In testimony that surprised many observers, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan professed a "state of shocked disbelief" over the unfolding global financial crisis. Where once Greenspan regarded himself as a champion of untrammeled free markets, now, Greenspan told the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he believes he was "'partially' wrong to resist regulation of some securities."
The Bush administration announced today that the first of what will be a series of global financial summits will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 15. Vowing to take steps to fix the world's allegedly broken financial system, leaders from all the world's leading industrial nations will convene to determine "the underlying causes of the financial crisis, the global response and the principles that should guide any reforms," according to an Associated Press report. Also on the agenda of the first meeting will be the creation of working groups to prepare policy recommendations for subsequent summits. The Bush administration, in what will be one of its last acts, will host a dinner for the dignitaries.
The ideas of Karl Marx are alive and well — in the U.S. tax code. One of the planks of the Communist Manifesto, which states the conditions necessary for a transition from a capitalist to a communist society, is "a heavy progressive or graduated income tax." A progressive tax system is one in which the tax rate increases as the taxable amount increases. Since the permanent adoption of the income tax in 1913, the United States has always had a progressive tax system.
With the European Union leading the way, the internationalists are preparing to exploit the recent global financial turmoil to hold a "second Bretton Woods" and radically restructure the world's entire international financial system. The first Bretton Woods international conference in 1944, lest we forget, ended up saddling the world with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank (known formally as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development), and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
When Sen. John McCain was campaigning in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on October 9, a supporter told him "I'm really mad" because of "socialists taking over the country," the Associated Press reported. "I think I got the message," McCain responded. "The gentleman is right." McCain then went on to talk about the Democrats' control of Congress.
In response to the ongoing financial crisis, world leaders are planning "a new Bretton Woods," according to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. According to an October 10th article by Steve Schere on the business and financial news website Bloomberg.com:
ITEM: The New York Times for September 9 editorialized: "As an act of crisis management, the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage-finance giants, was a reasonable and reassuring move. It ensures the flow of mortgage credit and is likely to reduce mortgage rates, which are important steps toward the eventual recovery of the ailing United States housing market."
Perhaps Karl Marx best described life on the commons: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” That’s a prescription for tragedy; no wonder Communist governments slaughtered millions of their own citizens. But mass murder isn’t socialism’s only evil. When property is communal rather than private, cities fester in depressing dilapidation while pollution chokes the environment – all because everyone exploits what everyone owns.
On July 28, White House Budget Director Jim Nussle announced that the expected deficit for Fiscal Year 2009 (it begins October 1, 2008) would be a whopping $482 billion. A record for red ink, the figure shatters the previous deficit of $413 billion set in 2004.