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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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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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Politics

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Death of Deep Throat and the Crisis of Journalism / Politics / US Politics

By: STRATFOR

Mark Felt died last week at the age of 95. For those who don't recognize that name, Felt was the “Deep Throat” of Watergate fame . It was Felt who provided Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post with a flow of leaks about what had happened, how it happened and where to look for further corroboration on the break-in, the cover-up, and the financing of wrongdoing in the Nixon administration. Woodward and Bernstein's exposé of Watergate has been seen as a high point of journalism, and their unwillingness to reveal Felt's identity until he revealed it himself three years ago has been seen as symbolic of the moral rectitude demanded of journalists.

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Politics

Monday, December 22, 2008

U.S. Government's Own Madoff Style Ponzi Scheme Fraud / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Billions of dollars were recently lost in the collapse of Bernie Madoff's self-described Ponzi scheme, in which too-good-to-be-true returns on investments were not really returns at all, but the funds of defrauded new investors. The pyramid scheme collapsed dramatically when too many clients called in their accounts, and not enough new victims could be found to support these withdrawals. Bernie Madoff was running a blatant fraud operation. Fraud is already illegal, and he will be facing criminal consequences, which is as it should be, and should act as an appropriate deterrent to potential future criminals. But it seems every time someone breaks the law, politicians and pundits decide we need more laws, even though lack of laws was not the problem.

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Politics

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Federal Reserve Bank is the Reason for America's Downfall / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Darryl_R_Schoon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe American Dream, An Obituary - The American Revolution was an extraordinary event. The idea that freedom was an inherent right, that tyranny could be successfully opposed, that government could serve the people, not the few, was truly revolutionary in 1776—as it is today.

The American Revolution, however, has run its course; and unless resuscitated and given new life, the American dream and the dreams of America 's founding fathers will soon be only a memory. Dreams rarely come to pass and those that do rarely last. The American dream is no exception.

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Politics

Monday, December 22, 2008

Fiscal Insanity Virus, the Irrational Fear of Deflation / Politics / Deflation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWarning: A dangerous new virus, FIV, is rapidly spreading the globe. This part 1 of a very long post. The symptoms of the disease are complex. Part 1 addresses the symptoms of the disease and part 2 continues with more symptoms and a discussion about preventative measures and cures.

Scientists have dubbed the disease, FIV, the Fiscal Insanity Virus.

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Politics

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Obama's "Business as Usual" Economic and Security Appointments / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe beat goes on. As with his economic and security appointments, Obama again disappointed but didn't surprise. Without exception, his team assures business as usual, a near-seamless transition from George Bush, and not "change to believe in." His latest choices raise more cause for concern and with good reason.

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Politics

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Assessing the Bush Presidency Legacy: The Measure of the Man and His Administration / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

George W. Bush. US president: January 20, 2001 - January 19, 2009. Born of privilege. Unimpressive by every measure. A history of underachievement. Chosen by big money. Arranged through electoral fraud. Installed by the Supreme Court. Empowered by a dubious "terrorist" act, and ending with a record unmatched by the worst of his predecessors. Assessing the Bush legacy - from its illegitimate birth; through its lawless, belligerent years; to the world potentially on the brink at its end. Exploring it fully as a change of command approaches, and an unenviable task awaits the new incumbent.

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Politics

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bush–Cheney Legacy: Deconstructing the Spin and Propaganda / Politics / US Politics

By: Walter_Brasch

The chairman of the Republican National Committee may have begun an irreversible descent into a future as a fear-bound paranoid victim of functional amnesia, possibly caused by a hysterical post-traumatic event such as the overwhelming victory of Democrats in the 2008 election and the nation’s repudiation of Republican policies.

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Politics

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Should Celebrate Reason, Selfishness and Capitalism / Politics / Social Issues

By: Ayn_Rand

Christmas in America is an exuberant display of human ingenuity, capitalist productivity, and the enjoyment of life. Yet all of these are castigated as “materialistic”; the real meaning of the holiday, we are told, is assorted Nativity tales and altruist injunctions (e.g., love thy neighbor) that no one takes seriously.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Economic Freedom to Fail or Socialist Government Intervention? / Politics / Government Intervention

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week, the big 3 American automakers came back to Capitol Hill with their hands out to the government. Congress spent this past week debating how much money to give them and what strings should be attached.

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Politics

Monday, December 15, 2008

Bailout for the People: “The Cook Plan”  / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Richard_C_Cook

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePrepared for the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network Annual Conference New York , N.Y. , February 27-March 1, 2009 Submitted by Richard C. Cook December 12, 2008 - This system is not free enterprise, and it is not capitalism. It is a cancer that is destroying the world. 

Isn't it Finally Time to Enact a Basic Income Guarantee?

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Politics

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mexico and the War Against the Drug Cartels in 2008 / Politics / Mexico

By: STRATFOR

Editor's Note: This week's Global Security & Intelligence Report is an abridged version of Stratfor's annual report on Mexico's drug cartels. The full report, which includes extensive diagrams depicting the leadership of each cartel, will be available to our members on Dec. 11.

Mexico's war against drug cartels continued in 2008. The mission President Felipe Calderon launched shortly after his inauguration two years ago to target the cartels has since escalated in nearly every way imaginable. Significant changes in Mexico's security situation and the nature of the drug trade in the Western Hemisphere also have occurred over the last 12 months.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

India Pakistan Crisis- Next Steps / Politics / India

By: STRATFOR

In an interview published this Sunday in The New York Times, we laid out a potential scenario for the current Indo-Pakistani crisis. We began with an Indian strike on Pakistan, precipitating a withdrawal of Pakistani troops from the Afghan border, resulting in intensified Taliban activity along the border and a deterioration in the U.S. position in Afghanistan, all culminating in an emboldened Iran. The scenario is not unlikely, assuming India chooses to strike.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Obama and the Global Credit Crisis / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEven as preparations are underway for Barack Obama to assume office as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, the U.S. military juggernaut that is roaring toward global conquest hasn't missed a beat. This is shown by the team of hawks—including holdover Robert Gates at Defense and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State—that Obama has assembled to handle the levers of the war machine and its diplomatic front.

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Politics

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Latvia Protects its Banking System by Arresting Economist For Speaking the Truth / Politics / Emerging Markets

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Latvian secret police arrested a university professor for delivering gloomy forecasts on the prospects for the Latvian economy and the state of the Latvian banking system, which as with the western banks have been riddled with over leveraged loans made during the easy credit boom times, but now have to contend with the impact of deleveraging and increasing rates of default that is plunging many eastern european countries into crisis.

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Politics

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Bailing Out the U.S. Auto Industry / Politics / US Auto's

By: Walter_Brasch

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCongress should bend over, dig into the public coffers once again, and give the auto industry everything it wants—even though 61 percent of Americans oppose a bailout, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll.

A couple of weeks ago, CEOs from GM, Ford, and Chrysler, known collectively as the Big 3, revved up their corporate jets' engines, dropped in on the Senate, and testified that without a $25 billion bailout western civilization would collapse.

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Politics

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Canada in Crisis Prime Minister Harpers Coup- Power Grab in Ottawa / Politics / Canada

By: Mike_Whitney

“We are in the worst crisis since 1929 and we have no government. How can this be good?” Stephen Jarislowsky, chairman of Montreal money manager Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suspended Canada's parliament to avoid a challenge from opposition parties that were planning to oust him from power. The 3-party coalition--the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois---decided to remove Harper because of his strong opposition to a stimulus package that was designed to minimize the effects of the financial crisis.

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Politics

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Economic Downturn an Historic Challenge for the New President / Politics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAt long last it is official. Even the government's own statisticians now admit that we are in a recession. They have even concluded that it began in late 2007. How wonderfully candid of them!

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Politics

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Ukraine, Georgia NATO Entry Put Off Indefinitely / Politics / New Cold War

By: F_William_Engdahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNATO ministers in Brussels have decided to ignore US wishes and to delay the admission of Ukraine and of Georgia in effect indefinitely in what the Washington Administration is sheepishly trying to claim is a positive ‘compromise.’ The decision, following EU member state alarm last August over the prospect of European states having to go to war at some point against Russia over an incalculable despot in the Caucasus or in Kiev who decided to provoke Moscow to react, was simply too much.

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