French Austerity Targets Could Threaten Eurozone Growth

March 2nd, 2015
in Op Ed

by Michael Grogan, First Class Analytics

In an effort to bring the budget deficits of EU member countries down to a sustainable level, the European Commission has recently been placing significant pressure on France to reduce its deficit to a level of 4% by the end of 2015.

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How to Borrow Cheaply from a Government-Owned Bank

March 2nd, 2015
in Op Ed

Special Op Ed from Money Morning and Wall Street Insights & Indictments

by Shah Gilani, Money Morning

The free market for banking services in the United States isn't a free market at all.

The truth is the biggest commercial banks in America operate with virtual impunity as a government-subsidized, government-protected oligopoly.

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The Fed Waited Too Long: Here Comes Inflation

March 2nd, 2015
in Op Ed

by EconMatters,

CPI Core Shows Inflation

The drop in energy prices, had the knee jerk reaction that we were in a deflationary spiral, again markets get many things wrong on first blush. The drop in energy prices is inflationary in the overall economy, and today's CPI report showed what a sophisticated analysis would forecast regarding inflation and the role that low energy prices play in the overall inflation equation.

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Read like a Conservative to See the World in a New Way!

March 1st, 2015
in Op Ed

by Fabius Maximus,

Summary: Today's exercise might open your eyes and raise you consciousness, hopefully in a good way. Here's what a conservative, of the extreme variety, reads over the course of a week, stories describing a terrifying world of powerful enemies, foreign and domestic, poised to attack (or already subverting America from within). It's about our weakness and their strength. But more importantly this distorted news flow has tilted the nation's mental in an unbalanced and fearful way. {2nd of 2 posts today.}

"you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
- John 8:32. Yes, but lies told the weak are more politically useful.

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India: Make Institutional Checks and Balances Work

March 1st, 2015
in Op Ed

Going from strong, as in scary, to strong, as in capable

by Suyash Rai and Ajay Shah , ajayshahblog

The central question in India's journey, today, is that of constructing State capacity. How should laws, agencies, processes and accountability be designed, to engender high performance? In a recent speech titled Democracy, inclusion and prosperity, Raghuram Rajan talks about the joint process of evolution of economics, politics and the State. Rajan provides a brief summary of the framework articulated in the first of Francis Fukuyama's two volumes on political development. Fukuyama uses three pillars to trace political development globally: State-building, rule of law, and accountable government.

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