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Jon Talton

Analysis and commentary on economic news, trends and issues, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

February 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Vote: Is the economy getting better for you?

The stock market keeps rising, employment is slowly healing and jobless claims hit a four-year low. By many measures, the economy is gradually getting better. Risks remain, to be sure, among them Europe, a hard-landing in China, the student-loan bubble and oil prices. But this macro picture may be very different from, as politicians say, the conversations around dinner tables.

So, today’s poll:

My personal economic situation

Read on for the links of the week and the haiku:

This Week’s Links:

CPU act would lower tech workers’ wages || Economic Policy Institute

The economics and politics of inequality || NDN

Why CEO pay spun out of control || Nell Minow/TNR

The renminbi’s prospects as a global reserve currency || Vox

Adam Smith and Joseph Schumpeter on the issues of the day || EconoMonitor

Labor’s declining share of total income || Conversable Economist

The Tea Party’s war on mass transit || Salon

The sick man of Europe is Europe || Foreign Policy

Why not frack? || NY Review of Books

Nanosecond trading could make markets go haywire || Wired

Robo-calling settlement could end up costing taxpayers $40 billion || Zero Hedge

Today’s Econ Haiku:

Air Force One at Paine

The big airplane hears the call

Come home to mama

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