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Global financial speculation: the short-selling of America

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Part 2 of 2 - The Solution

The futures market, particularly what are called commodities futures, originally served laudable purposes.

Futures purchases permitted farmers, miners, energy producers, manufacturers and others to go ahead and plant crops, explore for resources, create energy and make products of value to society, knowing in advance that they could count on future marketability to customers and consumers. These were what we might call long sales. They were bets in favor of the future.

Global financial speculation: the short-selling of America

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Part 1 of 2 - The Problem

First aid for the United States economy: revenue reform

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It comes as something of a surprise to read pronouncements by some conservative gurus in the pages of mainstream newspapers such as the New York Times that “Obamacare is the principal cause of the economic recession and the U.S. debt crisis.”

That’s curious. Didn’t the debt problem begin under President George W. Bush in 2001-2008? Didn’t the economic recession begin in late 2007, and didn’t President Obama take office afterward in January 2009?

The real solution to Social Security, Medicare and the national debt

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In addition to saving Social Security and Medicare, the long-term U.S. national debt crisis is also solvable.

Every good businessman knows that in tough economic times it is necessary to reduce wasteful spending, but do so without cutting quality of product. At the same time, it is necessary to mobilize all sources of credit and income. In government, this means reducing waste, protecting important social benefits and generating equitable tax income.

Solving the so-called Social Security crisis

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Aren’t we making undue heavy weather over the alleged solvency or insolvency of Social Security, Medicare and the nation? Are we not overlooking the obvious? Let’s have a closer look at the facts, and apply a few principles of democratic equity and fairness.
Social Security, introduced under FDR in 1935, fiercely defended by Eisenhower in 1956 and declared a sacred trust by Obama in 2011, is fully solvent, “in the black,” now and for two decades to come, even if we don’t tweak it.
Yes, we could raise the retirement age above 65; that’s a discussion worth having on its own merits.

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The real solution to Social Security, Medicare and the national debt

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Aren’t we making undue heavy weather over the alleged solvency or insolvency of Social Security, Medicare and the nation? Are we not overlooking the obvious? Let’s have a closer look at the facts, and apply a few principles of democratic equity and fairness.

Social Security, introduced under FDR in 1935, fiercely defended by Eisenhower in 1956 and declared a sacred trust by Obama in 2011, is fully solvent, “in the black,” now and for two decades to come, even if we don’t tweak it.

Yes, we could raise the retirement age above 65; that’s a discussion worth having on its own merits.

Rare earth elements: Let’s invest in America

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According to a recent report of the Washington-based Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), China controls approximately 97 percent of the world’s rare earth elements market. Some 3 percent is controlled by a handful of other countries, such as Australia, India, Malaysia and Russia. The U.S. share is perilously close to zero. Should we be worried? What’s the problem? What’s the solution?

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Rare earth elements : Let’s invest in America

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According to a recent report of the Washington-based Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), China controls approximately 97 percent of the world’s rare earth elements market. Some 3 percent is controlled by a handful of other countries, such as Australia, India, Malaysia and Russia. The U.S. share is perilously close to zero. Should we be worried? What’s the problem? What’s the solution?

Cooling the Middle East rhetoric

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In recent weeks the David Horowitz Freedom Center has been placing half- and full-page advertisements in the mainstream U.S. press including the New York Times under such titles as “The Palestinians’ Case Against Israel is Based on a Genocidal Lie.” The ads continue: “The Palestinian Authority on the West Bank and the Hamas Government of Gaza both claim that Israel is ‘Occupied Palestine.’ This is a lie.”

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Constitutionality of the health insurance mandate

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Now that two lower courts have ruled in favor of the constitutionality of the individual “mandate” (requirement) provision of the Affordable Health Care Act, and two other courts have ruled against it, the question now goes to the U.S. Supreme Court, but not on the “fast track” for immediate resolution. What are the issues, and what is the likely outcome?

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