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Random Thought About the Wisconsin Fleebaggers

Just a random thought.  Who is paying for the Wisconsin Democratic legislators that left the state rather than perform their Constitutional duty and represent their constituents?  They need to eat three squares a day, plus pay for the hotel rooms …

State Unemployment Rate Changes YOY

We saw the headline rate for unemployment go down last week. But since all politics is local, what’s going on in your state? Here is a handy chart to show you the year over year change in unemployment. Notice the …

Flatter, Horizontal, Localized

Watch the above video. There are a couple of very interesting points, especially about the Progressive Movement of the early 20th Century, and then at the end when Whittle makes a forceful point about government becoming more horizontal. Couple the …

Some Interesting Links

Some of these require a subscription (FT and WSJ) When there are market meltdowns, there is nowhere to hide. (FT)-not even US Treasuries. The World Sugar Committee goes after HFT traders (FT)-small markets like the ones the ICE bought from …

50 and 100 year US Treasuries

There are rumors afoot that the US could issue 50 and 100 year bonds. Issuing new expirations on debt always raises eyebrows.  In the mid 1990’s, Greenspan and Rubin pushed to end the issuance of 30 year treasuries in favor …

Post Yesterday

Yesterday, by mistake we very briefly posted a riff on CME earnings. (It was up around one minute) If you received the post via RSS feed, there is not a link to it. In trading, they call that a “fat …

32 Billion is a Big Number?

Points and Figures does it’s fair share of hammering Democrats.  They deserve it since they are big believers in massive government.  However, it didn’t escape our eyes that yesterday the House Republicans used their November mandate to think really meekly. …

Stuff We Are Reading and Listening To This Morning

The Mike And G show Clint University of Chicago Law Prof Richard Epstein on Barack Obama-typical of Obama, he was there but not really there.  U of C has a very unique culture among their professors.  There is no free …

Some Links

Japan Downgraded (WSJ, FT) Japan’s debt is 200% of GDP! New Super Cycle of Economic Growth (Carpe Diem) Very interesting, comparing time periods of economic growth.  The latest one started in 2000. I thought President’s were supposed to lead  (WSJ, …

Relevant, Yet Irrelevant Government Spending

The US government is going to spend 45 billion dollars to research new drugs. This is a total waste of taxpayer dollars.   Instead of spending 45 billion, they should invest their time figuring out how to streamline FDA rules …

Up Early on a Saturday Morning? Tune in!

A good friend of mine for many years has been Mike Spehn.  He and his wife, Gina, are starting a new internet radio show.   I am going to have some fun and call in each week to talk about …

New Obama Chief of Staff, William Daley

Obama nominated a new Chief of Staff yesterday.  William Daley, like all the Daleys, is well schooled in politics.  For Obama, Daley is an excellent choice.  However, as the WSJ reported, when Emmanuel was placed in the same position everyone …

Unintended Consequences of Regulation

Recall last year that Obama heralded the new credit card regulations.  No longer were credit card companies going to rip off consumers with high interest rates.  Those dirty credit card companies were preying on minorities, taking their hard earned money …

Aging Populace

The world population is aging.  Thanks to advances in medicine, we are living longer.  The technology march is affecting other aspects of the aging process.  We know that the youngsters invented abbreviations for texting.  BFF, best friends fore ever etc. …

Religious Humor

People always ask, Who am I?  Is there a God?  Here is a flow chart to help.

Link To BI Article

Here is a link to a BI article that I wrote.  It has to do with volume, and where it is traded.  When you look at volume at the stock exchanges, it is a pittance compared to what is really …

A Day of Infamy, 69 Years Ago

If you had a good history teacher, you know that today is the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. This day changed the course of American history forever. It also changed the course of world history forever. 60 million …