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We’re number two!

From the Associated Press (via Blue Lyon):

Here are the 20 most economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000 and their January 2010 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index:

1. Imperial County, Calif., 31.34

2. Merced County, Calif., 28.09

3. Lyon County, Nev., 27.91

4. San Benito County, Calif., 26.58

5. Yuba County, Calif., 25.47

6. Stanislaus County, Calif., 25.07

7. Sutter County, Calif., 24.92

8. San Joaquin County, Calif., 24.68

9. Boone County, Ill., 24.64

10. Marion County, S.C., 24.60

11. Lapeer County, Mich. 24.44

12. Iosco County, Mich., 24.13

13. Nye County, Nev., 24

14. Cheboygan County, Mich., 23.81

15. Lake County, Calif., 23.72

16. Taney County, Mo., 23.12

17. Clark County, Nev., 22.97

18. Marshall County, Tenn., 22.89

19. Chester County, S.C., 22.69

20. Union County, S.C., 22.64

Can you guess where I live?

Dennis Cardoza (Blue Dog – CA) represents parts of Merced and Stanislaus counties. Numbers 4 and 8 are neighbors.

34 Responses

  1. Funny how there aren’t any “urban archipelago” counties on the list.

  2. More good news:

    Merced County’s February unemployment rate, released Friday, showed that 22.1 percent of the local work force was unemployed.

    With 23,100 workers out of a job, only six counties in California have higher rates of unemployment.


  3. Don’t worry; the ponies are really coming. Then we can all get jobs sweeping up after them.

  4. I’m starting to get the impression that you don’t think Arnold is simply the greatest Govenator Kalifornia has ever seen. Ja.

  5. http://newsmax.com/InsideCover/Presidential-Group-Death-Threats-fundraising/2010/03/26/id/353958

    The Chicago Way – start problems – blame the other guy – make money on it.

    Where I live in Hemet Ca, I see more and more businesses closing. For a while the town was growing now we have vacant houses and closed businesses. The library is now only open 3 days a week, the bookstore closed, even the Hallmark store closed. If you close bookstores and only open the library 3 days a week how can you educate for the future?



    • CNN was going crazy about Palin’s map and talking again about the things being screamed at McCain’s rallies. I thought those rumors had been debunked, but then I’m not the most trusted name in news.

      • This is their new gimmick: frantically scan any opposition event and find at least one loon screaming something wacky, and then generalize to tens of thousands. Works like a charm. All the media parrots expand on that and then your neighbor is telling you Obama and this Congress are in grave danger and we MUST support them no matter what!

        They are still protecting poor baby O at every turn. It’s so obvious.

        • They were bringing up the old stuff from ’08, McCain’s Nuremburg rallies of hate and how he tolerated it and let it go on far too long. And then that led to Palin’s map and how it may LOOK like a traditional garden variety political thing, but it’s a different time and politicians are in fear for their lives and their families’ lives.

          • Palin’s people went too far with that map. Otoh, most progs go too far with their imagination when they visualize the fully stocked armory that must be Sarah’s house in Wasilla.

          • It won’t matter. We’ve seen these race card tactics in the primaries.

            But Obama has a real track record now. The Independents won’t be fooled anymore. Only the Obots, and their friends in the media (Tweety is wetting his pants over this) will play along.

            And the more the Dems push this crap, the heavier the damage in the midterms.

            My prediction.

          • Obama probably wants to lose Congress so they may not go the full Axlerod, but it could hurt them for ’12 if they just roll over and allow the Repubs to do the full Rove. It’ll be interesting to see what happens and just how ugly it gets.

  6. http://newsmax.com/Headline/Andrew-Napolitano-barack-obama/2010/03/26/id/354008

    Is this a good argument against the so called health bill in the Supreme Court?



    • The feds regulate the states all the time. Want highway funding? Change your seatbelt law, your drinking age, etc.

      I’m no lawyer, but I don’t think that will hold up.

  7. Wow, how do you get to number 2 over places like Detroit or even some of the more rural areas? Did you have a large employer that left town or something? Yoy can all relax though. I hear that your mortgages will be paid as long as you are on unemployment. Its made me think about getting laid off. Obama takes lemons and turns them into lemonade! Er, I mean lemon flavored Koolaid.

    • Glenn – there was more to the survey than just unemployment. Services, transportation, and other things were taken into consideration. For instance, in Lyon County, there are no good paying industries. At All. No public transportation. No decent health services. Mental health services are poor.

      We are basically a rural county with small islands of suburbs.

  8. In all fairness, MYIq, California voted for Hillary – so it’s only fair that you get your payback! Same goes for wominz!
    Speaking of which, are again painted as the face of the enemy

    • And Lyon County went for Hillary in the caucus (pats self on back). But honestly, our troubles have everything to do with it being a Republican stronghold which put all its eggs in housing development and no job creation. When the bottom fell out, and it fell out sooner for us, thanks to the spike in gas prices – people thought twice about living so far away from Reno – and then the double whammy of the downturn, we’ve never recovered. And still our county commission is sitting around with their thumbs up their a$$es, and all they can think to do is cut, cut, cut.

  9. Uh Oh. Nice effect of corporate HCR…

    AT&T will take $1B non-cash charge for health care

    NEW YORK — AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers.

    The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. On Friday, 3M Co. said it will also take a charge of $85 million to $90 million.

    All five are smaller than AT&T, and their combined charges are less than half of the $1 billion that AT&T is planning. The $1 billion is a third of AT&T’s most recent quarterly earnings. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company earned $3 billion on revenue of $30.9 billion.

    AT&T said Friday that the charge reflects changes to how Medicare subsidies are taxed. Companies say the health care overhaul will require them to start paying taxes next year on a subsidy they receive for retiree drug coverage.

    Never let the awful be the enemy of the horrifically bad.

  10. nother “no shit, Sherlock” story …

    Some States Find Burdens in Health Law

    Because of the new health care law, Arizona lawmakers must now find a way to maintain insurance coverage for 350,000 children and adults that they slashed just last week to help close a $2.6 billion budget deficit.

    Louisiana officials say a reduction in federal money to hospitals that treat the uninsured under the bill could be a death knell for their state-run charity hospital system.

    In California, policymakers estimate they will have to come up with an additional $500 million a year to make necessary increases in payments to Medicaid providers.

    Should help California fall into the sea faster.

    Never let the awful be the enemy of the horrifically bad.

  11. Probably need to add another 10 points to any unemployment rate out there. Real unemployment is probably around 18-20 percent nationwide. They changed the formula under Reagan and have been fudging the numbers ever since. Same with the inflation rate. I am surprised that no Ohio counties got any ranking. When DHL closed down in Wilmington Ohio..they lost more jobs than the town had people.

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