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In this week’s edition of Coffee and Markets, featuring The New Ledger’s Francis Cianfrocca, we’re talking about the joblessness numbers, cities, Mike Rowe and the war on work. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment.com and Stephen Clouse and Associates.

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TNL: The Baby Boomer Crisis
City Journal: Free Marketeers Fight Back
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New Geography: City Thinking Stuck in the Nineties
Mike Rowe: The War on Work
TNL: The Bureaucrat Class


  • leadstate

    Great show as usual. Very much enjoy listening to your discussions everyweek.

    You ask what is the next big thing? The next big thing is modernization or our energy sector, exploration, extraction, and distribution.

    Due to insane hippy green policy for the last 3 decades, our energy sector is in a shambles. This idea that “green” jobs are going to save us is bull pucky. Anyone who says that is where we should be putting all our energy investment chips right now is either ignorant of the current stage that we are at in regards to a feasible green energy app, or a demagogue. Surely some investment is warranted, but be smart about it.


    Cheap nat gas, oil, and nuclear energy investments is our future. These are sustainable jobs. Jobs like research scientists, engineering, both physical and mechanical. Exploration, drillers, truckers, legal, etc, etc. The development of these resources would be totally private, a net winner for the taxpayer. No gov. created $300,000/green job cost.

    The effects on the USA would be profound. Trade defecit would almost dissappear, geopolitical risks would abate, and states, and local governments would realize mineral royalties. Here in California we have tremendous natual gas reserves, burns very clean, estimate the state would earn about $13billion a year in additional revenue ( gas and oil )

    Another positive effect is the lowering of energy costs for households and business. Abundance of electrons could then make it feasible for the development of electric cars.