When ABC News asked if the "jobs summit" would make real progress or would just be "simply a glorified public-relations stunt," it studiously avoided asking the real question: How can the prime movers that created the current economic "Great Recession" be expected to fix it?
The United Nations summit on global warming in Copenhagen is less than a week away, and UN agencies are trying to pre-set the dials with calls for massive funding of various UN projects and programs. Speaking at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya, UN Development Program (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark said the developed nations need to provide between $75 billion and $100 billion a year to help poor nations cope with climate change.
In its attempt to glorify “the 10 who shaped the U.S. economy the most since 2000”, ABC News did a great favor for those interested in the interconnections among the “elite” who are impacting the current world economic and political scene.
In spite of forecasts by some commentators of an improving economy, several factors point to a coming, even worse, "double-dip" recession: false government statistics that hide the real unemployment rate of 22 percent; the coming defaults of ARM loans; plummeting commercial real estate values; and, the ripple effect the declining real estate market will have on all other areas of the economy.
The weakening dollar propelled gold prices in American markets almost to $1,200 an ounce Tuesday morning, Reuters reported. U.S. gold futures for February delivery hit a new record of $1,200.50 an ounce before falling back. Investors are buying the precious metal as an alternative asset.
Federal Reserve Open Market Committee Chairman Ben Bernanke is pulling out all the stops to kill Congressman Ron Paul's legislation to audit the Federal Reserve Bank, this time with a November 29 op-ed column in the Sunday Washington Post.
With rampant foreclosures and declarations of bankruptcy, historic levels of money creation, a plummeting dollar, and double-digit unemployment, one would think that the already-bowing backs of the American public have borne enough of the burden of trying to pull the eonomy out of the rut of recession via more "stimulus" spending. This may seem obvious to most, but not everyone would agree.
Top Washington Democrats are planning another round of "stimulus" spending legislation to create jobs, according to the Los Angeles Times for November 27. “The renewed push to create jobs is driven by a recognition that the $787-billion stimulus program enacted in February is not a sufficient remedy for an unemployment rate that stands at 10.2%,” the Times reported, adding that “Congressional aides said the new program could cost tens of billions of dollars. Democratic House members who had wanted a larger stimulus said they would press for a substantial spending plan this time.”
The Federal Reserve is facing its severest scrutiny since the 1930s, both from an aroused public and from members of Congress, some of whom face tough reelection fights next year and know they will have to answer to the public. Moreover, scrutiny of the Fed has moved from Internet-only “conspiracy sites” to mainstream reportage — for example, "Analysis: Fed under fire as public anger mounts" and "Fed rage boils over on Capitol Hill."
When Bob Schieffer of NBC News asked the rhetorical question: "...has going a trillion dollars in hock to one country [China] made us more secure?", he was reminded of Everett Dirksen (Illinois Senator for nearly 20 years) and his famous comment: "...a billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you're talking about real money!".
The U.S. economy grew slower in the third quarter of the year than initially forecast according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), which revised third-quarter growth down from a 3.5 percent annualized increase to 2.8 percent.