Keep the Hopenchange: Personal incomes drop

posted at 4:10 pm on March 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

How bad was 2009 for Americans?  Rampant unemployment got combined with huge pricing signals for higher taxes and costs for businesses in a way that had everyone squeezing pennies until Abraham Lincoln squealed.  Not surprisingly, the recession and those pricing signals added up to a big negative for American income in 42 states:

Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

Nevada’s 4.8% plunge was the steepest, as construction and tourism industries took a beating. Also hit hard: Wyoming, where incomes fell 3.9%. …

Nationally, personal income from wages, dividends, rent, retirement plans and government benefits declined 1.7% last year, unadjusted for inflation.

Guess where the pain was felt the least?

Incomes stayed flat in two states and rose in six and the District of Columbia.

Gee, I wonder why incomes rose in DC?

K Street’s top 25 firms cashed in on the aggressive legislative agenda unleashed by the new president and bigger Democratic majorities in Congress in 2009 to post double-digit growth of about 10 percent over the previous year.

Despite economic uncertainty and the promise by the Obama administration to clamp down on the influence industry, the majority of top lobbying firms posted higher numbers in 2009, with 11 firms showing dramatic growth.

How’s that Hope and Change working out for America, anyway?  Not too well, according to RealClearPolitics columnists George Bittlingmayer, Arthur Havenner & Thomas Hazlett (via Jim Geraghty):

Counter to the predictions put forward a year ago by the Administration, when it claimed that “more than 90 percent of the jobs created are likely to be in the private sector,” U.S. companies employed 3.9 million fewer workers in January 2010 than they did one year earlier. Public employment bucked the trend, staying constant even as governments contended with sharply reduced tax revenues. While the jobs held by those 22 million public workers helped support many families, the “stimulus” failed to trigger private sector employment growth.

In late 2009, the Congressional Budget office pegged employment gains due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (A.R.R.A.) of 2009 at 600,000 to 1.6 million, while estimating its full cost at $862 billion.

This implies a price tag, at the median estimate, of about $800,000 per job. These forecast job gains are not permanent, but temporary. The Administration’s January 2009 forecast was that the A.R.R.A. was needed to reduce the path of unemployment for five years, when the unemployment rate – if we did nothing – would decline to the level projected with the “stimulus.” Using this five-year time horizon projects annual costs of approximately $160,000 per job.

Jim calculates that to reach Obama’s Porkulus claims, we would have to have a net job creation of over 730,000 jobs per month from now until the end of the year.  I guess that’s where the hope comes in handy.


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Oh, great. The good news just doesn’t stop this week.
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OmahaConservative on March 26, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Can we get an Obama Misery Index?

Rational Thought on March 26, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Once the massive higher taxes are added in, we’ll be virtual slaves of the state. Right on, you socialist mothers!

ahem on March 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Remember stagflation? If not, you will.

SagebrushPuppet on March 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM

I feel confident in predicting Obama will carry the counties around DC in 2012…so he’s got that going for him.

AUINSC on March 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

We are AnninCAed, Big Time.

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Wait, what about that “laser-like” focus on jobs, jobs, jobs?

di butler on March 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Anybody want to guess how many banks will be siezed by the fed in the next 4 hours? It is Friday, you know. Time to find out if your bank is the next to fail.

I say 5.

BobMbx on March 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Break out the styrofoam columns. That’ll make the O-bots forget what a freakin’ mess Duh One is making.

AubieJon on March 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

This country needs an Obotamy.

Alden Pyle on March 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Nothing surprises me…well, the speed of the coming …
uh…the … economic dislocation.

Skandia Recluse on March 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

My income has remained stable. Had to pick up a second job to keep it that way, though. Thanks, barry & crew!!

innominatus on March 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I’d rather have a frontal Obotamy than a bottle in front of me.

mwdiver on March 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Obama: “This is a good thing. You materialists are always wasting money on buying things you don’t want. You should be like me. Spending time with my family and listening to my speeches and contemplating how best to join one of my many freedom organizations to better help and rebuild America.”

Comrade.

Skywise on March 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Nevada’s 4.8% plunge was the steepest, as construction and tourism industries took a beating.

Well I’ll be tunya … wonder how that happened? :P

HondaV65 on March 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Barry’s first reaction upon hearing this news??

‘Excellent!!’

BigWyo on March 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I feel confident in predicting Obama will carry the counties around DC in 2012…so he’s got that going for him.

AUINSC on March 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

And in an amazing turn of results from the 2010 Census, those counties will have 270 electoral votes.

venividivici on March 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Rampant unemployment got combined with huge pricing signals for higher taxes and costs for businesses in a way that had everyone squeezing pennies until Abraham Lincoln squealed.

Global demand getting crushed (by more than just unemployment) also has a lot to do with it. I get that you’re highlighting what Obama’s actually responsible for, as a political point, but economically the case for laying this entirely at his feet becomes slightly more difficult.

And remember, pound for pound it is regulation, or the anticipation of regulation, that causes more economic disruption than tax increases.

ernesto on March 26, 2010 at 4:22 PM

How’s that Hope and Change working out for America, anyway? Not too well…

Funny, if someone was trying to establish a Marxist utopia out of the ashes of a once mighty Capitalist juggernaut this would be considered good news.

Repeal and impeach.

turfmann on March 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Do not worry, Comrades. The new Politboro will take care of The Proletariat.

kingsjester on March 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Wait, what about that “laser-like” focus on jobs, jobs, jobs?

di butler on March 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Little did we know that this “laser-like” focus was with Dr. Evil’s death-ray.

Man is this guy a job killer if there ever was one.

SPCOlympics on March 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Obama blames the “United Trotskyite-Zinovievite Centre” for these and all his troubles.

aquaviva on March 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

di butler on March 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

He used the wrong kind of laser and burned them to the ground.

chemman on March 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I’m an independent contractor and I can tell you, with my income reduction last year of 34%, the last thing I’m thinking of is hiring anyone; more like, I’m hanging on by the skin of my teeth. Property taxes are increasing. Hope & change my arse.

fullogas on March 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Wait, what about that “laser-like” focus on jobs, jobs, jobs?

di butler on March 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Turns out that was just a candle….and it blew out.

Patrick S on March 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM

ObaMao: “You may have heard that personal income has dropped in the last year. Let me be perfectly clear. This is by design. It’s all part of Michelle’s plan to fight obesity in children. As Joe told me just this morning, ‘This is an effing big deal!’”

mwdiver on March 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

“Bush’s fault” trolls care to comment on this positive economic news?

VibrioCocci on March 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

And remember, pound for pound it is regulation, or the anticipation of regulation, that causes more economic disruption than tax increases.

ernesto on March 26, 2010 at 4:22 PM

You mean like… Banks? Health Care? Student Loans? and coming soon, power companies?

Skywise on March 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Can we get an Obama Misery Index?
Rational Thought on March 26, 2010 at 4:12 PM

It’s at 3000% and rising…

joejm65 on March 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

As evidenced by the D.C. figure, if you take out the state and governmental employment and look at the private sector, the situation looks much worse. Is there a subset of this information which looks at the private sector alone?

Click on March 26, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Barry O:

Funny, if someone since I am trying to establish a Marxist utopia out of the ashes of a once mighty Capitalist juggernaut this would has to be considered good news.

turfmann on March 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

FIFY

mwdiver on March 26, 2010 at 4:28 PM

“Bush’s fault” trolls care to comment on this positive economic news?

VibrioCocci on March 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

The entire drop took place before January 21, 2009.

venividivici on March 26, 2010 at 4:29 PM

You know a lot of times it’s true that the President gets too much credit and/or blame for the employment and job numbers, but my goodness this is one time where not enough blame can be put on Obama, Congress, and their communist and marxist policies.

That’s why there is no way in the world that this isn’t deliberate. Usually you can put other factors in and say that an unknown variable came into play, but the policies that these people are implementing are so blatantly destructive that they should not be given the benefit of the doubt or be let off the hook as being “incompetent.”

MobileVideoEngineer on March 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Can we get an Obama Misery Index?
Rational Thought on March 26, 2010 at 4:12 PM

It’s at 3000% and rising…

joejm65 on March 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

It’s easier to describe it in units of Jimmy Carter. I’d say we are at 2 JC’s now but we might be in double digits by 2012.

SPCOlympics on March 26, 2010 at 4:32 PM

That is why Chavez’ route (complete control of media) is next. Conservative talk radios and opposition news media / blogs are next under the WH target sight.

Only Official issued numbers and opinions are tolerated.

Sir Napsalot on March 26, 2010 at 4:32 PM

CBS has a “Grade Obama’s First Year as President Poll” on their site.

He’s getting a good solid F all the way down the page.

AubieJon on March 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

One of my friend’s E-mailed me this. Thought you all would like it:

The Ant and the Grasshopper [Political Humor]
Aesop’s Fables or Aesopica refers to a collection of fables credited to Aesop (620–560 BC), a story-teller who lived in Ancient Greece. Aesop’s Fables have become a blanket term for collections of brief fables, usually involving personified animals. The fables remain a popular choice for moral education. With everything going on today by today’s liberals it is good to reflect on some adapted versions of Aesop’s Fable about “the Ant and the Grasshopper.”

OLD ADAPTED VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold. MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake. Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government. Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case. The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood. MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote!

PS. Sorry if it is old and everybody has seen it.

Dire Straits on March 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

This country needs an Obotamy.

Alden Pyle on March 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Got any bumper stickers that say that?

itsacookbook on March 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

You mean like… Banks? Health Care? Student Loans? and coming soon, power companies?

Skywise on March 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Yes, exactly. These price signals are stronger than tax related signals, the ones that Ed mentioned. Thus my comment, recommending he mind that fact.

ernesto on March 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Gibbs spin: The economy is holding steady or growing in 15 states.

/s

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 26, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Pivot.

Ronnie on March 26, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

Lesseee…42 states out of 57 states that’s got to be hmmm.
=(42/57)*100= SEVENTY THREE PERCENT

Daaaayumnn, I’ll give me a B+, a good solid one at that.
/potuswithcalculator

ted c on March 26, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Gibbs spin: The economy is holding steady or growing in 15 states.

/s

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 26, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Barry’s spin: If not for the stimulus package, incomes would be down in all 57 states.

mwdiver on March 26, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Jim calculates that to reach Obama’s Porkulus claims, we would have to have a net job creation of over 730,000 jobs per month from now until the end of the year.

Surely, the Ministry of Plenty will have job creation at 124% of what is expected by the end of the year.

/1984

ted c on March 26, 2010 at 4:38 PM

AubieJon on March 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

HAHA!!! I’ll bet you 50 bucks it doesn’t make the news tonight or ever for that matter.

milwife88 on March 26, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Barry’s first reaction upon hearing this news??
‘Excellent!!’
BigWyo on March 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Yes, as he bows to his alter dedicated to Cloward-Piven

Chip on March 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM

While the jobs held by those 22 million public workers helped support many families, the “stimulus” failed to trigger private sector employment growth

It was never supposed to. They lied that it’d ever do that. It was a stimulus of something, just the definition was far too vague to specifically define it.

Screw this, seize back the language these fools are using. They have to be challenged on every definition. They say “economic stimulus” and most would think—jobs, hiring, products, services etc etc…..but noooo, stimulating Gino the Greasy Palm and his bands of merry henchmen is what’s its doing–simply for busting patellae.

ted c on March 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM

HAHA!!! I’ll bet you 50 bucks it doesn’t make the news tonight or ever for that matter.

milwife88 on March 26, 2010 at 4:40 PM

an interesting philosophical question: If bad economic news isn’t reported, then said bad news could not have ever happened, right?

ted c on March 26, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Fools fell for this Fool in Chief. Now the whole country has to suffer.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Yes, exactly. These price signals are stronger than tax related signals, the ones that Ed mentioned. Thus my comment, recommending he mind that fact.

ernesto on March 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Bigger even then regulation is uncertainity. What is the next tax increase? What new regulations to I have to comply with? etc.

When businesses cannot make plans because the future is not known, investments are put on hold.

WashJeff on March 26, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Just wait until the Bush tax cuts expire. That’ll compound the issue nicely, don’t you think?

And the Associated Press will wonder why consumer spending “unexpectedly” drops precipitously yet again.

aero on March 26, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Wait, what about that “laser-like” focus on jobs, jobs, jobs?

di butler on March 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Must be one of those Blofeld space lasers from the Bond flicks that destroys everything in its path.

Doughboy on March 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM

How bad was 2009 for Americans?

For Americans it could’t get much worse, for Obama and his administration it was a huge success.

fourdeucer on March 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM

venividivici on March 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Heh! Well, Obama’s meddling with the census bureau certainly does raise a lot of questions.

AUINSC on March 26, 2010 at 4:47 PM

He just didn’t know how craptastic was the mess his predecessor left behind.

John the Libertarian on March 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM

It was never supposed to. They lied that it’d ever do that. It was a stimulus of something, just the definition was far too vague to specifically define it.

Screw this, seize back the language these fools are using. They have to be challenged on every definition. They say “economic stimulus” and most would think—jobs, hiring, products, services etc etc…..but noooo, stimulating Gino the Greasy Palm and his bands of merry henchmen is what’s its doing–simply for busting patellae.

ted c on March 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Everything they name ends up being the exact opposite. The American “Recovery” Act is actually helping to destroy America. Then you have the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act which will cause healthcare to skyrocket and do everything EXCEPT protect patients.

MobileVideoEngineer on March 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Fools fell for this Fool in Chief. Now the whole country has to suffer.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2010 at 4:44 PM

If statists think their ideas are so great, you would think they would support federalism. They could use their dominance of CA, NY, and other states, turn them into statist utopia’s, and rub it into the faces of conservatives. Furthermore, since they dominate these states politically, they would not have to worry about conservatives undoing their policies or forceing them to compromise the awesomeness of those policies.

WashJeff on March 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Эй Интересно, как долго мы можем держать это происходит? Huh, товарищ Байдена?

belad on March 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM

CBS has a “Grade Obama’s First Year as President Poll” on their site.

He’s getting a good solid F all the way down the page.

AubieJon on March 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

I only wish there was a grade lower than F…

anj413 on March 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM

CBS has a “Grade Obama’s First Year as President Poll” on their site.

He’s getting a good solid F all the way down the page.

AubieJon on March 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

That’s awesome! And these numbers seem real. The percentages giving him a failing grade are about 60% pretty much consistently, which mirrors his disapproval rating.

(BTW, I’m feeling a little generous today, so I gave him a “D” on Afghanistan.)

UltimateBob on March 26, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I hope to God you people that voted for this nightmare now realize the possibility of the total destruction of our country.Today with nukes and this surrender deal to the Russians.A few days ago throwing Israel under the bus and then backing back over them.GOD save us.

thmcbb on March 26, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I hope to God you people that voted for this nightmare…..

thmcbb on March 26, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I had nothing to do with it and did everything in my power to prevent this from happening. McCain didn’t help much, unfortunately.

UltimateBob on March 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM

(BTW, I’m feeling a little generous today, so I gave him a “D” on Afghanistan.)

UltimateBob on March 26, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I gave a couple of Ds myself, fully expecting the grades to be Bs and Cs when I saw the poll results, since it’s CBS.

AubieJon on March 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

This country needs an Obotamy.

Alden Pyle on March 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

How about an Obenama? He deserves to be flushed out back end.

BuckeyeSam on March 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

BobMbx on March 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Well 7 banks “failed” last Friday, so you might not be too far off.

modnar on March 26, 2010 at 5:03 PM

My income has remained stable. Had to pick up a second job to keep it that way, though. Thanks, barry & crew!!

innominatus on March 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Ditto w/ us here, too.
My hubby had to license our semi & go commercial hauling grain around here (there is a lot of it that needs to be moved to the elevators). So far, our nose is above the water.

I only wish there was a grade lower than F…

anj413 on March 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM

There is: I = incomplete. But I’m not sure that’s any more helpful
How ’bout a AnninCaing F?

Badger40 on March 26, 2010 at 5:08 PM

And yet every idiotic sell side anal-yst that CNBC trots out will to you how the rebound in consumer spending is just around the corner.

galtg on March 26, 2010 at 5:15 PM

I just pray my country can survive three more years of this damn fool and his corrupt, thieving cronies.

Thanks a lot, 52%-ers. Bunch of morons.

AZCoyote on March 26, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Jim calculates that to reach Obama’s Porkulus claims, we would have to have a net job creation of over 730,000 jobs per month from now until the end of the year. I guess that’s where the hope comes in handy.

This is the point where Obummer would get up in a huff, leave the room, and announce he’s going to dinner.

capejasmine on March 26, 2010 at 5:20 PM

OT: Wow!!! $1 billion the first quarter of compliance!

ConservativePartyNow on March 26, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I took the CBS poll.The fine print says it is not scientific.It wouldn’t matter since they won’t like the results even if it was.

docflash on March 26, 2010 at 5:27 PM

And yet none of this continued bad news about ObaMao’s horrid policy will keep the Organizing for America Corps(es) from flocking to his pep rallies like the brainwashed sheep that they are…

Bob (Goebbels) Gibbs promised plenty of talk shows this weekend spouting the wonders of O-Care. Isn’t life wonderful in the land of make-believe?

onlineanalyst on March 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM

How about an Obenama? He deserves to be flushed out back end.

BuckeyeSam on March 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Sir, I take issue with your likening of excrement with our president. I would ask that you show excrement some respect in the future. Good day.

turfmann on March 26, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Where Are the Jobs, Mr. President?

“The fact is that President Bush’s misguided economic policies have failed to create jobs.”

“Job losses are taking a real toll on the financial security of American families.”
Nancy Pelosi Aug 1, 2003

Unemployment Aug. 2003 = 6.1%
Unemployment Feb. 2010 = 9.7%

My, how standards have changed!

Oopsdaisy on March 26, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I cannot lay the blame for wage defaltion on Obama’s doorstep. Wages have to equal prodcutivity. Unions have beeen succesfull at weighting wages at the cost of productivity for the last three generations. Wage deflation is a must. The public sector wil be hit the hardest but everyone will feel the effects.

Theworldisnotenough on March 26, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Just wait until the Bush tax cuts expire. That’ll compound the issue nicely, don’t you think?

And the Associated Press will wonder why consumer spending “unexpectedly” drops precipitously yet again.

aero on March 26, 2010 at 4:45 PM

And have you noticed that the price of gas is creeping ever upward? Wait until ObaMao and the Righteously Inflamed Dems try to punish Big Earl. The cost of everything will rise to handle the increase in passed-along prices.

onlineanalyst on March 26, 2010 at 5:50 PM

This is the point where Obummer would get up in a huff, leave the room, and announce he’s going to dinner.

capejasmine on March 26, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Then one could say that his dining room is ObaMao’s huffing-ton post.

onlineanalyst on March 26, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Well, it’s a good thing we “turned the corner” on the economy back in December like Obama said we did.

“Turned the corner”…right into the crapper.

catmman on March 26, 2010 at 5:59 PM

The news is only going to get worse for the next couple of years.
Hence the press and lib bloggers are jumping at every chance to push the “Party of No” meme and the “Republicans are filled with violent right wingers” to keep the real news out of the news.

albill on March 26, 2010 at 6:04 PM

We need the Troll Roll Call to tell us what happened. I’m sure there has to be some reasonable explanation.

Meanwhile we lost one of the two industries in the county in 2009. The remaining one is closing this June. The independent loggers are being squeezed out by lack of timber sales by the Forest Service (the largest land owner in the county) and the economy has cratered the tourist industry. While the country is in a recession the UP has fallen into a depression.

Yoop on March 26, 2010 at 6:25 PM

But, Stupak did manage to get some money for two of the airports in the UP. Airports that nobody uses any more.

Yoop on March 26, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Bad results and Oliar’s alinsky tactics are going to speed up to the point that a complicit MSM and their selective reporting won’t be able to cover up the marxism.
Many of the 52% are now noticing the genie out of the bottle. Targeting his critics, and a naked power grab are going to confirm to the til now less interested, what this regime is all about.
There’s no slowing this down before November, so anger and confusion are only going to increase.
For those that are worried that the Tea Party type activism will lose momentum, not a chance in hell.

ontherocks on March 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Yoop on March 26, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I love the UP, but unfortunately it has always bordered on poor. The biggest boost I ever saw was the advent of the casinos. I would imagine it is closing in on desperate there now.

Aviator on March 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Lookit the bright-side.

franksalterego on March 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Dire Straits on March 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

You need to put that in the Hot Air Rendevous Room, ON Facebook, affectionately known as HARP…I’d give a link, but mine never work, for some reason…

lovingmyUSA on March 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM

But…but….but…..BARRY PROMISED!

GarandFan on March 26, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Funny thing. Recent poll was taken of WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA. Only 35% of those polls would admit it. Hmmmm…..but he got 52.3% of the national vote. Interesting.

GarandFan on March 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

West Virginia had the best showing with a 2.1% increase.
Bad news guys, but WV is a microcosm of what is to come. Socialism-lite. We’ve been pre-disasterized. We don’t have any booms, so nothing goes bust. Welcome to the future.

humdinger on March 26, 2010 at 8:15 PM

GarandFan on March 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

The other percentage came from the now defunct ACORN ‘volunteers.’

Yellowdog12 on March 26, 2010 at 11:17 PM

This country is primed for an outsider ’12 candidate who’ll promise to ruthlessly squeeze DC. Surely there’s *someone* in this great country who could credibly do that.

edshepp on March 26, 2010 at 11:43 PM

The Demoncrates will never understand the concept of money because it is not theirs. They do not have enough to pay for a program they want, they just confiscate it from U.S. via taxation. Remember, what the original Tea Party was about, well Dejavue, history is repeating itself.

Also, remember is took several years to win that battle so let U.S. just keep on fighting the good fight wining any victory no matter how small.

MSGTAS on March 27, 2010 at 11:19 AM

onlineanalyst on March 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I wonder if they offer Starbucks and organic ingredient pizza before/after his events. That would keep them coming.

So they left off part of the story. If personal income fell
in 42 states then state and federal tax revenue fell also. How much? How many millions and billions have 42 states fallen behind in paying for what they already have in programs etc? How far has the Federal government fallen behind?

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 27, 2010 at 12:13 PM