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    Peter Gunn

    Wow! That’s great! I’m looking forward to The GateHouse where I can really let it all hang out so so speak, just as many of us did on “Street Talk.”

    Kudos to ITG for the innovation.

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    Doonesbury

    You say we can discuss ANYTHING??? Here goes…

    Questions for Election Day:

    -What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?

    -What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?

    -What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?

    -Which party’s candidate for speaker campaigned last weekend with a Nazi reenactor who dressed up in a SS uniform?

    Answers:

    -In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. That’s a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush’s last year in office and President Obama’s second year.

    -In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration’s final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit — there’s a long way to go, but we’re in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.

    -On Bush’s final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. On Friday, Oct. 29, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they were at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.

    -The Republican Party’s candidate for speaker, John Boehner, campaigned over the weekend with Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott. If you need an explanation why this is offensive, you are a lost cause.

    The moral of the story is this: if you vote Republican, I hope you enjoy Election Day — because you’re not going to like what comes next.

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