Why Does U.S. Economic Performance Continue To Decline? — Manhattan Contrarian



In the 138 years from 1870 to 2008, the US economy expanded by about an average of 3% a year. After the revisions to GDP data from 2012-2014, we see that the U.S. economy since the financial crisis has been growing an average of 2.0% a year versus the earlier 2.3%. . . . Most importantly, 2010-2014 was weaker in every quarter except the second and 2015 so far has been the worst yet!

So why doesn’t the U.S. economy just get going like it always did in the past — even as recently as the decade of the 1990s and from 2001 – 2008? Could there be something different about the Obama regime? [You think?]


President Obama defended his new draconian rules on coal fired power plants today, using a moral argument for battling back the dangers of climate change. As part of his argument for his new policies, President Obama insisted that more minorities were being hurt by air pollution. He argued that African-American children was more than twice as likely to be hospitalized from asthma and a Latino child was 40 percent more likely to die from asthma. “If you care about low income minority Americans, start protecting the air they breath. . . .”

(I)n order to prevent young minority children from getting asthma from all that extra CO2 in the air, we are now going to intentionally jack up the price of electricity so that the underprivileged families can’t afford lighting and air conditioning any more. Because it’s the moral thing to do!


(T)he crippling of the American economy by the Clean Power Plan has been going on for quite a while already, because of the time it takes to change over power production, and because the utilities can’t take the chance of being caught out on the day the new regulations take effect. But then, that’s only a fraction of the intentional crippling that these people are inflicting. It’s what we call Obama’s “legacy.”

Even bigger Obamacare bill coming

Costs up 18% to 54%

According to documents posted online by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state insurance commissioners, the requests range from 18 percent in Florida to a whopping 54 percent in Minnesota. State regulators across the nation have until August to approve, deny or limit rate increase requests. The bottom line: A whole lot of Americans are going to pay a whole lot more for health insurance next year.

via EDITORIAL: Even bigger Obamacare bill coming | Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Did you elect this man?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pushed hard for the Senate immigration-reform bill. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pushed hard for the Senate immigration-reform bill. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

September 11, 2014 2:38 PM
Don’t Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty
The Senate isn’t doing anything to stop Obama’s plans — thank the plutocrats.
By Jeff Sessions

The U.S. “current immigration rate results in an annual loss of more than $400 billion in wages for Americans competing with immigrant labor.”

“A single mom might like that job? Or an unemployed father? Maybe they would like those jobs first.”

“Across all occupations, real median hourly wages slipped 3.4 percent since 2009. While even better-paid workers saw median hourly earnings erode, the worst hit segments were at the bottom” — the people who got hurt the most were at the bottom — “with declines in their wages of more than 4 percent.”

“Companies are exploiting the large existing flow of guest workers to deny American workers access to STEM careers and middle-class security that should come with them. Imagine, then, how many more Americans would be frozen out of the middle class if politicians and tech moguls succeeded in doubling or tripling the flow of guest workers into STEM occupations.

“Mr. Zuckerberg — who has become the top spokesman for expanding the admission of foreign workers — championed the Senate immigration bill for which all [senate] Democratic colleagues voted. One of the things the bill did was double the supply of low-wage foreign workers brought into the United States for companies such as Facebook.”

“The Senate Democratic conference has supported and enabled the president’s unlawful actions and blocked every effort to stop them. Not even one of our Democratic colleagues has backed the House legislation that would stop this planned executive amnesty or demanded that Senator Reid bring it up for a vote. Every Senate Democrat is therefore the president’s partner in his planned lawless acts.”

“The ACLU, and global CEOs are openly working to deny American workers the immigration protections to which they are legally entitled?”

“In effect, the entire Senate Democratic conference has surrendered the jobs, wages, and livelihoods of their constituents to a group of special interests meeting in secret at the White House. They are surrendering them to executive actions that will foist on the nation what Congress has refused to pass and the American people have rejected. They are plotting at the White House to move forward with executive action no matter what the people think and no matter what Congress — through the people’s House — has decided.”

via Don’t Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty | National Review Online.

Huge Win! CGF defeats 10-Day gun waiting period laws

California Gun Waiting Period Laws Ruled Unconstitutional Federal court decides 10-day waiting period laws violate Second Amendment rightsROSEVILLE, CA August 25, 2014 – California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights. The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.

via Huge Win! CGF defeats 10-Day gun waiting period laws.

When will Obama’s administration stop trying to send this man to jail for telling the truth about spies, nukes and Iran? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | theguardian.com

When will Obama’s administration stop trying to send this man to jail for telling the truth about spies, nukes and Iran?

James Risen

James Risen is out of chances. It’s time for the government to stop harassing a journalist for doing his job

Trevor Timm
theguardian.com, Wednesday 13 August 2014 07.54 EDT

james risen new york times Risen recounted the story of a Russian defector under US government control who basically handed over nuclear bomb blueprints to Iran. Yes, you read that right. Photograph: AP

If you blinked at the end of June, you may have missed one of the best pieces of journalism in 2014. The New York Times headline accompanying the story was almost criminally bland, but the content itself was extraordinary: A top manager at Blackwater, the notorious defense contractor, openly threatened to kill a US State Department official in 2007 if he continued to investigate Blackwater’s corrupt dealings in Iraq. Worse, the US government sided with Blackwater and halted the investigation. Blackwater would later go on to infamously wreak havoc in Iraq.

But what makes the story that much more remarkable is that its author, journalist James Risen, got it published amidst one the biggest legal battles over press freedom in decades – a battle that could end with the Justice Department forcing him into prison as early as this fall. It could make him the first American journalist forced into jail by the federal government since Judith Miller nearly a decade ago.

via When will Obama’s administration stop trying to send this man to jail for telling the truth about spies, nukes and Iran? | Trevor Timm | theguardian.com.

easybakegunclub.com/blog/ Defensive-Gun-Use-Report–August-2014.html

Defensive Gun Use Report – August 2014

The Defensive Gun Use Report, where we delve beyond gun use statistics. This is where we remind everyone that for all the gun control advocates bashing, for all the celebrities hypocritically attacking guns, and for all the politicians jumping at any opportunity to push gun control – law abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves, their families, and their neighbors each and every day in this great nation of ours.

This month: Teenagers with guns, everyday heroes, and naked defensive gun use?!?

The PJ Tatler » Bishop E.W. Jackson: ‘It Is Time For a Mass Exodus from the Democrat Party’

Bishop E.W. Jackson: ‘It Is Time For a Mass Exodus from the Democrat Party’




September 21, 2012 – 3:38 pm

Unlike the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bishop E.W. Jackson actually leads a real church. According to his official biography, Bishop Jackson founded and leads Exodus Faith Ministries in Virginia. The former Marine gave up his 15-year law career to found that church.

In this video, the bishop explains that since the Democrats have abandoned Christians, Christians should abandon the Democrats.

via The PJ Tatler » Bishop E.W. Jackson: ‘It Is Time For a Mass Exodus from the Democrat Party’.

A must read: Dailypundit Rationales for an Irrational World

My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for liking to this site:  http://www.dailypundit.com   A Journal of Opinion – Home of the Loyal Opposition

About Bill Quick

Dailypundit Founder,  Editor in Chief & Publisher

I am a small-l libertarian with conservative leanings on most issues, except on many traditionally conservative social issues, where my stance would be regarded as hopelessly liberal by most social conservatives. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, “Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom,” “your liberty stops at my nose,” and “don’t tread on me.” I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

Roger L. Simon » I Demand to be Arrested!

I Demand to be Arrested!

September 15, 2012 – 10:02 pm – by Roger L Simon Page 1 of 2  Next ->   View as Single Page

Hillary Clinton, I insist that you have me arrested. I am thinking of making a movie about Mohammed.

via Roger L. Simon » I Demand to be Arrested!.


My 2 cents (Admin):

I too have been “thinking of making a movie about Mohammed.” I will gladly join with others in such an undertaking.


As an American (Christian) who’s father died in the Pacific war, I have often thought that the first half of the twentieth century was the nadir of human civilization in terms of man’s application of all available means to dominate others, to accrue power in the name of race and/or ideology (and just plain kill people).


“The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. “ Robert A. Heinlein


In my twenties, I was deeply moved by the sense of impending evil as war came near, so effectively described by Herman Wouk in his novel, “Winds of War.” It rang so true with the discussions in my family I overheard as a child, about WW I and WW II, both from the point of view of first hand accounts of being on the front line and of those who waited at home. I believe those forebodings pale in comparison to the threat posed by radical Islam today.


I fear for my children and grandchildren. But as I write this, I have an even greater fear of MY OWN GOVERNMENT.


“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” Alexis de Tocqueville


If someone had told me when I was in high school (60’s), that in my lifetime our country would abandon the Bill of Rights, and embrace socialism, I would have thought him or her to be nonsensical.


With our embassies on fire, our leaders apologizing to our attackers and almost half of the country’s population ready to re-elect the government that forced them into poverty and sustains them with the fruit of the labors of the other half, I believe that America’s founding fathers, are spinning in their graves. In spite of their best efforts, we are on the brink of loosing everything they risked all for:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ”


“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” United States Declaration of Independence

Video: “The Donkey Whisperer” « Hot Air

Video: “The Donkey Whisperer”

posted at 3:25 pm on August 24, 2011 by Tina Korbe

via Video: “The Donkey Whisperer” « Hot Air

Marco Rubio on “The proper role of government”

‘The free enterprise system has lifted more people out of poverty than all the government anti-poverty programs combined’

Marco Rubio

August 23, 2011 11:02 P.M.- By Kathryn Jean Lopez – The Corner – National Review Online


Marco Rubio spoke at the Reagan library on “the proper role of government,” emphasizing “prosperity and compassion” as priorities.

via ‘The free enterprise system has lifted more people out of poverty than all the government anti-poverty programs combined’ – By Kathryn Jean Lopez – The Corner – National Review Online.

Gun Rights Win In Florida

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: : State Law Will Soon End Local Firearms Restrictions.

Florida has decided to finally protect the 2nd Amendment at the state level and eliminate onerous restrictions that many municipalities and communities have enacted against gun rights.

via Instapundit.

FBI adds ‘preppers’ to potential terrorists list – Examiner.com

David Codrea, Gun Rights Examiner

August 11, 2011

“An FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force handout being distributed to Colorado military surplus store owners lists the purchase of popular preparedness items and firearms accessories as ‘suspicious’ and ‘potential indicators of terrorist activities,’” an exclusive report by Oath Keepers reveals.

Essentially, the government is conflating Americans who believe in being prepared for disruptions in normal circumstances with potential domestic enemies who bear scrutiny, and are recruiting those they patronize to spy and snitch on their customers. As potential terrorists. For such suspicious activities as buying storable food. And paying in legal tender.

via FBI adds ‘preppers’ to potential terrorists list – National gun rights | Examiner.com.

A Disarmed Society is a Violent Society

A Disarmed Society is a Violent Society

Lawrence Person’s BattleSwarm Blog

August 9th,2011

It’s not yet sunset in the UK,so we don’t know if a fourth night of rioting will follow the first three. But the glee and impunity with which rioters torched and looted large sections of London are an indictment of two beloved projects of British and other European elites:a disarmed citizenry and an all-encompassing,cradle-to-grave welfare state.


But London shopkeepers and home-owners never had that choice. As Instapundit noted,“Unlike L.A.,there are no Korean shopkeepers with AR-15s to help contain the looting.” Since handguns were banned in the UK in 1997 (tightening already restrictive firearm laws),their per capita crime rate has skyrocketed compared to ours.

via Lawrence Person’s BattleSwarm Blog.

ATF: In-Home inspections are just one of the many services we offer!

ATF: In-Home inspections

Posted on August 1, 2011 by Brad Kozak

You gotta hand it to those overachievers at the ATF(E and sometimes RBFs). Up to their asses in alligators over Fast & Furious, called in to investigate a local law enforcement peccadillo, and yet they still find time to reach out and touch someone(s). In this case, the someones would be those buyers who made the faux pas of buying more than one gun inside a five-day period. So how does this new Community Outreach Program work? Let’s check in for the exclusive from PrisonPlanet.com and see…

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via The Truth About Guns | Exploring the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

Minds opening to libertarian ideas – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By George F. Will

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A generation that has grown up with the Internet “has essentially been raised libertarian,” swimming in markets, which are choices among competing alternatives.

And the left weeps. Preaching what has been called nostalgianomics, liberals mourn the passing of the days when there was one phone company, three car companies, three television networks, an airline cartel, and big labor and big business were cozy with big government.

via Minds opening to libertarian ideas – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Sen. Rubio: “Save The Whole House Or It Will All Burn Down” | RealClearPolitics

Posted on July 30, 2011
“I rise here on the Senate floor today to speak on the tremendous issue that’s captivated, and rightfully so, the attention of our country.

via Sen. Rubio: “Save The Whole House Or It Will All Burn Down” | RealClearPolitics.

Nobody loves Obama

JULY 29, 2011, 12:31 A.M. ET

They’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

Obama still has supporters, but theirs is a grim support.

[N]nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton’s troubles there were always people who’d say, “Look, I love the guy.” They’d often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren’t that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support. And surely this has implications.

via They’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – WSJ.com.

Millennials move into the GOP column

The intended purpose of legislation like the stimulus package and Obamacare was to improve the situations of those least able to take care of themselves — the young, the less educated, the low-skilled. But it is just such groups that, the Pew Research Center numbers show, have been moving away from the president’s party. An instructive achievement, no?

via Under Obama, Millennials move into the GOP column | Michael Barone | Politics | Washington Examiner.

Salt intake – not a health risk

It’s Time to End the War on Salt

The zealous drive by politicians to limit our salt intake has little basis in science

By Melinda Wenner Moyer | July 8, 2011 | 89

For decades, policy makers have tried and failed to get Americans to eat less salt. In April 2010 the Institute of Medicine urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the amount of salt that food manufacturers put into products; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already convinced 16 companies to do so voluntarily. But if the U.S. does conquer salt, what will we gain? Bland french fries, for sure. But a healthy nation? Not necessarily.

via It’s Time to End the War on Salt: Scientific American.