Data Point

Data Point – Home Ownership decline

by Skip February 24, 2015

“The homeownership rate in the United States dropped to a 20-year low of 64.5 percent in 2014, according tonew data released by the Census Bureau. The homeownership rate is the percentage of households that own the home in which they live. “It is computed,” says the Census Bureau, “by dividing the number of households that […]

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Data Point – C Corps dying faster than birthing

by Skip February 20, 2015

The number of corporations in the United States has hit the lowest level seen in 40 years, according to data from the Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation’s report titled, “America’s Shrinking Corporate Sector” states that “recently released IRS data shows that there were 1.6 million C corporations in 2011. This is the lowest number of traditional […]

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Data Point – Oil Inventories

by Skip February 11, 2015

A report from the Energy Information Administration on Wednesday said that US Crude inventories rose by 4.9 million barrels last week. This was more than the 3.6 million barrel increase that was expected. “At 417.9 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are at the highest level for this time of year in at least the last […]

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Data Point: Obama’s policies are turning us into Venezuela

by Skip February 4, 2015

Even as Obama crows about the deficit (annual) being cut in half (like that’s supposed to be hard, given he started at over a Trillion), the National Debt keeps going up. And that debt requires debt servicing – and that is real money too. Currently, the government’s interest costs are around $200 billion a year, […]

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Data Point: Federal Regulations costs $1.882 Trillion

by Skip January 15, 2015

“OMB’s annual review increasingly encompasses an even smaller fraction of intervention than realized. Regulation today is a hidden tax equivalent to at least half the amount of the fiscal budget itself… our current regulatory oversight procedures, which omit independent agency rules and important interventions like guidance documents and the number of them, are inadequate.” (H/T: Hot […]

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Data Point – Campaign Finance monies, most of it Democrat

by Skip January 5, 2015

Yup, the Left always complains about the amounts of money spent in political campaigns and that we HAVE to move to public financing of such, well, because MONEY! This is something that I abhor – why should MY tax monies be given to move forward an agenda that is antithetical to me (or visa versa, […]

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Data Point: Quick, Cheap, or Good – pick two and tell me when my Freight arrives

by Skip December 30, 2014

(H/T: Business Insider)

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Data Point: Wage Gap – not what things seem

by Skip December 12, 2014

Brief snippet from the text accompanying the above graph (Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics paper here) (emphasis mine below): 1. Among full-time workers (those working 35 hours or more per week), men were more likely than women to work a greater number of hours (see Table 5). For example, 25.5% of men working full-time worked 41 or more […]

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Data Point – Obama rapidly losing support among working class whites

by Skip November 28, 2014

If I was a Democrat, I’d be shaking in fear right now… Hope fades fast when promised Change doesn’t happen. (H/T: Gallup)

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Data Point – France appreciates USA’s World War II efforts more and more

by Skip November 26, 2014

“Which nation contributed most to defeating Germany in 1945? French polls from 1945, 1994, 2004?“ See, someone appreciates us! (H/T: Ned Hardy)

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Data Point – Obamacare is hated more now than ever

by Skip November 17, 2014

(H/T: Gallup)

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Data Point – Food Stamps recipients > 45M for 35 months

by Skip October 8, 2014

At what point do we call this Government dependency?  As opposed to a handup?  Didn’t Obama just tell us that the economy is doing well? (H/T: Independent Journal Review)

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Data Point – Size of the US Tax code

by Skip September 23, 2014

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ The operative questions is, WHY do we let them keep doing this to us?  Whose money is it, really?  Oh wait…the Democrats (and not a few Republicans) DO believe that legislators have the “right” to dictate our behavior (in “the Land […]

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Data Point – Income Inequality is rapidly changing?

by Skip September 22, 2014

(H/T: AEIdeas)  

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Data Point – Americans losing Trust in Government (and FAST!)

by Skip September 16, 2014

It seems that,  anecdotally, that as quickly as Obama raised the trust in the Oval Office, he has brought it back down as well. (H/T: Gallup via Big Government)  

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Data Point – what about workplace death inequality?

by Skip September 13, 2014

(H/T: AEIdeas) “Every year the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) publicizes its “Equal Pay Day” to bring public attention to the gender pay gap. “Equal Pay Day” this year fell on April 14, and allegedly represents how far into 2014 the average woman had to continue working to earn the same income that the average man […]

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Data Point – Ave / Median new US house sizes vs household size

by Skip September 12, 2014

(H/T: AEIdeas via TreeHugger)

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Data Point – Small Business Friendliness (or is that friendless?)

by Skip August 8, 2014

“…Thumbtack, a website that matches customers to businesses, and the Kauffman Foundation, a think-tank, asks thousands of small businesses annually about local requirements for hiring, regulations, zoning, licenses, health insurance and training. They have enough data to compile (somewhat subjective) “business climate” grades for 38 states and 82 cities. One surprising finding is how little […]

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Data Point: EPA policies ARE driving up the cost of electricity

by Skip August 5, 2014

Subtitle: Obama is lovingly and actively hurting the poor! (H/T: CNSNews)

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Data Point – homicides per 100,000 people

by Skip August 4, 2014

Hmmm, so WHERE are all those gun deaths in NH in that illustration that demands that Democrats keep on taking guns away from lawful people?  It’s like there’s hardly any there….just the ghost of an image… (H/T: Modern Survival Blog)  

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Data Point – Most of the illegal alien kids are not “kids”; Democrats want them to stay

by Skip August 4, 2014

From HHS: On average between 7.000 and 8,000 children are served annually in this program.  In Fiscal Year 2012 (October 1, 2011 – Septmber 30, 2012), this number jumped dramatically, with a total of 13,625 children served by ORR that year.  Since that time, the overall increas has continued, resulting in 24,668 UAC referrals from […]

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Data Point – Renewable Energy as percentage of World output

by Skip July 18, 2014

“If decarbonization is to be achieved by expanding renewables the expansion will have to come in wind, solar and biomass. So let’s take hydro out and see how far growth in wind, solar and biomass has carried us along the decarbonization path so far“: (H/T: Watts Up with That)

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Data Point – Wall Street vs Population of Employed Americans

by Skip July 18, 2014

“This chart shows you how to respond next time. Although stocks and profit are indeed up as a result of the Obama administration and Federal Reserve policies, it isn’t translating to regular — non-Wall Street — Americans:” (H/T: Independent Journal Review)

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Data Point – Conceal Carry rates versus Crime / Murders

by Skip July 12, 2014

“murder and violent crime rate has fallen significantly while concealed carry in this country surged 130 percent.” 2007 – 2013: concealed carry permit holders up from 4.6 million to 11.1 million (141% rise). 2007 – 2013: the murder rate fell from “5.6 to 4.4 per 100,000.” (22% drop). 2007 – 2013: Overall violent crime down 22% Apparently, other […]

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Data Point – Labor Dynamism

by Skip July 12, 2014

My Data Point post on Business Dynamism is here – showing that the rate at which new businesses / start ups has slowed right down.  There is also a labor companion to this: “It’s not enough for an economy to generate jobs. There should also be a good amount of turnover in the labor market. Workers […]

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Data Point – Business Dynamism

by Skip July 11, 2014

“One analysis of the Not-So-Great Recovery argues that rebounds after recessions with financial crises tend to be weaker than otherwise. This is the theory posited by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff in their book This Time is Different.  But that’s not quite right, according to Michael Bordo. In the paper “The Recovery of Housing and the End of the […]

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Data Point – How lethal are guns in America?

by Skip June 14, 2014

Compared to everything else, not much: Gun control is not about the actual deaths – only about control of the citizenry’s right to self-defense.  Why else aren’t these ‘controllers’ wailing about getting rid of every thing that statistically would kill us first? (H/T: Independent Journal Review)

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Data Point – Obama’s legacy of unemployment: 1 in 6 adult males out of work

by Skip June 1, 2014

10 Million-Men-In-Prime-Working-Years-Are-Simply-Not-Working This is like the inflation rate – it seems stable but since the Federal government removed gas prices and food prices, it presents a picture to ordinary Americans that things are better than what they really are. A true measure of unemployment is not the U3 rate but the U6 rate with includes […]

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Data Point – Veterans Administration Budget increases 1998 – 2013

by Skip May 31, 2014

This is in response to Jon Hopwood’s allegation that Republicans were cutting the Veterans Administration budget: “ Inflation-adjusted federal spending on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased 92.2%  in the last 10 years, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement, climbing from $73.3 billion in fiscal 2003 (in constant 2014 dollars) to $140.9  billion in […]

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If rape is so endemic on college campuses, why is something missing?

by Skip May 19, 2014

NH, for its size, has a lot of colleges.  Certainly UNH and Dartmouth get a lot of attention but there are a bunch of colleges dotting the NH landscape.  I keep reading about the “rape epidemic” at our college campuses but I keep wondering: “If the stat is that 1 in 5 women are sexually […]

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