When Obama promised change
I thought it would amount to more than 17 cents.
Horse's Mouth: Real US GDP decreased at an annual rate of 6.1 percent in the 1Q09, after falling at a 6.3% annual rate in 4Q08 In the fourth quarter, real GDP decreased 6.3 percent.
Task Master: Don't be fooled by the conversion of Rogoff and Roubini to the Goody Twoshoes school of economics, the US has started a 10-year decline and our living standards will never be the same. If you are not scared silly, you've not been paying attention.
Definition: With graduates flooding out of the colleges and universities with dim prospects for employment you might think that unemployment would increase. It won't. If you've never had a job, your are not counted as being unemployed. To U-3 and U-6 we to need a new category: U-Lose.
Takes One... Five Centuries after giving the world the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish now are leading the campaign to expose the US inquisition to the world.
Onward Christian Soldiers: After the US invasion of Iraq, Bush's daily intelligence briefings from the Pentagon arrived with Top Secret covers bearing Biblical quotations, courtesy of Major General Shaffer, the Pentagon's Director of
Spelling Bee: There are trillions of dollars worth of funny money hiding somewhere out there, nobody knows where Can you spell hyperinflation?
Fill in the Blank: A human being who was repeatedly tortured by the CIA until he provided the (false) information they were seeking, has died in a Libyan prison,
having beaten himself to death while chained to a wall.
Sad Fact: The US cannot afford to pay higher interest rates. Much of this week's activity will flow from this fact. And this month, and this year.
Going Thru a Phase: S&P says the banking crisis is merely entering "a new phase" and that the crisis will last another 4 years. S&P said banks will have a tough time surviving absent a bigger capital cushion than regulators require.
Quit Playing Pretend: There never was a 'trust fund'; the government spends every penny it takes in, every year. Social Security is interchangeable with the Defense Department, except we don't have a special tax labeled "DoD". They are both costs and neither is going to go away. The government will either increase taxes, increase borrowing, or increase inflation. Social Security and the Defense Department are both going to be with us for as long as politicians want to be re-elected. End of story.
Charlie Wilson's Way: If what's good for GM is good for America, then the concern about the US going bankrupt seems well placed.
Form a Line: Every politician and every commentator who thinks that torture is acceptable under some set of circumstances should be required to undergo public waterboarding before making such pronouncements. Every time. And retroactive enforcement of this requirement would be a good idea, too.
Not News: "The IMF is hurting poor countries."
Things to Ban: There's so much to be incensed about... Obama's duplicity. Cheney's existence. Wall Street bailouts. But save room for AIPAC.
Porn O'Graph: Earning a bear market.