Monthly Archives: June 2008

>Economists should listen to consumers

>”Experts have a half-glass full outlook for the economy while average Americans are far more pessimistic. Here’s why the consumer is probably right.”

CNNMoney.com posted a story the other day that does not bode well for the economic outlook. Consumers surveyed earlier this month by The Conference Board, a well-respected private business research group, gave the bleakest six-month outlook for the economy ever in the nearly 42 year history of the survey. By a 3 to 1 margin consumers expect the economy to deteriorate over the next six months.

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Economists should listen to consumers

“Experts have a half-glass full outlook for the economy while average Americans are far more pessimistic. Here’s why the consumer is probably right.”

CNNMoney.com posted a story the other day that does not bode well for the economic outlook. Consumers surveyed earlier this month by The Conference Board, a well-respected private business research group, gave the bleakest six-month outlook for the economy ever in the nearly 42 year history of the survey. By a 3 to 1 margin consumers expect the economy to deteriorate over the next six months.

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Filed under CNNMoney, consumer confidence, ecomonic outlook, Federal Reserve, Recession, The Economic Outlook Group

It’s Not Even Close: Obama Should Pick Clinton for VP

RealClearPolitics’s Bob Beckel wrote an opinion piece that was posted on Yahoo, that lays out his reasoning as to why Hillary Clinton should be Barrack Obama’s choice as a running mate this fall.

It is a well reasoned article and I happen to agree with it.
I feel that the Democrats should field the strongest possible team, by including Clinton on the ticket it would accomplish just that.
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Filed under Barrack Obama, Democratic VP Choices, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton

It’s Not Even Close: Obama Should Pick Clinton for VP

RealClearPolitics’s Bob Beckel wrote an opinion piece that was posted on Yahoo, that lays out his reasoning as to why Hillary Clinton should be Barrack Obama’s choice as a running mate this fall.

It is a well reasoned article and I happen to agree with it.
I feel that the Democrats should field the strongest possible team, by including Clinton on the ticket it would accomplish just that.
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Filed under Barrack Obama, Democratic VP Choices, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton

>Slick John McCain and the offshore oil ruse

>”Slick John McCain and the offshore oil ruse”
The safety and economics of offshore drilling are distractions from the much larger
challenges that humanity faces: Climate change and peak oil.
so says Slate.com’s Andrew Leonard

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Slick John McCain and the offshore oil ruse

“Slick John McCain and the offshore oil ruse”
The safety and economics of offshore drilling are distractions from the much larger
challenges that humanity faces: Climate change and peak oil.
so says Slate.com’s Andrew Leonard

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Filed under Andrew Leonard, Climate change, John McCain, Off shore oil drilling, Oil Prices, Peak oil, Slate.com

>"State budget cuts aid to all but three towns", can Middletown now pass it’s budget?

>It is being reported on NJ.com today that all but three of New Jersey’s 566 cities and towns will see their state aid shrink under the state’s new $32.9 billion budget and not one of the three lucky towns is Middletown.

This is unfortunate for the residents of Middletown because it will contribute to the tax increase in this years budget. This news however was not unexpected, it finally means that the Republican majority that control the Township Committee can finalize and adopt the operating budget that is now 6 months over due.

The Republican majority kept holding out hope for state aid that they had been told would never come, now whatever budget savings were in place are almost certainly gone due to all of the temporary budget appropriations that where needed to keep the town running.

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"State budget cuts aid to all but three towns", can Middletown now pass it’s budget?

It is being reported on NJ.com today that all but three of New Jersey’s 566 cities and towns will see their state aid shrink under the state’s new $32.9 billion budget and not one of the three lucky towns is Middletown.

This is unfortunate for the residents of Middletown because it will contribute to the tax increase in this years budget. This news however was not unexpected, it finally means that the Republican majority that control the Township Committee can finalize and adopt the operating budget that is now 6 months over due.

The Republican majority kept holding out hope for state aid that they had been told would never come, now whatever budget savings were in place are almost certainly gone due to all of the temporary budget appropriations that where needed to keep the town running.

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Filed under Budget, Middletown, Middletown Republicans, State aid cuts

>Gas prices fuel some skipped first aid calls

>The Asbury Park Press is reporting that the high cost of gas is causing some members of the Holmdel First Aid Squad to miss calls for help. It seems that a number of the First Aider’s are on fixed incomes and can not afford to respond to calls.
Officials in town are stating however, that all emergency calls are being responded to and that no one is currently in danger.

This seems like a real problem, how long before the public becomes effected? And is this an isolated situation or are other towns in the Bayshore experiencing the same problems? I would like to know because something needs to be done about it before some one dies.

Is it possible for towns to reimburse some of the fuel costs to their emergency responders, maybe $20-$25 dollars a month or maybe on a per mileage, per call basis ? I don’t know, but this issue needs to be looked at if towns are going to rely on volunteers to provide emergency services.

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Gas prices fuel some skipped first aid calls

The Asbury Park Press is reporting that the high cost of gas is causing some members of the Holmdel First Aid Squad to miss calls for help. It seems that a number of the First Aider’s are on fixed incomes and can not afford to respond to calls.
Officials in town are stating however, that all emergency calls are being responded to and that no one is currently in danger.

This seems like a real problem, how long before the public becomes effected? And is this an isolated situation or are other towns in the Bayshore experiencing the same problems? I would like to know because something needs to be done about it before some one dies.

Is it possible for towns to reimburse some of the fuel costs to their emergency responders, maybe $20-$25 dollars a month or maybe on a per mileage, per call basis ? I don’t know, but this issue needs to be looked at if towns are going to rely on volunteers to provide emergency services.

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Filed under Asbury Park Press, Bayshore, Emergency Responders, First Aid responders, high gas prices, Holmdel, Oil Prices