Rebane’s blog: A case study of myopic, small town politics

  1. “America is roaring back, and now is the time to invest in the future of America.” preached President Trump at a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“preached”??!! Three guesses, is that a leftwing or rightwing or mid-road representation of Trump’s appearance in Davos?
Posted by: George Rebane 
26 January 2018 at 06:31 PM

2. GR 631pm
The “preached” line is from a “journalist” writing copy at Yahoo! news. Might be no road at all, just a low skilled journalist with a well worn thesaurus.
Posted by: Gregory
26 January 2018 at 11:39 PM

In fact, this “tongue in cheek” reference  comes from Andy Serwer, the editor in chief at Yahoo Finance. His background and experienced is here, including 30 years as managing editor at Fortune:

The complete article by Serwer is here:

Small towns are a hoot!


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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

8 thoughts on “Rebane’s blog: A case study of myopic, small town politics”

  1. “America is roaring back,” but it has been ‘roaring back’ since roughly 2010. GDP growth has been slow but solid since then, and 2017 looked a lot like 2016 & 2015, roughly a just under 3.0% GDP growth, almost exactly what it has been since 2010.

    Unemployment has continued to go down, but it has been going down since the 10% peak of the recession, and 2017 looks little different than 2016, hovering in the 4.0% unemployment range, which most economists agree is about as low as it can get and is ‘full employment.’

    I would ask the Rebanistas, who were screaming that undermeployment was the real issue all though the Obama adminstration, how that has looked in the first year of the Trump economy?

    While unemplyment rates have continued to stay low (thanks Obama), labor force particpation has also stayed at historic low particpation rates. [I would argue this is a much a demographic shift coupled with the shifting nature of work as technology disrupts the marketplace.]

    When does Mr. Trump start to bear the responsibility for that low particapation rate that they excoriated Obama for in their fever swap minds?

    Finally, stock market growth during Trump’s first 12 months is roughly on par with several other Presidents first year…Obama’s was 36% and Trump was 25% …..but it must be noted that Obama was coming off the bigegst decline in value since the Depression. The stock market has been on a tear, increasing 75% in value since 2012.

    The reality is we are now in our longest sustained period of economic growth since the end of the Depression, and that can not go on forever, and everyone knows it. We are overdue for a pretty substantial correction. It will be interesting to see how the Rebanistas respond to that.

    But really….who cares?

  2. BTW, if you look at that chart in the Axios link the Obama increase started almost 15% below the 0% line in March while Trump started at the 0% line, so in reality Obama’s increase was 50% or twice as ‘big’ as Trumps. I wonder if he has that chart on the wall of his sterile work free Oval Office.

  3. And imagine that this clown has an academic scholarship program for the local kiddos! Who would let their kiddos near a fellow with that kind of intellectual “reasoning”? It’s also hard to imagine UCLA accepted him based on this kind of intellectual “reasoning.” You can’t make this stuff up! Meanwhile, I’ll pass on Rebene’s words of wisdom to “progressives” such as Robert Reich, Paul Samuelson, and Warren Buffett. I’m sure he can teach them a “thing or two.” lol.

    “Walt 841am – Mr Branson, as hard as I try, I have NEVER found a progressive to understand either capitalism or the practical aspects of free markets. As clinically confirmed (and reported here), they use different parts of the brain to than do we to think logically and reason. Combine that with their totally different social utilities (that include definitions ‘good’ and ‘better’), and communication beyond passing household messages is pretty much hopeless. Posted by: George Rebane | 07 February 2018 at 08:51 AM”

  4. Now Rebane claims that the comments about Trump’s sexist, lewd and boorish behavior are merely a “tool” of the progressives against him. I don’t know Rebane well but how can he condone Trump’s “grab ’em by the pussy” comments or his porn star sex scandal. Does he condone this behavior?

    “[This is your Happy Valentine’s Day sandbox in which we may pursue all the divers love affairs that ended badly with sexual harassment and abuse and … which are now the newly preferred weapon in the armory assembled to destroy President Trump’s administration. I’m sure when this has run its course, a new one will already be fashioned and ready to deploy. gjr]”

    1. Rebane responded to this comment but did not mention that i republished his quote for all to see and never answered my question: “Does he condone this behavior?” I rest my case. Or as he’d put it: “QED.”

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