Citibank: World economy trapped in ‘death spiral’

The universe has patterns. Either go with the flow or pay later. Looks like we are “paying later.”

A serious recession would be terribly trying particularly in light of the geopolitical jockeying going on right now. Acute financial pressure, and it is already acute in some parts of the world, makes for instability. Leaders do stupid things when countries are in economic pain.

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Chuck Todd asks Senator Ben Sasse: What is a conservative? (And are American “conservatives” really conservative?)

I have become a big fan of Senator Sasse. His definition of “conservative” is I think right on the money. Though I would say that the term “conservative” doesn’t really feel right to me these days. I would argue that what is today called conservative, very limited government, rule of law, generally an affirmation of The Enlightenment in many respects, is actually quite forward thinking and not retrograde as the term “conservative” implies. I don’t think most “conservatives” want to conserve the massive and intrusive state which this country has been saddled with since the Wilson administration.

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Sanders Fundraises Off Goldman CEO Blankfein’s Comments

He should, and in this very narrow statement Sanders is almost correct. What Sanders does not mention however is that the reason Goldman Sachs acted the way it did, indeed why it COULD act the way it did in the lead up to 2008 was because its “greed” was facilitated by the Federal Reserve. The central planners wanted Goldman Sachs and the other banks to leverage themselves out. This was the goal. The Great Recession was created by the Federal Reserve,

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Goldman (Government) Sachs Says It May Be Forced to Fundamentally Question How Capitalism Is Working (Funny, Goldman doesn’t like capitalism anyway)

Goldman was President Obama’s number 1 private contributor in the 2008 election.

Goldman should be dead. Door knob. A chapter in American finance history, but a chapter about the past. It should no longer exist. It is not an example of American capitalism. It is crony capitalism at its worst. It is a bailout bank. It took from you because of its mistakes and “profited” with ill gotten funds. You kept Goldman Sachs alive. The government gave you no other choice.

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Americans are increasingly aware of crony capitalism, and it is changing politics as we know it

Crony capitalism is a concept with which the typical informed American voter is now familiar. We are very proud of our contribution to this awakening and it is gratifying to see candidates of all stripes having to defend their current crony arrangements with donors, past crony deals, or alternatively to see them go on the attack against cronyism. That Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses despite an explicitly anti-ethanol subsidy stance is no small feat.

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The Truth About Politics

A reminder from Lew Rockwell of the true nature of the state. The government facilitates cronyism, it doesn’t listen to you, it takes your money for itself and its crony allies, it wages wars which need not be waged, it is not – you and me. It serves its own purposes first. We are at best second thoughts. (We are actually thought of quite a bit, but primarily as nuisances.)

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(Not a joke) California politicians to don donor logos if ballot initiative succeeds

We have long made the case that legislators should have to wear sponsor logos on their suits. In California someone is actually trying to make such a thing happen.

Seriously, how fantastic would this be?

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Does Goldman Sachs have a candidate in the presidential race?

Goldman Sachs, AKA Government Sachs, is very active politically. It has sought systematically to get its people into positions of power around the world.

The second best thing to do after having one of the bank’s own in positions of power from the bank’s perspective is to give piles of money to politicians who are likely to be friendly. (Or can be swayed to be friendly.) This is what they did for example with Barack Obama in 2008.

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Central Planners Freaking Out about Discussion of Gold’s Role

By Clint Siegner, Money Metals Exchange

Sound money issues make for good politics these days. The leading Republican candidates have all suggested reforms to our monetary system. The topic is popping up in debates as well as interviews. Predictably, Fed worshippers and proponents of central planning everywhere are snickering and trotting out the usual responses.

Michael Hiltzik, with the Los Angeles Times,

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“Old dog” of Wall Street: “It is very similar to what you get before you slip into a crisis”

I am speaking of Art Cashin, UBS guy, and CNBC talking head. And when I say “old dog” it is meant as a compliment. As in the old dog who has seen lots of young dogs come and go. I find his analysis valuable often. Some do not. (Or say they don’t.) I guess I just have a soft spot in my heart from reading his column back when I was first introduced to the world of finance. He always wrote about the “old days”

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