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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Politics

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Compassion – Killer of Society? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRex van Schalkwyk, Casey Research Writes: In politics, it is the idea that counts. So also in philosophy, pop music, pedantry and philanthropy. The idea is everything. And between the idea and the reality, there lies that vast uncharted terrain of promises unfulfilled, of lies and deceit and of naked hypocrisy, all of which account for the failure of the public discourse and of public life. In short, this self-inflicted deception accounts for the failure of society.

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Politics

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Institutional Flaw At the Heart of the Federal Reserve / Politics / Central Banks

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is a long 'thought piece' by Simon Johnson, an eminent US economist and professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

It exposes the inherent conflicts of interest at the New York Fed, the history behind that structural flaw, and the problems it creates in a time of high powered money and financialization, with the Fed assuming even more regulatory powers from a craven Congress.

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Politics

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Spain Bailout Big Lie, How Can a Non-Existent Entity Bailout Spain Or Anyone Else? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Graham_Summers

Spain’s Bailout is one big lie.

I know, I know… Spain is “saved” thanks to a €100 billion bailout.

But no one is asking just where this money will come from?

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Politics

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Iran Looks to China and Russia for Military Support as Western Pressure Increases / Politics / Middle East

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBeset by rising rhetoric about a possible Israeli attack against its nuclear facilities, Iran is seeking full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as an additional layer of international diplomatic "life insurance." On 12 November 2011 Iranian Supreme National Security Council's Secretary Assistant Ali Bageri said that Iran is seeking full membership in the SCO, upgrading its current observer status, telling journalists in Moscow, "We have already submitted a relevant application."

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Politics

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Capital Controls, Border Controls and Bank Freezes: European Union Prepares For Emergency / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBank runs in Greece are now in full swing. Withdrawals from Greek banks ahead of the weekend elections have spiked to more than 800 million euros per day. Is the Greek exit or "Grexit" now imminent? If so, what is the European Union going to do about it?

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Politics

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Out of Order / Politics / US Politics

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon has been credited for a confident and feisty performance today in front of Congress, he was careful to not criticize their efforts thus far to regulate the financial services industry. Given that JP Morgan has been on the receiving end of federal bailouts, this should not be surprising. Last week I showed no such reluctance when I testified in front of the Congressional House Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity. The fact that my firm is unlikely ever to receive a dime from government was undeniably liberating in that regard.

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Politics

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Unemployment as a Lifestyle / Politics / Unemployment

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAll one hears is that the lack of jobs is the number one economic problem. Well documented are endless examples of systemic destruction in employment opportunities. The negative consequences of off shoring corporate jobs are undeniable. Up until now, the little attention placed on the psychological mindsets that build the structural impediments for a healthy main street economy, keep a serious discussion on jobs, just going in circles.

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Politics

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Euro-zone Slow Motion Bank Run, Spain Bailout / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The burden of recapitalizing insolvent banks or loss-making acquisitions of solvent banks will fall on Spanish citizens.”

– Karl Whelan, economist at University College, Dublin.

Before EU finance ministers approve the 100 billion euro bailout for Spain, they might want to ask themselves one question: Will it really help?

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Politics

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

EU Banking-Union Proposal Dead Before Arrival, Lessons the EU Needs to Learn / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA group of eurozone Nannycrats has agreed to meet later this month to devise a master plan for a eurozone fiscal and banking union. Here is a synopsis from my post on Sunday Details of the Secret "Nannyplan" Emerge; Proposed Nannygroup Uniforms

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Politics

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Spain, Debt and Sovereignty / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEurozone countries on June 9 agreed to lend Spain up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) to stabilize the Spanish banking system. Because the bailout dealt with Spain's financial sector directly rather than involving the country's sovereign debt, Madrid did not face the kind of demands for more onerous austerity measures in exchange for the loan that have led to political instability in countries such as Greece.

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Politics

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ron Paul - Congressional Budget Office Sees the Economic Cliff Ahead / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its annual long-term budget outlook report, and the 2012 numbers are not promising. In fact, the CBO estimates that federal debt will rise to 70% of GDP by the end of the year-- the highest percentage since World War II. The report also paints a stark picture of entitlement spending, as retiring Baby Boomers will cause government spending on health care, Social Security, and Medicare to explode as a percentage of GDP in coming years.

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Politics

Monday, June 11, 2012

Papandreou's Final Humiliation? Says Greece Will Stay in Euro Zone / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFormer Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou spoke with Bloomberg TV's Sara Eisen and said that Greece has "a few weeks" before its government runs out of money and that this is a "make or break" period.

Papandreou went on to say "I did all that I could do" and that the "personal costs" were "worth it" to serve his country.

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Politics

Monday, June 11, 2012

Krugman’s Tax-Enhanced Economic Recovery Fantasy / Politics / Economic Theory

By: William_Anderson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePaul Krugman apparently believes that he has struck the mother lode: He has declared that Ronald Reagan actually was more "Keynesian" than Barack Obama. Why? He writes:

O.K., by now many readers have probably figured out the trick here: Reagan, not Obama, was the big spender. While there was a brief burst of government spending early in the Obama administration – mainly for emergency aid programs like unemployment insurance and food stamps – that burst is long past. Indeed, at this point, government spending is falling fast, with real per capita spending falling over the past year at a rate not seen since the demobilization that followed the Korean War.

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Politics

Monday, June 11, 2012

Where Does All the Money Go? / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe 1%…the zombies…and the rest of us…

How about that Dow? Up 286 points yesterday. And gold up $17. Markets are counting on their hero, Mr. Benjamin S. Bernanke, to come to the rescue. They can practically hear the printing presses warming up…and smell the fresh $100 bills rolling off.

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Politics

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Conservatives Are the Enemy, They Love, Taxes, Tariffs and the Police State / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis may sound odd. Conservatives don't love taxes. They want lower taxes. Right? They want lower taxes and smaller government.

I wish that were true. It isn't.

Alexander Hamilton was a crusader for higher taxes and a larger national government in the 1790s. He wanted higher taxes in order to raise money for a higher federal debt. He wanted higher federal debt because he wanted investors in government IOUs to commit to the survival of the United States. Free market economist Thomas DiLorenzo has summarized Hamilton's position, which he accurately identifies as crony capitalism.

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Politics

Saturday, June 09, 2012

America's Student Loan Racket / Politics / Student Finances

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis writer's recent book titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War" includes a chapter on America's student loan racket. It discusses the issue in detail.

It explains a disturbing government/corporate partnership. Students are exploited for profit. Providers are enriched. For many, rising tuition and fees make higher education unaffordable. Others need large loans to attend. As a result, they become debt entrapped. 

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Politics

Friday, June 08, 2012

Debt Crisis, Damn the Torpedoes / Politics / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week in an interview on CBS Network News, Economist Mark Zandi, the chief economist for Moody's, unwittingly revealed a central error of the global economic establishment. Zandi has made a career out of finding the middle ground between republican and democrat economic talking points. As a result of this skill, he has been rewarded with large quantities of airtime from media outlets that want to appear non-partisan, despite the fact that his supposedly neutral analysis often leaves listeners frustrated.

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Politics

Friday, June 08, 2012

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fiscal Cliff / Politics / Taxes

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: Taking a header off the "fiscal cliff" might be the best thing that could happen to the United States.

It sounds crazy, given all the dire predictions economists are making about the "Taxmageddon" that will arrive on Jan. 1, 2013.

While true, no one is talking about what would happen to the economy after the fiscal cliff crisis of 2013.

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Politics

Friday, June 08, 2012

EU Implementing Border and Capital Controls to Stop People Fleeing With Their Money / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe EU in its current form is finished. Done. Game Over. I’ve been saying this for months. But it’s a fact. Europe has literally run out of money. Indeed, the ECB’s interventions are now not only toxic for those participating in them (those banks taking money via the LTRO have been crushed in the credit market) but are losing their impact (LTRO bought only one month of market gains).

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Politics

Friday, June 08, 2012

Samaris Of Sypris Winning The World’s Dumbest Politician Contest / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: HRA_Advisory

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA country that represents less than 2% of the Euro block and a tiny fraction of the world economy continues to be the tail that wags the dog. We'll all have to wait until June 17th to see whether Greeks vote with their emotions or with their heads. Currently it looks like it could be the former, which would not bode well for markets.

The US and Germany have both released decent economic readings but that won't be enough to overcome fears of yet another debt meltdown unless the Greek vote goes the right way. Negative news out of Europe pummels the Euro and the correlation between the value of the Euro and commodities is currently very high. Metals prices aren't going anywhere until the issue is resolved.

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