No fracking way

Today is the International Day of Action Against Fracking.

People all around the world are taking action against fracking (or hydraulic fractioning) today. By now, you’ve probably seen the scary water photos (that the government, of course, assures us are harmless), heard the horror stories, and become aware of how dangerous fracking can be. From ground water contamination to air pollution, flowback to spills, fracking presents a danger to humans as well as our environment and wildlife. So why is it still happening?

Because it’s profitable, of course. Isn’t that always the answer?

Could Angus King rule D.C.?

Considering a reasonable scenario

As we've discussed in this space, the conventional wisdom is that former independent Maine Gov. Angus King will caucus with the Democratic party in the U.S. Senate if he wins (as he is strongly favored to do) the open seat up for election in November.  The premise is that King is generally more liberal than conservative in his views, endorsed President Obama's reelection, and supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Tax cuts and economic growth: An inverse relationship

Do tax decreases spark economic growth?

The Atlantic provides a recent history of how tax increases and decreases actually effect the economy. As the article points out, lowering the tax rate does not in fact increase and spur economic growth in this country. The article is accompanied by a handy chart comparing national tax rates in comparison to the economic growth in the United States. 

Both the first George Bush’s tax increase in 1990 and Bill Clinton’s tax increase in 1993 led to a rate of peak economic growth in the United States. In contrast, George W. Bush’s tax cuts were followed by the economic downturn that turned into a recession and what some may term as a recession. 

Senate Race Update: National

New forecast is out: Democrats may have slight edge in very close race

For the first time this election season, the New York Times-affiliated election-prediction website has revealed the results of its model for the 212 U.S. Senate races.

The site uses polling data and other forecasting methods to determine the current likelihood of a given outcome in a given race.  Here is a sampling of the results as of September 18, and you can visit the site for the full account.

Job ideas for today's economy

How can the United States create more jobs?

I’ve been watching the elections and looking for work at the same time. The word on each and every candidate’s lips is jobs. But it’s hard to determine whether or not any particular candidate’s job plans will actually work in the economy, which has yet to recover fully. 

The stimulus plan did create jobs; I know because as I am driving around getting frustrated because I am stuck in traffic, I see work projects all around me with union workers and the goal of developing the infrastructure of today’s economy. That said, the government still needs more job creation ideas. 


Here are three articles containing job creation ideas: 

Senate Race Update: VA, OH, FL, IN

New polls seem a little questionable ... both sides take fight to Indiana

A series of polls by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News in Virginia, Ohio and Florida appear to show good news for the Democratic candidates in those races, but also appear to have some degree of Democratic tilt.

The Virginia poll showed former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) and former Sen. George Allen (R) in a tie at 46-46.  The same poll showed President Obama leading former Gov. Mitt Romney by 49-44 in the Old Dominion, a margin somewhat higher than most observers anticipate.

Senate Race Update: Maine & Connecticut

GOP moves a chess piece in Maine ... Democrats start to respond in CT

The U.S. Senate race in Maine apparently will continue to be both intriguing and convoluted.

After long-term Republican incumbent Sen. Olympia Snowe stepped aside, former Gov. Angus King, an independent, emerged as the instant frontrunner.  King had been a popular governor who tapped into the state’s independent streak.

Senate Race Update: Ohio & Michigan

Democratic incumbents appear to maintain their edge

There are no less than four new polls in the Ohio U.S. Senate race between Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) and challenger State Treasurer Joel Mandel (R).  Mandel is the youthful Iraq veteran who’s been making a charge at one-term incumbent Brown.

All four polls are strikingly similar, which gives them added weight.  They are probably a good assessment of where the race stands:

PPP: Brown 48, Mandel 40

Gravis Marketing: Brown 48, Mandel 42

Petition for our parks

Just a quick signature and you’re done!

Did you know that 95 percent of Americans claim to care about National Parks? It must be the five percent who who are leaving their beer cans and other litter behind then, right?  Our rule has always been to leave the campsite a little bit better than it was when we found it—and that rule goes for life in general, not just National Parks.

Click to end Alzheimer’s

Raise your voice to help find a cure.

People who know family or friends with Alzheimer’s knows what a scary disease it can be. I know many people whose greatest fear is dementia, and one of my dearest friends lost her grandfather to the horrible disease. He did lots of scary things when she was young—accuse her of being a spy, wander away from home lost—and when she lost him, it was almost like a release for him, though it was still an immense loss for her.


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