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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

America's Two Party Political System / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Michael Green writes: The Republican party in America faces two grave problems today. One is Barack Obama, probably the most skilled and era-appropriate politician in a generation or more.  And that, after he's already through all of one whole month in office. The other problem threatening the very life of the Republican Party today is the Republican Party.

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

Obamanomics Will Destroy What's Left of the U.S. Economy / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn his first televised speech before Congress, President Obama asserted that prosperity will return once the government restores the flow of credit in the economy. It may come as a surprise to him, but an economy cannot run on consumer loans. Furthermore, credit stopped flowing in the U.S. for a very good reason: there was no more savings left to loan. Government efforts to simply make credit available, without rebuilding productive capacity or increasing savings, are doomed to destroy what's left of our economy.

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

Global Investors' Bill Of Rights May Prevent Economic Déjà Vu / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe purpose of IBOR is to protect financial markets and to create self-sufficient investors who produce economic growth instead of government deficits. IBOR standards create transparent financial markets, regulate speculation, and protect retirement portfolios. Here's a Summary:

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

Criminal Banks and Brokers Continue To Ply Their Trade... / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Richard_J_Greene

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStealing From You and Me As the Public Carries On Its Belief in Fantasies - What ever would possess intelligent professionals such as those running the finances of major financial institutions to leverage their equity 88 to one in the case of Citigroup and 134 to one in the case of Bank of America? JP Morgan's credit exposure to financial derivatives, (financial weapons of mass destruction) at last glance exceeded 400 to 1!

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama's $3.6 Trillion Budget Continues Bush Doctrine of Bankrupting America / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Dear Mr. President, I read your New Era $3.6 Trillion Budget Proposal . I also listened to your speech Tuesday night. You made a great campaign speech. However, the campaign is over. You won. And the reason you won is you offered hope as well as a promise of change.

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Politics

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flaws in Obama's Economic Stimulus and Banking System Rescue Plan / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to the joint session of Congress late Tuesday was a beautiful performance. His language was exquisite, his delivery was superb, his rhetoric - at times - truly uplifting. It no doubt reflects a fault in my makeup that I found it not entirely convincing - but then I'm a math major and a former banker.

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Politics

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bernanke Burns More Tax Payer Billions in Banks Capital Assistance Program / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBernanke has fired yet another misguided missile to stabilize the banking system. His new program is called the Capital Assistance Program and supposedly it will restore confidence in banks and get them to lend. Here is a description of the program:

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Politics

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Why the U.S. Economy is Designed to Fail / Politics / US Economy

By: Richard_C_Cook

President Barack Obama showed a great deal of gumption in standing before Congress last night delivering his first speech to the joint assembly. All the trappings of power were on display as members of the House and Senate, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs, the Cabinet, and the VIP guests hugged and waved at each other, radiant in their tailored attire only two nights after the Hollywood stars put on their own show on Oscar night.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How Can the U.S. Economy Recover Without Manufacturing Capacity? / Politics / US Economy

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"You can't put people to work in American factories that don't exist."

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Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Nationalization of the Economy is Not as Scary as it Sounds / Politics / Nationalization

By: Submissions

David Sirota writes: Amidst the punditocracy's handwringing about the supposedly unprecedented possibility of nationalization in America, Paul Krugman this week reminded his New York Times readers that nationalization is "as American as apple pie." He noted that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has been nationalizing about two banks per week, and that the best way to save our financial system is to temporarily nationalize it.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Time to Break Up the Big Banks / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTimothy Geithner is putting the finishing touches on a plan that will dump $1 trillion of toxic assets onto the US taxpayer. The plan, which goes by the opaque moniker the "Public-Private Investment Fund" (PPIF), is designed to provide lavish incentives to hedge funds and private equity firms to purchase bad assets from failing banks. It is a sweetheart deal that provides government financing and guarantees for illiquid mortgage-backed junk for which there is currently no active market.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bernanke Admits Fed Is Clueless on Credit Collapse and Zombie Banks / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInquiring minds are asking "To what extent is the Fed is in the dark?" Amazingly Bernanke answered that question today in Congress with complete candor. All you need to know is how to translate his statements. Please consider Bernanke tells Congress Fed knows what it is doing .

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Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Politics of Economic Stimulus Spending and Bank Bailouts / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Dudley_Baker

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleForeword: Arnold Bock, a Canadian living in Mendoza , Argentina is part of my editorial staff at Precious Metals Warrants and we are proud to have him on board and trust you will enjoy his latest article.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gordon Brown Bankrupting Britain as Tax Payer Liabilities Soar- Update / Politics / UK Economy

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis analysis presents the current status of Britain's path towards bankruptcy which I first pointed out in April 2008 which followed the Bank of England's initial offering of a £50 billion slush fund to the banks that would never be repaid and marked the tip of the bank bailout ice-berg.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

United States Government Saving Capitalism From Itself / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week I came across two items that I think are worthy of being in Outside the Box, so I am going to give you both. The first is an essay by good friend Paul McCulley, Managing Director of PIMCO, called "Saving Capitalist Banking from Itself." The second is a recent speech by Paul Volker, former Fed Chairman and a (hopefully very) influential member of President Obama's economic advisory team. This speech is a must read. Taken together they provide a cautionary tale of what the world of banking will need to look like when we get to the end of the process. This OTB is a little longer than most, but I think it is important reading. If you don't know where we are headed, it is hard to imagine the journey.

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Politics

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Federal Reserve: Secretive And Incompetent Organization / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week the Federal Reserve responded to the American people's increased concerns over our monetary policy by presenting new initiatives aimed at enhancing the Fed's transparency and accountability. As someone who has called for more openness from the Fed for over 30 years, I was pleased to see the Fed acknowledge the legitimacy of this need.

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Politics

Monday, February 23, 2009

Economic Freefall a Blessing in Disguise / Politics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJon Ronnquist writes: One thing we should not overlook when taking in the impact of the current economic situation is that it is both inevitable and invaluable in equal measure. That there was no escaping the consequences we are now facing has been a well known fact among those in the know for many years. If anything, it is amazing that we have staved it off for so long. For this we have the hard working men and women of the real world to thank, who toiled on in the name of pride, dignity and responsibility until the burden of debt simply became to great to bear.

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Politics

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Presidents $10 trillion Economic Stimulus Package / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Steve_Selengut

For homeowners: Cut the interest rate on all mortgage loans by 50 basis points and extend the payment schedule by three to five years. Convert all variable rate loans to fixed, at prevailing rates, and extend the payment schedule by six to ten years. No fees, points or charges tolerated.

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Politics

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Geithner's Toxic Plans for Toxic Assets / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleExit Paulson, enter Geithner with the latest "no banker left behind plan" - aka whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. Yet, the reception was underwhelming. The Dow plummeted 382 points while investors took shelter in bonds and gold. AP reported that "the new bank rescue plan landed with a thud on Wall Street" as investors worried that no end to the crisis is in sight. Editorial and op-ed commentaries were near unanimously negative and some especially critical.

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Politics

Friday, February 20, 2009

Geithner's Plan.. Mark-to-Market, Who Gets Screwed? / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGrowing up I had a girlfriend whose family had once owned a string of retail outlets in Bavaria (that's in " Germany " ( Europe )). One day her dad told me his story. A few years before the war a local Party Official came round to the house and proposed to his dad that in return for selling him all those stores for 100 Reichsmarks he would help the family get out; the alternative was a bunch of very cheap train tickets, cattle-truck class.

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