From Glenn Reynolds: UPDATE: Reader A. Sorenson writes: “The media now needs to think twice about being Obama’s lapdog.” Heh. Indeed.
Archive for April, 2012
Thanks to James Pethokoukis and economists Richard V. Burkhauser, Jeff Larrimore, and Kosali I. Simon for tackling the Left’s absurd claims about income stagnation for the middle class. I’ve never understood how the stagnation argument gets any traction, since it’s obviously false. Anyone who has lived in America for the past several decades knows that there has been a tremendous rise in the median family’s standard of living. Look at the vast and affluent areas of metropolitan Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Seattle, and a host of other cities—areas that were undeveloped forty years ago—and tell me that increases in income and wealth have been restricted to the top 1%. Someone’s living in all those areas, and there aren’t enough people in the top 1% to explain even a tiny percentage of it.
Here’s the key chart:
See that? Inequality is down over that period. That’s in spite of massive immigration that leads to a flood of newcomers coming in at or near the bottom of the distribution. People in the bottom two quintiles have seen increases of at least 25%; those in the middle quintile, almost 37%. The effect to which leftists point is due chiefly to decreases in the size of households.
Even the above numbers can understate the rise in living standards considerably. Mom and Dad are bringing in $50K while junior is in college. Junior gets a $20K a year job and moves out, filing his own tax form. Per household income has dropped precipitously, from $50K to $35K—a 30% decline! But everyone is better off. Per person income is up 40%.
The moral: Be careful about statistics. You’re going to hear a lot of them during this campaign season, and a lot of them are going to contradict what you see around you every day. Trust your eyes, and watch those statistical arguments very, very carefully.
Texas Rangers trying hard to get it right in response to horrible accident last year. I believe they did.
Ranger erect statue of Shannon and Cooper Stone. And a tribute to all their fans. What a tough thing to have to go through. To their credit they kept it simple and heartfelt. I think it’s great work.
Pictured is what’s remaining of Trinity Lutheran in Dallas TX. I got this from Google Maps (what a resource, right?). I looked it up after receiving an email from my brother with a news story that it is to become a branch of Dallas YMCA. From dallasnews.com:
The Y has plans to resurrect the site of the vacant Trinity Lutheran Church — a block away from the present building — into a new branch, and most nearby residents appear to support the project. “We can’t do anything else but get better, hopefully, and more spacious,” Skinner said. The Y has a contract on the church property, at the corner of Gaston and Loving avenues, and the Dallas Plan Commission will consider a zoning-change application in May. If approved, the White Rock branch may open the new facility by 2014.
This news is sad to me because this is where my grandparents worshipped for over 40 years. They both passed away before the church was shuttered. I attended both their memorial services there. I watched my grandfather suddenly interrupt the pastor eulogizing my grandmother, his wife, calling for a hymn to be played and sung, the hymn my grandmother had played at her baptism generations ago, and he sang it without aid of the hymnbook – at a time when he sometimes failed to remember his grown children and grandchildren. An amazing feat to me.
From a very young age, my family travelled from Louisiana up to Dallas, and spend numerous Easter Sundays in the pews before going back to the grandparents house to hunt Easter eggs with the cousins, and of course later I went with my own kids.
It is sad to think there are other weddings, baptisms, Christmas Eves, and weekly Sunday services that will vanish from memory.
Thankfully, my faith tells me God has not forgotten, and welcomes home all those who worked and worshipped here. I am thankful for this place that took care of my grandparents because the results of their lives were wonderful, and I remember them often (my grandfather’s beloved rocking chair sits in my living room).
PS I got to meet the great Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman Jethro Pugh one Sunday as he also attended here. Enormous thrill.