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Texas Is Booming…but CNN Doesn’t Want You to Know Why

Much of my writing is focused on the real-world impact of government policy, and this is why I repeatedly look at the relative economic performance of big government jurisdictions and small government jurisdictions. But I don’t just highlight differences between nations. Yes, it’s educational to look at North Korea vs. South Korea or Chile vs. […]

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Where’s Minnesota’s booming economy?

I’ve written several posts highlighting the fact that the DFL won’t stop yapping about Minnesota’s supposedly great economy. See here, here and here. Though this article won’t prevent the DFL’s spinmeisters from telling everyone within earshot that Minnesota’s economy is fantastic, it gives me this chart to prove the DFL spinmeisters wrong: The key statistic […]

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Testing Reality Check’s statements

After reading Pat Kessler’s Reality Check article, I thought a test of Reality Check’s statements were in order. Let’s start here: “A few years ago, things in Minnesota weren’t going very well,” says the narrator, a thick-Minnesota accented hockey player. “So we got a new coach.” In fact, Gov. Dayton won re-election after Republican Gov. […]

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MNsure: Dayton’s competency test

When it was first launched, Democrats praised MNsure, Gov. Dayton’s health insurance exchange. If Democrats are smart, which is still open to debate, Democrats should run from the issue. A pair of stories, this story from CBS and this story from KSTP, show that MNsure is a disaster: More than 3,700 people in Minnesota are […]

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Dayton-DFL deficit

This summer, Gov. Dayton, the DFL and ABM (pardon the repetition) have talked up Minnesota’s economy well beyond reality. As part of their schtick, they’ve talked about how they’ve solved Minnesota’s deficits. They’ve done nothing of the sort. Gov. Dayton’s and the DFL legislature’s appetite for spending is never satisfied. The gap between more and […]

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Obama Trivia: Eight questions with answers that may or may not surprise you!


What will determine the level of surprise, if any, is whether the question answerer is an Obamabot sycophant or a living, breathing and most importantly thinking human being!

1) Is American household income higher today than it was when Barack Obama took office? No. Lower, by $2,500.
2) Are more Americans working today than there were when Barack Obama took office? Nominally yes. 146 million vs. 142 million, but as the population has grown by 13 million, a lower percentage of the population is actually working, 45.6% vs. 46.3%
3) Are there fewer Americans living in poverty today than there were when Barack Obama took office? No.  More are. 44 million in 2009 – 14.3% of the population vs. 48 million today, 15% of the population.
4) Are there more or fewer Americans on food stamps today than there were when Barack Obama took office? More. 47 million vs. 34 million.
5) Has the percentage of Americans with health insurance increased since Obamacare passed? No. 83.4% vs. 84.0%.
6) How does Barack Obama’s progressive recovery compare to Ronald Reagan’s free market recovery? Not well: 5.8% total growth over his first 5 years vs. 17.7% for Reagan’s.
7) Is Iraq better off or worse off today than it was when Barack Obama took office? Far worse.
8) Is the world a more stable or friendly place today than it was when Barack Obama took office? Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Venezuela, Honduras…  Not so much.

H/T RedState
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