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Kendrick Turner
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Space shuttle discovery flyover, Alexandria, va

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Woo hoo!
Hope everyone is enjoying the stream of our new album, California 37 (http://bit.ly/IfSR8z)! If you still haven't given the album a listen yet we put together a little commercial that might convince you to give it a spin. Who knows, maybe even those guys over at DollarShaveClub.com will give it a chance (http://youtu.be/ZUG9qYTJMsI)

- Pat, Jimmy and Scott

California 37 Preorder Bundles: http://bit.ly/c37preorder
California 37 Preorder on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/california37

P.S. If you have any little ones around now would be the time to tell them to "earmuff it"
P.P.S. Don't forget to watch the bloopers here: http://youtu.be/MEo4kYEACcU
P.P.P.S. If you're still scratching your head in confusion, watch this video: http://youtu.be/ZUG9qYTJMsI

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So, this is what it looks like to be focused on fixing the economy and creating jobs? You take a bill to fund highway and other infrastructure project that had bipartisan support and would have undoubtedly actually created and preserved many jobs. Next, you attach something unrelated and suddenly controversial (even though both sides pretty much used to agree on it) like requiring insurance policies to provide access to some form of birth control. Then, you waste the time of the senate by debating, voting on, etc. something that it's pretty clear will ultimately fail and prolong the passage of the actual job-creating bill. I guess anything you can do to distract from an economy that's been improving month after month while trying to delay/undermine anything that would aid continued improvement is a win, right? So frustrating.

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Part of the strength of having some policies decided at the state level is that states can experiment with programs on a small, local scale and find out what works so that it can be copied and implemented nationally. Here's a little report on a "cap-and-trade" program among a few states on the east coast. Politicians want to sell to the public that such a program would "kill jobs" or whatever the catch-phrase of choice at the time is. However, this program has shown to not only save money in energy costs in the long term, but also has created jobs. I think it's a program that's worth another look.

Some excerpts:

"According to a recent study, cap and trade has created 3,800 jobs and nearly $500 million in economic activity for Massachusetts since 2008."

"All the RGGI states saw a net economic benefit from the program, the report found, despite increased compliance costs for power plant operators and subsequent electricity rate hikes, largely thanks to energy conservation measures that reduced electric bills. Regionally, $912 million in total auction proceeds spurred $1.6 billion in economic value and created 16,000 jobs, the report found."

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