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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Politics

Monday, June 23, 2008

The United States of Fiat Money and the Federal Reserve System / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Darryl_R_Schoon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFiat money is an oxymoron. Traditionally, money has been both a storehouse of value and a medium of exchange. Fiat money exists by mimicking both; but when its ability to do so ends, fiat money exposed for what it is, reverts to what it is—government issued coupons with expiration dates printed in invisible ink .

Fiat money distorts the time value of money and in so doing destroys both money and the economies that use it. Real money like gold and silver has value over time, the greater its value and the longer it endures, the more likely it will be accepted as money.

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Politics

Saturday, June 21, 2008

America's Military Machine Gearing Up for Total WAR / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_T_Bucci

The news items this week point to a severe international crisis point ahead (maybe within months of now). Sweden has enabled new surveillance measures on the heels of Germany . The Treasury's man Paulson thinks procedures for future bank failures should be erected. The Bank of England is warning the British (like my friend Bev who wouldn't listen to anyone but his financial advisor, and my New Age friends Sharon and Jo who are busy "Ascending") that tough times are ahead and to downplay union strikes to protect against upward wage pressures.

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Politics

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

European Politicians Living in Ivory Towers Confuse Stagflation with Stability / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJust because we have been favoring the euro over the U.S. dollar in recent years doesn't mean we believe everything is perfect in Europe. The rejection of Irish voters of the latest attempt by the European Union (E.U.) to streamline its decision processes highlights a fundamental weakness: the inability of European politicians to communicate with its citizens.

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Politics

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

THE BILDERBERGERS Paper Money & Paper Tigers / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Darryl_R_Schoon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe last shall be first and the first shall be last - Jesus of Nazareth

Nobel Laureate Buckminster Fuller's introduction to his Critical Path is titled, Twilight of the World's Power Structures . Published in 1981, Fuller's book predicted the end of the world's power structures during a process where humanity would undergo a crisis of unprecedented proportions .

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Politics

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What's the Cost of the Iraq War on US Economy? / Politics / Iraq War

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

What is the importance of the war in Iraq relative to other current issues? This is a question I am often asked, especially as Americans continue to become increasingly aware that something is very wrong with the economy. The difficulty with the way the question is often asked relates to the perception that we are somehow able to divide such issues, or to isolate the cost of war into arbitrarily defined areas such as national security or international relations. War is an all-encompassing governmental activity.

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Politics

Monday, June 16, 2008

US Guaranteed Social Security Benefits: Make It So / Politics / US Politics

By: Steve_Selengut

The comically complicated PSA (Personal Savings Account) legislation bouncing around Congress will raise taxes, increase investment risk, and expand the size of government. Let's stop applying Band-Aids to spouting arteries. We are looking for a guaranteed retirement benefit program, and organizations capable of providing one. Additionally, we want the new program to reduce taxes, create jobs, boost the economy, cut prices, and increase salaries. Difficult? Not really.

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Politics

Monday, June 16, 2008

Barrack Obama's Economic Folly and Paul Krugman’s Hypocrisy / Politics / US Politics

By: Gerard_Jackson

Barrack Obama's economic policy is one of incredible stupidity. He plans to bludgeon the economy with massive tax increases while flooding it with astronomical spending. Is this bloke a genius or what. (The question, of course, is rhetorical). But how in heavens name does such economic idiocy become common currency, particularly in the politically corrupt media?

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Politics

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Bush Administration Corruption- Trillions of Missing Dollars / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInformation for this article comes from long-time business, finance and political writer and analyst Bob Chapman who publishes the bi-weekly International Forecaster. It's power-packed with key information and a valued source for this writer. He obtained voluminous material directly from its source. People need to know it. Read on.

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Politics

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Irish Say NO to European Super State / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Whitney

On Friday, Ireland delivered a knockout punch to European elites and corporatists and shattered their plan for an EU Superstate. The so-called Lisbon Treaty was nothing more than a repackaging of the European Constitution that was defeated by French and Dutch voters in 2005. The treaty was loaded with the typical "democratic" gobbledygook to conceal the vicious neoliberal policies at its heart. If it had passed, the treaty would have paved the way for greater privatization of public services, diminished workers rights, less state control over trade policies and civil liberties, and an aggressive plan to militarize Europe.

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Politics

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Irish "No Vote" Plunges EU Into Crisis / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Victoria_Marklew

The euro dipped Friday as news broke that Ireland's voters rejected the EU Lisbon Treaty in yesterday's national referendum. Although the Treaty's fate has no direct economic impact on the EU, the resulting uncertainty will add to market anxiety over more pressing issues like rising inflation, oil price protests, and looming recessions in Spain and even Ireland.

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Politics

Friday, June 13, 2008

Super Surgeries: GP's Accused of Lying to Patients! / Politics / NHS

By: N_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn an attempt to halt the governments programme for the implementation of Polyclinics or ‘Super Surgeries', the political arm of GP's the British Medical Association (BMA) delivered a petition of more than 1 million signatures to Downing Street against the implementation of 150 ‘Super Surgeries' and for existing GP Surgeries to be protected.

The Health Minister, Ben Bradshaw lashed out at the scare tactics accusing the BMA of "misleading and mendacious" behaviour in getting patients to sign up to the petition.

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Politics

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Next Big Federal Spending Spree / Politics / US Economy

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the economic indicators turn down and election year politics heats up, the calls from politicians for more government intervention and enhanced economic stimulus are becoming more strident.  Last week, with the onset of the general presidential campaign, and with increased attention on the economy shown by the Bush administration, I could not help but think that something big was in the air.  And by big, I mean the kind of massive new Federal spending initiatives that we haven't seen since the Great Society of the 1960's. 

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Politics

Monday, June 09, 2008

Rising Energy Prices and the Falling US Dollar / Politics / Money Supply

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Oil prices are on the minds of many Americans as gas hits $4 a gallon, and continues to surge. How high can prices go? How can we solve these problems? What, or who, is to blame?

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Politics

Monday, June 09, 2008

Democrats and Recessions / Politics / US Economy

By: Gerard_Jackson

Now that Obama is the Democrats' contender for the presidency, they can resume their attacks on the US economy. These moral cretins have still got the effrontery to assert that the Bush economy is one of the worst in the country's history when that appellation should be awarded to the Roosevelt administration. (The second worst would be the Hoover administration).

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Politics

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Personal Reflections on the Crisis in America- Darkness in America- Part3 / Politics / US Politics

By: Richard_C_Cook

The first decade of the new millennium—the 2000s—produced a catastrophe for the U.S. when the Supreme Court designated my former Yale classmate George W. Bush as president in December 2000.

Democrat Albert Gore had won the popular vote in the November election but was behind in electoral votes. The controversy centered on Florida , where the official tally showed Bush the winner by a narrow margin, but where the Court decided a complete recount might leave the nation with an undecided election for too long. It later turned out that many eligible Florida voters had been improperly excluded from voting by partisan state election officials.

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Politics

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Personal Reflections on the Crisis in America- Reagon and Clinton- Part2 / Politics / US Politics

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The Reagan Revolution”
After Ronald Reagan assumed the presidency, I worked for two years at the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, which was an extension of the White House consumer office. The president's special assistant for consumer affairs was now Virginia Knauer, who had held the same office under President Richard Nixon, and for whom I wrote speeches and reports. We were afraid that with the Reagan cuts of the federal civilian budget our office would be abolished, but that didn't happen.

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Politics

Friday, June 06, 2008

Personal Reflections on the Crisis in America- Carter White House and Monetary Reform - Part1 / Politics / US Politics

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article I moved back to Williamsburg a year ago, after retiring from the federal government, in order to live write at the home of my elderly mother. She resides near the Restored Area, a half-mile from the reconstructed colonial Capitol. At this site on May 15, 1776 , the Second Virginia Convention voted 112-0 to instruct its delegates in Philadelphia to enter a motion for independence. If the U.S. was born in Philadelphia , it was conceived here.

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Politics

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Obama Victory and America's Two Party Dictatorship / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Each election cycle, hope springs eternal. Candidates promise change and voters buy it. Intelligent ones. People who know better or should. The current campaign highlights it. A surge is building for Obama, not for what he is. For what people think or hope he is - a populist, progressive, man of the people, a new course for America.

After the final June 3 primaries and "rush of superdelegates," according to The New York Times, they're stuck with him. The Times reports that he crossed "over the threshold (to) the 2118 delegates needed to be nominated...." Obama marked the occasion as his chance to "bring a new and better day to America (as) the 'Democratic' nominee for president of the United States of America."

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Politics

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Real US Economic Misery Index / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNilus Mattive writes: Santa Barbara is hardly the picture of poverty. Oprah's mansion is there, and the city's median house is worth a cool million. Heck, I proposed to my wife there — we ate some tremendous sushi on State Street and relished in the city's upscale vibe.

So imagine my surprise when I learned that 12 of Santa Barbara's parking lots have recently been converted into nightly homeless shelters!

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Politics

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sowing More Big Government with the Farm Bill / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Recently Congress sent the latest Farm Bill to the president. The bill features brand new federal programs, expansion of existing subsidies, more food stamps and more foreign food aid. This bill hits the taxpayer hard, while at the same time ensuring food prices will remain elevated. The president vetoed the bill, citing concerns over its costs and subsidies for the wealthy in a time of high food prices and record farm income. Nevertheless, this over-reaching, government-expanding Farm Bill will soon be law.

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