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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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Politics

Sunday, September 04, 2011

President Obama's Jobs Speech / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNew York, Labor Day Weekend 2011: The magic wand is being readied in the White House as the President and his minions finally unwrap the mother of all jobs plans that will be revealed to the rest of us in a speech next Thursday before the cameras and Congress with the gravitas-packed aura of a State of the Union Address.

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Politics

Saturday, September 03, 2011

President Obama, Job Killer in Chief / Politics / US Politics

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFriday morning many on Wall Street were stunned by the big fat zero put up by the August jobs report, the worst showing in 11 months. The data convinced many previously optimistic economists that the United States will slip back into recession. I believe that we have been in one giant recession all along that was only temporarily interrupted by trillions of useless and destructive deficit and stimulus spending. Unfortunately, the August numbers will increase the talk of government efforts to stimulate the economy.

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Politics

Friday, September 02, 2011

The Great GDP Caper, Consequences of a Fraudulent Statistic / Politics / Economic Statistics

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week the Commerce Department released its revised numbers for Quarter 2 GDP. The results were much less than satisfactory, with annualized ‘growth’ coming in at a pathetic 1.0%. Think of this as an economic stall speed. We know the GDP deflator allows the metric to be overstated to begin with, so it is VERY likely that America has re-entered the ‘great recession’ as it has been dubbed by the media. There are some burning issues in here that need to be discussed and they go way beyond the methodology of how GDP is calculated. I will end with the assertion, backed with output methodology, that is at least as reliable as what the Commerce Dept. offers that we never left the great recession.

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Politics

Friday, September 02, 2011

Libya Regime Change, Panic After The Picnic / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleREGIME CHANGE : Presented by mainstream media as a kind of high-tech "turkey shoot", the military intervention in Libya to overthrow the Gaddafi regime threatens serious blowback. Through a fatal combination of analytic and judgemental errors, the Libyan regime-change experiment will deliver unwanted results, and a possible long delay before oil export supply recovers pre-war levels. Other unwanted effects could include added confidence and determination for what is loosely called "Political Islam", but in fact is an ethnic, religious and community-based Arab and Muslim identity quest that is basically hostile to and replaces the nation state concept, as well as western democracy the way it is preached and practised.

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Politics

Friday, September 02, 2011

Disintegrate the Eurozone to Solve the European Sovereign Debt Crisis / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: It's often difficult to comprehend - much less internalize - the risks posed by the European sovereign debt crisis.

But understand this: If Europe's problems aren't resolved in an orderly fashion, the stock market drops we saw last month will be small potatoes compared to the steep declines that lie ahead.

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