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Economic Emergency: Just Miles From The White House See The Growing 3rd World

January 24, 2009

It isn’t Barack Obama’s fault.  And there is nothing wrong with the “Third Word.”  But it is not a great thing that just a few miles from the White House the global economy is turning neighborhoods from poor to poorer.

Unemployment is growing and businesses are closing.  I saw angry people honking their car horns in anger at a formerly well ordered intersection today.

The scene reminded me of Bolivia.

In China, “dentistry” can be found on the street; that is where the poor and without health insurance get cavities filled.

An immigrant friend of mine today went to a dentist to get help for an emergency.  He came home without the benefit of treatment.

He had no health insurance and the dentist wanted $1,000…..


President Obama Goes to Radio to Explain Economic Rush

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer

President Barack Obama took to the airwaves Saturday to promote his economic aid plan in what’s-it-mean-to-me terms: thousands of better schools, lower electricity bills, health coverage for millions who lose insurance.

It was the latest appeal from the new president for a massive spending bill designed to inject almost $1 trillion into the economy and fulfill campaign pledges. As lawmakers consider an $825 billion plan and Obama woos them with an eye toward a second economic package, he used his first radio and Internet address from the White House to update the public about his goals.

“Our economy could fall $1 trillion short of its full capacity, which translates into more than $12,000 in lost income for a family of four. And we could lose a generation of potential, as more young Americans are forced to forgo college dreams or the chance to train for the jobs of the future,” Obama said in a five-minute address.

“In short, if we do not act boldly and swiftly, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.”

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In this Jan. 23, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks ... 
In this Jan. 23, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to reporters during a meeting about the economy with Congressional leaders, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and the president. Obama on Saturday Jan. 24, 2009 laid out more pieces of an economic plan he says would add 3,000 miles of electrical lines, increase security at 90 ports and double the United States’ renewable energy capacity within three years.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)


Will More Bankruptcies Follow Tribune’s?

December 10, 2008

Although Tribune Co. has the distinction of being the first major newspaper publisher to seek bankruptcy protection in this sour economy, it is hardly alone in facing the deadly combination of high debt and declining advertising revenue.

For a sense of who might be next, consider publishers that have put individual papers up for sale or have had trouble meeting their debt contracts.

By Anick Jesdanun            
The Associated Press

A picture of the Tribune tower in Chicago, Illinois December ...

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Russia’s Vladimir (NOT The President) Putin Hosts Phone-In Show

December 4, 2008

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is set to face a series of questions about the economy when he takes part in a nationwide broadcast.

A Conversation with Vladimir Putin will be filmed at a studio near the Kremlin in front of a 400-strong audience.

People from across Russia will be able to put questions to the ex-president.

Last year, a million questions were submitted in advance, the Kremlin said. However, all were screened and none were considered overtly hostile to him.

Annual tradition

The BBC’s James Rodgers in Moscow says that perhaps the most significant thing about the “conversation” will not be the questions, but the person who is answering them.

Vladimir Putin (27 November 2008)
When Mr Putin was president, the broadcast became an annual tradition

When Mr Putin was president, the broadcast became an annual tradition.

Mr Putin left the Kremlin in May, after being obliged under the constitution to step down after two consecutive presidential terms.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev,left, and Prime Minister Vladimir ...
When journalists see photographs like this from Russia they often ask, “Who is the school master?”  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev,left, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin seen at their meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008.(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

But it is he, not his successor, Dmitry Medvedev, who will take to the airwaves again this year, our correspondent says.

Many will see that as a sign that it is Mr Putin, and not Mr Medvedev, who wields the real power in Russia, he adds.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits a ballistic missile ...
Russian media has been full of manly photographs of Mr. Medvedev and Mr. Putin this year; but it is clear who is the biggest cock. .(AFP/Pool/File/Dmitry Astakhov)

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