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  • 5 Surprises of the Great Recession [View article]
    Except we're no where near 1941 in terms of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, not with $14T in debt on the books and a whole lot more off book.
    Nov 23, 2010. 09:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Bernanke Monetize Municipal Debt Next? [View article]
    "We keep government to help people."

    Wrong - government is established first and foremost to protect private property. Most other activities could be done better by non-profits or for-profits.
    Nov 21, 2010. 11:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What’s Really Behind QE2? [View article]
    "All the Chinese have to do is come over and spend them in our stores, like we did in theirs."

    And when the Chinese start spending those dollars in our stores, won't that cause inflation, at least in the short run, until supply increases to match demand?
    Nov 21, 2010. 09:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What’s Really Behind QE2? [View article]
    If deficit spending is so good, then, shouldn't we have a rip-roaring economy now given the deficits that Bush 43 ran up.

    This logic of "we have to keep borrowing and spending" to keep demand going completely misses the point. Government spending is crowding out normal private growth and spending because the government misallocates capital every time.
    Nov 21, 2010. 09:26 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What’s Really Behind QE2? [View article]
    "Otherwise you'd be seeing those bread lines around the block, and white collar types doing the Grapes of Wrath thing picking strawberries."

    So, instead of going through a Great Depression, we've decided to (1) go to zero interest rates which kills the income of retirees and (2) spend our children's, grandchildren's, and great-grandchildren's money now. I'm not seeing how this strategy ends well.
    Nov 21, 2010. 09:24 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What’s Really Behind QE2? [View article]
    The guys running the Republican Party since 1988 (Bush 41, Dole, Bush 43) are hardly ultra conservative.

    Had the Republicans governed conservatively and actually CONSERVED national treasure, we wouldn't be in this mess. The Tea Party is a purge of progressives from within the Republican Party. On the fiscal side, I support it; on the social side, it makes me nervous, but I figure the fiscal issues are more important right now.
    Nov 21, 2010. 09:20 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Joe Sixpack Sits in the Economic Dumpster [View article]
    Good point; or, if not tariffs, how about we stop policing their borders. If BHO had any balls, after being rebuffed by S. Korea publicly, he should've told them to reconsider or he'd be bringing 40,000 US troops home from the DMZ. Same for all the bases in Germany. Want the economic impact those additional consumers provide? Pay up.
    Nov 21, 2010. 01:50 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Back to Overbought [View article]
    sbenard, two questions (no doubting you, just wondering).

    1. Where do you get the 46.24 P/E ratio? Can you point me to a source? If that number is correct, I'm selling a bunch on Monday.

    2. No question the dividend yield of just under 2% is historically low, but I'm wondering if relative dividend yields are a better indicator. With TLT yielding about 3.5%, the SPY yielding 2% doesn't seem as awful as it is in absolute terms.

    I'm an arm-chair investor, so any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Nov 21, 2010. 10:41 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GM Shows What a Bankruptcy Can Do for a Bottom Line [View article]
    Don't let facts get in the way of the author spinning a good yarn.
    Nov 19, 2010. 09:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gary Shilling on the Threat of Deflation [View article]
    I'm still trying to understand why dropping prices is a bad thing for Mr. and Mrs. consumer, particularly if prices of the things that bankrupt them come down....tuition, medical costs, government, food, energy.

    I keep hearing that consumers won't buy anything if they believe prices will come down in the future. I'd like those economists to come to my house and deal with my kids the next time the pantry, refrigerator, or gas tank is empty. Or the next time one of them gets hurt or sick and has to go to the doctor. "Sorry, kids, we won't be going to the Piggly Wiggly cuz prices will be lower next month."

    Are you kidding?
    Nov 16, 2010. 07:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold Bubble? You Decide [View article]
    MistGlider, if gold is definitely in a bubble as you state, then you should definitely be shorting GLD or IAU right now. Go ahead, I dare you.
    Nov 15, 2010. 01:05 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. Dollar Once Again at an All-Time Low [View article]
    It's also a way of taxing the lower-, working-, and middle-classes in a terribly destructive way without haing to actually tax them.
    Nov 15, 2010. 08:32 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is This the Dip to Buy? [View article]
    Mrs. Geithner, welcome to SA.
    Nov 14, 2010. 09:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How to Protect Yourself From the Crash of 2011 [View article]
    Thanks for correcting the author. The sun will still come up if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling, people will go to work, and they'll pay taxes. The Treasury will receive tax receipts and can pay its creditors. The only change is that "pay-go" becomes de facto law, and the gub'mint will have slash and burn expenditures. I for one look forward to watching thousands of useless bureaucrats get handed a box and told to pack up their things and head to unemployment.
    Nov 10, 2010. 09:17 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • George W. Bush maintains that TARP "saved the economy" and he "absolutely" would do it again, the former president tells NBC News. “The idea of spending taxpayer money to give to Wall Street banks to save them - a lot of people think they created the crisis in the first place - so I can understand the angst [of the American people]."  [View news story]
    GWB ran up $4.9T in debt during his 8 year spending binge, over $600B per year. He's a damn disgrace.
    Nov 5, 2010. 10:28 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment