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Houston A Drag on Texas Unemployment Figures

Oh dear.  Coming right on the heels of yesterday’s post about trying to run against success, this is not good news for Bill White and his planned campaign for governor. The local unemployment rate shot up to 8.8 percent in January, the Texas Workforce Commission reported this morning. The rate was 8.2 percent in December. [...]

Running Against Success in Texas (Good Luck With That)

There’s lots of commentary out this morning about incumbent Rick Perry’s win over Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Texas GOP gubernatorial primary. The general take-away seems to be that Governor Perry benefited from (as Jonathan Martin puts it at the Politico) “an anti-Washington message in an already volatile political environment”. I really don’t think so, [...]

The Green Jobs Debacle

Yo!  Congress!  Could you ‘splain this please? Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone [...]

Gearing Up for a Special Good-Bye

In 2000 — nearly a decade ago now — Polimom and Adorable Child returned to the Houston area. We came with nothing. A newly-single mom, I’d left my beloved tiny village in upstate New York;  there simply were no jobs in my field in the area.  So I headed south, where I hoped that my [...]

Looking for the Stimulus Genie?

No, Virginia, we do not need a second stimulus.  Here’s why:  The Stimulus Genie and the Economy