Annual Growth Rate Under Different Presidents

• David Leonhardt and Yaryna Serkez do an excellent job of laying out how much better economic gains have been historically under Democratic administrations, writing “Why Are Republican Presidents So Bad for the Economy?” in the NY Times.  Some excepts:

“Since 1933, the economy has grown at an annual average rate of 4.6 percent under Democratic presidents and 2.4 percent under Republicans, according to a Times analysis. In more concrete terms: The average income of Americans would be more than double its current level if the economy had somehow grown at the Democratic rate for all of the past nine decades.”


Annual Growth Rate Under Different Presidents

2021-02-03T21:24:29-05:00February 3rd, 2021|HomeRecommended|

The judgement of history will indeed be damning…

• Jennifer Senior delivers an excellent read in her NYT opinion essay Good Riddance Leader McConnell.  One delightful and fitting except re. McConnell:

“So if hitching his wagon to a sub-literate mob boss with a fondness for white supremacists and a penchant for conspiracy theories and a sociopath’s smirking disregard for the truth meant getting those tax cuts and those conservative judges … hey, that’s the cost of doing business, right?”

2021-01-19T09:22:50-05:00January 19th, 2021|HomeRecommended|

Excess Deaths in the US

Katz, Lu, and Sanger-Katz, writing in the NY Times, provide some perspective on what the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has meant in the US; using mortality data from the CDC, there were some 400,000 more deaths than normal from March 15, 2020 through December 26, 2020.  Researchers from USC and Princeton estimate that average US life expectancy has declined by 1.13 years to 77.48 years, the lowest since 2003.  Reductions for Black and Latino populations are 3-4 times more than for Whites.

2021-01-20T12:44:02-05:00January 15th, 2021|HomeRecommended|

It’s fitting, Mr. Orwell

• From John Gruber’s excellent Daring Fireball, quoting George Orwell, who was writing in 1946:

“The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.”

2021-01-15T20:03:19-05:00January 15th, 2021|HomeRecommended|
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