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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, April 03, 2014

What to Expect From Janet Yellen / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: MISES

Patrick Barron writes: No change.

Oh, you want more? Groucho Marx used to tell a joke on himself that “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would admit me as a member.” That pretty much sums up why we shouldn’t expect much from the new chairman of the Federal Reserve System. This administration and this Congress will never admit anyone that is not of the Keynesian-School-of-economics persuasion. As long as this mentality resides in the political halls of power, our nation will not get another Paul Volcker.

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Politics

Thursday, April 03, 2014

3 First Steps To Cleanse The Economic System / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Since we can all attest to the fact that our financial banking economic system is bust and busted, we should probably look at ways to repair and cure it. And we don’t want to wait for the system to repair itself from the inside with the aid and abetment of its political stooges, revolving door and otherwise, because that will only lead to everyone else paying through the nose for a system they didn’t break to begin with. If we don’t seize control over this ourselves, it will never be cured, and the guys that went for broke and succeeded will make out like bandits and disappear like thieves into the night, leaving us with enough damage to last for multiple and miserable generations.

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Politics

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Ukraine and the Most Profitable Gas in the World / Politics / Natural Gas

By: OilPrice_Com

There is only one certainty in Ukraine: The energy sector must and will be transformed, and how long this takes will depend on who ends up in the driver's seat and how serious they are about becoming a part of Europe and reducing dependence on Russia. But by then, investors will have missed the boat.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Obamacare Ship of Fools / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

It was so fitting that Obama sauntered into the Rose Garden on April Fools day to proclaim the wonderful success of Obamacare. We are the fools for allowing this fool and his fellow fools in Congress to further bankrupt our country with this disastrous government run clusterf*ck. He is a dangerous empty suit. The only thing that mattered to him and his sociopathic control freaks in the last two months was hitting an enrollment number that he could tout as success. Making sure there are enough doctors in the plan or ensuring excellent healthcare services once you get sick is not part of their agenda. And they certainly don’t worry about the 7.1 million people paying their premiums. That’s the insurance companies’ problem.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Underground Shadow Commerce is the Real Economy / Politics / Social Issues

By: BATR

As the deadline for filing yearly income taxes is rapidly approaching, businesses especially hard pressed to make a profit in a depressed economy struggle with their tax compliance. Reporting legitimate deductions and costs is the easy part. When you are losing money, disclosing a diminished income stream based upon lower margins, is not a difficult decision. Nevertheless, small enterprises burdened with government regulation costs and tax obligations, often are unable to conduct business and retain a net return. Self-proprietorships frequently are so scared that many look to the cash underground economy to hide income earnings.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

French President Dismisses Government, Calls In The 'Blairites' / Politics / France

By: Andrew_McKillop

Tony Blair To The Rescue

French president François Hollande dismissed his Prime Minister and cabinet on Monday following his Parti Socialiste's massive loss of power, symbolized by PS mayors and councillors being voted out in 155 large cities, following the 23 and 30 March local elections. Key PS “bastions”, where in some cases Hollande's party has held uninterrupted power for 100 years, such as Limoges, fell with other bastions such as “red” Toulouse and Angers. The supposed xenophobic and unconstitutional, racist and Nazi-leaning Front National of Marine Le Pen made huge gains.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Janet Yellen Is Destined To Be The Best Fed Chairman Of All Time / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Jeff_Berwick

Janet Yellen has only been Chairman of the Federal Reserve for less than two months and I am already convinced that she is the best thing to happen since Barack O'Bomber was first elected and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

There are a number of reasons for that.

First, as we can see by her speech yesterday she is going to be a laugh riot.  And, secondly, all of her actions will undoubtedly, indisuptably destroy the dollar... And, of course, we dollar vigilantes have prime seats and are positioned to profit from that inevitability.  We thought Helicopter Ben was a literal gold mine but Janet Yellen will easily surpass him as a great source of mockery and profitability.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The U.S. Budget Box & Containing Debt and Deficit Craziness / Politics / US Debt

By: DeviantInvestor

Imagine that the US government is, euphemistically speaking, locked in a box created by deficits, debts, and decisions. There are six sides to the box - each an exit. We can describe them as:

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Politics

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

FiTs And Starts For The Solar Economy / Politics / Solar Energy

By: Andrew_McKillop

Nadeem Walayat Explains in his most recent article on the follies of UK government attempts to “go low carbon” and self righteously pretend it is Saving the Planet from global warming catastrophe, Nadeem Walayat explained what solar feed-in tariffs really mean. Under the former New Labour regime paying FITs of 44 GBP pence or about 70 US cents per kilowatthour for Home Solar producers, pricing their electricity output at 1120 US dollars per barrel equivalent of energy (1600 kWh per barrel), they would have every reason to do the following.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Russia and the United States Negotiate the Future of Ukraine / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

During the Cold War, U.S. secretaries of state and Soviet foreign ministers routinely negotiated the outcome of crises and the fate of countries. It has been a long time since such talks have occurred, but last week a feeling of deja vu overcame me. Americans and Russians negotiated over everyone's head to find a way to defuse the crisis in Ukraine and, in the course of that, shape its fate.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Across Europe Secession Movements Intensify / Politics / European Union

By: BATR

All the attention over the epoch vote by Crimean’s to leave the Ukraine makes for a timely review of other separatist factions that are seeking a similar resolution. The List of active separatist movements in Europe is exhaustive. The immediate impression is that a pervasive discontent, shared by legions of subjects, who want independence and self-determination, will be hard to derail. When European autocratic and aristocrats ruled, the only option was revolution. Today the descendants of the old regimes still wheeled power under the guise of democratically elected authorities. However, separatist sentiment does not mean the same to every splinter group.
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Politics

Monday, March 31, 2014

Ukraine Capital Controls and 200% Inflation But Still In Better Shape Than US! / Politics / US Debt

By: Jeff_Berwick

In a TV address to a torn nation, Ukraine's PM Yatsenyuk first implied heating prices would rise incrementally, and then later confirmed a plan to increase prices 100% in the next two years (and nearly 200% by 2017) as the cost of imported Russian gas is expected to rise to $500 from the current $84.

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Politics

Monday, March 31, 2014

French Local Elections Prove France Is Ungovernable / Politics / France

By: Andrew_McKillop

Turnout Low - Interest in Democracy Even Lower

French media made a brave attempt following the second and final round of local elections, 30 March, to paint a picture of a “moderate recovery” in voter interest. In fact the countrywide turnout to vote was around 53% on 30 March compared with 52% on 23 March, according to the French Interior Ministry. Many large cities were plagued by turnouts in some districts of as low as 16% of registered voters bothering to vote. In other words, 84% of voters did not vote.

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Politics

Monday, March 31, 2014

How to Avoid the Obamacare Penalty / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Laurence M. Vance writes: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but better known as simply Obamacare, is a collection of new taxes masquerading as a healthcare law.

Obamacare institutes new taxes on indoor tanning services, drug companies, medical device manufacturers, comprehensive health insurance plans, and health insurers. It increases the employee share of the Medicare tax (currently 1.45 percent) to 2.35 percent on that portion of income that is more than $200,000 for individuals or $250,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. It also adds a new 3.8 percent Medicare tax on investment income that will apply to the lesser of one’s net investment income or the amount of adjusted gross income in excess of applicable thresholds.

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Politics

Monday, March 31, 2014

Ron Paul - Aid to Ukraine Is a Bad Deal For All / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill approving a billion dollars in aid to Ukraine and more sanctions on Russia. The bill will likely receive the president's signature within days. If you think this is the last time US citizens will have their money sent to Ukraine, you should think again. This is only the beginning.

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Politics

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Debunking The Gutting Of U.S. Military Storyline / Politics / US Military

By: James_Quinn

“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” – General Smedley Butler – War is a Racket

I peruse a number of websites everyday as I look for interesting articles to post or reference in one of my articles. I agree with many conservative leaning websites when it comes to economic issues, but when it comes to war mongering and flag waving, I go my own way. Any site that supports our empire building and excessive spending on war is not a conservative website. You can’t act in a fiscally responsible sustainable manner without dismantling our war machine and taking on the military industrial complex. You’re a faux fiscal conservative if you think we can continue to spend $800 billion per year on war with no financial implications. The entire Federal budget was $800 billion in 1983.

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Politics

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The U.S. Empire vs. Eurasia / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

The U.S. and its puppets, especially the E.U. and Nato, have been trying to weaken the rebuilding Russian empire as much as possible to contain it, while maintaining the U.S. Global Empire.

This has become a vital, crucial goal because of the rapid growth of Chinese power and the ever closer Alliance of Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Central Asia, Pakistan, etc.

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Politics

Sunday, March 30, 2014

What If the Crimeans Changed Their Minds? / Politics / Eastern Europe

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

It’s easier to raise questions than it is to answer them. My brief answers are merely indicative of a direction an answer might take, but I’d expect many possible more elaborate answers.

If tomorrow the Crimeans changed their minds and decided to join Ukraine, would Russia’s owners and operators let them?

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Politics

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ron Paul, Richard Cobden, and the Risks of Opposing War / Politics / US Politics

By: MISES

Ryan McMaken writes: Since at least as early as the eighteen century, classical liberalism, and its modern variant libertarianism, have opposed warfare except in cases of obvious self-defense. We see this anti-war position clearly among the anti-federalists of eighteenth-century America (who opposed all standing armies) and more famously within George Washington’s Farewell Address. Thomas Jefferson frequently inveighed against war, although in moves typical for Jefferson, he acted against his own professed ideology on a number of occasions.

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Politics

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Fed is Beginning to Freak Out About Bubbles / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Graham_Summers

As we noted earlier this week, the Fed is growing increasingly concerned of a bubble forming in the financial markets. Previously we noted that Janet Yellen was concerned about another bubble forming.

Now St Louis Fed President James Bullard is saying the same thing.

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