28 août 2009

Le miracle ne s’est pas produit États-Unis Hétu Watch Revue de presse

Chicago Tribune

Obama baby boom: Predicted surge in births goes bust
Chicago Tribune

On Nov. 4, the hope and happiness seemed boundless for supporters of President-elect Barack Obama, leading some to speculate, with a wink and a nod, that in nine months there would be a virtual Obama baby boom — a celebratory uptick in the national birthrate.

But now, 40 weeks later — the average human gestation period — MSNBC is reporting the prediction has largely been nothing more than, well, false hope. In reality, experts said, a generation is not borne from one night.

In Chicago, ground zero for Obama’s election celebration, area hospitals confirm that they have not seen a noticeable surge in births.

27 août 2009

Le resto des bureaucrates Économie En Vidéos Gauchistan

Nationaliser le système de santé ? Et pourquoi pas les restaurants !

Be Careful What You Wish For…

27 août 2009

Un train qui déraille Économie En Chiffres États-Unis Hétu Watch

Voici quelques chiffres tirés d'Intrade, un site qui enregistre des paris relatifs aux événements politiques (plus les gens misent sur la concrétisation d'un événement, plus le prix du pari se reproche de 100):



Les Américains voulaient du changement, mais ils ne veulent pas des changements proposés par Obama.

27 août 2009

Sens unique Canada Économie En Chiffres En Images Environnement États-Unis Mondialisation

Lors de la signature du traité de libre-échange entre le Canada et les États-Unis, plusieurs ont craint que la libre circulation des marchandises transforme le Canada en gigantesque poubelle des Américains.

Force est de constater que c'est exactement le contraire qui s'est produit…


Dans un traité de libre-échange, le plus gros joueur n'est pas nécessairement celui qui impose ses volontés.

Commission de coopération environnementale (CCE)
À l’heure des comptes: les rejets et les transferts de polluants

27 août 2009

Sucré-Salé Économie États-Unis Gauchistan Revue de presse

Wall Street Journal

Sugar Land
The Wall Street Journal

Last week, food companies sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to warn that a sugar shortage is possible if the department doesn’t raise import quotas. How the Administration resolves the dispute will send a message about Mr. Obama’s view of protectionist policies amidst a recession.

In states from Florida to Minnesota, sugar producers have their profits guaranteed by a price floor created by the import restrictions. Each year, the amount of foreign sugar that manufacturers may use is limited to protect U.S. sugar farmers who benefit from artificially higher prices on the domestic market. According to the letter to Secretary Vilsack, signed by companies like Kraft, Hershey and Mars, without some easing « consumers will pay higher prices [and] food manufacturing jobs will be at risk. » But scarcity is only half the issue. The other half is a protectionist program that distorts trade and has negative economic consequences.

According to a 2006 study by the U.S. International Trade Administration, each sugar job saved by propping up domestic producers costs three jobs in manufacturing, with many companies relocating to countries such as Canada and Mexico where the price of sugar can be one-half to two-thirds the rate in the U.S. So instead of importing sugar, the U.S. brings in more sugary finished products, with imports rising to $18.7 billion in 2004 from $6.7 billion in 1990.

Standing for free trade would require the administration to stand up to some powerful unions. So far, no evidence of that.

26 août 2009

Des tsars communistes ? Économie En Vidéos Environnement États-Unis Gauchistan Hétu Watch

Pour faire suite au billet publié hier sur les tsars de l’Administration Obama:

Des tsars communistes ???
envoyé par TheEconomist

Something is not right…

26 août 2009

Un homme libre En Citations États-Unis Philosophie

Mr. Conservative

Extrait du mythique livre « The Conscience of a Conservative » de Barry Goldwater, une figure emblématique de la politique américaine dans les années 60 & 70:

"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents ‘interests,’ I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can."

26 août 2009

Obamageddon Économie États-Unis Récession Revue de presse

Obama Raises 2010 Deficit Estimate to $1.5 Trillion

U.S. unemployment will surge to 10 percent this year and the budget deficit will be $1.5 trillion next year, both higher than previous Obama administration forecasts because of a recession that was deeper and longer than expected, White House budget chief Peter Orszag said.

The budget shortfall for 2010 would mark the second straight year of trillion-dollar deficits. Along with the unemployment numbers, the deficit may complicate President Barack Obama’s drive for his top domestic priority, overhauling the U.S. health care system.

Administration and congressional budget officials expect the unemployment rate, which was 9.4 percent last month, to keep rising. White House officials said the rate likely will rise to 10 percent by the end of 2009, averaging 9.3 percent for the entire year. It will worsen to a 9.8 percent average in 2010 instead of the 7.9 percent estimate in May. The CBO report also estimates the 2009 jobless rate at 9.3 percent. It puts next year’s average at 10.2 percent.

Last year’s deficit was $459 billion.

25 août 2009

Les tsaristes Économie États-Unis Gauchistan

George Bush a nommé 24 tsars dans son administration. Barack Obama de son côté a porté le nombre à 33. La Russie n’a eu que 28 tsars…