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June 15, 2012
The Sun's recent editorial ("Doing better than 'fine,'" June 12) shows your view is to protect President Barack Obama with words such as the "economy is recovering" when what really is happening is that he is a disaster. Try to review what is happening - our country is in a deplorable state. Try and say what the problem is - it's the president. This is reflected in Mr. Obama's blame game. He blames everyone or everything but not him. Watch out, Donald Duck, you're next. John Francis, Catonsville
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NEWS
October 25, 2004
IN THE 1992 presidential election, with the nation struggling through its first jobless recovery, Bill Clinton prevailed in part because his handlers realized early on, "It's the economy, stupid." Twelve years later, with household incomes falling during President Bush's first term, personal debt rising, family net worth sinking and America trying to break free of its second jobless recovery, that almost trite political logic should also be holding sway. Instead, the tight race between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry seems most about two sharply opposed views of America's role in the world, the Republicans' more imperialist stance vs. the Democrats' more internationalist posture.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker | andrea.walker@baltsun.com | February 2, 2010
Chemical maker W.R. Grace said quarterly earnings increased 6.9 percent as it cut costs and improved profit margins despite operating under bankruptcy in a weak economy. The Columbia-based company, which has about 1,100 workers in the area, posted net income of $46.4 million, or 63 cents per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31. That was compared to $43.4 million, or 60 cents per share, for the same period a year ago. The company attributed positive earnings to cost cutting and realignment of its product portfolio.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
So Andrew Mullin would be happy to cut back four nights out at restaurants in order to send the $400 he would have spent there to the state instead ("O'Malley's proposal to raise taxes on "high earners" draws protests in Annapolis and beyond," Jan. 28). In those few words, he proves the point of those of us who believe that tax increases seriously hurt our local economy. Some 428,000 Marylanders will be paying more if this plan is approved, adding about $185 million to the state coffers and removing that amount from discretionary spending.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
I have a solution to the budget crisis that, amazingly, will win back popularity for the Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives has the power to stop funding wars. We have seen the misery caused in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq with few happy results. U.S citizens no longer approve of our military presence around the globe. We've made it clear that we are sick of war. We know that massive spending on battlefields has historically bankrupted and destroyed many powerful nations.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
I had to read John Culleton's letter "The GOP's 2012 election strategy: Wreck the economy" (June 9) several times to be sure it said what I thought it did. The biased inaccuracies were so overwhelming that the first question in my mind was: How in the world does The Sun chose the letters that appear in the Readers Response section? The thought process used to put that letter together left me in shock. Mr. Culleton's statement that the Bush tax cuts didn't stimulate the economy is just not true.
NEWS
October 3, 1994
America's economy as 1994's fourth quarter begins is robust despite five modest increases this year in short-term interest rates. All year long, liberal Democrats have been complaining that the Federal Reserve Board's actions in stepping up short-term rates would short-circuit the recovery. Well, it hasn't happened.In August, sales of new single family homes jumped 9.7 percent -- thus indicating once again that so long as 30-year mortgages stay under the 9 percent level the housing industry can flourish.
NEWS
September 21, 2010
The Sun published a feel-good article on the latest report from the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Statistics, starting, "Personal income in Maryland has collectively risen back out of the hole the recession dug. " ("Incomes in state up from '08 slide," Sept. 21) What the article failed to mention was the report's statement that professional services made the largest contribution to the non-farm earnings growth (and if I read the tables right, there was no farm contribution)
NEWS
October 10, 2012
It is refreshing to see that The Sun editorial board hasn't strayed from the ultra-liberal progressive spin of the Democratic party in dismissing Mitt Romney's economic recovery tax plan as a big lie ("Big lies and Big Bird," Oct. 8). The is just another attempt to excuse the absolutely dismal debate performance of President Barack Obama that clearly showed he has no idea how to turn this economy around over the next four years. Your editorial suggests that "the nation is facing serious economic challenges, and it requires a serious debate over how best to spur growth but also reduce the deficit in the long term.
NEWS
October 25, 2011
Dan Reed's argument that job creation requires the government to just get out of the way makes little sense ("Government's job: stay out of the way, Oct. 19). Economists agree that the three most important things the government can do to create long-term jobs and re-energize the economy are to invest in infrastructure, education and scientific research. All three are essentially governmental functions. And our principal global competitors, China, India and Brazil, are investing a far greater share of their wealth in these areas than we. Studies have shown that a dollar invested in road repair and construction will yield a 12 percent return from reduced accidents, fuel consumption and time-killing travel delays.
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