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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

European Union, A Flawed Foundation, But Brilliant Strategy? / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Gordon_T_Long

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt was the perception of getting something of value without any meaningful sacrifice that initially fostered the EU Monetary Union. Though the countries of Europe were fiercely nationalistic they were willing to surrender minor sovereign powers  only if it was going to prove advantageous to them.  They were certainly  unwilling to relinquish sufficient sovereignty to create the requisite political union required for its success.

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Politics

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Debit Card Interchange Fees and the Politics of Lobbying / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLegislation to modify debit-card interchange fees cannot compete with celebrity gossip. Yet, exhausted carcasses are carried on stretchers from the senate office buildings. The Huffington Post explained: "A full 118 ex-government officials and aides are currently registered to lobby on behalf of banks in the fee fight... Retailers have signed up at least 124 revolving-door lobbyists.... The flood fills the hallways with lobbyists and deluges the airwaves with ads. For weeks, Washington's Metro system has been papered with... ads on trains and station walls."

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Politics

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Offshoring has Destroyed the US Economy / Politics / US Economy

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThese are discouraging times, but once in a blue moon a bit of hope appears. I am pleased to report on the bit of hope delivered in March of 2011 by Michael Spence, a Nobel prize-winning economist, assisted by Sandile Hlatshwayo, a researcher at New York University. The two economists have taken a careful empirical look at jobs offshoring and concluded that it has ruined the income and employment prospects for most Americans.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

IMF Make or Break Time / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe IMF's real goal, today, has mutated from supplying rapid aid to countries in balance of payments crisis (BOP crises) and more vague official goals for stabilizing exchange rates, aiding the growth of world trade, fighting poverty and newer elite fear themes, most recently global warming until its sudden fall from grace, after the disastrous and embarrassing Copenhagen "summit" of Dec 2009. Since the collapse of global warming as the underlying theme for generating new underlying financial assets, tied to emissions credits and carbon finance and thought able to generate at least one $ 100-billion-plus new funding vehicle for the IMF, it has shifted to its last and probably make or break role.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ron Paul on Enabling of a Future American Dictator / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

These are truly troubling days for liberty in the United States.

Last week the 60 day deadline for the president to gain congressional approval for our military engagement in Libya under the War Powers Resolution came and went. The media scarcely noticed. The bombings continued. We had a hearing on Capitol Hill on the subject, but the administration refuses to bother with the legality of its new war. It is unclear if Mr. Obama will ever obtain congressional consent, and astonishingly it is being argued that he doesn't need it.

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Politics

Monday, May 30, 2011

HBO’s 'Too Big to Fail', A Fascist Fairy Tale / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJens C. Kolbjørnsen writes: "Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power." ~ Benito Mussolini

Now that we are pushing the three years anniversary of the dramatic financial events of September 2008, it is fair to say, for anyone who has researched the subject on their own, that this movie is nothing but a popularization of the mainstream version of a crisis that only has been postponed and worsened. It portrays the criminals of the revolving door between Washington D.C. and Wall Street as heroes, without so much as touching upon the real reason for the boom and bust phenomenon.

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Politics

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Fed Is Not Printing Money The Fed Is Not Printing Money / Politics / Quantitative Easing

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI know what you've heard from "reliable sources" on the Internet, but it's hogwash. In fact, there is not one economist--to my knowledge--who would characterize the Fed's Quantitative Easing program (QE2) as a money printing operation.

What the Fed's doing is buying a bunch of long-term bonds (US Treasuries) in exchange for bank reserves. What this does is reduce the average maturity of the debt held by the public, which reduces long-term interest rates.

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Innovation, the American Economy’s Most Surprising Deficit / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI argued in a previous article why, despite America’s current obsession with government budget issues, the real key to bringing back our economy lies in a) fixing our trade deficit and b) restoring our capacity for innovation.

Although the former problem has now grabbed significant public attention, most Americans seem to think that our national capacity for innovation is healthy and without problems.

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dysfunctional, Thy Name Is Europe, Risks Transferred to ECB, A Random Walk Through the Minefield / Politics / Financial Markets 2011

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome." - George Orwell

"Hindsight is not only clearer than perception-in-the-moment but also unfair to those who actually lived through the moment." - Edwin S. Shneidman, Autopsy Of A Suicidal Mind

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Things Get Curiouser and Curiouser / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs if it were not strange enough! Microsoft bought a phone company with no phones for $8.5 billion. Then, the public bid up the price of another Internet company, LinkedIn, to the point where buyers were paying more than $20 for every dollar of revenue that came the company’s way. As for profits, they capitalized each one at more than 700 times. At this rate, an investor wouldn’t earn his money back until 2,711AD.

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Is Bankrupt Greece America's Future? / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGreece has a sovereign debt problem. The bonds of the Greek government have been downgraded by a major rating service. Their prices have fallen sharply in the market. This means that the risk is high that the government will default on its sovereign debt.

The interest rates that the Greek government must pay in order to borrow have risen sharply. This is worsening the government’s solvency and budget problems.

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

United States on the Road to Ruin, Your Trigger Points / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen would a wise Jew have begun making plans to leave Germany? 1933? 1934? 1938? 1939?

In retrospect, most people would say 1933, the year Hitler was appointed (not elected) Chancellor by President von Hindenburg. On 30 January, Hitler became Chancellor. He asked Hindenburg to dissolve the government and schedule new elections for March 5, which Hindenburg did.

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Politics

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Increasing the Deficits Will Fire-up The Economy and Add Jobs / Politics / Government Spending

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHow do you light a fire under Congress? How do you get these guys to do what they're paid to do?

Look, we're 5 years into this slump, millions of people have lost their homes and jobs, 44 million people are on food stamps, the economy is in the tank, and congress won't lift a finger to help. What's that all about? You'd think that the revision in GDP and the uptick in unemployment claims would set off alarms on Capital Hill. But it hasn't. They just shrug it off and move on. What do they care? They get their fat paycheck one way or another, so what difference does it make to them? Besides, if they play their cards right, they'll nab a 6-figure lobbying job as soon as they retire and spend the rest of their lives working on their chip-shot and swilling single-malt at the club with their moneybags friends. Doesn't that piss you off?

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Politics

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Why the Budget is the Wrong Thing to Fight About / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe country is consumed right now with the fight over the Federal budget, specifically the plan of Rep. Ryan (R-WI) to balance it by (mostly) radically cutting spending on medical programs, especially Medicare. The recent Republican loss in New York’s 26th district’s special election—which had more to do with my friend Jack Davis running on a third-party ticket—has been interpreted as a referendum against the Ryan plan. And the states are, of course, tied up in budget battles of their own, most visibly the aggressive push to cut the cost of public employees by curtailing their unions.

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Politics

Friday, May 27, 2011

Spanish Election Sets Precedent: More Debt, and Inflation / Politics / Spain

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Unbeknownst to most investors in the North American markets, the Spanish went to vote over the weekend.  Their votes proved that there will be no end to the European debt crisis.

When the markets opened early for Asian trading, the results of the election were immediately priced into paper currencies, especially the Euro, as well as real currencies, gold and silver.  Commodities took a dive with the Euro, which was largely to do with institutional investors waking up to the sad reality of a continental banking system: you can’t please everyone.

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Politics

Friday, May 27, 2011

Transformation of the Entire World Into A Big Brother Prison Grid / Politics / Social Issues

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEnd of the American Dream writes: Do you want your children and grandchildren to live in a futuristic "big brother" control grid where everything they do is watched, recorded, tracked and tightly controlled? Well, that is exactly where things are headed. We witnessed some really bad totalitarian regimes during the 20th century, but what is coming is going to be far more restrictive than any of the despots of the past ever dreamed was possible. Today, nearly every government on earth is tightening their grip on their citizens. Paranoia has become standard operating procedure all over the planet and nobody is to be trusted. Global politicians will give speeches about liberty and freedom even as they undermine them at every turn.

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Politics

Friday, May 27, 2011

This Spanish Spring is the Real Thing / Politics / Spain

By: Patrick_Henningsen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGiles Dexter writes: It was perhaps inevitable given its long associations with, and geographical proximity to the Maghreb, that Spain should be the first European country to be swept up by the wave known as the “Arab Spring”. Protests have been raging across the country since May 15th, and like previous rumblings in Greece, this Spanish Spring will likely send a new shockwave through the EU.

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Politics

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why the IMF is a Drain on Your Wallet / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: Dominique Strauss-Kahn's forced resignation from the International Monetary Fund - and the search for an IMF successor - is a blessing in disguise. Strauss-Kahn's term in office saw a vast expansion of the IMF's activities, a fact often used to praise his tenure.

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Politics

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pro Bank Bailout Christine Lagarde IMF Shoo In Replacement for Strauss-Kahn / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFrench Finance Minster Christine Lagarde has emerged as the front-runner in the race to replace ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. She is a champion swimmer, an accomplished attorney, and a competent bureaucrat. She's also a friend of Wall Street who will ferociously defend the interests of big capital. Research assistant for the far-right American Enterprise Institute Jurgen Reinhoudt notes that under "France's free-market oriented economics minister"..."the top income tax rate was cut and, in a frontal assault on the 35-hour workweek, overtime work for hourly workers was made tax-free." (Don't Give Up on Sarkozy Just Yet, AEI)

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Politics

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

India's Nuclear Insanity / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Vandana Shiva writes: Fukushima has raised, once again, the perennial questions about human fallibility and human frailty, about human hubris and man’s arrogance in thinking he can control nature. The earthquakes, the tsunami, the meltdown at Japan’s nuclear power plant are nature’s reminders of her power.

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