"Even if demand strengthens enough to create 300,000 jobs per month, three times the average monthly rate in 2010, employment will not regain its pre-recession level until 2015 at the earliest. And this is very optimistic." - Laura Tyson
"In the spirit of civil discourse, I'd like to humbly suggest that Sarah Palin please consider being quiet for a while. Perhaps a great while." - Eugene Robinson
gave orders to all federal agencies to review all of their regulations, and to get rid of the ones that are there to hamper businesses: "Obama laid out a regulatory strategy that aims to walk the fine line between protecting public health and safety and freeing business to pursue profits. Many of its principles are already in use, senior administration officials said. But the formal order puts agencies across the government on notice that, when making new rules, they must avoid "unreasonable burdens on business,"
From today's Wall Street Journal, obama wrote in an op-ed: "Over the past two years, the goal of my administration has been to strike the right balance. And today, I am signing an executive order that makes clear that this is the operating principle of our government," Obama wrote. "This order requires that federal agencies ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth. And it orders a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive."
Reaction from across the aisle is predictable, for example: "Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement. "While I applaud his efforts on this new Executive Order today, we must go further." Hmmm, "further" was the sign on the front of Ken Kesey's Merry Prankster bus; I wonder if ol' Eric is referring to flashbacks from his youth, or he is just trying for Young Republican Cool and Hip... If you have ever filled out a federal form, you know how bizarre and weird they often are, so hopefully, they will be reduced to asking commonsense questions in plain English.
The annual report on piracy has come out by the Brits, announcing that 2010 was a very good year to have been a pirate, booty was up 10% from last year, reported in the NY Times: "pirates had taken 1,181 people hostage and killed 8 in attacks on 445 ships over the course of 2010. At least 53 ships were hijacked last year." This is despite the fact that there are more ships cruising around looking for the pirates than ever before... I guess soon they will have amassed enough money to sponsor an official Somalian soccer team...
"Mohamed Ghannouchi and Fouad Mebazaa, Tunisia's prime minister and president, have resigned from the (former) ruling Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party of deposed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The move, announced on Tuesday, is seen as a concession to opposition cabinet members. Earlier in the day, Tunisia's junior minister for transportation has said that he and two other ministers with ties to a top labour union have resigned from the newly formed government, leaving the new unity government in limbo.
Anouar Ben Gueddour said that he has resigned along with Houssine Dimassi minister of training and employment, and Abdeljelil Bedoui, a minister dealing with prime ministerial affairs. They are all members of a general national labour union. Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the newly-appointed health minister, has also resigned." Now, the quandary remains in choosing a stable government that can carry out elections in six months, because nobody thought that it would go this far...
Consider how two countries treat persons they consider to be their enemies: In Haiti, the government finally went to the hotel that Baby Doc Duvalier was staying, and placed him under arrest. Lord knows what twisted movie has been going around in his head, or if the government will take him up on his offer to help. He could be the next public spokesman for Haiti - I can see the commercials now, a smiling Baby Doc encouraging you to buy and drink Voodoo Cola! Or maybe he will go on their equivalent of QVC and urge people to place their order for a Haitian Necklace... I guess even for the criminally insane like Baby Doc, there's no place like home...