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States with the fastest growing economies

In 2011, the U.S. economy grew for the second straight year, although at a slower pace than in 2010. According to figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. GDP increased 1.5 percent — less than half the 3.1 percent growth in the previous year. Still, this shows the economy is moving in the right direction.

Manufacturing, contributed to nearly a third of total growth.

In 2011, the real GDP of 11 states grew by at least a 2 percent. While some of these states, such as North Dakota, Utah, Texas and Alaska, showed economic strength throughout the recession — a trend that continues today — in other states, such as California and Michigan, this is a reversal of shrinking economies and hard times during the recession. In the case of states like California and Michigan, this increase should be considered in light of the hardships these economies have faced in the past few years.

In most of these 11 states, sector growth was similar to the nation as a whole, with the driving forces behind their growth coming from manufacturing. Six had at least 20 percent of their total growth come from durable goods manufacturing. In Michigan, over 58 percent of the state’s economic expansion came from durable goods manufacturing. In Oregon, it was 85 percent for total manufacturing.

In other states, such as Alaska, North Dakota and West Virginia, it was natural resource mining that contributed most to GDP growth. Some regional economies expanded the industries in which they specialize. In Washington, 42.5 percent of total GDP growth came from the information sector. Washington has the largest share of its total employment in that industry of any state. In Connecticut, where 8.3 percent of all jobs are in financial services, the second-largest proportion in the U.S., the insurance and finance industries accounted for 30 percent of the state’s total economic expansion.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jun 12, 2012, 08:50 AM (0 replies)

Mr. Magic Pants - referring to Mittens Romney by a Cleveland DJ this AM.

I was on my way to work this AM listening to a local Classic Rock station when the DJ talked about the President coming to Cleveland later this week. When he was done telling where the President was going to be and when, he asked if that meant that Mr Magic Pants would be coming to Cleveland too.

That was my morning chuckle.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jun 12, 2012, 08:45 AM (1 replies)

Both my cars broke down 3 hours apart, what are the chances?

My daughter was out with her friends in her mothers car when it quit. She called me and I hurried to her location to help her, get a tow truck and haul her friends home. This happened at 11 PM. By 2 AM I had the car at the shop and her friends home, I was on the way home in my car when something went pop under the hood and it died. I called the tow truck again (no group discounts). I got home just in time to take a shower and be at work by 6:30.

That is how I needed my vacation, so much for stress relief.

Still waiting to see if either car can be repaired, pretty sure the one can't. So here I sit, now car and my wife is being a pain about replacing the dead one.

She thinks we should do whatever it takes to fix a 12 year old car with 190,000 miles on it. Yes the stress here is so thick, you could cut it with a knife.

Any body have experience leasing a car?


My wifes car will be fixed today, it was a fuel pump failure. NO engine damage Whew!

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jun 6, 2012, 05:27 PM (18 replies)

calling another user moronic is now OK?

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed May 30, 2012, 09:47 PM (28 replies)

What would a Romney Presidency look like?

In response to the commercials running claiming all the things Romney would do on his first day in office:

What would a Romney Presidency REALLY look like?

Let's take a look:

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as they call it:

More Poverty, More Uninsured

Poverty, All Races (Millions)

Number of Uninsured (Millions)

Creating jobs and the PIPELINE:


Fair Trade (standing up to China)

That is what a Romney Presidency would look like.

Be afraid, very afraid

Romney is a sick man

The lies from the Romney campaign have only just begun.
Posted by liberal N proud | Mon May 28, 2012, 08:41 AM (0 replies)

National Memorial Day Concert on PBS now

Live from the capitol
Posted by liberal N proud | Sun May 27, 2012, 08:05 PM (5 replies)

Obama, Romney continues to be tight race - OR How the republicans plan on stealing Ohio in November

CLEVELAND - Summer is not even here, but presidential politics are sizzling. A new Real Clear Politics poll shows President Barack Obama with a razor-thin lead of 45.5 percent to 43.6 percent over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Real Clear Politics obtains its results by taking the top 10 news media polls from across the country and averages them together.

NewsChannel5 anchor Chris Flanagan sat down with WEWS political analysts Lee Weingart, a Republican, and Peter Lawson Jones, a Democrat. Among the topics, the presidential polls, when will most voters begin to pay attention to the race, and the gay marriage issue.

The three also touched on the very heated U.S. Senate race in Ohio between incumbent Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Josh Mandel (R-Ohio), the current state treasurer.

Video at link:

Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/political/newschannel-5-political-analysts-talk-race-for-the-white-house#ixzz1vub3wkrR

Do they really think this race is that close? REALLY? What a bunch of fabricated elephant shit.
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri May 25, 2012, 03:36 PM (1 replies)

Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel returns money under investigation

CANTON, Ohio - Ohio treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel has returned $105,000 in campaign donations that are under federal investigation.

Mandel's campaign sent a letter this week to the Suarez Corporation Industries near Canton saying the money was returned to 21 employees of the direct-marketing firm. The letter says the money was returned out of an abundance of caution and called it an appropriate move until the investigation is complete.

FBI investigators have questioned Suarez Corp. employees about combined donations totaling $100,000 each to Mandel and freshman U.S. Rep. James Renacci.

Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/political/ohio-treasurer-josh-mandel-returns-money-under-investigation#ixzz1vuaJVaZ1

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri May 25, 2012, 03:33 PM (6 replies)

AP Analysis: Where Obama, Romney Stand On Manufacturing

The Associated Press is looking at the positions that President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have taken on small business issues. Here's where they stand on ways to help U.S. manufacturers:


Gov. Romney is committed to cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. This lower tax burden will enable manufacturing companies to reinvest more of their profits back into the company and offer higher wages to skilled workers.

Protecting the competitive edge of U.S. manufacturers will also require assertive trade policies that open new markets for American businesses and workers while stopping countries like China from cheating on their trade commitments. Gov. Romney will confront China over its intellectual property theft, its closed market and its currency manipulation and make clear to all countries that the United States embraces free trade but only with countries willing to play by the rules.

Acknowledging the importance of research and development to the manufacturing industry, Gov. Romney will also make permanent the R&D (research and development) credit. This credit promotes innovation in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries, and helps businesses plan their innovation spending. With a strong, permanent credit, companies will be able to invest for the future with confidence.

FACT CHECK: The vast majority of manufacturers are small businesses that wouldn't benefit from a cut in the corporate tax rate. According to 2008 Census figures, the most recent numbers available, nearly 99 percent of manufacturers had fewer than 500 employees. More than 80 percent of small businesses are either not corporations, or they're what are known as S corporations, according to the National Small Business Association. In all these cases, owners pay taxes on the business, at an individual rate that may be higher than the corporate rate.

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri May 25, 2012, 12:45 PM (0 replies)

Obama's Meeting With Republicans - Key and Peele on Comedy Central

Obama flips on the Republicans

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri May 25, 2012, 07:14 AM (0 replies)
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