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A Year of Fear
National Review, by Kevin D. Williamson

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Posted By:garnet, 1/1/2014 2:45:15 PM

Anno Domini 2013 was an excellent opportunity to learn the lesson that we failed to learn in 1857, 1933, 1971, and 2008: Uncertainty is the destroyer. Economic growth remains unsteady, with a consensus among experts that the economy is slowing down as the year closes — Bloomberg calculates the average of economic-growth forecasts at a tepid 1.8 percent. Key figures remained negative in 2013, from the labor-force participation rate (down 2.7 percentage points since Barack Obama took office) to the employment-to-population ratio (down 2 percentage points during the same period). The most important of those economic indicators, at least so

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/1/2014 2:56:21 PM     (No. 9675797)

I´m not an economic expert, but over the past five years I´ve had numerous discussions on the topic with friends and family. I tell people that the economy is in a funk and will not improve appreciably until 0bama is gone. Aside from the abundance of manufactured paper swirling around Wall Street, the economy is bouncing along the bottom. People just don´t trust 0bama.

This is a great article.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/1/2014 3:32:51 PM     (No. 9675845)

Beef is $5.00 a pound.

Don´t pee on my leg.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 1/1/2014 5:03:02 PM     (No. 9675947)

First of all, we need to grow out of the rut created by QE. And they haven´t stopped QE yet.

Secondly, in order to have investment, you need to have a clear business model. Nothing can murk up the waters more than Obamacare and it´s uncertainties.

Third, when you attack energy companies, you raise the costs of doing business for everyone.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 1/1/2014 5:03:59 PM     (No. 9675949)

No, it´s just raining, #2. :-)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: djcdjc, 1/1/2014 6:17:07 PM     (No. 9675995)

Nice to see Ms Noonan and Paglia are having second thoughts about Obama. Awaiting Brokaw´s re-evaluation.

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