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This is Why We Don’t Deserve to Survive as a Society May 13, 2017

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Co-Bloggers Beware!! May 12, 2017

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Manager Poisons Part-Time Worker Because of “Poor Work Ethic”

Wimpy Exports May 11, 2017

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Exports dropped a bit in March, mostly due to declining oil exports. Not a catastrophic decline, but I could definitely use more winning in the exports area:

ExportsMay2017Report

Manufacturing Jobs, May 2017 Report May 9, 2017

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I’ve been worried about the manufacturing situation in the United States for years. In fact, you’ve had to suffer through my plots of manufacturing jobs since October of 2012. And since that time, there hasn’t been much good news.

So it’s nice to see some signs of life:

ManufJobsMay2017Report

The ostentatious gold bars on the right represent the months since Trump was inaugurated (including January), though the improvement started as soon as he was elected.

After two years of stagnation, it’s a welcome sight.

Mother of All Teeny Movie Reviews May 8, 2017

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Two thumbs way up for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

April 2017 Employment Report: There’s Much Uptickery Afoot May 6, 2017

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I’m up in Gunnison, CO at the moment (attending my nephew’s graduation), so I’m running a little late with the monthly employment report posts. But it’s a quiet morning here, so I thought I’d bang one out real quick-like.

Only 156K jobs were added, which is ho-hum, but the number of part-timers dropped by 280K, suggesting that full-time employment is rising. Here’s your chart:

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The uptick has sustained itself for another month. If it continues at this rate, we could back to normal in well under a year (you may recall that prior to Trump’s election, we were predicting a return to normal in 5 or 6 years).

If.

The Post-Election Ruminations Continue May 1, 2017

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Democratic strategists are still flailing away at figuring out what happened in the election last November. I think they’re getting a little closer to the truth:

A select group of top Democratic Party strategists have used new data about last year’s presidential election to reach a startling conclusion about why Hillary Clinton lost. Now they just need to persuade the rest of the party they’re right.

Many Democrats have a shorthand explanation for Clinton’s defeat: Her base didn’t turn out, Donald Trump’s did and the difference was too much to overcome.

The conservative pundits noted all along that Hillary! was an uninspiring and uninspired candidate. The Dems are finally taking notice.

Because if the implication isn’t that the candidate was flawed, then the only other cause would have to be her misogynistic base.

Why so sexist, Dems?