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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Obama Faces Crisis in Afghanistan and Russia / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleU.S. President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn in on Tuesday as president of the United States. Candidate Obama said much about what he would do as president ; now we will see what President Obama actually does. The most important issue Obama will face will be the economy , something he did not anticipate through most of his campaign. The first hundred days of his presidency thus will revolve around getting a stimulus package passed. But Obama also is now in the great game of global competition — and in that game, presidents rarely get to set the agenda .

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Politics

Monday, January 19, 2009

What's Missing from Obama's Economic Recovery Plan / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBarack Obama and Co. are planning to launch their own version of economic "shock and awe" in the opening weeks of the new administration. Aside from the $825 billion stimulus package, which will be used to create 3 million new jobs and make up for flagging consumer demand; Obama is planning a financial rescue operation for banks that are buried under hundreds of billions of dollars of troubled assets. Spearheaded by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House economics chief Lawrence Summers, the new program will create a government-backed "aggregator" bank that will purchase mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other problem assets for which there is currently no active market. The proposed "bad bank" will do what the TARP program was supposed to do; wipe clean the banks balance sheets so they resume lending to consumers and businesses. Until the credit mechanism is fixed, the economy will continue slip deeper and deeper into recession.

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Politics

Monday, January 19, 2009

Bailed Out Banks Seek More Money to Fill Financial Black Holes / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Strengthening or Weakening the Economy? - The economic situation continues to deteriorate this week as past and future bailouts were discussed on Capitol Hill. The debate was over the accountability of already disbursed TARP money, and on whether or not to release remaining funds. Banks that had already been bailed out before are looking for more money to fill the black holes that are their balance sheets, warning that they are simply too big to fail.

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Politics

Monday, January 19, 2009

How a Regulatory Makeover Can Fix the Financial Crisis / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama: How a Regulatory Makeover Can Fix the Financial Crisis

Mr. President-Elect:

The people of the United States have spoken. Their collective voice resonates loudly and overwhelmingly in praise of your vision and promises for America the beautiful.

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Politics

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bush Attempts to Take Credit For a Recovery That Has Yet to Happen / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Shedlock

Nominations are being accepted for the most galling statement of the week. Here is my nomination: White House Sees 'Strong' Econ Recovery Early In Obama Admin .

The Bush administration said the U.S. economy should emerge from its slump in the second half of the year - an optimistic forecast released days before President-elect Barack Obama inherits a recession and mammoth budget deficit.

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Politics

Friday, January 16, 2009

Orwell's 2009- United States Big Brother is Watching / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Articlewar is peace
freedom is slavery
ignorance is strength

“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. Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell

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Politics

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Social Mood Will Define The Economic Future / Politics / US Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBoomers have known only inflationary or reflationary conditions for most, if not all of their conscious lives. Here is the pattern: Want, work, borrow, spend, enjoy, and worry about the bills tomorrow, as if tomorrow would never come.

Now tomorrow is dawning, the bills are due, and boomers are now entering end of life with a need to consume what they perceived would be a treasure chest of accumulated wealth that would allow them to sustain their inflationary lifestyles to life's end.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Baby Boomer Pensions The NEXT crisis! (and what to do about it) / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Brian_Bloom

Baby Boomers who will be relying on pensions as a backup support because of losses in the stock and property markets, will find that those organizations which are supposed to pay the pensions don’t have the funds. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/..

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Politics

Monday, January 12, 2009

Credit Crisis Panic Measure Tax Savings to Force People to Spend / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: MoneyWeek

Punishing savers is no way to help the economy. Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIntriguing new ideas about how to deal with the credit crisis are coming thick and fast. Never mind printing money – we're now seeing real radicalism in the pages of our newspapers. Last week, we saw calls in The Times to tax savings to force people to spend or invest, rather than just sit on their money. And elsewhere, two former Bank of England economists suggested that the Government buy the homes of those about to suffer repossession and rent them back to them.

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Politics

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Too Big to Fail? / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Rudy_Avizius

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA mortal threat to the nation's economy and national security - As our economy continues to decline and we have bailouts, loans, and guarantees that now total into the $trillions of dollars, let's examine who is getting these funds and why. These funds are not going to the community banks, mom and pop stores, or other small enterprises. They are going to huge conglomerate corporations that have been deemed “too big to fail” and therefore represent a threat to the nation's financial security. These conglomerates are the result of acquisitions and mergers over the last few decades that had the effect of reducing competition and consumer choice. In the end this has the ultimate effect of raising prices which would by definition increase profit margins.

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Politics

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Democrats Attacks on Obama Presidency have Already Begun / Politics / US Politics

By: Walter_Brasch

Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) flexed their muscles, shook their rattles, and told President-elect Barack Obama not to tread upon them. "I don't believe in the executive power trumping everything," Reid, the Senate's majority leader, told the political newspaper, The Hill. He said he believed "in our Constitution, three separate but equal branches of government." For emphasis, he warned, "If Obama steps over the bounds, I will tell him. . . . I do not work for Barack Obama, I work with him."

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Politics

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Obama Dreaming of Deficits / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Oxbury_Research

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package will include hundreds of billions of dollars worth of tax breaks for individuals and businesses, according to a transition official and Democratic aides. Obama is asking that tax cuts make up 40 percent of a stimulus package, the people say.

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Politics

Monday, January 05, 2009

A Whole Lot of Quantité Going On / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Adrian_Ash

- WHAT on earth...?

- Sorry, if you could just keep turned to the wall...

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Politics

Friday, January 02, 2009

Anti-Gold:Usura Socialism / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Christopher_Quigley

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTurning and turning in the widening gyre;
The Falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart: the centre cannot hold;

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Politics

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

U.S. Treasury Starts to Make Subprime Auto Loans / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne day after the treasury (taxpayers) injected $6 billion into the failing auto industry GM, GMAC ease lending rules to entice car buyers .
General Motors Corp and its GMAC funding affiliate launched programs on Tuesday to lure U.S. car and truck buyers back into showrooms as the largest U.S. automaker tries to revive its sagging fortunes.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Important Economic and Political Transitions During 2009 / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs another year draws to a close, there are some important transitions ahead of us. Not just transitions to a new administration, but also economically, politically and culturally.

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Politics

Sunday, December 28, 2008

State Budget Gimmicks Can't Solve Banking Crisis / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCiting ethical concerns, as if Illinois had any, a Coveted Casino License went to lowest bidder who plans to build in the city of Des Plaines.
Illinois gambling regulators on Monday chose the lowest bidder among three finalists for the state's only unused casino license, saying the company that plans to build in Des Plaines didn't raise the ethical concerns posed by finalists for Waukegan and Rosemont.

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Politics

Saturday, December 27, 2008

What Happened to the American Dream? / Politics / US Economy

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position." --Historian and writer James Truslow Adams in his 1931 book Epic of America.

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Politics

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Federal Reserve Abolition Act / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn June 15, 2007, Ron Paul introduced HR 2755: Federal Reserve Abolition Act. There were no co-sponsors, no further action was taken, and the legislation was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and effectively pigeonholed and ignored.

It's a bold and needed measure to "abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes."

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Politics

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New Year Resolutions and the Financial Crisis / Politics / Social Issues

By: Alex_Epstein

Given the devastated state of many Americans’ finances, our New Year’s resolutions will take on greater significance this year. To “get out of debt” was often a casually stated goal to be set as midnight approached and forgotten soon after; today it is rightly recognized as a fundamental necessity of life.

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