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Is Debt Really the Problem?

With a record growth of the debt, it has become a central topic of the campaign.  The Republicans prominently displayed a ticking debt clock at their convention to remind voters of the debt crisis looming.  Their focus is misguided. Debt…

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Lessons from the Opposition

It’s the Economy, Stupid How well James Carville summed up the election strategy that propelled William Jefferson Clinton to victory over George H. Bush. Only a year before the election Bush had a 90% approval rating after the success of…

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We Are Gonna Need a Bigger Pie

John Merline Writes in Investor’s Business Daily Income Inequality Rose Most Under President Clinton, 11/3/11 Excerpts: Meanwhile, during Clinton’s eight years, the wealthiest 5% of American households saw their incomes jump 45% vs. 26% under Reagan. The Gini index shot…

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My Two Cents on the Debt Ceiling

Here is my two cents on the debt ceiling negotiations: It is a spending problem and it is a growth problem. Past solutions have delivered on tax increases but failed to deliver on spending cuts.  It is clear that increasing…

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What Did Not Cause the Financial Collapse

With the clarity of time we can look back at the brink of the collapse that hit us just prior to the last national election.  In the midst of the collapse we were stunned and angry, and tended to blame…

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Fannie Mae : The Federal Reserve for Housing

“Fannie and Freddie played the political game even more fiercely than their opponents, spending millions of dollars on armies of lobbyists on Capitol Hill. Each company was a revolving door for the powerful in Washington- both Republican and Democrat. Newt…

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The Other Side of the Microphone

Wall Street’s financial leaders have been paraded before Congress to explain their efforts to restore stability to our financial system. Obama has turned on the populist spigot to demonize Wall Street to justify bigger taxes and fees and hip shot…

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Reckless Regulating

We clearly need financial reform. Yet Obama’s reckless, populist, anti-business pronouncements only serve to harden the prevailing attitude that business growth and job generation is just too risky. Financial reform should be thoroughly vetted and discussed in the appropriate House…

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A Moral Culprit

There are those who see our financial problem as a moral failure. In one sense it is, but not in the sense those who wish to frame it in moral tones believe. To blame greed for the meltdown is simplistic…

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Success is Knowing what Worked Yesterday

In politics, as in comedy, timing is everything. A program that works in one time or place may not work in another. Unions were able to raise wages and benefits in our major manufacturers after World War II largely because…

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