June 19, 2018

Not News: Planned Parenthood Runs to Trump’s NLRB to Stop SEIU Unionizing Effort

The establishment press, which never seems to miss a chance to highlight conflict among Republicans and conservatives, is ignoring a major dispute involving two of the left’s most prominent organizations: The SEIU and Planned Parenthood. The union has tried to organize workers at the Rocky Mountains affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion provider. Planned Parenthood is not pleased with the unionization effort, and has run to — get this — the Trump administration’s National Labor Relations Board in an attempt to stop it. None of this is news at national establishment press outlets, or even at the local Denver Post.

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May 2018 Housing Starts and Permits: Raw Numbers Show Strength and Continued Improvement

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:52 am

From the Census Bureau:

Building Permits
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,301,000. This is 4.6 percent (±1.4 percent) below the revised April rate of 1,364,000, but is 8.0 percent (±1.3 percent) above the May 2017 rate of 1,205,000. Single-family authorizations in May were at a rate of 844,000; this is 2.2 percent (±1.0 percent) below the revised April figure of 863,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 421,000 in May.

Housing Starts
Privately-owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,350,000. This is 5.0 percent (±10.2 percent)* above the revised April estimate of 1,286,000 and is 20.3 percent (±14.4 percent) above the May 2017 rate of 1,122,000. Single-family housing starts in May were at a rate of 936,000; this is 3.9 percent (±10.6 percent)* above the revised April figure of 901,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 404,000.

Housing Completions
Privately-owned housing completions in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,291,000. This is 1.9 percent (±13.7 percent)* above the revised April estimate of 1,267,000 and is 10.4 percent (±12.1 percent)* above the May 2017 rate of 1,169,000. Single-family housing completions in May were at a rate of 890,000; this is 11.0 percent (±12.7 percent)* above the revised April rate of 802,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 389,000.

There’s some hyperventilating over the drop in seasonally adjusted permits which appears to be completely unjustified:

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No one can look at the raw numbers and fail to see anything other than pretty decent improvement. By contrast, the raw numbers for starts are similarly positive but nowhere near as strong as the 20.3 percent reported year-over-year seasonally adjusted increase.

This (for the umpteenth time) is why complete analysis requires a look at the raw numbers.

The bigger, long-term picture is that starts and permits are still some distance from but nonetheless heading towards the pre-housing bubble levels of the late-1990s.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061918)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Trump Admin Stops Justin Trudeau From Using G7 Summit to Promote Abortion

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

Via C-Fam, posted at LifeNews.com:

JUN 14 2018, 4:07PM

In the lead-up to this year’s G7 summit in Quebec, Canadian officials were explicit: women and children were going to be central, and an essential component of their health and empowerment is abortion. But when the final declarations were released, all language about “reproductive rights” was removed, and, according to Devex, “the U.S. delegation…was responsible for the softer official language.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following the famous example of Sweden, has characterized his government and its foreign policy as “feminist.” He employs quotas to ensure that half his cabinet members are women and imposes regulations on his party to support only pro-abortion policies and candidates. For the first time, as G7 host, Canada established a Gender Equality Advisory Council which submitted its recommendations to integrate gender into the G7’s work. Other inputs included a statement from more than sixty feminists that included a call for an end to the “criminalization or restrictive regulation of abortion.”

The Gender Equality Advisory Council also included abortion in its recommendations, which called for the withdrawal of the U.S. Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy (also called the Mexico City Policy), the provision of abortion as a component of humanitarian assistance, and funding for abortion advocacy, and government-subsidized coverage of abortion.

According to the chairman’s summaries of the discussions, several leaders called for the inclusion of “reproductive rights” language in the official declarations, but this proved impossible without U.S. agreement. …

Go here for the rest of the story.