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Politics

Saturday, November 10, 2012

How Obama, Boehner Will Deal with the Fiscal Cliff / Politics / Taxes

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI begin with North's law for dealing with political Keynesians: "When you've got them by the boondoggles, their hearts and minds will follow."

On January 1, 2013, federal taxes will go up. There is no way around this. One way or the other, federal taxes will go up.

There are some questions associated with this forecast. First, which taxes will be going up? Second, who will wind up paying most of these taxes? Third, what effect will this tax increase have on the American economy?

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Politics

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Was Abraham Lincoln a Racist? / Politics / US Politics

By: Thomas_J_DiLorenzo

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Who freed the slaves? To the extent that they were ever ‘freed,’ they were freed by the Thirteenth Amendment, which was authored and pressured into existence not by Lincoln but by the great emancipators nobody knows, the abolitionists and congressional leaders who created the climate and generated the pressure that goaded, prodded, drove, forced Lincoln into glory by associating him with a policy that he adamantly opposed for at least fifty-four of his fifty-six years of his life." Lerone Bennett, Jr., Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’ s White Dream, p. 19

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Politics

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Why Obama Must Align himself with China’s New Leaders / Politics / US Politics

By: InvestmentContrarian

George Leong writes: We are at a major point in the history of China as the country gets ready to welcome its new leadership group that will dictate what China does, especially with its economic growth, for the next decade. Moreover, it will be critical for President Obama to establish a stronger relationship with whomever will run China during his second term in office, as it could set up how the world looks in 10 years.

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Politics

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Investors Misled by Credit Ratings Agency / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: InvestmentContrarian

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSasha Cekerevac writes: In what will most likely be a landmark ruling, Australia’s federal court has ruled that one of the world’s leading credit ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) misled investors by issuing a AAA rating, its safest rating, to securities that were extremely complex and risky, and that ultimately lost most of their value.

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Politics

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Right America, "Post-Democracy", and the US Troika / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_T_Bucci

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn many states, November 6 was a good day for blue and identity politics, but said nothing about big national issues of war vs. peace; Wall Street vs. Main Street; Constitutional rights vs. restrictions; Democracy vs. Oligarchy. It said nothing because nothing was said about these issues by either candidate for President or by the media. The debate was over degrees of pain to inflict through austerity, to inflict on other nations through expanding wars, on how to insure future funding of the military machine unleashed abroad and soon, no doubt, to be used at home. Your Street, Your Constitution, Your Civil Liberties, Your Democracy are not subjects for debate any longer - or for mentioning.

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Politics

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Obama Four More Years, A Dangerous World Begins / Politics / US Politics

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere have been many competing analyses of the results of the election last Tuesday. I am still trying to absorb the longer-term implications. One of the more thought-provoking pieces I read was from my friends at GaveKal. Four of their writers give us their initial thoughts, and not surprisingly (for them!) they don’t agree. But the piece does give us a broader take on the ramifications. And I love the first line in the lead paragraph (different dreams, indeed):

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Politics

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Obama To Continue Extend and Pretend, Going Over the Fiscal Cliff is Good for America / Politics / US Debt

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNow that President Obama has been re-elected, the media is finally free to focus on something besides the clueless undecided voters in Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. The brightest and shiniest object that has attracted its attention is the "fiscal cliff" that we are expected to drive over at the end of the year unless Congress and the President can agree to turn the wheel or apply the brakes.

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Politics

Friday, November 09, 2012

Ash Dieback Disease, Britain's Tree Holocaust, 90% Could be Wiped Out / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: N_Walayat

Britain faces an unprecedented holocaust as waves of wind borne plagues threaten to annihilate as much as 90% of Britain's tree population.

The last great plague was that of the 1970's Dutch Elm disease which killed 90% of Britain's ancient elm trees that numbered around 30 million (10% of Britain's trees).

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Politics

Friday, November 09, 2012

Will President Obama Be Able to Stand Up To China? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Money_Morning

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: While U.S. Presidential headlines dominate the airwaves this week, there is another "election" under way thousands of miles from our own shores that may be even more important when it comes to your money.

The 18th National Party Congress is now underway in Beijing. Attendees are girding for a week of symbolic posturing and speeches, the culmination of which will be a new set of Chinese leaders and a new Chinese President for the next 10 years.

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Politics

Friday, November 09, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Disaster, Another Reason to Leave the U.S. / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlice Liberte writes: New York City is many things, but it is not the place you live if you want to build savings, live freely, or have a sense of physical security. The city is synonymous with cosmopolitan, modern, metropolitan, efficient, cutting edge, on the pulse, high-tech, see and be seen—bright lights, plethora of opportunities, trendy cafes, fabulous shopping, fast-paced lifestyle, a must-visit destination, drawing tourists from all over the world and those who want to start a new life, with the hope and dream of success. Anyone who's lived here long enough know that that's mostly hype. 

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Politics

Friday, November 09, 2012

Europe's Dirty Diesel Car Fleets / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe World Health Organization's cancer research institute (the IARC based in Lyon, France) issued its strongest-ever warning on the almost totally certain causal linkage between ingesting and inhaling diesel fuel residues from diesel fulled cars and vehicles, and cancer of the lungs, stomach and intestines in July 2012. This news was given a two-day whirl on government and business-friendly media before being dumped. The subject is "too sensitive".

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Politics

Friday, November 09, 2012

The Long View / Politics / US Politics

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Communications" ended with the long view advocated by a nine-year old. An adult may slot the family of Henry VIII as a model for modern dysfunctionality; while a child, unburdened by classification and definition, may see to the heart of the matter. Human tendencies echo across time under somewhat similar circumstances. "Somewhat" is where art and concentration must divine the applicable (or not).

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Politics

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Can Iran Save the World? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThomas H. Naylor writes: As Secretary-General of the fifty year old Non-Aligned Movement, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be in a unique position to inject new life into the moribund 120-member organization by positioning it to confront the American Empire and its principal apologists – Israel, England, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and NATO.

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Politics

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Obama 4 More Years, Get ready for real trouble / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAndrew P. Napolitano writes: Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected. Only in America can a president who wants the bureaucrats who can't run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American's health care get re-elected. Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected. And only in America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, plans to repay none of it and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term get re-elected.

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Politics

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Obama Won, Now What Will You Do? / Politics / US Presidential Election 2012

By: Gary_North

If your answer is “not much,” then the election was peripheral. It really did not matter.

My suggestion: never take seriously the pre-election hype in any future election. Don’t watch the polls; watch Intrade betting. Don’t post comments on Facebook except to show your amusement at all the hype.

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