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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, February 16, 2012

U.S. Lawmakers Help Themselves to Congressional Pork / Politics / UK Politics

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: For members of Congress, the only thing better than getting "pork" for the folks back home is getting a slice of that pork for themselves.

Pork, also known as earmarks, describes the long-standing Congressional practice of steering tax money back to home districts to pay for expensive, constituent-pleasing projects.

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Politics

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Central Banks Financial Terrorism / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy decree, by the privately owned Federal Reserve, zero interest rates are here to stay. You do not get to borrow at those rates, only the member banks do. In the latest currency swap (loan) from the Fed to the ECB, European Central Bank, as we noted in previous issues over the last two months, that Europe has been forced to join the Anglo-American system. The system of zero interest rates and the continual creation of money and credit. Due to the Fed’s ability to create endless supplies of money and credit it eventually took over the control of ECB and European monetary policy. These policies starkly point out the zero interest rates and monetary policy of endless money creation is the path to be taken probably by all in the system to lesser or greater degrees. That means no savings and that leaves speculation and the purchase of gold and silver related assets.

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Politics

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Financial Oligarch Power Raping Greece / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn February 12, Greece's banker controlled parliament passed sweeping austerity measures on top of multiple previous rounds.

New ones include:

sacking 15,000 public workers in 2012 and 150,000 by 2015;
slashing private sector wages by 20%;
lowering monthly minimum wages from 750 to 600 euros;
cutting fast disappearing monthly unemployment benefits from 460 to 360 euros; and
reducing pensions many Greeks need to survive by 15%.

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Politics

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Greece From Despair to Resistance: Test Site for Neoliberal Social Engineering / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePanagiotis Sotiris writes: On Sunday 12 February 2012 the people of Greece, in demonstrations and street fights all over the country expressed in a massive, collective and heroic way their anger against the terms of the new loan agreement dictated by the EU-ECB-IMF ‘troika’ (European Union, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund). Workers, youth, students filled the streets with rage, defying the extreme aggression by police forces, setting another example of struggle and solidarity.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Is a US-Iran War Inevitable? / Politics / US Politics

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInterviewed by Louis James, Casey Research US-Iranian saber-rattling or impending shoot-out? In his usual, candid manner, contrarian investor Doug Casey talks about why he believes it's serious this time… why the US is the greatest threat to peace today… why Iran might move towards a gold standard… and what smart investors should do.

L: Doug-sama, I've heard you say you think the US is setting Iran up to be the next fall guy in the wag-the-dog show – do you think it could really come to open warfare?

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Politics

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Obama Budget Disaster, Economists' in a Truman Show / Politics / US Politics

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Stockman's Viewpoint on the Obama Budget Disaster

Passing a Federal Budget is a rarity, especially under the administration of a committed Marxist. The Democratic Senate’s strangle hold on bringing up legislation, particularly a budget, goes without saying. What makes this new budget for 2013 any different? This time the day of reckoning hits hard the first of the next year. The recent interview with David Stockman on the Fox Business channel with Neil Cavuto is an extraordinary analysis why the economy will absorb a frightful tax increase all at one time. The fallout to commerce could become the real end of the world scenario. Take the time and watch the insightful observations from a courageous number cruncher who served this nation with distinction during the Reagan Presidency.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Obama Signs the National Defense Authorization Act, a Bad Week For Freedom / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.”- Henry Miller

With each passing week it seems this country spirals further into the depths of a frightening dystopian fantasy reminiscent of Huxley and Orwell’s dark world of isolation, fear and government brutality portrayed in their masterpieces Brave New World and 1984. I keep speculating whether it’s me that’s crazy and not the things I’m witnessing on a daily basis. The President signs the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by an overwhelming majority of Congress, which allows the government to imprison American citizens indefinitely without charge. And there is barely a squeak from the docile masses as they are soothed by Obama promising to never use that part of the law. I bet you $10,000 a President will invoke that portion of the NDAA in the very near future.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Money Masters Are Living in Fear / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Rudy_Avizius

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce…and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.” – President James Garfield, 2 weeks before his assassination.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve / Politics / Central Banks

By: LewRockwell

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood "The Monster". But to most Americans today, "Federal Reserve" is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What You Need to Know About President Obama's 2012 Budget / Politics / Government Spending

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: U.S. President Barack Obama's 2013 budget proposal will give Republicans and Democrats plenty to fight about.

The $3.8 trillion budget proposal, submitted to Congress, essentially follows the blueprint President Obama outlined in his State of the Union address.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ron Paul, We've Been Neo-Conned! / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe modern-day, limited-government movement has been co-opted. The conservatives have failed in their effort to shrink the size of government. There has not been, nor will there soon be, a conservative revolution in Washington. Political party control of the federal government has changed, but the inexorable growth in the size and scope of government has continued unabated. The liberal arguments for limited government in personal affairs and foreign military adventurism were never seriously considered as part of this revolution.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

George Osborne Does Not Care About Bank of England Governor'sĀ Letter / Politics / Inflation

By: Mario_Innecco

The governor of the Bank of England is supposed to write a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (U.K. Finance Minister) explaining why he has not succeeded in maintaining the annual growth in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) within a range between 1% and 3%. The point of maintaining a median CPI around 2% is to safeguard the purchasing power of the currency that Britons use. The Bank of England and H.M. Treasury are supposed to protect the currency of the realm.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Federal Government Spending, Hey, Big Spender? / Politics / Government Spending

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Some political movement ought to unfurl the “Mission Accomplished” banner with regard to reining in federal government spending. As shown in the chart below, in the 12 months ended January 2012, the cumulative total of federal outlays – defense, non-defense, entitlements, interest on the debt, the whole ball of wax – increased only 1.5% vs. the 12 months ended January 2011. The median growth in 12-month cumulative total federal outlays from January 1954 through January 2012 is 6.6%. Starting with the 12 months ended March 2010, this measure of growth in federal outlays has been below the long-run median.

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Politics

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ron Paul on Obamacare Overreach / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Many religious conservatives understandably are upset with the latest Obamacare mandate, which will require religious employers (including Catholic employers) to provide birth control to workers receiving healthcare benefits. This mandate includes certain birth control devices that are considered abortifacients, like IUDs and the "morning after" pill.

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Politics

Monday, February 13, 2012

Zombie Workers, Zombie Votes / Politics / US Politics

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe used to like traveling. Now, it’s a drag.

“No, we don’t want to go through your new x-ray machine,” we told the TSA guard.

“Whassa matter? It’s safe…” she replied.

“How do you know that?”

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Politics

Monday, February 13, 2012

Eleven Offshore Banks On The US Radar: What Happens Next To Swiss-Based Private Banking? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article1.  Credit Suisse (including Clariden Leu)

2.  HSBC Holdings

3.  Basler Kantonalbank

4.  Wegelin & Co

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Politics

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Unemployment, Foreclosures, Rising Debts and Despair: AMERICA'S SOCIAL CRISIS / Politics / Social Issues

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article2012 is going to be a difficult year, but not as dreadful as anticipated. The neutralization process, as usual, we covered over by the availability of money and credit. We have already seen that via Fed $1 trillion loans to the ECB and the admission by the Fed that QE 3 is on the way. In Europe banks have borrowed $3.2 trillion and they find they will need $1 trillion more. These borrowings are more than troubling and indicate that there are 523 banks in Europe in serious trouble.

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Politics

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Europe's Energy Suicide Pact / Politics / Energy Resources

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleENERGY FEAR
US media is warning gasoline consumers they are threatened with a possible mega price hike. If the long drawn out Iran crisis moved to war action like closing the Hormuz Straits this could spike barrel prices to $200, nearly doubling average US forecourt gasoline prices to $6 a gallon.

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Politics

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Student Loan 'Debt Time Bomb'; Obama's Misguided Proposal and My Two-Point Alternative / Politics / Student Finances

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's interesting to watch some of the terms bandied about in headline news. For example, the LA Times headline reads S&P says student loan debt could be next financial bubble.

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Politics

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Don't Be A Domesticated Extremist / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

There are countless reasons why leaving the country that purports to own you has advantages. For one, whenever I return to my personal home country of Canada - never for pleasure, only for business - I will usually run across a typically socialist Canadian who will take great offence to my worldview and will tell me, "If you don't like it, leave!"

Nothing makes me happier than to tell them, "I did... and I'm so much happier now."

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