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Politics

Friday, March 01, 2013

Washington's Biggest Sequestration Lies / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: Though we've come to expect no better from our leaders in Washington, the sequestration lies rank among the most blatant whoppers ever to come out of the nation's capital.

Sequestration, of course, is the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to go into effect at midnight Friday.

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Politics

Friday, March 01, 2013

Crony Capitalists Are the Ruling Class, the Forgotten Cause of Free Markets and Sound Money / Politics / Financial Markets 2013

By: LewRockwell

The Henry Hazlitt Memorial Lecture, Austrian Scholars Conference,

ROCKWELL: Well, it's great to have as our Henry Hazlitt Memorial lecturer this year, Mr. David Stockman. David is a graduate of Michigan State University. He did graduate work at Harvard University. He was elected to Congress three times from the state of Michigan.

And back when I first went to work for Ron Paul in the reign of Jimmy I –

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Politics

Friday, March 01, 2013

U.S.A A.D. 2013 - The Worst of Times? / Politics / US Politics

By: Andy_Sutton

We got a rare moment today – it’s what I’m going to call a truth nugget. Anyone who reads this column or any one of several hundred others already knows this, but as you all well know there is nothing to see until the mainstream press declares it to be so. Today we were finally told that no, there will be no exit from the not-so-USFed’s quantitative easing program. Ever. Like I said before, this is no revelation; anyone with even the slightest of brainwaves could easily figure this out without the watchful, benevolent guidance of CNBC.

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Politics

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Be Careful: Russia is Back to Stay in the Middle East / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: OilPrice_Com

Russia is back. President Vladimir Putin wants the world to acknowledge that Russia remains a global power. He is making his stand in Syria.

The Soviet Union acquired the Tardus Naval Port in Syria in 1971 without any real purpose for it. With their ships welcomed in Algeria, Cuba or Vietnam, Tardus was too insignificant to be developed. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia lacked the funds to spend on the base and no reason to invest in it.

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Politics

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Eurozone Dangling by a Thread, Another Fine Italian Mess / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

Martin Hutchinson writes: Four days after the Italian elections only one thing is clear: A majority of Italian voters have rejected austerity.

The problem is their victory came up short by the slimmest of margins.

0.36%. That's the difference between a firm new government that could move Italy out of the Eurozone and the constitutional logjam Italian voters woke up to the next day.

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Politics

Thursday, February 28, 2013

U.S. Healthcare Blues, Our Medical Bills Are Killing Us / Politics / Healthcare Sector

By: John_Mauldin

It has been some time since we peeked into my worry closet. A few questions this weekend prompted me to think about things I am paying attention to but have not written about, and one thing that I am not worried about at all, despite the apparent media hysteria.

But first, a quick note. My tenth annual Strategic Investment Conference (May 1-3 in Carlsbad, California) seems to be filling up nicely. The speaker lineup is exceptional: Kyle Bass; Ian Bremmer; Mohamed El-Erian; Niall Ferguson and his wife, Ayaan Hirsi Ali; Lacy Hunt; Charles and Louis Gave; Jeff Gundlach; Anatole Kaletsky; David Rosenberg; Nouriel Roubini; and Gary Shilling.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vampire Squid Reform And The Demise Of The Technocrats / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Andrew_McKillop

VAMPIRE SQUID TO DAMP SQUIB
When Mario Monti resigned in December 2012 saying he "would not seek a second term" as Italy's prime minister the technocratic, reform-minded, former Goldman Sachs adviser was of course lying. He stood for election - after his first and only unelected stint as prime minister - and lost. Goldman Sachs, nicknamed "The Vampire Squid" along Wall Street, lost another key pawn in its Eurozone power play.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inflation and Taxes…More and More Coming / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Ed Bugos writes: “Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” — Chairman Mao Zedong (The Little Red Book, 1964)

I don’t think anyone can truly understand the idea of freedom without understanding why a shrinking group of Americans cherish their 2nd amendment rights so passionately. Obama says that the voices of dead children compel change, by which he means to disarm Americans at a faster pace.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Italian Election Farce and Not So Super Mario / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Andrew_McKillop

SUPER MARIO BOMBS
As of February 25, exit polls and analysts' reviews of voter trends showed a total collapse in support for Mario Monti, called "Super Mario" for a while by government-friendly media. The 'technocrat' parachuted in by Europe's elite to apply a classic austerity programme as Italy's Brussels-approved unelected Prime Minister from late 2011, scored around 7% to 9% of votes cast. He is finished.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Split Italian Elections Votes is "Worst-Case" Result for Eurozone / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: If preliminary results prove accurate, the Italian elections will result in a "hung" parliament, meaning no party will have enough seats to form a government.

The lack of a definitive result could temporarily paralyze the Eurozone's third-largest economy and revive fears that Italian voters will ultimately reject austerity and the euro itself.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

America's Middle Class Caught in a Vice / Politics / Social Issues

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: This is a chicken and egg kind of discussion about what caused the housing crash.

It's not that there's a right answer (but I am right) or a wrong answer, it's about looking at what happened to determine whether it's going to happen again. It is.

I'm always right.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

China Tests Japanese and U.S. Patience / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned Beijing that Tokyo is losing patience with China's assertive maritime behavior in the East and South China seas, suggesting China consider the economic and military consequences of its actions. His warning followed similar statements from Washington that its patience with China is wearing thin, in this case over continued Chinese cyberespionage and the likelihood that Beijing is developing and testing cybersabotage and cyberwarfare capabilities. Together, the warnings are meant to signal to China that the thus-far relatively passive response to China's military actions may be nearing an end.

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Politics

Monday, February 25, 2013

Machine Gun Economics / Politics / US Politics

By: Investment_U

Andrew Snyder writes: The soldier’s hands never moved from the butt of the machine gun as his patrol slowly passed by. And yet nobody in the camo-clad group would make eye contact with me. It was a sign their duty was symbolic – true killers wouldn’t mind the life behind a person’s eyes; they only see a target.

But the patrol did its job. As the soldiers drove off into the dusty Mexican countryside, I was intimidated. I knew the government controlled the streets. And somebody was willing to kill to keep it that way.

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Politics

Monday, February 25, 2013

Osborne Cornered as Sterling Slides / Politics / UK Economy

By: Alasdair_Macleod

On 20 March George Osborne, the UK's Chancellor, will present his budget. So far he has made a valiant attempt to cap public sector spending, particularly when compared with other finance ministers who were slow to adopt austerity. He has reduced public sector spending from what it would otherwise be, but has not managed to cut the total figure. His strategy now for controlling the budget deficit increasingly depends on higher tax revenues from a combination of forecast economic growth and more aggressive tax collection.

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Politics

Monday, February 25, 2013

How the Fed Could Fix the Economy—and Why It Hasn’t / Politics / Central Banks

By: Ellen_Brown

Quantitative easing (QE) is supposed to stimulate the economy by adding money to the money supply, increasing demand. But so far, it hasn’t been working. Why not? Because as practiced for the last two decades, QE does not actually increase the circulating money supply. It merely cleans up the toxic balance sheets of banks. A real “helicopter drop” that puts money into the pockets of consumers and businesses has not yet been tried. Why not?  Another good question . . . .

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