Anyone catch Chris Christie on SNL over the weekend? Pretty hilarious stuff. I think Chris Christie is doing the best of all these “would-be” contenders for GOP 2016. He definitely has his mind on running for President, but unlike Bobby Jindal’s professorial editorial for CNN on how Republicans can win future elections, Christie is just flat out ignoring the base and going after the populous. He did this with his warm reception of Obama during Hurricane Sandy as well. More appearances like these will just boost his appeal with independents and moderates. That’s something he can hang his hat to which other Republican contenders won’t have come nomination time.
Speaking of Hurricane Sandy, it is still #3 in TrendPo’s “Kitchen Sink” rank, ahead of Romney, Petraeus, and fiscal cliff. It won’t be for long because its news mentions are slowly dying out, but still remarkable that it held that high of a spot for that long. If you’d like to help with Hurricane Sandy, here are some social media ways to do it.
Most of you know that Hostess Brands (TR-127) closed its doors last Friday and will liquidate the company. But few of you know why. The immediate cause was an inability for the company and the worker’s union to resolve the worker’s strike that started on Nov. 9th. The longer history reads of company mis-management, two previous bankruptcies (2004 & 2011), and a union that was unwilling to swallow wage reductions and benefit concessions. Ergo 18,500 employees will lose their jobs.
But, before you start blaming the union workers, blame the executives says Helaine Olsen in Forbes.
But, before you start blaming the executives, reminisce to 1950 when executives were poor, skippered their own boat, and paid 91% marginal tax rates, says Paul Krugman in the NYT.
Finally, in case you weren’t tired of reading about the GOP’s post election blues yet, here’s a good piece by Thomas B. Edsall with lots of facts, figures, and quotes on how Americans are moving towards bigger government. I think more and more people will start analyzing this — how much did the Republican party push people towards Obama and big government policies by their obstructionist strategy?