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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Teachers Strike as Real Inflation is Far Higher than the CPI / Politics / US Economy

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Today saw the biggest teachers strike in 20 years as the Government tried to force teachers to accept a pay deal of 2.45% linked to the Consumer Price index (CPI) (2.5%) instead of the more recognised Retail Price Index (RPI) (4.1%). The CPI is the internationally standardised inflation measure that is designed so as to under report inflation and thus make the jobs of politicians and finance ministers easier when it comes to public sector pay deals.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Gordon Brown's Tax U-Turn as Anticipated- Your Fired! / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Gordon Brown bottles it again in the face of escalating revolt against the abolition of the 10% tax band that hit 5.3 million of Britains poorest workers. This hit at the core of the Labour Party's values of redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. As stated In last saturdays article Gordon Browns Abolition of the 10% Tax Band- Leadership Challenge? , that the logical thing for Labour to do would be a U-turn, otherwise the next election is as good as lost.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

US Social Security Budget Deficit: False Alarm Or False Hope? / Politics / US Economy

By: Ronald_R_Cooke

A recent Wall Street Journal MarketWatch column by Dr. Irwin Kellner entitled “False Alarm” concludes Social Security is not likely to run out of money any time soon.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

United States- Death Of An Empire / Politics / US Dollar

By: David_Vaughn

What do you do when you no longer believe in something? I used to believe that economically things would eventually bottom out but I now believe we are due for hard times longer than I originally imagined. There are so many factors and fundamentals that refuse to quiet down. Instead, these issues are continuing to grow with a snowball effect. The momentum just grows higher and higher.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Global Food Crisis- Hunger Plagues Haiti and the World / Politics / Food Crisis

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleConsumers in rich countries feel it in supermarkets but in the world's poorest ones people are starving. The reason - soaring food prices, and it's triggered riots around the world in places like Mexico, Indonesia, Yemen, the Philippines, Cambodia, Morocco, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Guinea, Mauritania, Egypt, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Peru, Bolivia and Haiti that was once nearly food self-sufficient but now relies on imports for most of its supply and (like other food-importing countries) is at the mercy of agribusiness.

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Politics

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Gordon Browns Abolition of the 10% Tax Band- Leadership Challenge? / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Whilst Gordon Brown is busy generating embarrassing moments in the US trying to follow Tony Blair onto the global stage, at home Labour MP's incensed at the abolishment of the 10% Tax band and the impact it is having on die hard low paid Labour voters are now in open revolt.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mining Industry Caves in to Fanatical Greens / Politics / Metals & Mining

By: Gerard_Jackson

Nikki Williams, chief executive of the NSW Minerals Council, is a grim example of why public relations exercises always fail against green fanaticism. Her response to the greens' phony claim that mankind is warming the planet is to surrender to these fanatics. ( The Australian , We can bury carbon dioxide forever , 9 March 2008). In other words, run up the white flag and issue yellow-striped jackets to the mining industry's executive. In my not-so humble opinion it's PR personnel who should be buried, preferably after they have been defenestrated.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Political log Rolling in Clinton Country / Politics / US Politics

By: Walter_Brasch

It was just an old-fashioned case of political log rolling. In this case, the Clinton campaign approached a Democratic county commissioner and held up a political carrot-if the commissioner, the only Democrat of the three commissioners, would endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, they would do their best to provide President Bill Clinton as a speaker in the commissioner's county.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Financial Collapse will End the Occupation of Iraq / Politics / Iraq War

By: Mike_Whitney

The US Military has won every battle it has fought in Iraq, but it has lost the war. Wars are won politically, not militarily.  Bush doesn't understand this. He still clings to the belief that a political settlement can be imposed through force. But he is mistaken. The use of overwhelming force has only spread the violence and added to the political instability.  Now Iraq is ungovernable. Was that the objective? Miles of concrete blast-walls snake through Baghdad to separate the warring parties; the country is fragmented into a hundred smaller pieces each ruled by local militia commanders. These are the signs of failure not success. That's why the American people no longer support the occupation. They're just being practical; they know Bush's plan won't work. As Nir Rosen says, “Iraq has become Somalia”.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

US Fed Responsible for the Credit Crisis / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere has been a lot of talk in the news recently about the Federal Reserve and the actions it has taken over the past few months. Many media pundits have been bending over backwards to praise the Fed for supposedly restoring stability to the market. This interpretation of the Fed's actions couldn't be further from the truth.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Obama's Capital Gains Tax is a Tax on Economic Growth / Politics / US Politics

By: Gerard_Jackson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleObama proposes to raise capital gains taxes. Only a thoroughgoing economic illiterate could sincerely declare that such taxes would not damage the US economy. (Economic policies that damage the economy do not bother Dems so long as their media pals can lay blame at the at the feet of capitalism or Republicans).

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Politics

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Incompetent GP's Warned to Stop Ignoring Cancer Symptoms / Politics / NHS

By: N_Walayat

The Governments top cancer expert warned that GP's are failing to diagnose cancer symptoms in an interview with the Observer.

"Patients are dying of cancer because GP's are failing to identify their symptoms, the government's top cancer expert has warned. Professor Mike Richards said botched diagnoses were now 'a significant concern'. 'Ultimately it can mean that the cancer has progressed to a stage where it can't be cured,' he said. Failed diagnoses also meant that, when cancers were eventually spotted, particularly aggressive treatments, such as chemotherapy or surgery, had to be used. 'That could be a mastectomy rather than perhaps a breast conserving operation,' http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/....

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Politics

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Addressing the Cause and Effect of the Credit Crisis, Legislating Denial- Part1 / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Joseph_Russo

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePart I- Legislating Denial or Sweeping Change for Better or Worse
Part II- Central Bank Insolvency Crisis – winding down a 300-year Paradigm of Failure & Deceit
Part III– Market Update – TA in Full Command - Trading Profitably No Matter Who's Controlling the Markets

Part I - Legislating Denial or Substance
It is quite true that modern society as we know it cannot exist without a sound financial system. However, it may be vehemently argued that a free -modern society cannot exist within a systemically corrupt financial system.

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Politics

Friday, April 11, 2008

Is an International Financial Conspiracy Driving World Events? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"They make a desolation and call it peace." -Tacitus

Was Alan Greenspan really as dumb as he looks in creating the late housing bubble that threatens to bring the entire Western debt-based economy crashing down?

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Politics

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Middle East War Rumours / Politics / Middle East

By: John_Mauldin

This is a Special Edition of Outside the Box from my friend George Friedman and Stratfor. You've heard me say before that these guys see the world in a different way, but this piece just makes it crystal clear. There are serious rumblings about a major war coming between Israel and its neighbors, and George has put what seems like innocent dots on the board and wonders if there is not a pattern emerging. I am especially looking forward to seeing George and his wife and partner Meredith at my conference this weekend.

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Politics

Monday, April 07, 2008

US Presidential Investment Politics: Jobs and The Economy / Politics / US Politics

By: Steve_Selengut

Who wants to be a president; the President of the United States? Social Security reform is the winning ticket. Research supports the thesis that Social Security reform would provide all the lubrication necessary to get our economic ball bearings rolling in the right direction. Economies do not grow, or increase employment, when job providers are taxed and regulated unmercifully, throttling their energy, creativity, and profitability. Consumer spending pushes the economy; we need to do more than hand out a few hundred bucks.

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Politics

Monday, April 07, 2008

Will the US go Protectionist?  / Politics / US Politics

By: William_R_Thomson

It's a ritual that repeats every four years, first during the US Presidential primaries and then later the election itself – the candidates stomp the prairies, and industrial heartlands, with promises to better the lot of the American worker in today's global economy. Fair trade not free trade is a particularly popular slogan. Then comes the election and the installation of the new President and it is more or less business as usual: more free trade agreements, more Doha rounds and more mock battles between the Executive and Legislative branches over environmental and health and safety standards, which are the codes words official Washington uses for its fairly mildly protectionists policies. Globalisation supported by huge commercial and financial interests pushes ahead remorselessly.

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Politics

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bethlehem Steel– A Look Back in Time / Politics / Steel Sector

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“…And we're living here in Allentown , and they're closing all the factories down…”

Billy Joel's famous song ‘ Allentown ', released back in the 1980's satirized the end of the road for industry in this part of the world. As someone who grew up accustomed to watching the large cranes, smokestacks and activity in Bethlehem , Pennsylvania , it was a way of life.

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Politics

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tax-payers & Savers: Game for a Laugh? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"...We need a continuing message from tax-payers and savers that they will do what it takes to support economic growth..."

JUST BEFORE the staff here at BullionVault start their monthly experiments with the cocktail cabinet, how about a thought experiment to get this party started.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bear Stearns Bailout and My Outrage / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Fake_Ben

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have been a longtime critic of the Fed, but the latest moves by the Fed are beyond even my most cynical estimations.

Bear Stearns was one of the most aggressive banks in facilitating the excessive lending that helped create the mortgage mess. This mortgage mess is impoverishing millions of Americans and affecting us all through a lower dollar and higher gasoline prices.

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