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Obama, Romney campaign rhetoric risks global trade war

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When economic times are bad, animosity is directed at foreigners: “They’re taking our jobs!” So it’s unsurprising the presidential campaigns feature charges and countercharges about outsourcing, the employment of foreign labor by American companies. This is a dangerous game because it sows the seeds of trade war.

Government impotent on the economy

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It should finally have dawned on the American people that the politicians who presume to guide the economy have no bloody idea what they’re doing. We’re long past the time when knowledge of economics was required to see that the government is impotent when it comes to creating economic recovery. If you want evidence of that impotence, just look around.

Supreme Court health care decision contains doublespeak

The Supreme Court decision upholding the health-insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has an Alice-in-Wonderland feel to it. As Lewis Carroll wrote in “Through the Looking Glass,” “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

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The Wisconsin union fight reconsidered

By Sheldon Richman
Special to The Winsted Journal
 
The failed gubernatorial recall effort in Wisconsin has generated a degree of political hostility that is extraordinary even by today’s standards. Many people interpret Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to limit collective bargaining by government-employee unions as a general attack on workers and their right to organize. That may be the case, but it’s not the only interpretation available.

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United States should steer clear of Syria

We should be grateful that the Obama administration seems disinclined to intervene militarily in Syria. But let’s note that the administration has not kept hands off. In a variety of ways, it is already aiding the rebels. Moreover, White House spokesman Jay Carney says that all options — even military intervention — are on the table.
Americans should feel uneasy as long as that ominous table remains in the White House.

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The problem with Romney and Bain Capital

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is essentially playing one card in his quest for Barack Obama’s job: His business experience taught him how economies work.
But Romney’s own pitch raises doubts about this.
The Obama campaign charges Romney with destroying jobs when he ran Bain Capital, undercutting Romney’s claim he was a job creator. Obama argues Bain created only wealth for its investors and in fact presided over the bankruptcies leading to job losses.

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Barack Obama: Corporatist

The Sheldon Richman Column

Last November, President Obama stood before an audience and said government needs to be “responsive to the needs of people, not the needs of special interests.” He added, “That is probably the biggest piece of business that remains unfinished.”

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Emperor Obama?

We were warned. “Who can deny but the president-general will be a king to all intents and purposes, and one of the most dangerous kind, too: a king elected to command a standing army.… The president-general, who is to be our king after this government is established, is vested with powers exceeding those of the most despotic monarch we know of in modern times … I challenge the politicians of the whole continent to find in any period of history a monarch more absolute.…”

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