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Published: Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:11:35 -0600


Washington Is Creating a Perfect Economic Storm

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:28:01 -0600

I grew up in a conservative political household. My parents met as members of an early '60s organization called Young Americans for Freedom. They went on to have careers in politics and government service.

One Pound Houses

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:06:46 -0600

The cheapest street in Britain. On Wednesday I watched a documentary on Liverpool's housing scheme - the opportunity to purchase a dilapidated house for a pound and do it up. That sounds like a fabulous idea for those struggling to get on the housing ladder, and several families had accepted the offer and were eagerly renovating their properties.

Scapegoat And History

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:05:19 -0600

Through-out history leaders have always tried to put blame on others for their rationale. Whether their ventures were successful or not the decisions they made affected so many others in ways that seem almost incomprehensible. History is full of incidents where people of authority take great pains to put blame on certain individuals who no fault of their own did what was required of them.

Causes of Brexit

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:01:41 -0600

Britain's past differs from that of its European neighbours. Its role as an unconquered island nation, a long tradition of parliamentary democracy and an ingrained good sense that ultimately it is able to be looking after itself, represents it out from some other European nations. It was not that sympathetic to the European ideal.

That Sinking Feeling

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:35:37 -0600

As the winter Olympics take center stage without too much fanfare the Trump Administration is poised to unleash a budget filled with draconian cuts in just about every safety net there is. These safety nets have had significant success in keeping millions of Americans from falling through the cracks of an already unbalanced society. Yet, we have Trump and the rest of the Republicans incapable of hearing the cries of the impoverished multitudes that continue to languish in desperation hoping for better times ahead.

Watershed Year

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:08:35 -0600

As with the coming of spring there should be renewed hope that all things blossom by the warmth of the sun. Yet, the clouds of uncertainty hang heavily overhead. We find ourselves being led by a Banana Republic want-a-be dictator.

176 Changes Since Donald Trump Took Office

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:18:54 -0600

What has the President of America actually done since his first year is over? Where will he go from here? Will the economy finally bust loose? What will happen to the EPA and Planned Parenthood? Will they find the 500 billion missing from HUD? How will the swamp things be reigned in? Will there be a national ID?

Norbert Haering and Greek Economy

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:55:42 -0600

Norbert Haring is an economist and journalist. Since 2002 he has reported on finance and economics for the German business newspaper Handelsblatt. He is a co-founder and co-director of the World Economics Association (12,000 economists as members worldwide) and co-editor of the journal World Economic Review, both of which aim to promote a pluralistic approach to economic research. In 2014 he was awarded the Keynes Prize for Economic Writing for his contributions to Handelsblatt. Norbert Haring

A Nation So Divided

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:34:24 -0600

As the United States descends further into a state from which there is no return with the damage done by the Republicans and the Trump Administration we are left questioning can America be saved? For the past forty years or so the trajectory this nation has been headed is far away from the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans. For years the United States has been led by the steady hands of oligarchy rule.

Here's Why You Are Inadvertently a Huge Trump Supporter

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:53:18 -0600

While the US economy appears to be booming, most people disapprove of President elect Donald Trump. This disapproval is happening in the face of record highs in the stock market and increased revenues for the media. This article highlights the paradoxical relationship the general public has with President Trump and how the booming economy has become dependent on the public's high disapproval rating.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The Inconvenient Truth

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:55:43 -0600

Information article for entrepreneurs "Entrepreneurship and innovation: The popular belief". Entrepreneurs are widely believed to be the agents behind economic growth and innovation. They are, we are told, the movers and shakers who create new industries, unseat current leaders from their thrones, and open new frontiers for everyone.

'Merry Crisis & Happy New Fear' for Indians in 2017

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:48:12 -0600

The year 2017 is going to witness the negative impact of demonetization. An analysis of what is in store for the economy.

Crisis Education

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:01:01 -0600

For some time now our educational system has been awash in too much controversy. Having the current Educational Secretary heading the Department of Education has not done much to improve the nations overall prospects that our children will achieve a higher degree of an educational experience that will prepare them for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The reality facing too many parents is not whether to send our children to charter, or private schools but to face the fact that public schools have been on the decline for many years now.

The Venezuelan Government Blames Everyone But Themselves For Their Economic Implosion

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:12:34 -0600

Not long ago I was at our local Starbucks discussing US Politics and the Democratic Party, specifically the word "Progressive" as a label for someone who was a Democrat Voter. I noted that this word was all wrong, merely because today the Democratic Party in the US is very pro-Socialism, and since Socialism doesn't work, it would be 'regressive' and not 'progressive'. My acquaintance said; "Yes, isn't that some wonderful branding," and added, "How can you fault someone's political beliefs if you start with the premise that they are for progress?"

The Curse of the Federal Reserve and the Federal Debt Explained and Delineated: Part I

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:05:58 -0600

An explanation for the currently staggering $20.4 trillion federal debt is to Keynesian socialist sophists in the U.S. government a convoluted financial matter that can be delineated properly with the fuzzy nonsensical math and charts that they ordinarily use to defend the sordid application of Keynesian economic theory in a floundering global economy. But this is not what the father of capitalism, Adam Smith, and the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Constitution, the sovereign economy of the American republic, and the American dollar, Madison, Jefferson, Jay, and Adams, would have done in 1789, and would not say, if resurrected in 2017, to exculpate the ravaging socialism, rampant federal debt, austere inflation, and the perverse mutation of the sovereign American economy, which have devastated the great American republic. This article is the first part of a three-part explication of what has happened in the federal government conspiratorially since 1913 to deliberately destroy the governmental and economic foundations that made the USA the greatest successful experiment in republican government that the world has ever seen. Read on for political, economic, and historical understanding.

The Hour Glass

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:16:09 -0500

As the sands of time flow downward the sea of change continues to ebb. It ebbs not with grace but with a velocity of a coming tsunami. The world that I once knew when I was young is unrecognizable now.

The Right to Be Idle

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:40:25 -0500

In the modern world, it is well established that there are some basic human rights and these are enshrined in law in advanced countries. Most people now agree that there should be a right to life, to freedom under the law, to safe food, clean air and water, and state-funded education. All advanced countries except the USA provide universal state-funded healthcare. Advanced countries also provide various forms of welfare benefits to support child care, disability and retirement. Most significantly, they provide financial support for workers who lose their jobs and suffer a period of unemployment. However, it is the nature of right-wing politicians to resist the extension of the welfare system, and one of their repeated concerns is that some people may choose not to work but live permanently on unemployment benefit.

3D Blockchain Application Platforms

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:16:59 -0500

3D blockchain application platforms are now available. These are projects that are developed by using a cryptocurrency. The program is regulated by the use of different kinds of cryptocurrencies. When you have a small business, it is possible to make very interesting presentations so as to manage projects in a more impressive and efficient manner only by using such programs. This means that you can be in a position to manage different business services or even a store better.

Closure of Car Manufacturing in Australia Is a Legacy of Abbott and Hockey

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:10:49 -0500

Many in this country held their breath when the decision was made by the Federal Abbott/Hockey government not to give money to companies struggling to continue with their manufacturing industries. This followed the Global Financial Crisis and the staving off of job losses by the Rudd government after its election in 2007. The toxic nature of Abbott in opposition appealed to the people who chose to change things in 2013.

The Fed Is About to Topple This House of Cards

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:53:21 -0500

There's another storm ready to pummel the U.S. It could leave behind a painfully slow recovery that could eat away at your wealth if you're not prepared...

Academic and Professional/Occupational Advice for American Citizens Under Thirty Years of Age

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:24:02 -0500

The prevailing economic status of a constitutional republic, such as the USA, determines the sociopolitical environment in which the youth of the republic are conditioned to pursue education, professional, and occupational development. The methodology for such development boils down to one, of two, economic options; the statist, socialist, and Keynesian approach to development, or the one based upon the republican principles established for the pursuit of liberty by the honored Framers of the American U.S. Constitution, capitalism, and the free market. Pursuit of education and future financial success may be geared toward an expansion of socialism or a restoration and sole use of the principles of capitalism. The educational status of a unique republic is at stake through choices made by its youth. Read on for an explication of the issues...

The Economic Impact Of Universal Income

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 08:32:51 -0500

In an age of technological marvels as we are seeing today has generated enormous wealth. But, with this wealth you would think that society as a whole would be the benefactors of all those technological advances. Today, the wealth disparity gap has only gotten wider.

How a Social Impact Calculator on Aging Can Help Your Community

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 07:14:41 -0500

Aging Social Impact Calculator uses demographic trends, economic benchmarks, health rankings, policy and funding frameworks to provide a predictive picture. Communities and states can use these benchmarks to better understand the potential impact of the aging of our society, and how economic, health, policy and funding rankings help communities and states determine how well they are positioned to respond, and what sort of capacity they bring to the situation.

Why Do Leftist Socialist Leaning Professors Dismiss Entire Field of Economics & Fight Economic Data?

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:02:46 -0500

Not long ago, I was listening to a PodCast from Knowledge (AT) Wharton [Business School] where the researchers noted that 58% of Economists believed it would not be helpful for them to study the humanities - Sociology, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Etc. The same study did reveal that most Economists believed History was important. Contrast that with professors in the Humanities where 78% thought that cross-studies, multi-degrees in different subjects helped their knowledge, insight and perspective very much.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Price of Scrap Metal

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:16:47 -0500

Selling your scrap metal is something that requires a focused approach. Learn how to loosely assess the value of your items before handing them over to a scrap metal buyer.

National Economic Reform's: Department Of Economic Development

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:58:01 -0500

Not since FDR has the United States been faced with the enormity of rebuilding America's economy and infrastructure. Today our economy as well as the nations infrastructure is putting this nations security and stability in grave danger. Our economy today is already on the verge of falling into the abyss by factors very reminiscent of the events that led to the Great Depression of the 1930's.

The Mounting Tempest

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:43:08 -0500

Hindsight is relative in proportion to events that have already occurred. That being said the transgressions that the Trump administration has done many now wonder would the electoral college have voted for the one candidate who had the majority of Americans in his corner if they knew how the Trump Presidency is turning out to be? An historical turn of events would have taken place.

McDonald's Strikes Gold With New AI

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:51:58 -0500

For investors, the AI revolution represents an opportunity. For job seekers, on the other hand, a liberal arts degree is beginning to finally look like a solid option.

What It Takes To Become Financially Stable

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 10:14:35 -0500

There are so many reasons why being financially stable in the real world can help you in the long run. It is one of the important basic necessities to grow into something worthwhile.

Illinois - The Canary in the Coal Mine

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:25:23 -0500

A few months ago, we highlighted how Illinois was broke and that it would soon be the first state to have a junk bond rating. After all, the state has gone over two years operating without a budget.

2 Tricks to Save Your Nest Egg From Cracking

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 09:37:29 -0500

With careful planning and a little knowledge, we can take advantage of a few techniques to build a nest egg to protect against the next financial collapse. We don't have to be caught unprepared...

The Light of Enthusiasm Is Gone As Depression Takes Over

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:57:49 -0500

Most will know what happens at such a time. They started something in the past that drew them along with such enthusiasm that little else mattered. Their dreams were set in stone and the driving force so strong they could not imagine anything going wrong.

How to Sell Scrap Metal

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:13:11 -0500

You can sell your scrap metal for cash, but be sure you choose a reliable buyer for honest, convenient, and professional customer service. Learn what else to look for in this article!

A Brief Introduction To Blockchain - For Normal People

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:21:02 -0500

You've probably heard of Bitcoin. You've probably also witnessed some of the hysteria that has periodically surrounded it. What you may not know is how the technology underpinning this fashionable cryptocurrency is poised to change the world. It is called blockchain and it is one of the biggest potential game changers since the invention of the printing press.

The Other Infrastructure Boom

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:08:54 -0500

We spill a lot of ink in this country about the huge amounts of money that might be spent on improving our infrastructure. But we're missing the bigger picture...

Yellen Is Not Done Yet

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:48:03 -0500

The first day of hurricane season just passed. When it comes to Wall Street, a different kind of storm is brewing, and now is a good time to start preparing...

Impact Of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) On The Banking Industry Of Pakistan

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:05:44 -0500

China Pakistan Economic Corridor is an integral part of China's One Belt One Road initiative. This regional connectivity project has been dubbed as a game changer for Pakistan. This article highlights the probable impact of this regional connectivity project on the banking industry of Pakistan and whether or not Pakistan's banking industry is ready to take on the most unique set of challenges and troubles this project is going to throw up in the near future. Would Pakistan's banking industry be able to control, regulate and most importantly facilitate the colossal flow of two-way trade that is expected to pass through the country?

A Position Paper Addressing Issues In Papua New Guinea's Economy

Wed, 31 May 2017 08:39:22 -0500

Today, Papua New Guinea's economy is nothing to write home about. With a GDP rank of 115th position(nominal), Papua new guinea(PNG) is the poorest country in the Asia-pacific region. Apart from poverty, inequality has also spread like wildfire across the country, making PNG an ironical write-off for most investors.

Why IRS Tax Reform Now?

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:35:50 -0500

The "debt ceiling" is no longer a number but a date. With the help of both Democrats & Republicans the total U.S. debt will continue to rise indefinitely!

"I Will Build a Great, Great Wall and Mexico Will Pay For It" Said Donald Trump

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:29:18 -0500

This article takes Donald J. Trump's campaign topic then analyze it and presents common sense alternative solutions. There has been a lot of print on this topic but little to nothing is said about alternatives. Alternatives could be a way of satisfying Trumps base and therefore his reputation.

Leap Into The Future With The Diamond Standard US Dollar

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:51:28 -0500

Why use only gold or silver to back our U.S. Dollar, when we can back it with diamonds? Diamonds can be manufactured, unlike gold. Eventually, we may make a super diamond worth more than any other precious mineral!

The Economic Cinderella Story of 2017

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:15:37 -0500

Europe might seem like a poor place to invest. However, Europe's economy is speeding up. Certainly, European stocks are already reflecting that reality...

Dangers Of Lacking Financial Education And Giving Value To Others

Fri, 05 May 2017 08:28:16 -0500

In this article, I am going to talk about the dangers of lacking financial and values education which are just as important as our school education which mainly and still focuses on theory and academic score having read and understood the books by Robert Kiyosaki like Rich Dad Poor Dad as well as watching all videos of Eben Pagan on what it takes to succeed in business, relationships, wealth and improving all areas of life as his subscriber and customer which are in contrary to what we have been taught and conditioned to think and do by our parents, grandparents...

A Concerning Chinese Revolution

Thu, 04 May 2017 08:50:40 -0500

China is adding robots at an average pace of about 20% annually. In other words, about 650,000 new robots are expected to be installed there by 2020.

Blockchain: Open Source Money

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:41:53 -0500

What if we lived in a world where global access to money was available to everyone? Money can zoom around the globe at the speed of digital as a peer-to-peer decentralized and cooperative process - no top-down banking system needed. Trust relationships happen automatically via digitally signed, permission-less transactions, destroying the inevitability of poverty. Would this be a giant step for humanity?

Stagnant Wages? Not Here

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:51:10 -0500

For one group of workers, the pay has been anything but stagnant. And yet, employers are still having trouble getting enough people for the job.

A Massive Housing Shortage Is Coming

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:30:50 -0500

We're completely and utterly unprepared for what is going on. I believe we're going to need a homebuilding boom to offset the coming housing shortage.

Do You Think Huge Bonuses Paid to City Bankers Are A Good Thing?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:35:17 -0500

Does it make any kind of sense to have a few people who produce nothing getting paid huge amounts of money for shuffling around electrons and pieces of paper. These guys (and girls) are being paid for being successful at gambling with the bank's money. Of course, in truth, that money is OUR money.

Morality Lost, The Age Of Decadence

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:11:56 -0500

We have seen it on our TV screens, we hear it on the radio, we continue to witnesses it in the movies and we have experienced it in person. The age of decadent amoral behavior has redefined our nation. This transformation has rendered the United States incapable of healing the wounds that have divided this nation.

Why Governments Drive People Into Poverty

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:44:49 -0500

The situation in Australia is rather dire as the government tightens welfare payments and clamps down on pensioners with assets, such as the family home. Until now the unemployed enjoyed a decent benefit from Centrelink but the influx of migrants and illegal activities by some recipients have hit the budget hard. Some use multiple identities to draw several pensions and claim payments they were not entitled to.

Inflation Goes Global

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:22:04 -0500

Inflation is headed higher in the U.S. But what makes this trend worth watching is that it's not limited to the United States, but is reaching around the globe..

The Inevitability of Debt

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:29:03 -0500

The entire world is in debt of one form or another. It is not only about money but climate change, global warming, conflicts within and between nations, mass migration, and disease, to name but a few of the consequences of it. Drugs, crime, and social disorder can be added to the mix along with corrupt politicians and a loss of freedom and human trafficking.

A Rocky Road Ahead

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:47:31 -0500

Wall Street is seeing strong job growth. Is this a green light for the Federal Reserve to boost interest rates at the close of its upcoming meeting?

Discount Retail: The Next Shoe to Drop?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:50:42 -0500

Increasingly, the stars are lining up in a way that will not spare a key group of companies in the retail sector - dollar stores. They're facing new competition from some surprising companies.

Affordable Health Care Is Better for You

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:01:42 -0600

The economy-wide benefits of having affordable health care outweigh the costs. Here's my case... and I want to know if it's a convincing one to you.

Poverty in the Eyes of Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Malthus

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:27:12 -0600

Poverty is a situation in which scarcity takes place, or it can be a state where individuals lack a certain amount of materials or money, depending on the phase they are living in. There are many different views, describing this circumstance. Especially, economists have tried to describe it in a definition, but there are different views of referring to the situation among the economists as well.

Beware These Dangerous Words

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:03:54 -0600

Every boom has its moment of hubris and overconfidence. Most often someone announces a "tallest building in the world." Or in this case, a gigantic mall.

The Debt Meltdown

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:01:16 -0600

America has a debt problem. That shouldn't come as a surprise. For as long as I can remember, we've had a debt problem. But despite the federal government's love of debt spending, its bad habits aren't what could bring the economy to a sharp and painful halt yet again...

The Democratic Agenda

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:12:03 -0600

In the mist of this President's trial by error administration the Democratic Party continues to grasp at straws for an agenda that would rally a nation that most feel is moving in a very wrong direction. The only light of reason and hope in this problematic presidency has been the continued outspoken presence of Bernie Sanders. But, like during the primaries the establishment of the DNC continues to dismiss and really ignore the message that Senator Sanders keeps putting out.

Universal Income Is Probably A Very Bad Idea Even If Small Scale Pilot Programs Show It Working

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:39 -0600

Perhaps you've heard the call for a 'universal income' to prevent poverty and bring a little more to the proverbial goal of equality. Well, it turns out many countries are considering this and a few already have such a thing. Most of us in capitalist countries hesitate at the thought of such a concept, as it is a disincentive for those at the bottom to climb up and out of poverty. Still, you'd be surprised how much traction this idea is getting in even first world nations, even though the scheme has 'socialism' and big government written all over it.

In the Lapse of Luxury: When the Rich Stop Spending

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:40:04 -0600

If the wealthy feel confident about the future, they spend. And a close look at the details of luxury spending shows the situation isn't as pretty a picture as the market is painting right now.

Cashless Society, India, and Big Brother

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:17:32 -0600

The short story is that American banking and government institutions are partnering on a do-or-die- global ultimatum to shift all countries from cash to digital currency. The ultimatum is that if a country does not play ball by cooperating, they lose out in trade since digital will become the default platform.The momentum builds in the interest of international business community to eliminate cash, increase digital payments, and to expand the ability of payment service providers and mega corporations to track every penny you spend.

Born Free and Unregulated

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:01:11 -0600

A human being is born free. Every human being, even those in totalitarian states. Their freedom has simply been stolen, due to a government with too much authority.

A Wrench in the Recovery?

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:54:00 -0600

The latest GDP growth figures from the Commerce Department have a number of traders adopting a wait-and-see approach. But are they poised to miss out on the next big rally?

Brexit and Its Impact on the World Economy

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:34:10 -0600

A Fair Minimum Wage in America

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:53:20 -0600

Minimum-wage workers got their increase. Now they're facing the sharp bite of inflation, which means increasing prices for coffee, ice cream and everything in between.

Toward Depoliticization of the Department of Veterans Affairs: Donald Trump's Constitutional Mandate

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:14:40 -0600

The nomination by President-elect Donald Trump of the respected and dedicated physician, Dr. David Shulkin, for the position of V.A. Secretary is a definite game-changer for the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. Since the unfortunate day that the V.A. was made a cabinet-level political organization, in 1989, status-seeking politicians have been selected by career politicians (presidents and Congress) to head the department as the politically focused V.A. Secretary. Ed Derwinsky was the first and, hopefully, Bob McDonald will be the last. The confirmation of Dr. Shulkin as V.A. Secretary by the 115th Republican Congress will be the first great step toward the complete de-politicization of the V.A. through its removal from cabinet-level status and a return to an accountable federal agency intent on the basic purpose of the V.A., which is to use appropriate tax dollars in the most efficient manner to serve the needs of the nation's military veterans. For this to occur over-time, many changes will be necessitated through the purview and ultimate control of the 45th President of the USA, Donald Trump. Read on for an explication of these issues...

The Trump Economy Is About To Surge - Are We Setting Ourselves Up For A Big Crash In The Future?

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:34:49 -0600

Currently, our trade deficits continue to rise, and the dollar is strong, so we should expect that trend to continue. We are watching the Euro dip below the dollar, it's a $.96 today (January 3, 2017). Many emerging markets are under stress with potential trade deals dying on the vine and the incoming Trump Administration threatening to renegotiate everything, including and specifically NAFTA. This will cause a flight to safety for global investors, and that money will come to the US, but as that happens, this money will be looking for a decent ROI and that capital will be put to work - some of it will be banked and thus, money created to be loaned out.

Income Inequality Fixes Offer False Logic - Socialism Is The Problem, Not the Solution

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:02:50 -0600

Many have noted that the top one percenters keep getting richer while the bottom 20% haven't made any headway at all, or so very little it's hard to calculate to prove. Okay, maybe that is correct, but the poor have not backtracked on their standard of living or quality of life. Today, nearly everyone has a cell phone, computer of some type, TV, refrigerator, etc. And we don't have very many people starving to death in America with our food stamp program and easy access to anyone.

Crony Capitalism - How Bad Has It Gotten In The US?

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:59:49 -0600

We all know the problem of the revolving-door in our political leadership and bureaucracy. Folks are in and out of government, keep their contacts and make a fortune from the known reality: it's not what you know but whom you know. The problem with all this is exactly what Adam Smith warned us about; the incestuous relationship between government and business. Corporations in the US are large and powerful, and have and hire the best talent, retain and control endless resources - these corporations do not NEED government favors, nor does their executive leadership, they are doing fine.

Are Economic Sanctions the Right Way to Demand Regime Behavior Changes - Let's Talk

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:57:05 -0600

Apparently, economic warfare is the new norm. Many at the Council on Foreign Relations, RAND Corp and our State Department believe that economic sanctions work better than war in serving our political will, as well as the theory that they save lives. I'd like to challenge that notion. You see, economic sanctions can lead to 'regime change' and instability and eventual economic collapse, of course this puts the country in question in jeopardy and potential of a total societal meltdown, civil war, and can lead to starvation and ruining the lives of an entire generation.

Beware of a Strong Dollar

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:46:21 -0600

Strong is good. Strong earnings. Strong sales. These paint a picture of economic growth, which is good for the country. But when it comes to the U.S. dollar in a global market... strong is a problem.

It's Always About Economics and Politics Isn't It?

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:24:51 -0600

After the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama our think tank was discussing the challenges the Obama Administration's policies and continued direction would do to our small business community, jobs, and our economy. One of the think tank members stated she believed help was right around the corner.

Economic Cycles, Stock Market Crashes and the Scary Scenarios

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:08:24 -0600

Here we are ready to inaugurate a new president in 2017 and our stock markets are at all-time highs after a huge 'Trump Bounce' after the election. Many that study stock market history admit that we are in a need for a pull back as the DOW is almost ready to break 20,000 pts. What does all this mean?

The Eurozone Train Wreck Continues Into 2017

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:23:33 -0600

The European Union seems to be trying to hold itself together, but it is indeed wobbling itself apart like an aircraft engine with an unbalanced propeller and the vibrations are getting worse reverberating from one side of the continent to the other, where no nation is spared from the challenges which await - so what can we expect in 2017 you ask? Well, "Brexit" has already had some effect on Germany and other nations are considering similar exits from the EU, which could quicken its demise. The recent Italian vote was problematic as is the condition...

Future Of Human Economics Considered

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 09:07:54 -0600

It goes without saying that a think tank needs a constant flow of new ideas and innovations to be of value to our society and civilization. So, of course, we ask our fellow members to be generous with their ideas. From time to time we also get outsiders from around the work sending in their best mental brain storms. Not long ago, we had someone explain their plan to ditch the money rat race in society, actually to ditch money all together and increase our productivity by some 30%, here is what he had to say.

Escape the Not-So-Merry-Go-Round

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:21:23 -0600

America is stuck on a merry-go-round that is failing to boost our weak economy. It's time for investors to return to hard assets for security and growth.

The Realities of the Minimum Wage Debate

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:55:41 -0600

Most people probably inherently realize that artificially raising the minimum wage is wrong - it's morally irresponsible - not the other way around. Paying someone for something - more than they are worth - or rather more than that job is worth only adds cost to the product or service. It also causes many companies to be unable to make a profit and thus, go out of business or are unable to expand to provide more jobs. If we allow minimum wage to float - that is the fairer for all concerned. Besides when more people are employed - the employers have to pay people more as the supply of labor decreases since everyone already has a job. Why? Simple, businesses make money, re-invest that money to expand, thus, more labor is needed.

Free And Fair Trade With Mexico - Why NAFTA Is In Need Of An Upgrade

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:06:20 -0600

There is a lot of criticism on the left-side of the political spectrum over President Donald Trump's ascertain that NAFTA needs to be re-negotiated with Mexico, and don't think that Canada isn't also a little concerned about this, even if Canada isn't the target of the re-negotiation, they are part of NAFTA too you know. It seems Mexico is pretty concerned that NAFTA is in danger, and foreign direct investment into Mexico looks as if it has dropped off a cliff since Trump was elected.

Why Socialism I Prefer Not

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:00:57 -0600

Call me crazy but I love to listen to socialist economists attempt to justify socialism as a legitimate economic strategy. Why you ask? Well, I think because I am a free-market guy through and through, always have been, ever since I started my first real business at age 12 washing aircraft at the local airport. To make sure I am up on all the latest shenanigans of the economists of socialism and their apologetic diatribes, I subscribe to several Pod Casts to the top academic socialist economists around the globe.

What Is The New Wallet-Smashing Technique Members Of Society Are Using To Make Money?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:44:53 -0600

While going to school to get a decent education is the best and the ideal way to make a solid living, people all over the world are using this new and innovative way to earn phenomenal income. The method that is catching everyone by storm is the method of earning income from home. Just the thought of not having to work for someone else is one of the main reasons why people are starting to earn income from home.

The New Labor Wars

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:06:15 -0600

Labor strikes were relatively common 30 or so years ago. They've become increasingly uncommon since. But we may be on the verge of a reversal in that trend.

When The Greenback Falls

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:39:53 -0600

With the post election reality finally hitting home the beguiled public have started to realize what a charlatan Donald Trump really is. Aside from awakening to a new reality that seems like we just entered the Twilight Zone the simple fact is the United States is poised to enter the most sinister financial crisis we have ever faced. An economic catastrophe that is on a collision course aimed directly at these United States and Europe.

The Emergence of Hyperlocal Commerce Platforms in India

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:41:39 -0600

Back in the early 2000s, I had read an article about a man who would not take a step outside his home for an entire year. This was part of an experiment on whether it would be possible to do every transaction for goods and services through the internet. I don't know about the results of that experiment, but I remember being awed by the potential of the internet then.

Same Old Junk or Brand New Stuff

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:45:10 -0600

When you are scared for new things you tend to skip learning (about) new things. You get stuck in the old, you stop to grow. Does this help the situation?

The Answer to Rising Inflation

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:55:14 -0600

Remember in the 1980s when interest rates were at an ungodly 20%? Thirty-seven years from today, we may look back on 2016 in the same way... as the year interest rates truly bottomed.

The Big Oil Squeeze

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:20:52 -0600

Black gold's roller-coaster ride has been frustrating for many investors. But cost-saving decisions made over the past couple years are going to send oil roaring back in a big way.

The Dollar Crash Is Coming

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:58:35 -0600

U.S. corporations have roughly $2 trillion sitting in foreign banks. But the Trump repatriation plan to bring it home could sink the U.S. dollar...

Whose Fault Is It for the Black Community's Downfall?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:51:06 -0600

The black community has been in a downward spiral since the welfare boom of the 60's and 70's. Our dollars do not circulate among each other and there is no trust. Does this tragedy fall on the shoulders of the men or women of the community?

The Demise of American Manufacturing

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:12:18 -0600

Manufacturing doesn't command the same presence it once did, but it supports a healthy middle class and the overall economy. But a new body in the Oval Office isn't going to stop the collapse.

Inflation: The Most Dangerous Chinese Export

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:33:35 -0500

There's a new pattern emerging that's going to change the economic ballgame. It's called inflation, and while it's been absent in recent years, it's gaining a troubling foothold in China.

The Real Threat to the Economy

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:26:20 -0500

The real threat to the world's economy is the pile of global private debt that's unconnected to tangible goods and services. And sooner or later, everyone is going to recognize that this debt has no value because there's nothing it can buy in the real world.

Hillary Clinton Has A 64-Page Economic Plan - Communist Manifesto PDF Only 62 Pages

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:00:04 -0500

The other day I was at a library bookstore and found a copy of the Communist Manifesto, it was a pocket-sized little red book and 94-pages. I thought to myself how far our nation has come towards those scary ideals over the past few decades. Communism is about the most intense scheme against the individual - liberties and freedoms - that anyone could possibly dream up. To those living under it, somehow it makes sense to them, of course their lens of perception is often skewed by a lifetime and generations of indoctrination. Anyway, I took my little red-book to Starbucks and read through it, much of it I had remembered from school years the prior.

Is Gentrification The New Manifest Destiny?!

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:22:14 -0500

Discussing the similarities and differences between gentrification and manifest destiny. As well as the hidden long-term effects of gentrification.

A REAL Wellness Case for Eliminating Tax Exemptions for All Religions

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:37:34 -0500

A fortune is lost annually to the American economy owing to the tax-exempt status of the business of religion in America. This essay describes the nature of the problem and suggests how things might be otherwise. The reader will see that the problems with the current privileged status of religion go well beyond economic damages.

Collapsing Global Trade Growth Foreshadows Crash

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:12:28 -0500

The World Trade Organization (WTO) just lowered its trade growth forecast for this year and next. With central banks out of stimulus options, the time to prepare for a crash is now.

Presidential Candidates, the Fed, and Status Quo

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:51:50 -0500

The battle for President of the United States between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rages on towards the finish line, nasty as ever. Despite blinding differences, they each seem to rely on an historically-authoritarian style of delivery (based on dualistic thinking) to underscore their obvious superiority over the other: Insider/outsider, right/wrong, good/bad, black/white, smart/stupid, experience/no experience, etc. Yet does Nero fiddle while Rome burns?

Yellen's Great Interest Rate Game

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:59:17 -0500

In a sense, investing is a lot like a game of chess - thinking ahead about where a future stock price will be based on certain circumstances. That's what makes stock price movements somewhat predictable, and ultimately profitable.

Negative Rates: We're Going to Need a Bigger Vault

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:42:47 -0500

These days, we have a monetary nemesis called negative rates. It's already a reality in Japan and the European Union. But large banks, incredulous at being forced to store their digital cash at the European Central Bank (ECB) - and paying for the privilege - have a strategy to deal with this ongoing financial horror show.

The Funding of Social Programs in Jakarta, Indonesia

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:13:48 -0500

Socialism has always been a debatable topic in terms of its success as a system. In the previous article we have listed Jakarta Governors' accomplishment in carrying out his social programs. In this article we are going to examine the sources of funding and how are they obtained and managed.