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Treasury Removes Cap for Fannie and Freddie Aid
December 31, 2009
Well thank goodness that the American administration has stepped up to the plate and done the right thing - the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are apparently not even going to cost a cool trillion in taxpayer dollars all told. Of course, we're inclined ...
No Jobs for Ten Years?
December 30, 2009
There are a lot of statistics cited in this article but like many articles with a mainstream tone, most of them are besides-the-point or shed little illumination about what is going on. First of all the jobless rate in America is closer to 20-30 percent, we fig ...
Fire Homeland's Janet Napolitano?
December 30, 2009
So Michael Daly of the NY Daily News wants the Homeland team to become more efficient by firing Secretary Janet Napolitano. He seems to believe that if you find the right technocratic police officer for the job that this blunderbuss of an unconstitutional burea ...
Wall Street Glass-Steagall War
December 29, 2009
It is fairly incredible that Congress keeps recycling the same worn out solutions to central bank monetary stimulation. We think this can only be because Congress does not want to admit that the system itself is what's at fault. Also, if you blame regulations, ...
Lawrence Summers Protests Too Much
December 29, 2009
The interesting thing about this interview is that Summers felt he had to give it. The frustrating thing is what is left unspoken. It is all well and good for Summers to maintain that the administration is not interested in accumulating anymore power over the p ...
Mort Zuckerman – Hands Off the Fed!
December 28, 2009
Mort Zuckerman (pictured above left) owns the Daily News as well as US News and World Report, and it is a somewhat melancholy event to see this sort of opinion presented by the man himself. One would like to see a more spirited defense of the free-market that h ...
Japan Shocked by Goverment Borrowing
December 28, 2009
This article is interesting because of the parallels to the situation in the United States. Barack Obama swept to power by guaranteeing "change you can believe in" - but his change proved of the socialist kind, as he harried Congress to spend trillions re-infla ...
Robert Oulds on the Bruges Group, British Global Alternatives and the End of the EU
December 27, 2009
The editors of The Daily Bell are pleased to present an exclusive interview with well-known Eurosceptic Robert Oulds. Mr. Oulds is the Director of the London-based Bruges Group, and an international political analyst who has made a specialty of analyzing and op ...
Healthcare Reform Is a Lump of Coal
December 27, 2009
Last week on Christmas Eve, after many backroom deals were made, the Senate passed the healthcare reform bill with a strictly partisan vote. I was pleased that my colleagues in the GOP are on the right side of this bill. Although this vote was a major step in h ...
Dreaming of a Gold Christmas
December 27, 2009
Bing Crosby dreamt of a White Christmas. Elvis Presley lamented about his Blue Christmas. This year, most Americans faced a Red Christmas, plagued by massive credit card, household and government debt. It has been a year of unprecedented public spending based o ...
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
December 25, 2009
Every year around the holidays, we reread the answer to the letter from little Virginia O'Hanlon. We like to read it because it reminds us of a simpler time in the American republic when the leveling trends that have overtaken the country were not so far advanc ...
Timothy Geithner: Job Growth Should Resume by Springtime
December 25, 2009
This is a funny little squib of an article. But in a way it expresses as much about where we are today as Church's editorial (see other article today) expressed about his day. Church's editorial, "Yes Virginia" dealt with the timeless issues of a child's quest ...
The Myth of Surplus Wealth
December 24, 2009
Over the last couple of decades a colleague from a famous university has challenged me about my view that everyone has the unalienable right to private property. Now this position, derived from such sources as John Locke, the American Founders, Ayn Rand, and ma ...
Obama: Financial Rescue My 'Most Important Thing'
December 24, 2009
So President Barack Obama believes that ensuring the financial system did not collapse was the "most important thing" he did this year. Well, what about the unemployment thing which many analysts put above 20 percent (and we think may be closer to 30 percent in ...
RIP Paul Samuelson
December 24, 2009
In our opinion, Samuelson was just one in a long line of apologists for state control who was useful to the power elite at a time when it was apparently important to try to underpin various power grabs (such as central banking) with some sort of intellectual ju ...
Wikipedia as Elite Propaganda Mill?
December 23, 2009
We are shocked by this article in the mainstream Canadian press and can only explain it as part of the (admirable) Canadian irritation with global warming in general. Canada and its strange people – entrepreneurial, tough-minded and communitarian (if there is ...
Tim Geithner: U.S. Must Learn to Live Within Its Means
December 23, 2009
The idea that the Obama administration is concerned about US fiscal solvency is somewhat risible in our humble opinion. We have pointed out recently that the British powers-that-be have been busily reducing Britain to a smoking ruin over the past half century, ...
The Fed Is a Fascist Cartel
December 22, 2009
No one in the freedom movement today disputes that the Federal Reserve is the source of many of our economic woes. Where disagreement arises is in defining the precise nature of the Fed and the source of its capacity to create the harm it does. Many who support ...
Iran Sanctions Are Precursor to War
December 22, 2009
Last week the House overwhelmingly approved a measure to put a new round of sanctions on Iran. If this measure passes the Senate, the United States could no longer do business with anyone who sold refined petroleum products to Iran or helped them develop their ...
Stocks Suffer Worst Decade Ever
December 22, 2009
Central bank money printing is so injurious and so pervasive that we don't see how any analysis of major stock markets can ever be seen as anything other than anomalous. What those who keep statistics are doing, in our opinion, is tracking the capricious nature ...
Copenhagen Was Global Success?
December 22, 2009
All this is quite clever, we think. Copenhagen was a promotion not just of global warming but, at bottom, an exhibition of how global problems demand global solutions. So clever and seamless is this promotion that the BBC can hold Copenhagen up as an example of ...
Copenhagen Had Three Levels of Control?
December 21, 2009
We agree with this article, but we would like to add to it. One has to look even deeper in our opinion. If one is to properly analyze the dominant social themes that the power elite injects into civil discourse, one has to mine the meme and keep mining. Take Pe ...
Nowhere to Run From the New World Government
December 21, 2009
This is one great article (the Telegraph being head-and-shoulders above other mainstream publications from time-to-time in the subtlety of its analyses and the clarity of its conclusions.) In this case the writer, a brilliant leftist turned "to the right" - Jan ...
Tibor Machan on the Free Market, the Problems of Mixed Economies and the Virtues of Minarchism
December 20, 2009
The editors of The Daily Bell are pleased to present an exclusive interview with well-known libertarian philosopher Tibor R. Machan. Mr. Machan is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, Alabama, and holds the R. C. Hoiles End ...
Moody's Warns of 'Social Unrest'
December 19, 2009
We know we will read over the next months and even years, especially if economic problems get worse, of dire predictions about people being herded into prison camps and other containment facilities because society itself is facing a breakdown. The stories will ...
The Thuggery of Chavez?
December 19, 2009
Some of our editorial team have spent an extensive amount of time in Venezuela recently and now we will tell you the truth dear reader as we have come to understand it about Chavez and those surrounding him. It is somewhat different than Fox, the New York Post, ...
Petro-Powers to Launch Gulfo Currency
December 18, 2009
It seems to us that this endless ongoing currency consolidation is a very strange thing. When one looks at money, honest money, its history of individual empowerment stands out. Right now, money is going exactly the other way. You would think that market forces ...
Was Mumbai Suspect a Double Agent for U.S.?
December 18, 2009
The trouble with stories like this is that reinforce the worst suspicions about the war on terror. On the one hand, we have the dominant social theme that the war on terror is being fought by the guys in the white caps who are doing their best from their outman ...
Time Magazine's Person of the Year – Ben Bernanke
December 17, 2009
By the time you are perusing this, dear reader, this story will be all over the Internet – and beyond. We try to avoid analyzing such ubiquitous stories on the whole because we try to direct you to important elements of the global-promotional dialogue that ha ...
Paul Krugman Blames Free-Market Ideology for Economic Crises
December 17, 2009
We checked on the author of this article just to make sure – because each time we read Krugman we wonder all over again about the guy's background. But yes, "in 2008, Krugman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his contributions to New Trade Theory ...
Exxon Mobil Makes $30 Billion Bet
December 16, 2009
It is our opinion that Peak Oil is a promotion of the powers-that-be, a positioning of energy resources so that the most power and wealth can be extracted from the least amount of product. Consider that in America especially - where we believe the promotion is ...
NASA to Spend $320M to Protect Us From Asteroids
December 16, 2009
When we wrote a while back that NASA was lobbying for funds to monitor for meteoric emergencies, we didn't know how far the process had gone. Apparently, the US Congress itself has given NASA the mandate to search the heavens for tiny bits of gravel. The progra ...
Paul Volcker: Think More Boldly
December 15, 2009
There is a power elite, and Paul Volcker speaks for it. That's our opinion, anyway! And that's why we have already commented -- just the other day -- on Volcker's re-emergence as the oracle of common sense on all matters financial. The former chairman of the Fe ...
Tony Blair Tricked UK Into War
December 15, 2009
Now this is a remarkable article about an inquest into the Iraq War that is taking place in Britain. For all of Britain's implosion when it comes to civil rights - from the nation's indescribably incompetent socialist health care and education systems, to its e ...
The Fed's Money Monopoly
December 14, 2009
Because of legal tender laws that force acceptance of the dollar, the Fed has absolute power over the currency. This absolute power is leading to the absolute corruption of our currency. The money supply has doubled in the last year or so, which is extremely da ...
Greece Defies European Union?
December 14, 2009
When one goes back to the root of it, one finds perfectly predictable reporting that puts the genesis at the feet of the American political establishment after World War II and also British royalty which had a yen to spread Belgium's dysfunctional French and Fl ...
Associated Press Ignores Climategate Source Code
December 14, 2009
This article really is a hoot. After reading ALL the Climategate emails, the AP has widely disseminated a story (it's really all over the 'Net) revealing that global warming is taking place even though some of the major scientists analyzing data proving global ...
Nathaniel Branden on Ayn Rand, Her Philosophy and the Psychology of Self-Esteem
December 13, 2009
The editors of The Daily Bell are pleased to present an exclusive interview with legendary colleague of Ayn Rand - Nathaniel Branden, PhD, who has "pioneered the psychology of self-esteem." Dr. Branden is a practicing psychotherapist in Los Angeles and also doe ...
Martin Feldstein: Recovery Is Grossly Exaggerated
December 12, 2009
From our point of view, economists like Dr. Martin Feldstein serve a purpose, but it's not one of honest dialogue. We'll present Feldstein's bio to you in a moment, but the point we're trying to make is that without types like Feldstein mainstream economics has ...
Fed Salaries Explode During Recession
December 12, 2009
This article points out what is just part of a larger issue that both America and Europe have to face. In previous times, the ruling elite was fairly small in number, though highly monied – and fairly self-evident through revelations of royalty, etc. Now the ...
Who Wants War?
December 11, 2009
We now find ourselves in another foreign policy quagmire with little hope of victory, and not even a definition of victory. Eisenhower said that only an alert and informed electorate could keep these war racketeering pressures at bay. He was right, and the key ...
Analysis of Obama's Nobel Speech – an Unsuccessful Promotion?
December 11, 2009
We've commented on Obama's speech because we were amazed (once again) by the thinness of the rhetoric that is at the heart
Rise of the Fed Bashers
December 11, 2009
One of our Feedbacker emailed us and brought this article to our attention and we're glad he did. George Will asks in this article why libertarian Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex) is trying to audit the Fed when it's doing a pretty darn good job. We ask in turn if ...
Volcker Sees No Value in Derivatives
December 10, 2009
Paul Volcker, George Soros and others are picking up the pace. These people, in our humble opinion, are stitched right into the fabric of the power elite, and the elite appears to be a tad frustrated. The whole idea of "not wasting a crisis' - in this case a fi ...
James Grant Says Go With Gold
December 10, 2009
So James Grant, ever casting his eyes backward in a witty way, wants to return to a gold standard. This would certainly be an improvement over what we have now, which is really nothing. But even a gold standard is not really the best idea. The best idea would b ...
Only 26% of Americans Think Obama Deserves Nobel
December 09, 2009
We want to return to our theme of yesterday that the power elite is trying to do too much at once. We offered up our own favorite analysis that it was the Internet, and the puncturing of one promotion after another, from peak oil, to global warming, to the war ...
Murdoch on Journalism and Freedom
December 09, 2009
We are inspired by Rupert Murdoch's words! We too think the future of journalism is promising and we don't want the "heavy hand" of government to over-regulate or subsidize us either. Rupert stands for all us! He is speaking out for the little scribe in the bas ...
Recession for a Whopping 20 Years
December 08, 2009
We remember when we were doing Internet research for a book that we came across a quote from the elitist Fabian Society. We can't find the quote, but we remember it had do with how the West and its citizens were going to see a remarkable acceleration of "change ...
Shortage of Gold – U.S. Mint Suspends Some Gold Coin Sales
December 08, 2009
The fiction that gold and silver are barbaric metals (Keynes) has once again crumbled into dust. It was most recently a power elite promotion designed to buttress central banking and milk the fiat-money cycle of the 80s and 90s and early 2000s for as long as po ...
Nouriel Roubini: U.S. Has Two Economies
December 07, 2009
The Daily Bell tries to speak to the issue of central banking as much as possible because even after studying the darn strategy individually for two decades or more (and collectively for about a century) we are still regularly shocked at how overwhelmingly powe ...
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