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Politics

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Obama Impotent As Wall Street Criminals Are Given A Free Pass And Watered Down Reforms / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe now know that it was the Obama Administration led by the President himself who used techniques well understood and denounced decades earlier by none other than Mao TseTung.

Mao had no use for those who talked left to move right.

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Politics

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chairman Alan Greenspan, A Fiat Mind for a Fiat Age / Politics / Central Banks

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA speech delivered at the Ludwig von Mises Institute Conference: "Austrian Economics and the Financial Markets," held at the University Club in New York City, May 22, 2010. Comments in brackets and italics were cut from talk due to time constraints. The speech can be heard in the "Interviews" section of the AuContrarian.com website, and, on the Ludwig von Mises website along with those of other conference speakers.

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Politics

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Tobin Tax Plan Wall Street Hates … But Can’t Seem to Kill / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently came out in favor of a "Tobin tax" - a small tax on financial transactions, proportionate to the size of the transaction. The Tobin tax idea also has been proposed by Britain's former prime minister, Gordon Brown, and was proposed in Congress by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR.

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Politics

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What's Really Wrong with the U.S. Health Care Industry / Politics / Healthcare Sector

By: Vijay_Boyapati

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn May 3, 2010, I gave a talk to a class of students studying public health policy at the University of Washington. I began the talk by asking the students how many of them believed that the current healthcare system in America was flawed; everyone in the class raised their hand. I then asked how many of them believed that the recently passed healthcare legislation, supported by President Obama, was a step in the right direction in reforming America's healthcare system. Once again, everyone raised their hand.

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Politics

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Property Rights, Liberty, and Immigration / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGlenn Jacobs writes: Libertarian philosophy is based on the concept of self-ownership. Human beings own themselves. When we rightfully acquire property, either by making first claim to that property (homesteading) or through voluntary transfer with another person or persons, that property becomes part of our lives, and thus we lay claim to ownership of that property as we would our own bodies.

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Politics

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Television, The Reason Why Asia Will Overtake America / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAsians manufacture cheap televisions and sophisticated home theater audio systems. Americans buy them. Then we use them, expensively. The cost in forfeited productivity of watching television is greater than any other single waste factor in the West's economy. The only thing that comes close is Web media. TV consumes on average 4 to 5 hours a day of every American's life. The statistics are really amazing.

Web-based time consumption is catching up, especially among teenagers. Teens spend between 7 and 8 hours a day on media-related leisure.

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Politics

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

U.S. Recession Breeds Escalating Violent Crime / Politics / US Politics

By: Janet_Tavakoli

The Wall Street Journal reported that violent crime is down in the big cities in the U.S., saying this breaks the pattern between economic downturns and an increase in crime. Supposedly this is because policing has advanced, not because human nature has changed. I do not believe the article is plausible.

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Politics

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BP Gulf Oil Spill Puts U.S. Energy Bill on Slippery Slope / Politics / US Politics

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith energy, Senate Democrats find themselves between a rock and two hard places. Nonetheless, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., have introduced their climate and energy bill.

Its timing is awful. Its fate is uncertain. Yet its sponsors felt it had to be done now.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

U.S. Government Has Become An Overgrown Monstrosity / Politics / US Politics

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday, the number of Americans who are able to financially survive without any reliance on the U.S. government whatsoever is declining at a staggering rate. Whether it is through direct handouts, entitlement programs, student loans, government bailouts, government contracts or direct employment, the truth is that now a solid majority of the American people are at least partially dependent on the federal government for their economic survival.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Germany After the E.U. and the Russian Scenario / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDiscussions about Europe currently are focused on the Greek financial crisis and its potential effect on the future of the European Union. Discussions these days involving military matters and Europe appear insignificant and even anachronistic. Certainly, we would agree that the future of the European Union towers over all other considerations at the moment, but we would argue that scenarios for the future of the European Union exist in which military matters are far from archaic.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Merkel's Savage Blitz through Euroland, Germany Pushing Eurozone To Cliffs Edge / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAngela Merkel has let a minor brush-fire on the periphery turn into a raging inferno that's sweeping across the continent. Absent Berlin's fumbling diplomatic effort and its ferocious attachment to Hooverian economics, the Greek matter would have been over by now. Instead, the fire continues to burn while the German Chancellor pushes the eurozone closer and closer to the cliff. And what for; to prove that prodigal spending by the member states (Greece) mustn't go unpunished? Is that what this is all about? Is Merkel really willing to break up the EU just to prove her point and to accommodate her towering sense of self righteousness?

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Politics

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The New Chaos / Politics / Social Issues

By: Michael_T_Bucci

In last week's edition of Asia Times, Chan Akya correctly induces that the "new world" is one "where the definition of order is a state of continued chaos." He is speaking as an expert generalist about economics and the markets, but so too is this chaos found within every aspect of human society at this time and, I maintain, increasingly for some time to come.

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Politics

Monday, May 24, 2010

Congress Writes More Blank Checks for the Military Industrial Complex / Politics / Government Spending

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Congress, with its insatiable appetite for spending, is set to pass yet another "supplemental" appropriations bill in the next two weeks. So-called supplemental bills allow Congress to spend beyond even the 13 annual appropriations bills that fund the federal government. These are akin to a family that consistently outspends its budget, and therefore needs to use a credit card to make it through the end of the month.

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Politics

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fix the Economic Recession By Undermining Public Sector Workers Rights / Politics / Social Issues

By: Shamus_Cooke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the state of Oregon, the most widely distributed paper, the Oregonian, announced on its front page that the state should expect “Ten Years of Pain.” The perpetrator: the budget crisis — $2.5 billion in the coming two-year budget cycle, with $2 billion projected deficits until 2019. Sadly, these depressing numbers assume that the economy will recover, a belief lacking any credible evidence.

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Politics

Monday, May 24, 2010

Will the Financial Reform Bill Really Rein In Wall Street? / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKerri Shannon writes: The Senate on Thursday approved an extensive financial reform bill that would give Washington broad new powers over Wall Street. However, there's still a question over whether the bill will really be able to rein in Wall Street, or if it will simply become another broken barrier tripping up the free market.

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