The Venture Capitalist vs. The Vulture Socialist

Posted on January 26th, 2012
Campaign Quotes Out of Context by Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner

By George Neumayr

Obama’s parasitism is far more destructive than the “Bain mentality.”

Put the worst possible construction on Mitt Romney’s career as a venture capitalist and it still looks much better than Barack Obama’s. Pecking at the entrails of a limping economy, Obama is the vulture socialist.

A president who promised to bankrupt the coal industry is in no position to gainsay Romney’s record of job creation at Bain Capital. Romney created at least Read More »

Straightening Out the Strait

Posted on January 26th, 2012
Strait of Hormuz by Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions

By John Browne, Senior Economic Consultant to Euro Pacific Capital

Recently some of the fears that investors had focused on in the 11th hour debt negotiations in Greece have drifted southeastward towards the Strait of Hormuz. An increasingly bellicose Iran threatens to throw the world economy into confusion with the potential closure of one of the world’s most important sources of energy. Catastrophic failure in Athens or the Gulf could plunge the world into Read More »

The State Of The Obama Stock Market

Posted on January 25th, 2012
Wall Street Roller Coaster by Jeff Parker, Florida Today

By John Tamny

“The federal government is the only entity left with the resources to jolt our economy back to life.” – President Barack Obama, Confidence Men, p. 186

It’s often been said in various ways by economic thinkers of the classical school that booms and bull markets don’t die of old age, rather they succumb to policy failure. Economies, and by extension stock markets, in this certain sense do best when Read More »

EPA’s Killer MACT

Posted on January 25th, 2012

EDITOR’S COMMENT: These comments provide  an excellent example of the far-reaching impact that the rules and regulations promulgated by the EPA have on our way of life and our economic well-being. The recent MACT rule clearly would not survive any cost-benefit analysis, as it expected to result in an additional $11 billion of new costs versus a supposed benefit if only $6 million. Unfortunately, the EPA did not want to wait until Read More »

Economic Stereotypes Battle for the White House

Posted on January 25th, 2012
One Last Christmas Wish by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

By Bill Frezza

If a presidential election were held between Gordon Gekko and Saul Alinsky, whom would you vote for?

No, the pending match-up between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is not a choice between a vulture capitalist and a radical socialist, but you wouldn’t know from listening to partisans tirelessly trying to demonize the opposing candidate.

That doesn’t mean that the nation isn’t truly facing a choice that will dictate how our government deals Read More »

Bitter And Painful Facts About The Coming Baby Boomer Retirement Crisis

Posted on January 24th, 2012
No Retirement by Mike Keefe, The Denver Post

EDITOR’S COMMENT: While we have discussed this “retirement crisis” many times previously, these comments add some significant insight and should give everyone pause, as to what is really going to happen in the next few years to retirees. As we’ve seen, a very large number of retirees simply have not prepared themselves financially for their retirement. What’s going to happen to them, as it is unlikely that they’ll be able to survive Read More »

What the Next Decade Holds for Commodities

Posted on January 24th, 2012
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By Frank Holmes. CEO and Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Global Investors

What a decade! A rapidly urbanizing global population driven by tremendous growth in emerging markets has sent commodities on quite a run over the past 10 years. If you annualized the returns since 2002, you find that all 14 commodities are in positive territory.

A precious metal was the best performer but it’s probably not the one you were thinking of. With Read More »

The U.S. Is on a Suicide Watch

Posted on January 24th, 2012
Obama Raising the Debt

By Alan Caruba

In 1991, the Soviet Union, arguably the greatest experiment in Communism, collapsed. After Mao Zedong died in 1976, his successors moved to shift its Communist economy to one that embraced Capitalism while retaining centralized government control.

Following World War Two, the recovering nations of Europe were rescued from Communism by the Marshall Plan, but adopted Communism-Light in the form of Socialism. The U.S. was already headed in that direction, creating programs Read More »

Why Even Rich Kids Could Soon Be Part of the 99%

Posted on January 23rd, 2012
Protester Leaving Home by Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons

Even well-off recent graduates are finding their liberal arts degrees don’t hold much promise. And these days, mom and dad may not be much help.

By Steve Reynolds

It was a warmer than normal winter day in New York City, and Ethan was dressed lightly in low-slung Levis, baggy sweater, and flimsy windbreaker. The ends of his matted hair protruded stiffly from a tightly bound bandana. All were soiled and unkempt. As he entered Read More »

Precious Metals Stocks: Diversify, Seriously

Posted on January 23rd, 2012
Stacked Gold Bars

By John Rubino

Gold and silver mining stocks will be the dot-coms of the second half of this decade. Yet most of the people who bet on them will lose money because they ignore the first rule of speculative sectors, which is that no matter how well the sector does, most of its constituent companies will fail.

This rule applies wherever hot money is chasing untested concepts, but it’s uniquely valid for mining, Read More »

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