where it belongs. The Useless Nations, in an attempt to promote tourism through the United Nations World Tourism Organization, is appointing ambassadors. Some of the folks they’ve recruited thus far:

  • Drew Barrymore
  • David Beckham
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Ricky Martin
  • Robert Mugabe

Wait, what? You mean Robert Mugabe, the ruthless dictator that has ruled Zimbabwe into abject poverty, while he and his family live like royalty? Yes, that Robert Mugabe.

He has killed scores of his own citizens and political opponents. He has devastated a nation, reducing it to unspeakable poverty while he and his family live in unrivaled luxury. He has denied everyone in his country every basic right and liberty. He has turned Zimbabwe into a pariah nation. And now Robert Mugabe is the newest ambassador for tourism for the United Nations. He will now work with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which appears interested in enlisting the help of dictators on vacation.

The United Nations is infamous for its absurd contradictions like Libya using the Human Rights Council to denounce homosexuals or Iran put on the United Nation’s Women Rights Commission. However, the selection of Mugabe is an affront to humanity since he should have been arrested and tried for human rights violations years ago.

We have long discussed the disgusting Mugabe and his wife. Their level of corruption and cruelty in the country is unspeakable.

Mugabe will join Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin as the ambassadors for the United Nations. I cannot understand why those celebrities have not refused the ambassadorships rather than be associated with one of humanity’s greater war criminals.

Ironically, Mugabe, 88, is under a travel ban. However, if he cannot visit other countries, he still wants people to come and visit Zimbabwe with its killing fields and abject poverty.

The U.N. is busy trying to justify the selection of Mugabe to folks who are rightly outraged at the selection. They will try, but they cannot. We should send the whole thing packing.

Read the rest at Jonathon Turley’s blog

You’ve seen them, too: incredibly stupid warning labels. You wonder why in the world anyone would need a label like that. There’s a contest now for the wackiest, and it’s in its 15th year. Here are this year’s finalists:

An electric razor for men that warns “Never use while sleeping.” Sent in by Dave Woehrer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A 7-inch decorative globe that comes with the warning: “These globes should not be referred to for navigation.”  Sent in by Kelly Watson, Winona, Texas

A “Laptop Steering Wheel Desk” that cautions: “Never use this product while driving.”  Sent in by Anne Readett,  Okemos, Michigan.

A Neck Pillow made for children that warns: “Keep product away from infants and children.”  Sent in by Noelle McDonald, San Jose, California.

An electric skillet that warns:  “Caution: griddle surface may be hot during and after cooking.”  Sent in by Jason Ellis, Fowlerville, Michigan.

via America’s Wackiest Warning Labels Selected In 15th Annual Contest — Let’s Be Fair!.