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Tag Archives: Great Depression
The NY Times says that Barack Obama is contemplating letting small individual investors in on the bank bailout—wedding Main Street to Wall Street. Like a mutual or bond fund, you would buy shares, perhaps for as little as a few … Continue reading
The highly respected (and right so far) economist, Nouriel Roubini (“Dr. Doom”), is now advocating the nationalization of the banks, stabilizing them, and then reselling them back into the private sector. Read his argument for doing this (in a piece … Continue reading
From Nouriel Roubini to Nassim Taleb, The Daily Beast lists the top seven super smart (and right so far) economic doomsayers here. A scary list. Very scary.
In a recent essay, former NY Times foreign correspondant, Chris Hedges, asks what kind of America will evolve, should our current economic contraction prove to be the harbinger of America’s general decline as a world power. Will we see reactionary “Father … Continue reading
Don’t bail—but let banks fail? We’re “singing a different tune” now that it is America that is in a financial crisis. Today’s NY Times: [C]leaning up the banks’ bad assets, without extracting a heavy price for the bank managers, shareholders … Continue reading
William Greider, of the Nation, paints today the bleakest economic picture that I’ve seen, suggesting that Obama’s stimulus package of 800 billion dollars is too small by at least HALF. He also suggests that Obama will need to nationalize the … Continue reading
How Does This Crisis Compare to 1929?: A NY Times Video That is Helpful to Understanding the Economic Situation That We Are In
A great video on the crisis is at the NY Times website here.
Is George Bush Herbert Hoover, and Henry Paulson Thomas Lamont? See Nouriel Roubini’s latest, and sobering, take on the possibility of a bank run here.
Over at US News and World Report today, James Pethokoukis, one of the magazine’s Money & Business section editors, gets a nasty email from a lifetime Republican and Wall Street money manager: Economic conservatives may be horrified at the thought of a trillion-dollar … Continue reading
Great Depression 2.0: Is Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson a 2008 Version of 1929’s Thomas Lamont? (Lamont Was a Banker Who Put Together a Briefly Successful Luqidity Deal Before the Market Fully Collapsed.)
Thomas Lamont was an American banker, a fascist sympathizer, and someone who made use of a private yacht as part of his daily commute to Wall Street. In Ocober of 1929 he was a central player in putting together a liquidity … Continue reading
Is John McCain Old Man Potter—and Barack Obama Jimmy Stewart? The 1929 Bank Run Scene from “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Economics 101: Paul Krugman Explains How 2008 is Like 1929—and Why We Don’t Have to Repeat Depression-Era History
Back in March of 2008, six months before the current financial crisis, Paul Krugman, in an ominously titled opinion piece for the NY Times (“Partying Like It’s 1929”), explained, in the clearest fashion that I’ve seen anywhere, what a credit … Continue reading
$3000.00: The Amount Each American Man, Woman, and Child Will Borrow This Week to Bail Out Wall Street and International Investment Gamblers
$3,000.00 That’s the amount being taken out of each and every individual American’s pocket, counting children, and is being placed into the pockets of Wall Street investment gamblers. Talk about socialism for the rich. Can we at least get a thank you? Here’s … Continue reading
In this video clip over the weekend, Greenspan set the current economic crisis in the financial markets in historic terms, thus implying that what we’re seeing is something akin to the 1929 collapse in the stock market (which triggered the … Continue reading