Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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These times they are a .... plain weird

We know we're living in some unusual times ... how unusual, you ask?

Well, over the past few weeks, Alan Greenspan (and other prominent conservative economists) have seemingly endorsed the idea that bank nationalization might be the only way to go (can you hear Ayn Rand spinning in her grave?), while liberal economist Alan Binder, writing for the New York Times of all places, argues -- rather convincingly -- against nationalization.

It's hard to make sense of it all ... so I won't bother trying. In fact, I'll do one better than not trying and switch topics altogether. 

The AP has a great piece about some of the insane loftier claims on the stimulus package -- most notably the proviso that it will "save or created 3.5 million jobs."  What I noticed from the story is that fact that even Democratic stalwarts are questioning that claim:

"You created a situation where you cannot be wrong," the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Montana Democrat Max Baucus, told [ed: Little Timmy] Geithner last week.

"If the economy loses 2 million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would've lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs," Baucus said. "You've given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct."

Hmmm ... them there are figthin words.  Granted, Baucus is a moderate voice from a conservative state, but he's an extremely important voice in the debate.  Rest assured, Republicans are going to seize upon his words as the administration tries to spin the lack of job creation from the $800 billion porkfest stimulus plan.

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