By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElTgJTWZyRg&feature=related] What do Elton John and Barack Obama have in common? A song. Today is the 41st anniversary of Mr. John’s first live album titled 11.17.70.  It was recorded on November 17th, 1970, in the A & R Studios in New York and was broadcast live on radio. This album was one…

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By John Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzJQklgLsI8] President Obama and U.S. trade representatives settled outstanding issues regarding the Korean Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) with South Korea. The trade deal is expected to increase annual exports of American goods by up to $11 billion and support at least 70,000 American jobs. KORUS FTA was proposed during the Bush…

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By Tom Quiner This Labor Day, 2010, our economy is hurting.  Everything the President and his party has tried has failed. Unemployment is way up.  Economic growth is stagnant. Net job creation doesn’t exist.  The stock market is going nowhere fast. The underlying premise of the President is that only government can get the economy…

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By Tom Quiner The stock market crashed in October of 1929.  At the time of the crash, the unemployment rate was about 5 percent.  Two months later, it had moved up to nine percent, but dropped back down to 6.3 percent by June of the following year. Unemployment never hit double digits at anytime the…

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When President Obama was sworn in as President, America’s unemployment rate was 8.5 percent.  Fifteen months later, it had climbed to 10.2 percent. When President Obama was sworn in as President, Iowa’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.  Fifteen months later, it had climbed to 7.4 percent. The President’s economic initiatives aren’t producing jobs. I wrote…

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As seen in the Des Moines Register on December 13, 2009 America needs more jobs.  Unemployment is killing us. I know of so many people who have lost their job and many of those still employed feel insecure. The President held a “jobs summit” to look for solutions. I don’t trust the President’s judgment when…

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