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Archive: September, 2012

POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012, 9:00 AM

If you're looking to start your week on an upbeat note, it's probably best you don't read Monday's Wall Street Journal.

There a long piece by a bunch of economists who served in government and now are fellows at Stanford University's Hoover Institute -- including former U.S. Treasury Secretary George P. Schultz -- that offers up economic numbers to curdle the milk of almost optimist.

Titled, "The Magnitude of the Mess We're In," the piece notes annual spending by the U.S. government now exceeds what spending was just five years ago by nearly $1 trillion dollars.

POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 9:22 AM

Both sides in the presidential race are singing songs of Pennsylvania; but one side seems a tad off-key.

The state GOP Wednesday morning issued a statement quoting party chairman Rob Gleason as (shockingly) agreeing with Gov. Corbett that Pennsylvania’s in play.

“Governor Corbett is absolutely correct regarding Pennsylvania’s continued competitiveness in the 2012 Presidential election. Like the Governor, I speak with voters and volunteers daily and Mitt Romney continues to have tremendous support on the grassroots level,” Gleason said.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:14 AM

And so just as the U.S begins to spend less of its human and monetary resources in wars in other countries and just as the presidential campaign heads into a period of serious debate about what’s best for the U.S. economy, here we go again.

The protests and violence in Cairo and Benghazi, including the murder of a U.S. ambassador (reportedly sparked by anger over an online film offensive to Islam) and growing tensions between Israel and Iran force consideration of further U.S. involvement and expense in that part of the world and diminish attention to economic solutions in this part of the world.

It is an ongoing frustration that American leaders continue fruitlessly to attempt to solve the problems of other nations, to invest heavily in “spreading Democracy” in foreign countries, while so many of our own citizens suffer under a stagnant economy, untended infrastructure, schools and social programs that don’t work, and cities awash in poverty and crime.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:44 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer’s editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, you know who Kathleen Kane is, right?

BE: Sure, the Scranton Democrat vying to become in the state’s first-ever elected woman and first-elected Democrat to serve as attorney general.

POSTED: Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:48 AM

Conventional wisdom says the national party conventions did little to alter the landscape of this year’s election; and that appears to be the case.

Mostly what we learned from Tampa and Charlotte was that Clint Eastwood is capable of stealing a show and Barack Obama remains capable of delivering a speech.

Most recent polls show a slight bump for the president.

POSTED: Sunday, September 2, 2012, 10:30 AM

Fans and foes of this post need to find another post to growl with or at for a while. But Baer will be back...all too soon.

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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at

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