What's gone up will go down.
Some Summons: NY AG Andrew Cuomo is subpoenaing 8 TBTF banks over their incestuous relations with the rating agencies. Paying for pay for play.
Toast: Mervyn King says that the US faces the same problems that the other PIIGS do, and that kicking the can down the road – as Europe has done – is not the solution. But what would the chief British banker know about debt and overspending? Meanwhile,some EU policymakers are upset that former US Fed Chair Paul Volker has cast aspersions on their efforts to save the euro.
Law and Order: The blowout preventer that didn't prevent the blowout was out of batteries and hadn't been properly tested. Ooops. It seems likely heads will roll and prosecutors prosecute. Criminal penalties could ignore the $75 million cap and impose a doubling of the true cost for environmental and economic damages. Criminally negligent behavior is what they call it on TV.
Fool's Gold: All the financial press hoopla about gold reaching new highs is... hoopla. Yes, in nominal terms $1245 and climbing is a record. But in real, inflation adjusted dollars, gold is still 47% below the record $2309 it hit 30 years ago.
A Dollar Here, A Dollar There: The Afghan war (including presumably its wholly owned subsidiary, the war in Pakistan) costs $6.7 billion a month. Killing Iraqis still costs $5.5 billion a month.
The Fine Print: The document that forms the basis for the coalition government in Great Britain includes this gem: "This legislation will also provide for dissolution if 55% or more of the House votes in favour." Used to be 51%. The big deal? The Tories have 47% of the votes. That means they can survive any challenge by the other two parties. Ah, the minority rules rule, just like the US Senate.
Three Wishes: The IMF wants Greek spending cut to the point that unemployment rises to 15% and stays there for five years, wages fall throughout the country, and thus overall growth “stunted”. This is not going to happen. If you don't get what you wish for, wish for something else.
Courtly Behavior: A federal judge has blocked New York's plan to reduce 100,000 state employees' work-week and pay 20%. The judge said that this would cause irreparable harm to the employees. He also said it seemed likely the unions would prevail in court. Ah, contract law.
Home Fires: Rumor claims that France and Germany agreed to give money to Greece only if Greece would give it right back in the form of arms purchases. I thought only the US did that.
Left Behind: The millions of long-term unemployed are doomed to be unemployed for very long times because the jobs they held are never coming back and the new skills in demand are evolving faster than these former workers can retrain.
Asked & Answered: Were the rating agencies duped rather than dumb? Both, why would the one preclude the other? And what about 'duplicitous'?
Statecraft: Boeing and Exxon have told Washington that tighter sanctions against Iran are not needed and would cost the US $25 billion in exports
and expose re-election PAC's to budgetary shortfalls.