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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Great U.S. Postal Fraud / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

"One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.” – Lee Iaccoca

You may have heard that the U.S. Post Office lost $16 BILLION last year. You may also have heard that Congress snuck a requirement into a bill that had nothing to do with the Post Office, mandating that they must deliver on Saturdays, even though eliminating Saturday delivery would save the Post Office $2 BILLION per year. Congress evidently can’t read a financial statement or interpret a chart. I’m sure the trends detailed on this chart will reverse themselves shortly.

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Politics

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Quantifornication and the American Spring / Politics / US Politics

By: Richard_Mills

Ironic isn't it? A record number of people on food stamps yet new highs for stock indices. Below is an interesting question posed by Michael Snyder. The answer is very important to your future.

"If the economy is getting better, then why does poverty in America continue to grow so rapidly? Yes, the stock market has been hitting all-time highs recently, but also the number of Americans living in poverty has now reached a level not seen since the 1960s. Yes, corporate profits are at levels never seen before, but so is the number of Americans on food stamps. Yes, housing prices have started to rebound a little bit (especially in wealthy areas), but there are also more than a million public school students in America that are homeless...should we measure our economic progress by the false stock market bubble that has been inflated by Ben Bernanke's reckless money printing, or should we measure our economic progress by how the poor and the middle class are doing?" - Michael Snyder, infowars.com

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Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Fleecing of Bank Depositors Has Only Just Begun / Politics / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Andy_Sutton

The story broke from nowhere and caught many off guard. To others it was the manifestation of previously unspoken fears. It was, and is, by far the biggest story of 2013, the decade, and quite possibly the millennium. It was the crossing of another Rubicon. For years and decades, the financial piranhas had wandered around the edges, nibbling a little here and a little there. Inflation, bailouts, and other monetary mischief had already eroded the value of most currencies. But never before had they actually made the boldest of moves – to steal what were always considered to be the most liquid and secure of funds – bank deposits. In a weekend, the liquid became the illiquid and the secure became the repossessed. Hey, let’s not split hairs here, the money was stolen. The media dutifully came up with another new buzzword – the ‘bail-in’. Talk about putting a positive spin on outright theft.

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Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

North Korean Nuclear Threat Always Imminent / Politics / Propaganda

By: Andrew_McKillop

NUCLEAR ROULETTE
North Korea’s young president-for-life may be creating a crisis atmosphere, in a strategy to force the US and other Security Council "declared nuclear" nations to recognize his nation as a nuclear weapons power. Alternate reasons for the belligerant North Korean stance are not in short supply - and notably include internal or domestic political issues, ironically due to slowly growing, but nevertheless real economic improvement in this totally isolated country.

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Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Ugly Truth About Bank Bail-ins, Magic Wands and Con Men / Politics / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Last week, I was emailed a link to Barry Ritholtz's "The Big Picture" site.

That's where David R. Kotok, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors, posted a piece on the "bail-in" of Cypriot banks, versus the bailout fixes that we're used to seeing.

As it was an email, a lot of people were copied on it. And a lot of them hit "Reply All," and forwarded their reactions and comments.

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Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

Why Paul Krugman is Wrong About Margaret Thatcher / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Money_Morning

As the top Keynesian gadfly, Paul Krugman's recent attack on Margaret Thatcher wasn't very surprising.

In a blog post on the very day she passed, he questioned whether or not Margaret Thatcher had actually made any difference to the performance of the British economy.

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Politics

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why Government Control over Financial Markets has to Grow! / Politics / Government Intervention

By: Julian_DW_Phillips

Growth of control by banks and government

Quietly, but thoroughly, governments and the banking system have taken an ever increasing role in every aspect of the economy and individual's lives. Where in the distant past cash was the only means of exchange, cash is now controlled by the banking system and cash transactions reduced to a miniscule role in all our lives. Even in Cyprus after the 'confiscation' of deposits, cash is rationed and transactions within the banking system are allowed up to €200,000 before a 'bank committee' has to approve them. The banking system is answerable only to government. Government is grateful to the banking system because government has a means of visible monitoring and controlling its citizen's financial affairs. Through the banking system, government is able to control our financial lives as never before. Cyprus demonstrates how that control will be increased even in crises caused by themselves.

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Politics

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Alarming Growth in Americans "on Disability" Could Bankrupt Social Security / Politics / Government Spending

By: Money_Morning

Ben Gersten writes:Since the start of the recession in December 2007, one in four workers who stopped looking for employment and dropped out of the U.S. labor force found another source of money: collecting disability from Social Security.

And in that same time span, the number of Americans receiving benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program has grown by more than 25%.

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Politics

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Obama's New Budget is a Stealthy Assault on the Middle Class / Politics / US Economy

By: Money_Morning

With a little sleight of hand in how the government calculates inflation, the Obama budget 2014 released today (Wednesday) proposes to both raise taxes on the middle class and reduce future payments to Social Security recipients.

That's quite a reversal coming from a Democratic president who had promised to protect the American middle class.

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Politics

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Missing Lynchpin Of Japan's Great Experiment - Trust / Politics / Quantitative Easing

By: Andrew_McKillop

JAPAN'S GREAT EXPERIMENT
Describing the antics of the Japanese government and its central bank (BOJ) as "not just running the largest monetary experiment in their history, but also the largest social engineering experiment", Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity in a recent ZeroHedge post concludes: "Were I a Japanese citizen, I would immediately convert my Yen holdings to something, anything, else.  Swiss francs, gold, dollars – anything (!) would be preferable......Once your central bank declares war on its own currency, this is just the prudent thing to do".

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Politics

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cyprus Paved the Way For an FDIC-Approved Money Grab / Politics / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Graham_Summers

As Cyprus has now shown us, when systemic collapse hits, it hits FAST and FURIOUS.

The quick timeline for Cyprus is as follows:

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Politics

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

What Is Or Was The European "Superstate"? / Politics / European Union

By: Andrew_McKillop

OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE
The absolutely basic problem for answering this question is that no European politician, nor European technocrat, civil servant or 'functionary' will admit there is any kind of plan to create a Superstate. They will quickly shift to talking about "convergence and integration", which basically mean the same thing. Once again the European cult of lying makes it impossible to have any rational discussion or analysis of what a "Superstate" might mean   http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article39568.html

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Politics

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's 10 Best Quotes / Politics / UK Politics

By: Money_Morning

Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to serve as Britain's prime minister, passed away Monday, but her wisdom and achievements will live forever in the hearts and minds of fans.

Thatcher earned the nickname "Iron Lady," thanks to her uncompromising politics and leadership style. She served as prime minister for 11 years.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Here's Another Troubling Sign America is Circling the Drain / Politics / US Economy

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Don't blame yourself if you missed this tidbit last week...

On Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hit the nation's four largest mortgage insurers with a total of $15.4 million in fines for "allegedly" paying kickbacks to lenders to steer business their way.

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Politics

Monday, April 08, 2013

Cypriot Chaos Assists E.U. Centralization / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: John_Browne

Remarks by members of the European Union's elite suggesting that banking deposit seizures may become standard practice appear to have heightened the risk of a European bank run and perhaps even a catastrophic collapse of the euro. Any threat to the euro is a threat to the European public's conception of the Union's manifest destiny. As such, I believe members of the EU elite may be purposefully leveraging the crisis to push for a centralized European banking system to cement the political framework of an EU superstate.

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Politics

Monday, April 08, 2013

The North Korea Paper Tiger / Politics / North Korea

By: BATR

If you listen to the alarm coming out of the imperium empire media, you would think that missiles would be flying at any moment. That medieval torture regime noted for starving their population is boasting that a bellicose attack is imminent. Of course, their propagandists are pointing the finger at the Yankee bully that is the perennial bogyman posed to snuff out the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Such an earthly paradise is billed as a “genuine workers' state in which all the people are completely liberated from exploitation and oppression. The workers, peasants, soldiers and intellectuals are the true masters of their destiny and are in a unique position to defend their interests.” 

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Politics

Monday, April 08, 2013

US Government To Decide How Much Is Enough For Your Retirement / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Jeff_Berwick

Welcome to the new US.  Socialism always has the same predictable process.  Once the government collectivizes a sector then the politicos and bureaucrats get to work on "improving the system".  In a private enterprise, that'd mean offering more to your customers for a cheaper price.  In government, it is always the opposite, finding ways to reduce benefits for their "customers".

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Politics

Monday, April 08, 2013

Ron Paul - Homeschooling is The Future of Liberty / Politics / Educating Children

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

A common feature of authoritarian regimes is the criminalization of alternatives to government-controlled education. Dictators recognize the danger that free thought poses to their rule, and few things promote the thinking of "unapproved" thoughts like an education controlled by parents instead of the state. That is why the National Socialist (Nazi) government of Germany outlawed homeschooling in 1938.

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Politics

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Queen Merkel Still Loves Green Power / Politics / Renewable Energy

By: Andrew_McKillop

SHE MIGHT NOT LOOK ECOLOGICAL
Angela Merkel has stayed faithful to alternate, renewable and energy-saving green themes and dreams since 2011, which is a long time in politics. One major reason (we know its paradoxical) is that Germany has been radically increasing its coal-burn, this winter, which itself is delaying large increases of power prices to consumers. Other reasons are also to be found there, in the power sector.

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Politics

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Stockman Takes Down Krugman / Politics / US Economy

By: William_Anderson

In 1981, David A. Stockman, a former Michigan congressman turned budget director for President Ronald Reagan, gave a series of interviews to socialist William Greider who subsequently published an article in Rolling Stone entitled, "The Education of David Stockman." The article portrayed someone who had come into the administration hopeful that the free-spending ways of the 1960s and 70s would be ended and that the U.S. Government would embrace fiscal sanity, but had become disillusioned by the whole process.

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