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  • Wall Street Breakfast: General Electric In Talks To Sell Appliance Business [View article]
    gggl - Blaming Bush for the EU's economic difficulties may be a stretch. Blaming Obama is outright absurdity. The world is still trying to digest the implosion of the financial house of cards that occurred prior to Obama's presidency. As for the thought of a revolutionary Kenyan Muslim socialist becoming President having brought on the recession by the possibility of his election, McCain's poll numbers dropped only when the economy was dropping 700,000 jobs/month.

    Certainly deregulation, Greenspan's monetary expansionism and Bush's tax cuts and increasing employment by mean of selective wars all had to do with creating the financial bubble. Compared to outlandish deregulation and "creative financing", Bush's "contributions" were relatively minor.
    Aug 14 12:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    It is normal to feel the loss of someone we "know" more than those that we don't know. For instance, the extra gun related deaths that the U.S. produces compared to other rich countries falls totally under the radar of those enamored with the 2nd amendment.
    Aug 14 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux - It would be a small tax for practically all investors, but it would make abuses, pointed out above, much less profitable. The revenue might be "wasted" by your lights, but, then again might be "usefully" used in projecting American force worldwide.
    Aug 14 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - Some of us would prefer investment in infrastructure and maintain or improve the social safety net, and wonder of wonders, pay for it by taxation, preferably of those who otherwise do no better than bid up the bond and stock markets. The idea of deficits not being important and raising government revenue by tax cuts was a Conservative idea.
    Aug 13 12:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Amazon-Disney Dispute Involves More Than Pricing [View article]
    spald_fr - In the early days of American broadcasting, the news department was separate and considered a sacred trust. Today, it has become just another profit center.
    Aug 12 03:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Wizjinx - Thanks for the support, but considering the values of most Americans on military service (Germans today would be less simplistic), Wyostocks is right. I was against the Viet Nam War, got drafted, eventually went on a hunger strike, and got thrown out of the Army for "unsuitability" with a general discharge. I was the proverbial bad apple that might have corrupted more virginal candidates by bringing up how the Viet Nam War really started.
    Aug 12 03:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - It was a short, intense and very memorable experience, and I wasted less taxpayer money than those who served out a full term. Time is not the issue. My former softball teammate's experience at My Lai was much shorter than my stint in the military, but it certainly did count for something.
    Aug 12 03:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Mo Zii - The details are different, but our postal service is having difficulties up here too. There is a reason that there is reference to snail mail. Neither Presidents nor Prime Ministers, nor Congresses or Parliaments have found solutions to the effects of electronic communications. Whether unionized or not, the Pony Express was going to be doomed by the telegraph.
    Aug 12 03:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - I haven't seen any Fox news shows lately , yet alone daily. I would have to pay to get it, and it's a question of principle to not provide a penny for Rupert Murdoch. I am going on his and Fox's reputation and having seen Fox while visiting the U.S. years ago. If they now really provide "fair and balanced" news rather than yesteryear's propaganda, I will be glad to have been corrected. If they are still doing the same as in the past, I feel as sorry for you as for those who watch RT and don't recognize the propaganda.
    Aug 12 10:48 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl- I agree that Wyoming coal pollutes less than West Virginia coal, but not because of CO2 ( carbon is carbon) but because of less sulfur, etc., that cause old fashioned acid rain.
    Aug 12 10:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - Bush is the standard. I remember thinking before the election of 2008 that a Republican might win despite his utter failure in all except personal financial corruption and bringing his country into deep recession. I still think that Bush wanted to do well and was and has been personally honest. With the Great Recession to add to his other "accomplishments", I expect historians to confirm that George W. Bush is the worst U.S. American President of all time.
    Aug 12 10:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    James - The "military mentality" did me no good at all. To do my best to avoid it, I would walk over 2 miles (no big deal I know) to go to Mass on Sunday morning where I had gone while in basic training, even though there was a "normal" Mass much closer by. That priest's sermon was an antidote to the vile philosophy I had endured during the week. I felt cleansed and refreshed, and with hope for a civilized world renewed.
    Aug 12 10:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - My satellite TV service provider, Bell Canada, has seen fit to cut service from Russia Today as of about a week ago. Have you or any other readers of WSB had "patriotic censorship" applied to your viewing choices? I view RT as propaganda, but useful in that it provides a different point of view and that their willingness to overdo their point of view ( do a Fox News treatment) seemed to correlate well with government willingness to intervene.
    Aug 12 09:46 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    James - If I remember correctly, Buffett was originally perceived as having made his Burlington Northern purchase to take advantage of the coal boom in Wyoming. Despite Republican obstructionism, Obama has made it more difficult to use coal because of its greater contribution to CO2.
    The Keystone Pipeline would carry Canadian bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to southern U.S. refineries principally for shipment elsewhere. The biggest cheerleader for Keystone is our Conservative P.M., Stephen Harper.

    Follow the money if you wish, but it would be wrong to think that everyone is as motivated by financial gain to the point of environmental blindness as many conservatives seem to be.
    Aug 12 08:45 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Kinder Morgan Consolidates Oil-And-Gas Pipeline Empire [View article]
    gggl - Canadian pork has lost a market. There will be substitutions and new outlets for the product, though likely at a lesser price. Russia will find pork elsewhere or will produce domestically, though likely at a higher price. Putin will likely wrap himself in the flag, ask Russians to accept sacrifice, pointing out, correctly, that Russians have seen much worse throughout history. Short term, Putin and Russian pride wins. It's his "Mission Accomplished" moment. Long term, as the economic sanctions bite, Russians will wonder why it was done. Remember Bush's attack on Iraq, freedom fries, disparagement of countries not going along. Bush's attack now seem so personal, totally unnecessary, and doesn't seem very rational now, just as Putin's expansionary moves will likely become viewed. Putin as the new Bush - the ultimate insult!
    Aug 11 09:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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