Monthly Archives: January 2010

Which Economy is Obama Talking About?

January 26, 2010
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Myths of Recovery Counterpunch The State of the Union address is in danger of purveying the usual euphemisms. I expect Obama to brag that he has overseen a recovery. But can there be any such thing as a jobless recovery? What has recovered are stock market averages and Wall Street bonuses, not disposable personal...

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On the Eve of the State of the Union

January 25, 2010
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Will Obama Put Muscle Into the White House’s New Populist Play? Counterpunch At stake now is President Obama’s credibility as an agent for change. Voters see his main “change” thus far to have been favoritism to Wall Street. Jay Leno jokes that Obama has done the impossible: resurrected the seemingly dying Republican Party and...

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Wall Street’s Power Grab

January 18, 2010
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The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Hearings Counterpunch You almost could hear the bankers heave a sigh of relief when Haiti’s earthquake knocked the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearings off the front pages and evening news broadcasts last week. At stake, after all, is Wall Street’s power grab seeking to centralize policy control firmly in...

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Iceland can refuse debt servitude

January 6, 2010
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Financial Times Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Iceland’s president, has created uproar with his decision to block legislation that would have repaid €3.9bn ($5.6bn) lost by British and Dutch savers in a failed Icelandic bank, triggering a referendum that the government is expected to lose. The initial response by credit rating agencies was to downgrade Icelandic...

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