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Washington County unemployment among lowest in the area

By Andy Hallman | Oct 26, 2012

Washington County’s unemployment rate continues to fall. According to the Iowa Workforce Development, Washington County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in southeast Iowa at 3.6 percent.

That is noticeably lower than where the figure was a year ago when it was 4.4 percent, which was only slightly lower than the year before that.

Statewide unemployment dropped to 5.2 percent, compared to 5.9 percent in September 2011. The U.S. unemployment rate is higher than Iowa’s at 7.8 percent, but that, too, is lower than it was a year ago.

Washington County’s unemployment rate is lower than every other county in southeast Iowa with the exception of Johnson County, whose rate is 3.2 percent. However, several nearby counties saw their unemployment rates drop by nearly a whole percentage point as well, and a few fell even more than that.

Keokuk County’s rate fell from 6.1 to 5.1. Iowa County’s went from 5.4 to 4.5. Jefferson County dropped by more than a percentage point, from 7.0 to 5.9. Henry County’s rate fell substantially from 7.1 to 5.6.

“The drop in the September jobless rate was welcome news, but we are still cautious about the job market” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “The employment numbers continued to depict a slow and uneven recovery.”

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Nov 05, 2012 12:04

As President Obama closes out his presidential campaign on Monday with stops featuring celebrities like rapper Jay-Z and rocker Bruce Springsteen, many of the victims of Hurricane Sandy are still waiting for federal, state and local assistance.

Almost a week after Superstorm Sandy pummeled New York and New Jersey, scenes of increased desperation — residents wielding bows and arrows against possible looters, tempers flaring in long gasoline lines, and impassioned pleas to officials for help. Like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland, all that is left of Obama is a big campaign smile.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Nov 04, 2012 13:44

The New York Daily News, the country’s fifth largest newspaper, endorsed Mitt Romney on Sunday, joining the ranks of more than a dozen papers that have turned away from Barack Obama after endorsing his candidacy in 2008.

The paper's endorsement came as a surprise: the News has a staunchly Democratic editorial viewpoint. The Daily News is also owned by one of the country's most respected and influential Democrats, Mort Zuckerman, the billionaire real estate mogul.

But the New York daily staked its arguments against Obama not on politics but the economy, charging that President Obama’s promises went unfulfilled.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Nov 03, 2012 17:29

Mitt Romney 2012 and Paul Ryan Campaign Rally in West Chester, Ohio. President Obama tells his supporters to vote for revenge, his liberals and democrats erupt in roars of blood thirst. Romney responds not to vote for revenge but for love of Country, love of the United States of America.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Oct 28, 2012 00:46

When Harvey Picker was Dean of the Columbia University School of International Affairs, he said at the new student orientation luncheon that if students wanted to have power and influence then they should go to the Columbia University Business School not the State Department. My interest in international affairs began when I was 14 years old and I read a book by FBI Director, J. Edger Hoover titled "Masters of Deceit". I don't know many 14 year old boys who write the FBI Director but I did. I told him how much I liked the book and to my surprise, he wrote back and thanked me. I wrote back to him and that began a correspondence that lasted through college. Many students at the Columbia University School of International Affairs were from the U.S. Military Academy who had gone through the Monterey California Language School and were in military intelligence. Many others were associated with the United Nations and members of diplomatic families. One of my professors was Zbigniew Brzezinski who served as National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter. Those were interesting years and it changed my life.
Harvey Picker, who died Saturday at 92, was a wealthy industrialist who switched from running a leading medical supply company to serving as dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.He later became a medical philanthropist and funded the development of survey methods widely used in America and Europe to gauge patient satisfaction. 

As president and later chairman of the Picker X-Ray Corp., Picker headed a manufacturing firm with 2,000 employees.

Born December 8, 1915, in New York City, Picker majored in political science at Colgate University. He went on to graduate studies in politics at Oxford University but in 1938 opted to join Picker X-Ray, the company his father had founded in 1914. During World War II, Harvey Picker helped develop mobile X-ray units that could be parachuted into battlefields. Its one-minute film developer was credited with saving lives. At the end of the war, Picker's father was said to have returned $3 million to the U.S. Treasury Department because he didn't want to profit from the war. After he was taken off active duty as a Navy deck officer during the war because of an allergy to wool, Picker worked as a liaison between professors at the MIT radiation laboratory and British radar researchers.

In 1972, he became dean at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. Noting that his new dean lacked the customary Ph.D., Columbia's president, William McGill, told the New York Times, "One of the good things about Columbia is that when talent shows itself a plumber's license is not of fundamental significance." After presiding over a period of rapid expansion at the International School, Picker became dean emeritus in 1983. Today, Picker is one of the major manufactures of the new CAT Scan machines used at many hospitals.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Oct 27, 2012 15:34

It would be hard to become nostalgic about Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign in disgrace. But at least you could tell when he was lying. Obama's lies are just as big but not as visible, and the media that exposed Nixon is covering for Obama.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Oct 27, 2012 14:03

The events unfolding in Benghazi on the tragic night of September 11th were being relayed to the State Department as the attacks were going on, "in real time," as they say. So the idea that the Obama administration now has to carry out a time-consuming "investigation" to find out what those events were, when the information was immediately available at the time, is a little much.

The full story of what happened in Libya, down to the last detail, may never be known. But, as someone once said, you don't need to eat a whole egg to know that it is rotten. And you don't need to know every detail of the events before, during and after the attacks to know that the story put out by the Obama administration was a fraud.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Oct 27, 2012 05:41

by Thomas Sowell

One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring.

That talent was displayed just this week when he was asked whether he thought the Supreme Court would uphold ObamaCare as constitutional or strike it down as unconstitutional.

He replied: "I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress."

But how unprecedented would it actually be if the Supreme Court declared a law unconstitutional if it was passed by "a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress"?

The Supreme Court has been doing precisely that for 209 years!

Nor is it likely that Barack Obama has never heard of it. He has a degree from the Harvard law school and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago law school. In what must be one of the most famous Supreme Court cases in history — Marbury v. Madison in 1803 — Chief Justice John Marshall established the principle that the Supreme Court can declare acts of Congress null and void if these acts violate the Constitution.

They have been doing so for more than two centuries. It is the foundation of American constitutional law. There is no way that Barack Obama has never heard of it or really believes it to be "unprecedented" after two centuries of countless precedents.

In short, he is simply lying.

Now there are different kinds of liars. If we must have lying Presidents of the United States, I prefer that they be like Richard Nixon. You could just look at him and tell that he was lying.

But Obama is much smoother. On this and on many other issues, you would have to know what the facts are to know that he is lying. He is obviously counting on the fact that, in this era of dumbed-down education, many people have no clue as to what the facts are.

He is also counting on something else — namely, that the pro-Obama media will not expose his lies.

One of the many ways of lying smoothly is to simply redefine words. Barack Obama is a master at that as well.

In the comment on the case pending before the Supreme Court, President Obama said that he wanted to remind "conservative commentators" that they have complained about "judicial activism" — which he redefines as the idea that "an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law."

First of all, every law that the Supreme Court has overturned for the past 209 years since Marbury v. Madison was "a duly constituted and passed law."

Second, the "judicial activism" that conservatives have complained about was judges making rulings based on how they felt personally about the issue at hand, rather than about what the Constitution of the United States said.

In recent years, great efforts have been made to redefine "judicial activism" in terms of judges declaring laws unconstitutional, instead of "deferring" to Congress or other government institutions.

But what is the Constitution's Bill of Rights supposed to protect the ordinary citizen from? Government institutions! If judges are to defer to the very institutions that the Bill of Rights tries to protect the citizen from, what is the point of having a Bill of Rights?

As for Supreme Court justices being unelected, that has been true since the Constitution was created. That was done deliberately, so that they could render their judgments without fear of political repercussions. If unelected Supreme Court justices are to automatically defer to elected officials, that again raises the question of why they are there at all.

Why are the taxpayers paying their salaries and housing them in an expensive marble building — just so that they can go along to get along?

It would be hard to become nostalgic about Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign in disgrace. But at least you could tell when he was lying. Obama's lies are just as big but not as visible, and the media that exposed Nixon is covering for Obama.


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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Oct 27, 2012 02:52

Failed Policies


The U.S. has a +$16.2 trillion deficit and Obama has about a $6 trillion deficit and is increasing an average of $3.85 billion debt per day. President Obama promises to cut annual federal budget deficits in half by the end of his term. The unemployment is above 8 % for 44 months, despite the nearly $6 trillion in Obama's new debt.

The U.S. has record high foreclosures, record high losses of median family income and twenty three million Americans are not able to find jobs or are underemployed. A record 5.4 million workers and their dependents that have signed up to collect federal disability since President Obama took office.
President Obama supports the institutional redistribution of wealth in the USA. President Obama's taxing of the rich plan won't solve the deficit. President Obama could confiscate the entire wealth of America's top 400 wealthiest people ($1.7 trillion dollars) and it wouldn't put much of a dent in our +$16.2 trillion deficit.

President Obama's proposed solution to reducing the deficit plan "tax the rich" will only fund the government for about 8 days.
The U.S. lost its perfect AAA credit rating and the U.S slips to number 7 in global competitiveness for business environment under Obama. The U.S Nation's National Security facing traumatic repercussions from Obama's policies. The U.S Southern border is a sieve, open as a gateway to the most violent criminals.

During his first two years as President, Obama had a Democratic-controlled House and Senate to pass any plan or idea to help the economy. Instead, he made his overriding priority not job creation but the radical transformation of this country’s health care system.

The government takeover of health care, if left in place, will deprive millions of Americans of their present health insurance and degrade the quality of care provided for all of us. President Obama's preferred model is socialized medicine along the lines of socialist countries.

President Obama seems fundamentally out of touch with most mainstream Americans and sees mainstream America as something to be scolded. President Obama routinely villainizes the private sector and pushes policies that punish hard working Americans. As he chided successful Americans this summer, “You didn't build that!”.

President Obama's administration's ludicrous assertion that an obscure YouTube video in California sparked anti-American riots across the Middle East on Sept. 11 has now been proven a deliberately false.

When a U.S. ambassador was murdered in the line of duty for the first time in 33 years, President Obama’s response was to jet to Las Vegas to party at a fat-cat fundraiser. The cruel murders of the ambassador and three other Americans that day? Just a couple of “bumps in the road”, Obama said.

President Barack Obama promised to "unify a divided nation", that has never happened. Obama has been nothing like the healer-in-chief he promised to be in the 2008 election. Early on he took the low road, inflaming resentments, demonizing his critics, and yes, pitting red Americans against blue Americans. President Obama's defenders argue that he had no choice, going negative was his only option.

President Obama was going to unite the country, but all he has done is divide and pit one group against another. He pits the rich against the poor, blacks against whites, old against young, workers against management, unions against companies, and home owners against banks.

Mitt Romney’s plan for a stronger Middle Class is a five-part proposal for turning around the economy, delivering more jobs and more take-home pay for American families.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's vision represents the concepts of liberty, freedom, self-reliance, and responsibility. Is this a clear choice for Americans in the 2012 election: Liberty vs dependence, opportunity vs entitlement. Mitt Romney's strength derives from his solid experience in understanding the economy, free enterprise and having the vision to help businesses succeed and create jobs.

Mitt Romney will rebuild the foundations of the American economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation.
Mitt Romney's plan:
1. Energy independence
2. Improve education/School choice
3. Make trade work for America
4. Cut the deficit / Balance the budget
5. Champion small businesses and reduce regulations

By most measures, President Obama has failed the American people. It's time for real leadership and change in the White House.


Posted by: Thomas Langr | Oct 26, 2012 16:42

Misleading...many jobs are part-time or temporary...


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