Economics
May 10, 2018

Item 12 – May 2018

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RESETTING THE NORMS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEAL-MAKING… (…by threats of economic blunderbuss blasts and corrosive quick-lime invectives for emphasis) President Trump’s executive order to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal has reset the norms for international deal-making. Rather than applying conventional

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CLOSING OUT ANOTHER…ANNO HORRIBILIS… (and hoping that this next one will be slightly less so…) Not much we can say about this past year of 2017 other than…we’re glad we’re able to be closing out another…anno horribilis…and hoping that this

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YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN PERMANENTLY GLOBALIZED… (…you just haven’t realized it yet) There seems to be a ground swell of anti-globalization going on these days. Not just here in America, but everywhere else in the world as well. What was once

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SOME SAY VALENTINE DOESN’T DO ANYONE ANY FAVORS… (unless they’re card, candy, or flower peddlers…) Blessed be the name of St. Valentine, the patron of lovers and love everlasting…sorta… not to mention beekeepers, epileptics, and assorted travelers. As with so

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THE PROBLEMS OF ECONOMICS… (have always been a matter of balancing the dynamics of its elements with its fundamentals) Economics is often referred to as that “dismal science”, mainly because it is indeed subject to dismal and useless arguments about

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THE RIO DE JANIERO OLYMPICS (…games for many…and some fun just for some…) The 2016 Summer Olympic Games seem to have started off without a hitch despite a lot of anxieties and misgivings about them…Brazil’s economic and political problems…pollution problems…non-functioning

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PLUS CA CHANGE PLUS C’EST LA MEME CHOSE… (…the more things change…the more they remain the same…) Here we are in this 2016 presidential election cycle, and the very same issues and concerns we had nearly a decade ago…are still

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EXPECTING GREECE OR ANY MEMBERS TO IMPOSE FISCAL SELF-DISCIPLINE (…wss to believer the EU was capable of herding…cats) The resounding NO vote result of Greece’s referendum brings their country’s situation and the EU/IMF to the brink of critical mass…which could

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BUDGETS, BUDGETS EVERYWHERE… (…and always printed in red ink) The President recently sent a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year to Congress for some four trillion dollars…and that’s just for one year’s spending. Talk about being the world’s Daddy

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SOUNDING MUCH LIKE THE JAWBONING OF ASSES… (…and that ain’t the way Sampson did it) The Russia-Ukraine crisis rumbles on…and off…and on…and off. Another dismal example of what happens when – talk- is the only response to aggression. The problem

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