What Will it Take to Satisfy the Banking Beast?


One war is over. Another one begins. The war to save America from plutocracy was lost this week as the federal government capitulated to financial sector demands for fresh capital and more bailout guarantees. Naturally, the Bush and Obama administrations don’t see themselves as losing the financial war. But they’re two of a kind when it comes to Wall Street. Just consider Obama’s willingness to work the phones to U.S. Senators to secure more money for financial elites.

Are We Better Off With or Without The TARP?


Some market observers opine that we ought to be thankful for the fiscal stimulus provided by Paulson’s Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). They argue that the U.S. economy would be in a deep hole without TARP. Probably. But that deep hole might be a better spot than the deeper pit of lost governmental legitimacy we now find ourselves in as TARP socializes the investment errors of wealthy speculators. It may be that the Secretary of the Treasury’s radical action will help us skirt a severe recession and even partially re-inflate capital assets in the near term.

The New American Dream: Getting Our Country Back!


David Weidner says that the 2008 crash has Americans wanting to loot Wall Street castles since Wall Street looted their homes. The good news is that Weidner counts himself among those who are angry with Wall Street. The bad news that he reads too much “revenge” into the public mind and not enough respect for the sanctity of real justice.

Should We Ask Oprah To Rescue The Economy?

Point well made, friend! If foreign investors lose confidence in the dollar, then the U.S. government must look elsewhere to fund the continuous rollover in treasury bills, notes and bonds. Eventually, deep pockets will be needed if the government is to meet its Social Security obligations (a prospect within ten years). But it will take much bigger money than Oprah can marshal to pull off this bailout. Anyway, the really big money is out of the public’s sight, not tracked by Forbes.

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