The labor agreement reached this week with the International Longshoremen’s Association and Hanjin was the first domino to fall in what should be a series of important moves by the Jacksonville Port Authority. Florida Times-Union
It is taken as gospel among politicians of both parties that small business is the engine of job creation. “We’re starting with small businesses because that’s where most of the new jobs do,” President Obama said earlier this year. “Small businesses are the job generator of America,” echoed Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain. Washington Post via Tampa Tribune
When was the last time you actually looked at a copy of the U.S. Constitution? Have you ever raised you right hand and sworn “to support, protect, and defend the United States Constitution?” Gainesville (Fla.) Sun.
High-income earners saved at a 9 percent rate in the first three months of 2009, when the S&P 500 dropped to a 12-year low on March 9. As stocks recovered, the saving rate fell to minus 0.5 percent in the second quarter and remained negative through March 2010. Bloomberg via Miami Herald
This is the latest plan NASA is considering to get us to infinity and beyond. It would break the shuttle into pieces. It would take the engines off the orbiter, put them on the bottom of the fuel tank, and throw the rest of the orbiter away. Then it would put the astronauts in a capsule on top of the fuel tank. It’s sort of like putting Mr. Potato Head’s nose where his hat used to be, and switching his arms and ears around. Orlando Sentinel
Bringing 1,250 new jobs to Louisiana would be an economic boon at any time, but steelmaker Nucor’s plan to build a $3.4 billion iron and steel production complex on former sugar plantation land in Convent is even sweeter … Times Picayune
Atlanta Forward / The Editorial Board’s Opinion: Perdue (Ga.), Crist (Fla.) and Riley (Ala.) haven’t met in person on this issue since December. Too much is at stake for them to end their terms in January without a deal. From www.ajc.com
“I am a huge bull on this country,” Buffett, Berkshire’s chief executive officer, said Monday in remarks to the Montana Economic Development Summit. “We will not have a double-dip recession at all. I see our businesses coming back almost across the board.” Bloomberg.
Some so-called political insiders really believe Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is seriously considering a run for president in 2012. After watching this governor closely for nearly eight years now, I consider the idea implausible. Read the opinion piece at the Clarion-Ledger.