Why Doesn’t the Government Use Its Mass Surveillance to Bust the Big Criminals … the Banksters?

November 26th, 2013
in Op Ed

by Washington's Blog, Washington's Blog

If the Government Is Going to Spy ... Why Doesn't It Do Something Useful?

The big banks have committed massive crimes and manipulated virtually every market.

The failure to prosecute fraud is preventing a sustainable economic recovery.

As such, prosecuting Wall Street fraud is arguably an issue of national security.

The government is collecting everything ... and spying on just about everything we do.

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Asmussen still optimistic about euro zone inflation

November 25th, 2013
in Op Ed

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

As Reuters reports, European Central Bank Executive Board member Jörg Asmussen is still optimistic that the ECB can cause inflation to rise:

"If the situation in inflation requires it, we can act again and one of the possible measures would be to (introduce a) ... negative deposit rate," Asmussen told Austrian broadcaster ORF. He would be "very, very careful" in deploying this tool but did not want to rule it out completely.

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Timothy Geithner: No Vow of Poverty

November 25th, 2013
in Op Ed

Andrew Ross Sorkin is Upset People Criticized Geithner's Move to Finance While It Was Still in the News

by Dean Baker, Center for Economic Policy Research

Andrew Ross Sorkin is angry that people are upset by seeing former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner cash in on his public service by taking a job at the private equity company Warburg Pincus. In his column he complained:

"Within 24 hours of Timothy F. Geithner's announcement on Saturday that he would join Warburg Pincus, the private equity firm, a parade of naysayers emerged, almost like clockwork, to criticize the former Treasury secretary's move as a prime example of the evil of the government's revolving door."

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A Nonpareil Public Bank: The Fed

November 24th, 2013
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by

A lot of attention was paid last week to the IMF conference presentation by Larry Summers that bemoaned the stagnating state of a global economy stuck in a zero-bound liquidity trap. Paul Krugman joined in the mournful dirge and others followed. But little notice was taken of a talk by Ken Rogoff which preceded Summers and was quite the opposite to the former Treasury Secretary's description of conundrum; Rogoff was very forward looking and discussed a framework for solution to many of the problems we have faced, are facing and will face in the future.


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Paul Krugman and Loanable Funds

November 24th, 2013
in Op Ed

Why Does Paul Krugman Still Think in Terms of Loanable Funds?

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

It is a little bit disappointed to see Paul Krugman still married to the loanable funds theory (my highlighting):

So with all that household borrowing, you might have expected the period 1985-2007 to be one of strong inflationary pressure, high interest rates, or both. In fact, you see neither - this was the era of the Great Moderation, a time of low inflation and generally low interest rates. Without all that increase in household debt, interest rates would presumably have to have been considerably lower - maybe negative. In other words, you can argue that our economy has been trying to get into the liquidity trap for a number of years, and that it only avoided the trap for a while thanks to successive bubbles.

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