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Politics

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Economic Terror of 9/11 and What Really Happened / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast month we marked the 40th anniversary of the Federal Reserve Note being a completely unbacked fiat currency. This month marks another major event in the demise of the US dollar, September the 11th.

While we've been on a one way road to monetary ruin since at least 1913 the response to the events of September 11, 2001 have greatly accelerated the process.

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Politics

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Can Government Debt Crisis Lies Calm the Financial Markets? / Politics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe question of the day (for which everyone should know the answer) is Can Government Lies Calm the Markets?

In spite of the fact most of us realize lies will not help, and most often makes matters worse, governments repeatedly resort to lies, platitudes, and wishful thinking.

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Politics

Saturday, September 10, 2011

War – The Fiscal Stimulus of Last Resort / Politics / US Politics

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“War! Good God, ya’ll. What is it good for? Absolutely nothin’!”

So went the Bruce Springsteen pop hit of the 1980s, first produced as an anti-Vietnam War song in 1969. The song echoed popular sentiment. The Vietnam War ended. Then the Cold War ended. Yet military spending remains the government’s number one expenditure. When veterans’ benefits and other past military costs are factored in, half the government’s budget now goes to the military/industrial complex. Protesters have been trying to stop this juggernaut ever since the end of World War II, yet the war machine is more powerful and influential than ever.

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Politics

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Obama Jobs Plan is More of the Same / Politics / US Politics

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlthough it was labeled and hyped as a "jobs plan," the new $447 billion initiative announced last night by President Obama is merely another government stimulus program in disguise. But semantics are of supreme importance in American politics...some could argue that word choice is the only thing that matters. As a result, despite the fact that this plan bears no substantive difference from previous stimulus bills, the President never once mentioned the word "stimulus" in his hour-long speech.

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Politics

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Obama's Job Numbers Don't Add Up / Politics / US Politics

By: Barry_Elias

Nearly 32 months after taking the oath of office, President Obama implied his administration failed America during a speech to a joint session of Congress last night concerning jobs.

Despite his repeated claims as a candidate and president to focus on job growth as his number one priority, the president elected to wait until his next campaign to address this issue.

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Politics

Friday, September 09, 2011

Dissecting Obama's Jobs Stimulus Lies / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePresident Obama's rumored $300 stimulus program ballooned to $447 billion upon unveiling. For a full text of the speech, please see President Obama's jobs address

Amusingly, the plan is overweight tax cuts in an attempt to get Republican buy-ins.

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Politics

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Europe Runs Out of Time, Impossible to Untangle, Breakup Inevitable / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the many interesting aspects of the Eurozone crisis is how many key political and central bank leaders fail see (or at least admit) that Europe is out of time.

Even more peculiar are statements by ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet who finally does realize time is of the essence, yet Trichet "solution" is a set of measures that must be passed by all 17 nations when those nations cannot agree on EFSF funding, on Eurobonds, on collateral for Greece, or even on whether a fiscal union or transfer union must take place.

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Politics

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Raging Case of Bailout Fatigue / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Doug_Horning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoug Hornig, Casey Research writes: I’ve used the term outrage fatigue on numerous occasions in this forum as a way of trying to explain why there has been such a muted outcry from the general population as the tally of financial atrocities committed against American citizens has exploded.

August 22 was just another average day with another average headline that could easily have been ripped from some radical economic watchdog website (liberal or conservative, either one): Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 Trillion from Fed.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Eurozone Deathwatch / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere's no way to overstate the calamity that's unfolding across the Atlantic. The eurozone is imploding. The smart money has already fled EU banks for safe quarters in the US while political leaders frantically look for a way to prevent a seemingly-unavoidable meltdown. Here's an excerpt from a post at The Streetlight blog that explains what's going on:

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Politics

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Obama May Soon Join America's Unemployed / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: It may not be long before U.S. President Barack Obama joins the swollen ranks of America's unemployed.

A government report released Friday showed no job growth in August.

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Politics

Monday, September 05, 2011

Central Banks, BIS and Goldman Sachs Coercion / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDid you ever wonder why countries allow private central banks to issue their money? Somehow, missing in the self-governing status of governments is the courage to deny the seduction or the threats of the global banking cabal, over the control of a nation’s currency. How did this obvious usurpation of independence become an unquestioned acceptance by the very governments who proclaim to be sovereign nations? The answer reveals that the right of autonomous government is now dependent upon the approval of the banking cartel. The myth that a historic country can exert their populist will and financial self-determination, when it conflicts or opposes the interest and objectives of the moneychangers, is outright fantasy.

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Politics

Monday, September 05, 2011

Don't Blame Bush: This is Obama's Economic Depression / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is Barack Obama's economy now. George Bush can no longer be blamed. And if the economy dips back into recession--as it most certainly will--then that will be Obama's fault, too. Because it's Obama's fiscal policies that are driving the economy back into the ditch. This is no small matter, because Obama's failure will likely result in political change that will deliver the White House to the GOP in 2012. Then the deficit hawks will control both houses of congress and the White House, and they will slash spending and push the economy into another Great Depression. This is not speculation. This WILL happen. Obama has made sure it will happen by shrugging off the warnings of every competent economist in the country, all of whom have said repeatedly that we needed more stimulus to lower employment, to reduce the output gap, to increase GDP, and to put the economy back on track.

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Politics

Monday, September 05, 2011

Where’s Our Oil Price Collapse? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMake no mistake about it, without plentiful, cheap, and easy to access oil, the United States of America would descend into chaos and collapse. The fantasies painted by "green" energy dreamers only serve to divert the attention of the non critical thinking masses from the fact our sprawling suburban hyper technological society would come to a grinding halt in a matter of days without the 18 to 19 million barrels per day needed to run this ridiculous reality show. Delusional Americans think  the steaks, hot dogs and pomegranates in their grocery stores magically appear on the shelves, the thirty electronic gadgets that rule their lives are created out of thin air by elves and the gasoline they pump into their mammoth SUVs is their God given right. The situation was already critical in 2005 when the Hirsch Report concluded:

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Politics

Monday, September 05, 2011

US Government versus World's Big Banks, Cascading Risks Multiply / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMake no mistake about it, history was made on September 2nd, 2011, after the financial markets closed in New York.  As Churchill said in 1942, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."  What are the unintended consequences of the massive multi-billion-dollar lawsuit in which an independent US Government regulator is suing 17 big banks from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and France?  As we approach the 3rd anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers on 15th September, 2008, as a result of cascading risks, markets may yet demonstrate extreme volatility once again with fundamentally destabilising consequences.

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Politics

Monday, September 05, 2011

Are Wall Street Banks Too Big To Blame For Subprime? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGoldman Sachs has historically been one of the more bullish investment houses on Wall Street, but the firm has recently taken a dark macro view.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Sept. 1 that Goldman issued a 54-page report sent to their institutional clients on August 16th arguing that as much as $1 trillion in capital may be needed to shore up European banks; that small businesses in the U.S., a past driver of job production, are still languishing; and that China’s growth may not be sustainable.

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