moneyNational Review, the putative voice of political conservatism, continues to flack for the Federal Reserve and Fed chief Ben Bernanke's latest round of money magic known as "quantitative easing," or QE2.

As extended unemployment benefits for two million Americans began to run out this week,  the economic news from Washington remains bleak. According to the November Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the expectations of analysts have once again proven wrong, and the depth of the nation’s economic woes are significantly worse than anticipated.

Gold has always been the bane of big government planners. The precious metal has, from time immemorial, constituted real and portable wealth. Diamonds have, too, but expertise is required to judge the value of a small bag of diamonds. Gold is valuable in an utterly predictable and consistent way.

money pileSecret Federal Reserve System data released December 1 reveals that the banking cartel (the Fed and its member banks) bailed itself out to the tune of more than $10 trillion in “emergency” funds, with trillions more going to line the pockets of big European and foreign banks.

Media mogul Rupert Murdock, whose News Corp. owns and operates scores of daily newspapers, including such standards as the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, and the gossip-flavored New York Post, is gearing up for his latest media endeavor: a daily newspaper published only on tablet iPad-style computers.