Sunday, September 26, 2010

NJ police officers earn the most in the Nation.

New Jersey police officers earn a median pay of $90,672

Star Ledger's analysis is here

US is the 2nd "fattest" nation in the world

The US is the second most over weight nation in the world with 68% of it citizens either overweight or obese. UK and Canada ranked 5th(61% o/w or obese) and 8th(60%), respectively. The poll lists the number of people overweight or obese, not the total amount of obeseness. The US leads in the number of total overweightness.

OECD's story

OECD's original report

Huffington Post's story

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Article blames Information Technology for middle class job loses

The economist has an interesting article blaming some of the middle class job losses on information technology

Job polarization in Europe

Republicans: Business Uncertainty contributes to unemployment

One of the charges Obama's critics try to stick him with is increasing business incertainity. Luckily, it is a sound bite that does not really stick. I read or hear it from the pundits all the time. And with no backup.

How do you measure uncertainty ? Is it going up or down ? Is high historically but going down or low but rising ? It it linked to job creation ?? If there is a link are other variables more important like a strong, growing economy ?? Can you separate out the uncertainty linked to Obama's policies vs. all the others that affect business ? Does uncertainty even matter ?

This one kind of attack exposes the republicans lack economic understanding. It might be great politics, but is definitely a distraction. This issue was definitely focus group approved. Luckily, it is a little too complicated to stick.

It looks a very weak attempt to blame Obama for 8, 12, or 20 years of poor economic management. The fact that they are trying to use it as an issue, really show the lack of any real economic ideas for advancing the economy.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Holding down health costs: Reuter's story on UK NICE not recommending a new drug

If you are following the healthcare debate you know holding down costs and central to the debate. The UK NHS has a model that works. A panel of experts reviews the cost effectiveness of the treatments.

Here is a story about a tough decision: Whether to extend the benefits of a new, expensive and slighly better schophrenia drug to teenagers.

Reuter's story here