Posts filed under “Politics”

Source of Government Shutdown Has Faltering Economy

Blowback to Economically Weak GOP Districts?
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Source: Washington Post



At the source of the shutdown, the economy falters — and anger at Barack Obama runs high
Jim Tankersley
Washington Post, October 28 2013–and-anger-at-obama-runs-high/2013/10/28/67d51c90-3fe2-11e3-a751-f032898f2dbc_story.html

Category: Digital Media, Economy, Politics

Rand Paul & Janet Yellen

Rand Paul & Janet Yellen David R. Kotok Cumberland Advisors, October 25, 2013       There are reports that Senator Rand Paul intends to put a “hold” on Janet Yellen’s nomination for Federal Reserve Chair. Senator Paul is involved in an absolute act of lunacy. He wants to put Janet Yellen’s nomination on hold…Read More

Category: Federal Reserve, Politics, Think Tank

The New American Center

  This is the first two of 13 charts that help to define the new American “Center” click for all 13 graphics Source: Esquire    

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Politics

Washington’s Open Secret: Profitable PACs

Most Americans believe it’s illegal for politicians to profit from their public office but, as Steve Kroft reports, that’s not the case.

October 20, 2013 4:37 PM

See also Washington’s open secret: Profitable PACs

Category: Politics, Really, really bad calls, Video

A Wonderful Circus

Thats how the FT’s delightful Martin Wolf described the recent silliness in Washington DC:


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Category: Politics, Really, really bad calls, Video

The Truth About the Deficit

Yesterday, I was on Pete Dominick’s Sirius XM Satellite radio show (audio below). A caller asked about how to close the deficit. His comments revealed that his concern about the deficit was merely a ruse, a tool to be used to achieve very different goals. If you are truly concerned about deficit, then what you…Read More

Category: Mathematics, Politics, Really, really bad calls

If you want to understand the government shutdown and crisis in Washington, you need to get inside the base of the Republican Party. That is what we are doing in the Republican Party Project and these focus groups with Evangelicals, Tea Party, and moderate Republicans. All the passion, nuances and divisions found expression when we…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Politics, Psychology, Think Tank

Deal Done!

Deal Done! David R. Kotok October 16, 2013     Deal done! Lesson 1. There will be no default. Disgraceful, divisive Democrats and ridiculed, repugnant Republicans, who share blame equally for this horrendous example of poor governance, are aware that the country must not default. They agree on that. So, no default! Lesson 2. Government…Read More

Category: Politics, Think Tank

Who Goes to Work? Who Stays Home?

Click for interactive graphic Source: NYT

Category: Employment, Politics

How the Government Pays Its Debt

Click for interactive graphic Source: Washington Post

Category: Politics, Taxes and Policy