Bob Cusack, managing editor of The Hill, a congressional newspaper that publishes daily when Congress is in session, with a special focus on business, lobbying and political campaigns, stops by Focus Washington to discuss the […]
Thriller author Chet Nagle stops by Focus Washington to discuss his new book The Woolsorter’s Plague, which gives a fictional account of two terrorists that make an attack on the U.S. that was planned by […]
Anne Forristall Luke, vice president of government affairs for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) talks to Chuck Conconi about the obstacles facing the American Jobs Act and the difference infrastructure investments can make towards […]
Dr. Ron Faucheux, President of Clarus Research Group and Washington pollster, talks to Chuck Conconi about the impact of the GOP debates on the polls and discusses the relevance of the next GOP candidate have […]
Randal Teague, a partner at the Washington office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP, sits down with host Chuck Conconi to discuss the economics of Ohio, and the affect it brings to Capitol Hill. […]
Chuck Conconi discusses the past and future of the Washington Post with the National Editor of the Washingtonian Magazine, Harry Jaffe. Jaffe discusses that while the Washington Post is a great newspaper, it does not […]
Chuck Conconi is joined by Qorvis Partner Stan Collender. Stan breaks down key points and issues concerning the US budget.
Chuck Conconi is joined again by Clarus Research Group President Ron Faucheux to talk about the upcoming 2012 campaign. Specifically, they discuss recent political news with the republican candidates.
Chuck Conconi is back with his weekly update to the political atmosphere surrounding the 2012 campaign. Joining him is President of the Clarus Research Group Ron Faucheux to go over the past week in political […]
Chuck Conconi sits down with Marilyn & Hal Weiner, filmmakers who have produced, written, and directed over 225 documentaries, a dozen “after-school” TV dramas, four public television series, over 100 television commercials, and they have […]
In this episode of Focus Washington, Chuck Conconi interviews Dr. Ron Faucheux of Clarus Research discusses the American political landscape, with particular focus on the potential GOP presidential candidates in the 2012 national election.
Brian Dengler, a partner at the Washington office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP, talks with Chuck Conconi about developing an innovative law practice on e-media issues that assists broadcasting, university and start up […]
Bill Plante, veteran White House correspondent, has been at CBS News since 1964. In a wide-ranging interview, he discussed the ever-changing media landscape and the challenges of gathering information from the White House in 2011. […]
Randy Teague, a partner at the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP in Washington, D.C., talks with Chuck Conconi about the post-election influence of the Ohio delegation in Congress and the impact on Ohio industry. […]
As the lame duck congress gets ready to leave Washington, all the newly elected representatives are scurrying around Capitol Hill looking for places to live. Many of them, however, aren’t looking for a house or an apartment, they are arranging for cots so they can sleep in their offices. […]
Except for what was considered the surprising reelection of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, political pollster Dr. Ron Faucheux, said that watching the election returns coming in Nov. 2 was “almost boring” because the outcome was expected. […]
In a polling of 12 Congressional races facing freshman Democrats, Sean Miller, the Hill Newspaper campaign reporter, told Chuck Conconi in an interview on Focus Washington that the races are tight, but that there still […]
The exhibition is presented on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus. “Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations” Opens at the Smithsonian Sept. 29. The exhibition features more than 200 artifacts on view for the first time in the United States.
“Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History from Sept. 29 through May 1, 2011.
“‘Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations’ celebrates Cyprus’ 11,000-year history and showcases some of the latest discoveries from the early era of Cypriot archaeology,” said Sophocles Hadjisavvas, guest curator of the exhibition. “This unique exhibit shows the rich heritage and cultural contribution of Cyprus to the world. We look forward to having Smithsonian visitors explore Cyprus and the treasures this island has to offer.” […]
Christina Wilkie said the Obama’s keep the White House open after 5 p.m. and have been strong supporters of the In Performance at the White House series. She said the Obamas are different from the previous George W. Bush years. President Bush was known to be in bed by 8 p.m. […]
Voters all across the country are not only voting against the status quo, but are not supporting moderates in either the Republican or Democratic parties, pollster Dr. Ron Faucheux, president of the Clarus Group, said yesterday. […]
According to Shane D’Aprile, the political campaign reporter for the Hill newspaper, those decisions will include which Democrats the party will support for reelection, and which ones it won’t. D’Aprile said, “Democrats can’t support every Democratic candidate. They have a financial advantage and have to be selective as to where they are going to put their resources.” […]
Bob Cusack, Managing Editor of The Hill, sat down with Chuck Conconi to discuss the current state of affairs in Washington. With partisan politics at a high, Bob Cusack weighs in on what has been done, what can be done, and what must be done to keep Washington politics moving forward. […]
How are Americans viewing the public education system, and the concern over the growing problems with American high schools? The Alliance for Excellent Education, a policy and advocacy organization in Washington, DC, commissioned a bipartisan […]
Focus Washington’s Chuck Conconi sits down with Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris to discuss his peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka as well as his meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary […]
The Sun Gazette (no, I won’t link to it) is a local “newspaper” delivered free of charge to where I live in the Washington, D.C. area. I put quotes around the word “newspaper” because it’s really a brochure for the local real estate industry that masquerades as a news source. Not only are most of its ads from real estate agents, it even has ads for homes for sale that are written by the paper’s staff and are published so that they look look like news stories.
Most important, the front-page lead stories are almost always cheerleading for local home sales, with headlines that, no matter what the statistics cited in the story say, somehow always give the impression that things are getting better and that this is a good time to buy buy buy.
The Sun Gazette usually just goes directly in the trash with all of the other garbage, but this week’s edition deserves to be mentioned…or, actually, ridiculed. Yes, it had the usual cheerleading front-page story about home sales being up, but the headline mentioned the federal home-buyer tax credit as the reason for the jump in sales. The fifth graph in the story (Note to the Gazette’s editor: If it’s in the headline it should also be in the lead) began by saying “Sales likely were strengthened…” by the tax credit. A follow-up story on page 5 had a headline that said home sales had been “buoyed” by the federal tax credit.
I mention all of this because in addition to being a cheerleader for the local housing industry, the Sun Gazette routinely rails against government involvement of any kind in anything, but especially in economic matters. It always finds a reason to complain about government deficits and debt and challenges local federal office holders who support policies that increase them. In this same edition, for example, the Sun Gazette includes an editorial that celebrates the election of what it calls a fiscally conservative local city council.
There’s no indication whatsoever that the newspaper even realizes how inconsistent it’s being. On the one hand its very close ties to the local real estate industry require that it celebrate a federal policy that increases the budget deficit. On the other hand, its standard editorial position is that the government should stay away and allow the economy to operate on its own. In this case it can’t do both but, in this case, when it was in the Sun Gazette’s direct personal interest, increasing the deficit was okay.
Excuse me while I head to the trash.
So says the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Here’s the whole story from yesterday’s USA Today (Hat Tip: Taegan Goddard at Political Wire). Putting aside the snarky, politically motivated quotes from people with an agenda in the story, here’s the data-driven money quote:
Federal, state and local taxes — including income, property, sales and other taxes — consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8.% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010.
On the day of his Capitol Hill testimony, Ross Brickley, president of CCRx of NC, Inc. and former president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, founder of the Quality Care Coalition for Patients in […]
The Food and Drug Administration has begun warning consumers that baby bottles and plastic containers containing Bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, may pose hazards to your health. The FDA recently cautioned the American public not […]
It’s no surprise that students who drop out of school are harming their own individual prospects. But now, an Alliance for Excellent Education study, partnered with State Farm Insurance, shows exactly what that problem can […]
I recently spoke with Patrick Gavin of Politico about new media and its prevalence in Washington. We discussed the advantages of twitter for politicians and the diplomatic community, who’s using it and who’s not as well […]