Pittsburgh's Etch a sketch moment

We are just coming up on the 30-year anniversary of what might have been Pittsburgh’s Etch a sketch moment.  Three decades ago Pittsburgh was just about halfway through the 18 months that changed it forever.  In August 1981 the region’s unemployment rate was 7.2%; a high, but not scary level.  Total unemployed in the region measured 86,600.   . . . → Read More: Pittsburgh’s Etch a sketch moment

How to Play the Cleantech Energy Boom: Pavel Molchanov

With ever-higher oil prices encouraging record investment interest, the cleantech energy sector looks poised for leaps and bounds. The most successful investors will be those who understand the challenges facing not only different industry segments, but individual companies within the same segment. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Raymond James Energy . . . → Read More: How to Play the Cleantech Energy Boom: Pavel Molchanov

The Ryan Plan is Unserious

Yet Emmett Tyrell tries to defend it anyway:

Ryan is a supply-sider. He advocates one of the few economic innovations in years. He realizes that the budget cannot be balanced without faster economic growth. Sure, it would be nice to balance the budget in five years, but not with tax increases. Tax increases would . . . → Read More: The Ryan Plan is Unserious

Economic Events on March 30, 2012

At 8:30 AM Eastern time, the monthly Personal Income and Outlays report for February will be released. The consensus for Personal Income is an increase of 0.4% over the previous month and the consensus Consumer Spending index change is an increase of 0.6%.

At 9:45 AM Eastern time, the Chicago PMI Index for March . . . → Read More: Economic Events on March 30, 2012

My proposal to Congressman Joe Heck

“The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate, but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing consequences of that not merely for one group, but for all groups.” -Henry Hazlitt

Congressman Heck is trailing Mitt Romney in the valid solutions . . . → Read More: My proposal to Congressman Joe Heck

Fatal Flaws and Opportunities in Gold Investing: Brent Cook

Brent Cook, editor of Exploration Insights, describes the past 15 years of change in gold, copper and iron. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, he shares what he sees as the fatal flaws and opportunities in this complex industry, details the most important factors he looks for before investing, and names . . . → Read More: Fatal Flaws and Opportunities in Gold Investing: Brent Cook

Follow the Money

I have just one question in response to this paragraph:

Contrary to what we hear from Republicans, America did not lose its way in the past few years. It lost its way a generation ago when it abandoned its faith in government.

If no one has faith in the government, why can’t Americans to . . . → Read More: Follow the Money

Economic Events on March 29, 2012

At 8:30 AM Eastern time, the U.S. government will release its weekly Jobless Claims report. The consensus is that there were 350,000 new jobless claims last week, which would would be 2,000 more than the previous week.

At 8:30 AM Eastern time, the final GDP report for the fourth quarter of 2011 will be . . . → Read More: Economic Events on March 29, 2012

Emerging Gold Juniors and Explorers Should Recover in 2012: Jeff Berwick

Jeff Berwick, chief editor and founder of The Dollar Vigilante and avowed anarchist, holds precious metals for safety and holds their equities for profits. In this exclusive Gold Report interview, he counsels geopolitical diversity and paying close attention to precious metal stocks.

The Gold Report: Your newsletter, The Dollar Vigilante, is the closest . . . → Read More: Emerging Gold Juniors and Explorers Should Recover in 2012: Jeff Berwick

Bloomfield and the nexus of theology and community development

This is all a very hyperlocal and personal musing. The more global readership may want to filter it out.

There are two stories in the PG today that have everything to do with one another, yet have no reference to each other at all.   On first glance, the first story may appear to only have . . . → Read More: Bloomfield and the nexus of theology and community development