Election watch: Good news and bad news
More importantly, the National Institute of Economic Research is reporting this morning that “Sweden’s economic upswing is continuing.” And listen to this: “GNP is growing rapidly, and employment will increase by 162 000 persons from 2005 to 2008. For growth to remain high, a larger labour supply will be needed.”
Moreover: “Employment has increased in all sectors and the manufacturing industry has seen a rise in employment for the first time in nearly six years. […] All sectors are relatively optimistic with regard to the next few months.”
Do you want respond to that report by a) cutting Swedish parental leave with four months, b) an attack on trade unionism, c) lower benefits for the sick, elderly and unemployed, and d) giant tax cuts? That’s what this election is about, the Swedish model, and I am glad we still have 18 days to talk to the voters about this.
NPR has a fine little radio show about one of today’s “super groups”, Golden Smog, and their new album “Another fine day”. Golden Smog is made up of musicians from wonderful bands such as Wilco, the Jayhawks, and Soul Asylum.
One year since Katrina. Got an e-mail from the Democratic Party, remembering me that almost half of all children in New Orleans lived in poverty. Before Hurricane Katrina.
And soon it has been five years since 9/11. Oliver Stone has (of course) made a film; “World Trade Center”. The New Republic has an article by Stanley Kauffmann here.