In Robert J. Samuelson’s latest op-ed piece for the Washington Post, “Could America Go Broke?”, the longtime editor and economic and business writer — who can normally be counted upon to prescribe the usual Keynesian claptrap for our sundry economic woes — actually flirts with common sense. In his piece, Samuelson dares to ponder the unthinkable: What if the rest of the world lost confidence in the viability of the dollar, and America could no longer service her fourteen-figure national debt by printing more money?
According to the White House on October 30, the $787-billion stimulus plan has created or saved about one million jobs, but that number is conveniently unverifiable. There is simply no way to know with certainty how many workers would have lost their jobs without the stimulus. And of course, the admininstration-supplied estimate does not even take into account how many jobs may have been lost because of the stimulus program, ignoring the fact that the "stimulus" money that was used to create jobs in certain government-favored sectors of the economy had to be siphoned out of the economy as a whole, destroying jobs elsewhere.
Less than a week after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged Congress to act with dispatch to pass new legislation giving the Fed and the Federal Government more surveillance powers and control over the financial sector, the Obama administration has unveiled a bill that, if passed, would put most of Bernanke’s proposals into effect.
The G-20 Pittsburgh summit is over, and the Steel City is returning to normal. For the rest of the world, however, the latest gathering of leaders of the world’s 20 strongest economic powers is likely to mark a turning point towards more comprehensive international regulation and control over finance and banking.
Almost as if a global memo had been sent out, headlines of major media outlets across the planet announced the unfolding of the coming “New World Order” — with a smaller role for the United States and freedom. A correspondingly larger role will be reserved for tyrannical governments like China and global economic management by international institutions, the news reports explained.
According to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the leaders of the G-20 nations now assembled in Pittsburgh are close to agreement on a set of international limits to be imposed on bonus compensation for bank executives. According to Geithner, limits on executive compensation for bankers allegedly responsible for the global financial meltdown will be in place by year’s end, and will be enforced by the Financial Stability Board, an international group of central bankers and regulators.
As world leaders gather today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the latest G-20 meeting, expectations are running high among global elites that this, the latest international economic summit in a time of almost unprecedented world economic turmoil, will be the occasion when the world’s leading economic powers will finally achieve consensus on a range of issues that have been on the table for almost 70 years.
The U.S. central bank has once again refused to open itself up to even the slightest amount of transparency. According to Bloomberg news, the Federal Reserve (Fed) Board of Governors is essentially snubbing a request by the Treasury Department for a public review of its structure and governance, even though the review was supposed to be led by the Fed itself.
Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman, expressed confidence that the worst recession since the 1930s is almost over. In a speech before a Brookings Institution audience Tuesday morning Bernanke made the guardedly optimistic assessment that the economy likely had begun to grow again. He added that growth would be too slow to prevent unemployment from continuing to rise.