I have a political note to post later. It's been written, but it's in draft status so it can be buried deep in the blog later. I don't want political notes to take precedence over the Bakken.
But as I was going through some of the archives, I was reminded of this: good, bad, or indifferent, and no matter what party you are affiliated with (if any), it is a fact that President Obama signed off on extending 98% of the Bush tax cuts ... and making them permanent. I had forgotten that.
Considering the political environment in Washington, DC, I find it completely amazing that 98% of the Bush tax cuts were made permanent.