Thom Jefferson 
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Re: “Robbery Target Shoots, Kills Attacker in Midtown

Lucky for you there are those who do enjoy killing bad people, or you would be subject to their will. Perhaps you are misconstruing happiness from justice being served in this rare instance with an odd sense of glee in the need to dispatch someone. Having fun killing people needlessly is sociopathy, but enjoying dead violent criminals and justice being served is honorable.

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Posted by Thom Jefferson on 05/02/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Letter From the Editor

I also like the “HE inherited this mess” argument. Obama and the Democrat party did as much to cause this economic circumstance as the GOP, if not more. They are all guilty of creating the environment that lead to the housing crash, trying to assign blame to GWB is crazy since he is not smart enough to cause this much damage. Government subsidized risk is what caused the crash, and if you take an honest look, GWB was warning us against this AGES ago and being told by Barnie Frank that everything was on solid footing. Land use restrictions, EPA mandates, regulations forcing adjustment to loan practices and the eventual moral hazard of saving the Too Big to Fail is what caused it, and both parties are to blame. They keep the simpletons arguing with each other while flying off to the Caymans with their banker buddies. Obama gets as many donations from them as anyone, along with his other pet constituencies like “green” energy.

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Posted by Thom Jefferson on 04/10/2014 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Letter From the Editor

The Dow, which was at 7,949 when Obama took office, is now around 16,200.
- Again this is a cause and effect argument. What action did he take to make this happen? To use a Keynesian argument against their ilk, maybe it would be 20,000 if Obama just got out of the way. Capitalists (the scourge of the left) have been dragging them kicking and screaming to 16,200 by trying to continue making profits in an unhospitable environment (Obamacare cost and instability, Wage hike costs, highest corporate tax rate, deluge of new/old government regulation), and I find it odd that once the economy arrives they want to take credit for it.

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Posted by Thom Jefferson on 04/10/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Letter From the Editor

Consumer confidence has gone from 37 percent to 78 percent.
- “Confidence” in what? Are people buying more? Most measure show a 0.3% increase in spending month over month. Optimism only fuels economies when people buy stuff, and they aren’t at the moment, partially impacted by the uncertainty of Obamacare (even though you anecdotally think it’s awesome, that analysis differs from person to person and oddly you biased your writing to the positive). You also, like many others, take face value benefits of Obamacare without considering costs. If your premium went to $1 a month, but your deductible is $10k, then you don’t even really have healthcare. If they add co-insurance to your policy and reduce things that are covered and limit access to doctors/hospitals, how much better has it really gotten? Its awesome that they can’t turn away people who have cancer (even if they did it to themselves from smoking for 40 years) but paying for their care at lower premiums, will upset the risk balance unless a corresponding number of young “healthies” pay for nothing.

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Posted by Thom Jefferson on 04/10/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Letter From the Editor

The deficit gap has dropped from 9.8 percent to 3.3 percent.
- Cherry picked stat that covers one year and likely excludes all sorts of spending due to accounting gimmicks (for example, the full cost of Obamacare is not “realized” for 6 years after full implement and is “offset” by 10 years of tax increase/Medicare cuts – after those 6 years are spent up, where will the next 4 years get paid. This is also immediately throw off by rapid increases in future years. Check the national debt if you think progress is being made. Saying I reduced the deficit this month, does no good if the next 11 months you spend like a drunken sailor.

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Posted by Thom Jefferson on 04/10/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Letter From the Editor

unemployment has dropped from highs of around 9 percent to 6.7 percent.
- In spite of this administration, not because of it. Show one piece of legislation that has helped with jobs and hasn’t cost us exponentially more than it should (stimulus/bailouts, etc). Also take a peek about the labor participation ratio and ratio of good jobs to part time/low wage. To get from 9 to 7 we have turned our once powerful manufacturing industry into burger flippers and baristas.

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Posted by Thom Jefferson on 04/10/2014 at 2:34 PM
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