In "Insatiable" the Economist says "The cost of stopping the Russian bear now is high—but it will only get higher if the West does nothing".
President Putin emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and he asserted Russia's historical claim to the territory in language not often used before.
I’m ecumenical on tax reform. I’ll support any plan that rips up the internal revenue code and instead lowers tax rates, reduces double taxation, and cuts out distorting loopholes.
The government has no business owning (or administering) all of this land. I am willing to concede courthouses and even national parks to the feds, but why is practically all of the far West run by the Federal Government?
I suggested that the Occupy Wall Street crowd could buy stocks in all the bailed-out banks, hedge funds and private equity firms to profit from the bailout. I call it the “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even” strategy.
One of the key points that I make whenever I talk with investors is the importance of information. That information can take many forms.
If you're a Washington politician or bureaucrat I'd be all for you retiring now, regardless of age. If firing Sebelius improved Obamacare, I have a whole bunch of additional suggestions on improving the government.
If the separatists are acting on their own, then unless Russia or someone else can convince the separatists to lay down their arms, the accord will break down.
This morning, all eyes were on Google (GOOG) and International Business Machines (IBM), after both companies posted financial results that came up short of expectations. What is interesting is that these are giant behemoths, and today's action will be inconsequential in the long run.
In Pro-Russian controlled towns, in Eastern Ukraine, Jews are being asked to “register” with authorities and list their “assets”… Haven’t we seen this movie before? Obama’s responded by telling Vladimir Putin that he would “unfriend” him on Facebook if things didn’t settle down a bit.
What would your solution be if you had the opportunity to implement an agenda, following a recession, to grow jobs, the economy, and return to the nation to prosperity?
Facing mid-term elections and burdened with persistently high unemployment, President Obama is playing the race, gender, and class cards. Fabricating fear and injustice, such tactics keep the economy in slow gear and make worse the very people the president professes to help.
Alternative and niche investments can help round out your portfolio, along with offering diversification and alternate value propositions when the broader market is stagnant or correcting.
As a supporter of genuine capitalism, which means the right of contract and the absence of coercion, I don’t think there should be any policies that help or hinder unions. The government should simply be a neutral referee that enforces contracts and upholds the rule of law.
Can you believe anything that comes out of this administration? Peter Morici joined the program to talk about the Obama Administration’s habit of fudging numbers. (And He and John had a few words to share on recent GDP numbers.)
If you were looking for a reason to be cautious about the financial markets, then last week’s action in stocks offered you one giant yellow light. The selling in domestic stocks nearly across the board pushed the major U.S. averages below their 50-day moving averages last week.
Just two months ago, investors were fleeing emerging markets amid fears about the “Fragile Five” — Turkey, Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa. Central banks scrambled to prop up shaky currencies after political and economic concerns led to investors abandoning these markets.
Disregarding dividends and certain hedge strategies, like call writing, money can be made or lost when a stock goes up and down. Going long or going short gives you the best opportunity of maximizing profit potential regardless of market or stock direction.
I heard a rumor that some sensitive folks on the religious right are concerned about the possibility of the GOP 2016 convention being held in my beloved hometown, that den of iniquity known as Las Vegas. I have to admit, I’m puzzled...
Rebellion typically starts after a period of lassitude and hopelessness in the face of overwhelming power. Populations spend years, even decades muttering under their breath about abuses of power, but feel ineffectual to enact real reform.
As a fan of sequestration and an advocate for much deeper cuts in the federal government, I understand that there will be military spending casualties. Of course, I think the reckless mastery of the current administration and its quest for a Utopian welfare society must make the larger sacrifices as well.
I realize this may be a thought crime by DC standards, but it sure would be nice to eliminate the high tax rates that undermine economic growth and reduce American competitiveness. At the risk of sharing too much information, I fantasize about a world without the internal revenue code.
Who actually owns the land on which the Bundy cattle ranged? Does the Bureau of Land Management? Does the federal government? Does the “public”? Do the Bundys who have worked the land for over a century?
In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French historian, came to America to study our nation. Europeans and others were fascinated with the success of the fledgling nation, then barely 50 years old and already competing on the world stage.
On occasion, the White House Press Corps stumbles across an actual moment of journalism. It almost seemed like Major Garrett was taking a jab at the President’s uncanny ability to lob well-worded UN speeches at advancing Russian T-90 tanks.
There is no sign of tension easing in the Ukraine today. Russia promises to protect the protesters from violence as the Separatists Defy Ukraine Deadline.
All the towns that the pro-Russia activists have seized lie astride main highways into eastern and southeastern Ukraine from Russia. The point of the government building seizures in separated towns is to stretch Ukraine's security resources. Both effects look deliberate and well-planned.
The market is perfectly unwinding from last year's action, with the dogs leaping to the front, and the (2013) winners free falling down into bottomless pits. In many ways, it is remarkable that capital would seek out names called losers just weeks ago.
My leftist friends, when confronted with this type of polling data, are generally dismissive. They say ordinary people are misinformed and stupid because fraud rates for government programs tend to be far lower than 50 percent.
Sen. Paul now is winning standing ovations at, of all places, Berkeley. He is massing interest from high dollar donors in Silicon Valley and elsewhere around America. He enjoys the loyalty of the impressive Campaign for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty.
Apparently businesses hate women… At least that’s the message from the DNC and Obama administration. As Gayle Trotter, from the Independent Women’s Forum, points out: If women work for so much less, why aren’t businesses hiring more of them?
In the Transparent Age American’s are quickly finding out that Mark’s Twain’s adage that Congress is the only distinct criminal class in this country is as true now as it was in Samuel Clemens’ Gilded Age.
In response to the violence and threats of further violence Russia Seeks UN Meeting
This is not about a rancher owing the Bureau of Land Management money. This is about a federal government which just assumed control of public land years ago (not government land like military bases or federal courthouses – though the taxpayers do pay for these too) changing the rules and telling citizens to lump it.
Yes, I like that America is a tax haven for foreigners, but the real moral of the story is that we should apply the same good policies to Americans.
Don’t come at me with your faux OWS outrage about greedy bankers. Your guys- the Soroses, the Buffetts, the Franks, the Corzines, the UAW’s Kings- are the problem with Wall Street not the solution.
After 2010 however, the Democratic Party lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives, with one of the outcomes of that loss being that the U.S. federal tax code has grown much more slowly in all the years since.
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