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Parts Shortages Crimp U.S. Manufacturers

Suppliers of everything from engines to electronic components aren’t keeping up with a boom in U.S. manufacturing thanks to strong economic growth, lifting demand in markets such as energy, mining and construction. As a result, some manufacturers are idling production lines and digesting higher costs.

Many industrial companies have reported strong sales and profits in recent weeks, and the pace of factory hiring has more than doubled this year compared with the first seven months of 2017.

However, deliveries from suppliers have slowed for 22 consecutive months through July, according to the latest survey of U.S. manufacturers by the Institute for Supply Management. More than one-quarter of respondents said it took longer for materials to arrive in July than June. Machinery was the hardest-hit sector.

These bottlenecks were evident in the earnings reports manufacturers delivered over the past few weeks.

I thought this was an interesting article about the challenges manufacturers are having trying to keep up with demand. This should mean either more jobs or higher wages as suppliers attempt to meet demand.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Fri Aug 10, 2018, 09:43 AM (3 replies)

Trump and tariffs

There has been a lot of pro and anti tarrif talks over the past week. One thing I have not seen is a comprehensive list of countries that export steel along with the tariffs they may have for importing steel. Does anyone have such a list?

I don't have a problem with setting tariffs at the same level as other steel exporting countries. For example, if China has a 5% tarrif then the US should have a 5% tarrif on Chinese steel.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Mon Mar 5, 2018, 07:14 PM (0 replies)

Great January Jobs Report

The best part is a 2.9% increase in the average hourly wage.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 10:22 AM (3 replies)

Kennedy is depressing

He sounds like he is going to cry as he repeats every Democratic talking point I heard over the poast 30 years. I do not find him inspiring in the least.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Tue Jan 30, 2018, 11:54 PM (20 replies)

I think I know why the left was so bothered by Trump's "grabber" comment

Apparently he was invading their turf.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Fri Oct 13, 2017, 03:48 PM (0 replies)

It seems the Seattle PD did the right thing

This is how things should have been handled in VA. The Seattle police made a legitimate effort to keep the alt-right and antifa gatherings separate. It would have been good for all If the same police tactics were employed in Charlottesville.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Mon Aug 14, 2017, 10:20 AM (7 replies)

Only in this day and age

To the owners of Tiki torch, don't worry, nobody is going to associate you with the KKK because your torches were used during a march.

Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Mon Aug 14, 2017, 09:59 AM (0 replies)

Topic for discussion - The legality of Trump's travel ban

Here is the text of the statute that Trump referenced to support his claim that his travel ban is lawful.

"Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."

After reading the statute, what are you arguments regarding the legality of Trumps EO?
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Fri Feb 10, 2017, 11:49 AM (48 replies)

Florida could knock Trump out early on Tuesday evening

6.42 million of Florida's 12.9 million active registered voters have already voted. The following is the breakdown by party.

Dems: 2.55 million
Reps: 2.47 million
Inds: 1.23

The Dems have an 87,000 vote lead if you assume that everyone voted for their parties candidate. That does not take into account the votes from the independents.

Clinton currently has a 1 point lead in the RCP average. Three of the polls used in the average provided a breakdown by party. The following list shows how the unaffiliated voters have been breaking in the polls.

CBS/You Guv - Trump, 47-34
Remington - Trump, 49-36
Quinnipiac - Trump, 46-40

Why is this important?

Right now, again using the RCP average, Clinton has a 298-240 lead in the Electoral College and that includes Florida. If Florida switches to Trump, (Clinton +1 right now) the Electoral College becomes a 269-269 tie.

Trump winning Florida does not mean Clinton loses. Trump still has to win NH, NC, OH, IA, AZ and NV. Out of those states, IA, NV, NC, OH and NH are within 3 with Trump currently in the lead.

Clinton has a couple of states of her own that could be in play. CO is 2.9 for Clinton and PA is 2.4 for Clinton.

If the RCP average holds with the exception of FL, we will have to wait until late Tuesday night to see the results from NV. If FL does remain Clinton, the race is over unless Trump can take MI and PA.

Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Mon Nov 7, 2016, 10:51 AM (4 replies)

Today's general election polls

Election day is fast approaching and I have started to look more closely at individual polls than the RCP average. Here is a list of polls showing where they currently are, what the result of the last poll was and the trend.

Current: Trump +3
Previous: Clinton +1
Trend: Trump +4

IDB/TIPP Tracking
Current: Tie
Previous: Clinton +4
Trend: Trump +4

ABC/Wash Post Tracking
Current: Clinton +2
Previous: Clinton +4
Trend: Trump +2

Current: Clinton +3
Previous: Clinton +5
Trend: Trump +2

Current: Clinton +6
Previous: Clinton +5
Trend: Clinton +1

Current: Clinton +1
Previous: Tie
Trend: Clinton +1

Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Thu Nov 3, 2016, 11:01 AM (7 replies)
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