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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Geithner's Bailout Plan: Another Recipe for Financial Disaster / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Money_Morning

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: By relying on asset-backed securities, large amounts of leverage and unregulated hedge funds as its key elements, the U.S. Treasury Department's overhaul of the banking-system bailout plan is essentially relying on some of the same ingredients that caused the financial crisis in the first place.

This time around, someone should take the punch bowl away before the party even gets started. Otherwise, as Yogi Berra once said, it will be “ Déjà vu all over again.”

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Politics

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why the Bank Bailouts are Not Working / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: MoneyWeek

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article800bn, 1trn, 2trn – just think of a number. Then double it. That seems to be the approach behind the latest batch of bail-outs.

To 'save' their economy, America 's politicians are churning out even more 'rescue' packages. All with more noughts attached. Now they've just "placed an eye-watering $2.3trn price tag on bailing out the US banking system", says The Independent's Stephen Foley , opening up "a second front in the battle to pull the country out of recession".

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Politics

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Obama Continues Bush Foreign Policy on Europe, Iran and Russia / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the Munich Security Conference brought together senior leaders from most major countries and many minor ones last weekend, none was more significant than U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. This is because Biden provided the first glimpse of U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama. Most conference attendees were looking forward to a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy under the Obama administration . What was interesting about Biden's speech was how little change there has been in the U.S. position and how much the attendees and the media were cheered by it.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Obama's War on Terror / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe language is softened and deceptive. The strategy and tactics are not. The "war on terror" continues. Promised change is talk, not policy. Just look at Obama's "war cabinet," discussed in an earlier article. It assures:

-- the "strongest military on the planet" by outspending all other countries combined;

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Politics

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Short History of the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict: Past Is Prologue / Politics / Middle East

By: Stephen_Lendman


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIts roots are from the late 19th century when Theodor Herzl founded modern Zionism at the First Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland in 1897.

In his book "Overcoming Zionism," Joel Kovel writes: Zionism seeks "the restoration of tribalism in the guise of a modern, highly militaralized and aggressive state. (It) cut Jews off from (their) history and led to a fateful identity of interests with antisemitism (becoming) the only thing that united them. (It) fell into the ways of imperialist expansion and militarism, and showed signs of the fascist malignancy."

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Politics

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

U.S. $2trillion Borrowing Binge May Stop Foreigners Lending / Politics / US Debt

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRobert Freeman writes: Fixing the Economy: Of Fences and Futures - A man calls a carpenter and says that his dog has been getting out. He instructs the carpenter to raise the fence in the back yard by a foot. The carpenter does the job.

The next day, the man calls the carpenter back and says that the dog is still getting out. He tells the carpenter to add another foot to the top of the fence. The carpenter does so.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Obama-Geithner Financial Crisis Recovery Plan from Hell / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Hudson writes: Tuesday's announcement of the Obama-Geithner recovery plan is basically an extension of the Bush-Paulson plan – yet more giveaways to financial insiders, with a view to concentrating the U.S. banking system into a cartel of just a few large banks. This is not altogether bad news for the still relatively healthy part of the banking system (healthy in the sense of still avoiding negative equity). Smaller, less troubled banks will be bought out by the large “troubled” ones, to the personal financial benefit of their stockholders. This cannot solve today's financial problem: the fact that the debt overhead far exceeds the economy's ability to pay. In fact, it will spread the distortions that the large banks have introduced, until the entire system presumably looks like Citibank, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Will Obama Capping Executive Pay Create a Better Banking System? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: By revamping the banking sector's compensation system, and creating a salary cap of $500,000 for the top executives at institutions that accepted federal bailout money, new U.S. President Barack Obama could be launching a reform movement that helps make the American financial system worthwhile to invest in again.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

$550 Billion Electronic Run On U.S. Banks Nearly Triggered Financial Collapse / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAt 2 minutes, 20 seconds into this C-Span video clip, Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania explains how the Federal Reserve told Congress members about a "tremendous draw-down of money market accounts in the United States, to the tune of $550 billion dollars." According to Kanjorski, this electronic transfer occurred over the period of an hour and threatened a further $5 trillion to be drawn out triggering a total collapse of the Financial System, which prompted Hank Paulson's emergency $700 billion TARP bailout action.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Capitalism's Self-inflicted Financial Apocalypse / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Parenti writes: After the overthrow of communist governments in Eastern Europe, capitalism was paraded as the indomitable system that brings prosperity and democracy, the system that would prevail unto the end of history. The present economic crisis, however, has convinced even some prominent free-marketeers that something is gravely amiss. Truth be told, capitalism has yet to come to terms with several historical forces that cause it endless trouble: democracy, prosperity, and capitalism itself, the very entities that capitalist rulers claim to be fostering.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pelosi Economic Stimulus Casts Shadow Over Obama, America and World / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a sign that may reveal much about the current deal-making environment in Washington, House speaker Nancy Pelosi has outmaneuvered the Obama Administration in the design of the massive $827 billion so-called Economic Stimulus Package. With the collusion of three moderate Republican Senators - Collins, Snowe and Specter - Pelosi may succeed in steering President Obama into supporting a package with which he may secretly disagree.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Baby Boomers- Your Generation's Crisis Has Arrived / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations, much is given. Of other generations, much is expected. This Generation has a rendezvous with destiny." Franklin Roosevelt – 1936

President Roosevelt was correct. The generation he was speaking to was already dealing with the worst financial crisis in the history of the United States, the Great Depression. By 1945, over 400,000 of this generation had lost their lives. Another 600,000 men were wounded. Much was expected and much was sacrificed. Every generation has a rendezvous with destiny.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hacking the Obama Economic Stimulus Package / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDanny Schechter writes: It became clear Friday night that our economy may not recover until our politics do.  

To President Obama, the delays and endless Congressional carping about his recovery plan was  “inexcusable.”  He was reduced to reading the latest unemployment numbers aloud as if to say, ‘what world are you guys in?

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Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

U.S. Economy Imploding as Obama Follows Failed NeoCon Policies / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePaul Craig Roberts writes: Is there intelligent life in Washington, DC? Not a speck of it.

The US economy is imploding, and Obama is being led by his government of neconservatives and Israeli agents into a quagmire in Afghanistan that will bring the US into confrontation with Russia, and possibly China, American's largest creditor.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Financial Crisis Ends America's Second Gilded Age? / Politics / US Politics

By: Oxbury_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMark Twain called the late nineteenth century the “Gilded Age”. In fact, Mark Twain wrote a novel called “The Gilded Age” ridiculing Washington D.C. and many of the leading figures of the day. Mark Twain thought that the period was glittering on the surface but corrupt underneath. Many people believe that there are many similarities between that era and our current era. It seems to me to be another instance of history “rhyming”.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Transcript of Obama's Speech in Elkhart Indian / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Shedlock

President Obama gave a speech on the economy before an audience in a packed gym at Concord High School in Elkhart Indiana Monday evening.

MSNBC offers President Obama In Elkhart: Video Of Speech Here is a transcript of the speech.

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Politics

Monday, February 09, 2009

Freedom From Government Intervention and Funding and Restrictions / Politics / Government Intervention

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

President Obama signed an executive order last week continuing the faith-based initiatives program created by former President Bush. When the program was created, I warned that giving taxpayer money to private religious organizations would eventually lead to political control and manipulation of them. This week has provided some evidence that this was a justified concern.

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Politics

Monday, February 09, 2009

Bankers On Notice: The Cake Eaters Are Stirring / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: David_Haas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's interesting to watch what happens as the spores and tentacles of “banker rot” penetrate ever-deeper into the worm-holes and capillaries of the socioeconomic strata.

Anachronisms from a bygone-era, the “let them eat cake” attitudes that have persistently predominated the media-storm are increasingly muffled by a gathering mob and their collective call for the punishment of the perpetrators and their accomplices at all levels and in all capacities, public and private.

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Politics

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Will Obama Start the Next Trade War? / Politics / Global Economy

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShamus Cooke writes: While campaigning to be president, Obama gave the general impression that he would act “cooperatively” to solve international problems, moving away from the Bush strategy of irresponsible “unilateralism.”

But Obama took an aggressive stance towards China even on the campaign trail, including the accusations of “currency manipulation,” “violating intellectual property rights,” and “devaluing their goods.” Of course the average American cares nothing about these types of crimes, nor should they.

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Politics

Saturday, February 07, 2009

The End of Wealth Creation / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Ronald_R_Cooke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Roman Empire - The rise and fall of the Roman Empire is a classic example of Return On Investment (ROI). Rome essentially funded conquest through pillage, bringing rich treasures of gold and silver back to Rome. During the early years of the Empire, the ROI on conquest was very good and Rome prospered. It had plenty of coin to fund its Legions. As the years went by, however, it became more difficult to find lands worth conquering and the travel costs to send a Legion to remote lands increased. The ROI of conquest began to falter, and Roman Emperors finally concluded additional conquests were not worth the cost. Years of wealth creation came to an end. The Roman Empire shifted its attention to wealth preservation.

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