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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Saturday, February 19, 2011

U.S. National Debt, Pump It Up / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDown in the pleasure centre,
hell bent or heaven sent,
listen to the propaganda,
listen to the latest slander.
There's nothing underhand
that she wouldn't understand.
Pump it up until you can feel it.
Pump it up when you don't really need it.
Elvis Costello - Pump It Up

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Politics

Friday, February 18, 2011

Social Security is Not an “Entitlement” Program / Politics / US Politics

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarti Oakley writes: A long coveted cut to Social Security and Medicare is going to happen. This will occur for reasons none of the politicians in the District of Criminals will ever speak about publicly. There is far more at stake here than what the District terms an “unfunded liability”. When you hear those in the District speak about this liability, you need to understand what they are really saying. This is an intra-governmental debt, meaning; a debt accrued within the government. It is a liability to the federal government because it is owed to “you” and they have no way of paying it back without taxing you more heavily. You are the “full faith and credit” of the United States corporation. That means government runs up the bills and we pay it.

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Politics

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Gerontocracy, Workers are the Economic Slaves of Pensioners / Politics / Demographics

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJan Iwanik writes: I suspect that funded retirement plans like American 401(k)s British private pensions, or Polish open pension plans (OFE) cannot survive in a centralized democracy. The only alternatives are unfunded schemes such as American social security, British state pensions, or the Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS).

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Politics

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bahrain Revolt Against Another US Ally / Politics / Middle East

By: Finian_Cunningham

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Have you ever seen an island with no beaches?” The question posed by the young Bahraini taxi man standing among thousands of chanting anti-government protesters seemed at first to be a bit off the wall. But his explanation soon got to the heart of the grievances that have brought tens of thousands of Bahrainis on to the streets over the past week – protests which have seen at least seven civilians killed amid scenes of excessive violence by state security forces. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll much higher.

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Politics

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fed QE2 Inflation Fuels Global Fury and Rage / Politics / Quantitative Easing

By: Mark_Thornton

The Federal Reserve has been busy the last three months pumping up the money supply by $300 billion dollars, with much more promised in the months ahead. Some of the results have been painfully predictable, others less so.

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Politics

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Where’s the American Outrage Against U.S. Support of Dictatorships? / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Jacob G. Hornberger writes: Once it became clear that Egypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak was on the way out, U.S. officials quickly shifted gears and took the side of the demonstrators, the people who had suffered for 30 years under the brutal Mubarak dictatorship. U.S. officials even offered their guidance for moving Egypt toward a democratic political system.

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Politics

Thursday, February 17, 2011

U.S. Economic Policies Driving Egypt's Workers Revolt / Politics / Middle East

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"The revolution in Egypt is an expression of the will of the people, the determination of the people, the commitment of the people.... Muslims and Christians have worked together in this revolution, as have the Islamic groups, secular parties, nationalist parties, and intellectuals....In fact every sector has played part in this revolution: the young, the old, women, men, clerics, artists, intellectuals, workers, and farmers." Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah

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Politics

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Is The World Really Running Out Of Food, Water And Oil? / Politics / Food Crisis

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEverywhere you look today the mainstream news is talking about shortages. Authorities all over the globe are boldly proclaiming that the world is rapidly running out of food, water and oil. So are these doomsayers right? Well, it must be noted that some of the most famous "prophets of doom" of the past several decades have seen their predictions fail spectacularly. For example, in his infamous 1968 book entitled "The Population Bomb", Paul Ehrlich made the following statement: "I don't see how India could possibly feed two hundred million more people by 1980."

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Politics

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Nobody Goes to Jail - And Therein Lies the Problem / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Jesse

It all comes back to the credibility trap, much more intractable than a liquidity trap. The US government cannot perform effective change without admitting the corruption and placing the powerful status quo at risk. So this malaise and period of selective recovery will continue until there is a another, more destructive crisis.

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Politics

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Restoring Economic Sovereignty: The Push for State-owned Banks / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"It is time to declare economic sovereignty from the multinational banks that are responsible for much of our current economic crisis.   Every year we ship over a billion dollars in Oregon taxpayer dollars to out-of-state and multinational banks in the form of deposits, only to see that money invested elsewhere. It's time to put our money to work for Oregonians."-- Bill Bradbury, former Oregon Senate President and Secretary of State, quoted in The Nation

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Politics

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Geithner's Failed Makeover of the U.S. Housing Finance Market / Politics / US Housing

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTo counter the increasing demands that government reduce its micromanagement of the economy, last week the Obama Administration offered a fig leaf in the form of a white paper entitled "Reforming America's Housing Finance Market." In addition to marking the official end of the Bush era "ownership society," where increasing the level of home ownership was a national priority, the document contains a recommended regulatory overhaul of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (together known as Government Sponsored Enterprises "GSE's"), that intends to bring the share of government owned home loans from the current 95% to 40% over the next 5-7 years.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How to Win an Election / Politics / Social Issues

By: MISES

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn his superb analysis of democracy, Hans-Hermann Hoppe observes that "prime ministers and presidents are selected for their proven efficiency as morally uninhibited demagogues. Thus, democracy virtually assures that only bad and dangerous men will ever rise to the top of government."[1] Those who seek political office appear to be eager to break the moral code that most of us are willing to follow. The greater the power of the political office that a candidate is seeking, the more likely it is that that individual has no sense of right and wrong.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Don't Be Fooled By Washington's U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate / Politics / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: I have to tell you that - as a former international merchant banker - I want to laugh out loud when I hear the dire predictions of how the United States will have to default if Congress doesn't raise the nation's debt ceiling.

With a little Wall Street-style creative financing - even when the government's outstanding debt level reaches the official limit of $14.3 trillion sometime around the end of March - there's no reason why the country can't go on borrowing as if nothing has changed.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Deception at the Fed / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

For the past three decades, the Federal Reserve has been given a dual mandate: keeping prices stable and maximizing employment. This policy relies not only on the fatal conceit of believing in the wisdom of supposed experts, but also on numerical chicanery.

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Politics

Monday, February 14, 2011

Egypt, The Distance Between Enthusiasm and Reality / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Feb. 11, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned. A military council was named to govern in his place. On Feb. 11-12, the crowds that had gathered in Tahrir Square celebrated Mubarak’s fall and the triumph of democracy in Egypt. On Feb. 13, the military council abolished the constitution and dissolved parliament, promising a new constitution to be ratified by a referendum and stating that the military would rule for six months, or until the military decides it’s ready to hold parliamentary and presidential elections.

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