Archive for the 'Political Economy' Category

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 […]

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 […]

The Stubborn Stupidity of People

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

I just laugh every single day when I think about the whole Greek debt situation.  It is painfully obvious, and has been for well over a year, that Greece got trapped with multiples of the debt that its economy could bear as a result of narrow credit spreads engendered by the Common Currency.  Last night […]

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 […]

Christina Romer Advocates a Naked Emperor

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Romer, who until a year ago was a failed architect of “President” Obummer’s failed economic policies, today wrote a hysterical piece in the New York Times which seeks to conflate image with reality.  In it she states the following: Mr. Bernanke needs to steal a page from the Volcker playbook. To forcefully tackle the unemployment […]

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 […]

When Will Barney Frank Go Away?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Barney Frank is out again with his legislation that would strip regional Federal Reserve Bank Presidents of their right to vote on monetary policy. In other words they would presumably no longer sit on the Federal Open Market Committee. What a good idea! Then we can have only political appointees beholden to the morons in […]

Short Comment On Bernanke Presser

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

What I missed in watching this farce was any sense that the Fed is going to fail in achieving the fulfillment of its mandate by virtue of the very policies it is pursuing. It reminds me of the oft-heard proverb that one often meets ones destiny on the road one takes to avoid it, something […]

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 […]

Who Will Stop The Outrageous Zimbabwe Ben Bernanke?

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

While our Dear Leader, our erstwhile American Nero, left for India and Asia spending $200 Million per day on entertaining his Media Mogul friend and mouthpiece, CNBC owner and GE Chairman Jeff Immelt, in order to escape the unpleasantly painful aftermath of his face slapping in the mid-term elections, his putatively independent economic minion, Zimbabwe […]

Real Men Don’t Do QE

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Unless you live under a rock, you must be aware that the Federal Reserve is now widely expected to engage in a strategy of expanded Quantitative Easing to fend off incipient deflation, or if you believe the Fed’s latest statement, even to get low inflation to be more in line with what the Monetary Policy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Does America Ignore the Obvious Problem with Entitlements?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the Federal Budget our Dear Leader the Obamanator proposed recently, you occasionally hear the solution mentioned but it is rarely discussed and Congress turns it’s back (for example by voting unanimously to keep entitlements off the table when considering how not to bankrupt the country).  It […]

The Cause of the Crisis: Implications for Regulation

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

UPDATE 05 March 2009: I would add that in light of what seems an unbelievable overextension of their balance sheet by writing hundreds of billions of dollars or more in Credit Default Swap (CDS) contracts they could not even remotely begin to conceive of being able to honor in the event, it would probably be […]