Article credits this in part to increasing Canadian consumer confidence. Don't quite remember consumer confidence sd s source of economic growth, but then again, I didn't specialize in economic psychology.
Who needs consumer confidence when the economy is centrally managed by Big "you didn't build that" Government which drives the economy by unrestricted printing of paper money and regulation by minutia? No one in the Beltway/Inner Party truly believes that small business drives such a large portion of the overall economy to be an engine of prosperity. So why be concerned with an consumer atmosphere that encourages them to spend on anything but just what they need day to day and week to week. That's all taken care of by the big campaign contributors and lobbyists box stores these days.
As a Canadian I can suggest the US put in place some kind of single payer health care system. No, it's not perfect but if you are pro-business it's a must. Companies here, large to the very small, no longer even have to think about health care when running or starting a business. It's a huge advantage. I doubt you could find even one pro-business person in the whole country who would trade it it in for a private insurance system.
I seem to recall a time (yes I'm that old) that companies didn't have to worry about healthcare. People took care of their own.
That was the same time though that tax-rates were so high that you got to keep about 20 cents on the dollar of a raise. So, non-taxable health care benefits became a selling point for companies looking for good employees. Hey, presto, employers were in the healthcare business.
How about we get all companies to spread their health care spending directly to the workers and let them figure out their own needs. Oh, cut taxes too.
"I can suggest the US put in place some kind of single payer health care system."
Always making government god of all of mans affairs. BTW, we just did just what you suggested. The government bankrupts all the private insurers - it strangles them, they pass the expense onto business.
I can't speak from personal knowledge about Canadians coming south for health care. But I grew up in Buffalo, NY, and plenty of Canadians came down for the shopping and the beer sold to them at par in thanks for sheltering our people in their embassy in Iran in 1979 -- though that last isn't worth as much these days. I've a friend from Toronto, and she can still recite the layout of the shops in the mall near my parents' house.
Your daily technically-accurate-but-politically-cringe-inducing spin moment came courtesy of the chairman of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger, who took issue Friday with reports that the unemployment rate rose in July from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent.
"More precisely, the rate rose from 8.217% in June to 8.254% in July," Krueger wrote on the official White House blog, adding that acting Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner John Galvin "noted in his statement that the unemployment rate was 'essentially unchanged' from June to July."
Krueger was technically accurate. But his comment raised eyebrows. Republican National Committee spokesman Tim Miller called it "the dumbest spin I've seen in ages."
Obama's chief weakness ahead of November is the still-sputtering economy. No president since World War II has been re-elected with unemployment above 8 percent.
Oscar-winning actor and director Clint Eastwood has endorsed Republican Mitt Romney in the race the White House.
Eastwood attended a Romney fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho, said to have raised over $2m (£1.29m). The Dirty Harry star said he was endorsing the Republican because "the country needs a boost somewhere".
In February Eastwood starred in a Chrysler Superbowl advert, Halftime in America, sparking debate over whether he backed President Barack Obama.
At the time, Eastwood had said he was not endorsing either candidate and, speaking to Fox News, said he was "certainly not politically affiliated with Mr Obama".
"It was meant to be a message about just about job growth and the spirit of America," Eastwood said in February of the Super Bowl advert. "I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK. I am not supporting any candidate at this time."
On Friday Mr Romney said of Eastwood's endorsement: "He just made my day. What a guy."
..I believe that is covered in the satellite photos. Another "Workers Paradise" free from nighttime light pollution. Think of all the green energy savings there. Sitting on a gold mine of carbon credits for Mr. Gore to huckster broker.