Archive for the 'American Competitiveness' Category

America Self-Immolates: Or How Ralph Reed and Some Nativists Delivered the Vote to Demunists

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

I have been meaning to write about the election in November but after the results were in I found that the rage I felt meant that it was extremely difficult to extract any meaningful communicable signal from the flood of four letter words filling my head. But now that there has been some distance and […]

Fiscal Cliff ToonTown

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

I was watching business news this morning as I always do and the Great Liar came on spreading more diseased and malignant memes regarding the fiscal cliff negotiations.  I get physically ill at the sound of his voice so I just changed the channel by dropping from channel 29 (CNBC on Comcast in Chicago) to […]

Lord of the Blings … or How Bernanke Became Maobama’s B**ch

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Man do I want some of what those guys at the Marriner Eccles building are smoking!  Against the power of Mordor there can be no victory.  Lord Saruman, what does the Great Eye command?  Saruman here is Ben Bernanke, the great monetary Wizard.  Able to marshall forces as great as the winds and tides to […]

07.04.2012 – Dependence Day in The United States of Robertsland, The Country Formerly Known as America

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

We were in downtown Chicago for the fireworks display last night at Navy Pier.  The underwhelming show seems to recapitulate the state of our Union.  It was a fizzler of a display which seems to me a good metaphor for the fizzling away of the actual Independence the date historically represents.  The celebration now seems […]

What a Sad and Pathetic Country We Have Become

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Never mind that the immigration authorities detained and deported a British couple on holiday because prior to their travel to the US the man had Tweeted to his followers “Can you meet us before we go destroy America?”.  Any person with the least bit of brain matter would understand that this meant they were coming […]

The Ruinous Consequences of Dollar Assassin Ben Bernanke

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Starting in the Bush Administration and continuing in the Obama administration, it has been the official policy of the United States to devalue her currency.   The one constant through this period has been the ascendancy of the bearded Princeton academic Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States.   Consider the following […]

Lack of Good Republican Candidates? I Blame Ralph Reed

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

So we are down to Romney and Gingrich.  Great.  Yawn.  Can anyone really see Newt Gingrich as President?  God help us.  Just the name alone should give us pause.  Is Bill Clinton a presidential name?  Yes.  George Bush?  Yep.  Barack Obama?  Not so much.  Newt Gingrich?  I don’t think so.  One might object that one […]

Where Is Jon Corzine? Why Is He Not In Jail?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The saga of MF Global has faded from the headlines a bit, what with the end of the world approaching in 13 months or so, and societal and economic collapse prior to that.  But one big question I have is why have I not heard any talk about either the US DOJ or some States […]

Austerity, GDP, Debt and Stimulus Multiples

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The common wisdom one hears these days is that we are in a hard spot because economic growth is stalling, but government debt is so high that resort to additional “stimulus” via government expenditure is unpalatable.   This is of course only wisdom to the extent that you believe that government expenditure is inn fact […]

Taxes, Debt, Wealth Disparity and Demunist Piffle

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Today there are multiple articles out about tax policy and the “President” is out talking about millionaires and billionaires again. This must be part of a coordinated effort to change public opinion in the wake of the Debt Ceiling battle and S&P downgrade. So lets tackle the biggest issue head-on. Maobama insisted during the debt […]

Blatant Self-Serving State Intervention Roils Markets

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Today the Department of Energy (DOE) in conjunction with the International Energy Agency decided it was going to release 30 Million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) – 1 million Barrels a day for 30 days.  According to the Energy Information Administration (a sub body of the DOE), we use about 18.77 […]

Demunists, Commocrats and Jobs

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

If it were not so sad it would be funny.  This is one of Dennis Gartman’s favorite sayings.  The reaction to the May Employment Report by those in Washington would be hilarious if it weren’t so serious.  The reaction of those brain-dead in Washington is “We have to craft better policies to get jobs going”.  […]

Have The Commodity Markets Just Felt The Lead Fist Of Government?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

It is passing strange that a week or so after the Obama administration declared it would be taking a tough line on speculation and shortly after the Fed was roundly abused for a lackluster performance in its 1st press conference and for not taking any responsibility for the run-up in commodities due to its outrageously […]

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Today I paid $4.15 to put some gas in the tank of my car. Ben Bernanke refuses to accept that the Fed has anything to do with commodity inflation and refuses to view it as anything other than “transitory” according to remarks on April 5th.  Before putting the lie to such nonsense, it will be […]


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I love Wisconsin.  My favorite area is what is known as the Driftless Area, a strip about 30-50 miles wide running from Eau Claire down into Illinois that is free of the drumlins and moraines and erratic detritus of the glaciers that covered the northern states in the last glacial period which ended some 20,000 […]

Should We Still Trade With China? Should the Eagle Abandon the Dragon?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

With China’s Premier in town, it seems a good time to review where the United States stands vis-a-vis China in the realm of trade.  China is still nominally a Communist state.  It is an authoritarian state.  It imprisons its citizens on the basis of their thoughts without affording them due process of law or access […]

Public Private Partnership – We Need Separation of Business and State

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I just watched Maria Bartiromo interview Jennifer Granholm, the Governor of Michigan. The topic of the interview was the great job Granholm was doing revitalizing the Michigan economy by partnering with automotive green energy companies, specifically those producing the batteries to be used in electric vehicles. After much blabber about access to capital, the desperate […]

National Security Imperative: Do Not Full Stop at Stop Signs

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

I am in the habit of rolling through most stop signs at 4 way stops. I used to come to pretty much a full stop. But then I thought about the following.   The U.S. imported 1.2 Million barrels of oil per day from Saudi Arabia in 2009. At $70 per barrel (that may be […]

Jobs! Jobs?

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I always sort of a grimly chuckle when I hear a politician on the tube say something like “Our focus is now entirely on creating jobs.” Politicians may be just about the stupidest creatures on our shared Earth, but they do know one thing. When people feel economically insecure, they tend to vote against those […]

America, Meet Your Fascist Overlords

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Antichrist’s Adjutant: Henry Waxman Dumb as a Rock, but just as dangerous when thrown at your head – 3rd in line for the Presidency, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi These are two of the most powerful Demunists and Commocrats in Washington, Waxman, Chair of the House Energy Committe, and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of […]