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Entries from December 2010

Moody’s: Bring It On!

December 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yesterday, as reported in Money News, Moody’s made me laugh, with the following pronouncements: ” . . . it could move a step closer to cutting the U.S. Aaa rating if President Barack Obama’s tax and unemployment benefit package becomes law. . . . “The plan agreed to by Obama and Republican leaders last week [...]

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The National Debt Is Congress’s Fault! Redux

December 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

The national debt exists today because when the nation went off the Gold Standard in 1971 and adopted its present non-convertible fiat currency system, Congress did not repeal its mandate requiring that the Government back all its deficit spending with already existing borrowed dollars whose convertibility was covered by our holdings of Gold. This Congressional [...]

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The National Debt Is Congress’s Fault!

December 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m sick and tired of hearing progressive icons like Bernie Sanders, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz, and many, many others, talking about the evil of leaving an enormous national debt, now at $13 Trillion plus to our Grandchildren. And I’m especially tired of hearing Congresspeople and Senators complaining about this. The reason why I’m tried of [...]

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Congressional Progressives: Make ‘Em End Debt Issuance!

December 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

There’s a flood of reaction out there among Progressives and other Democrats criticizing the recent “tax deal” on grounds that President Obama was rolled again and got far too little for his agreement to extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy, and agree to Estate tax rates of 35%. I share that opinion. But [...]

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I Shared My Thoughts with Organizing For America

December 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Today I was favored with a message from Organizing for America (OFA). They asked me to listen to a video clip from the President explaining the deal he made with the Republicans. The President spent a lot of time explaining the process he’s gone through and the constraints he’s under, and what it was possible [...]

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Throwing Savers Under the Bus?

December 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

In a reply to my post on a progressive deficit reduction plan, a commenter suggested that holding Federal interest costs at the rate of .0226 in the coming years would “crush” retirees and savers, and throw them under the bus. Presumably, the commenter feels the same about the possibility I brought up of eliminating interest [...]

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A New “Progressive” Deficit Reduction Plan

December 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

Even though I deny that there is a deficit/debt/debt-to-GDP ratio problem, I thought I’d get in on the fun everyone is having this month and offer my own deficit reduction plan. It prescribes 1) Keeping average interest rates at 0.0226; 2) finding a way to increase the growth in nominal GDP from an average annual [...]

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The “Progressive” Give-Up Formula Is Alive and Well In the Latest Deficit Reduction Plans

December 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

Self-styled “progressive organizations” and commentators have been releasing their own deficit reduction plans in reply to the plans released by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, Alice Rivlin and Pete Domenici, and The Peterson-Pew Commission. These new plans, were released by the Institute for America’s Future, Citizens Commission on Jobs, Deficits, and America’s Economic Future and [...]

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