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Jim Rogers–Videos

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Jim Rogers


“Historically, there has been a bull market in commodities every 20 or 30 years.”

~Jim Rogers  


<span class=”bodyJim Rogers On Current Economic Conditions 5.12.09 Part 1

<span class=”bodyJim Rogers On Current Economic Conditions 5.12.09 Part 2

<span class=”bodyJim Rogers On Current Economic Conditions 5.12.09 Part 3

Let The Incompetent Fail – Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers Says Investors Should Expect More Bottoms pt 1/3 Apr 13 2009


Jim Rogers Says Investors Should Expect More Bottoms pt 2/3 Apr 13 2009


Jim Rogers Says Investors Should Expect More Bottoms pt 3/3 Apr 13 2009


Jim Rogers Expect Civil Unrests in the US (Or Create Your Own) pt 1/4


Jim Rogers Expect Civil Unrests in the US (Or Create Your Own) pt 2/4


Jim Rogers Expect Civil Unrests in the US (Or Create Your Own) pt 3/4


Jim Rogers Expect Civil Unrests in the US (Or Create Your Own) pt 4/4


Jim Rogers is the Asian model Viable for the West ? pt 1/2


Jim Rogers is the Asian model Viable for the West ? pt 2/2


 Jim Rogers Britain could go Bankrupt


Jim Rogers on Glenn Beck Program March 4, 2009


Jim Rogers on Barack Obama – March 4th 2009


Jim Rogers abolish the WB and the IMF 13 Feb 09


Best Jim Rogers Video Ever


Jim Rogers America is Collapsing pt 1/5


Jim Rogers America is Collapsing pt 2/5


Jim Rogers America is Collapsing pt 3/5


Jim Rogers America is Collapsing pt 4/5


Jim Rogers America is Collapsing pt 5/5


Jim Rogers : Teach your children Chinese


Jim Rogers on GSR Radio pt 1/2 Feb. 24, 2009


Jim Rogers on GSR Radio pt 2/2 Feb. 24, 2009


Jim Rogers on dutch TV pt 1/2 Feb 12 2009


Jim Rogers on dutch TV pt 2/2 Feb 12 2009


Jim Rogers the UK is FINISHED


Jim Rogers UK will go bankrupt pt 1/2


Jim Rogers UK will go bankrupt pt 2/2


Jim Rogers has started a Bank Run on UBS Part 1/2


Jim Rogers has started a Bank Run on UBS Part 2/2


Jim Rogers on Russia Today 09 FEB 2009


Jim Rogers in Russia : No Future for the Rubble , I buy only Yen 05 FEB 2009


Jim Rogers Russia will continue to disintegrate


Jim Rogers on the Asian Financial Forum pt 1/2 Jan 21 2009


Jim Rogers on the Asian Financial Forum pt 2/2 Jan 21 2009


Jim Rogers Asian Financial Forum interview 20 Jan 09


2009 will be the year of Total decline for US Jim Rogers


Jim Rogers The worse recession ever pt 1/2


Jim Rogers The worse recession ever pt 2/2




“The price of a commodity will never go to zero. When you invest in commodities futures, you’re not buying a piece of paper that says you own an intangible piece of company that can go bankrupt.

~Jim Rogers


Background Articles and Videos

Jim Rogers

James Beeland Rogers, Jr. (born October 19, 1942) is an American investor and financial commentator. He is co-founder, along with George Soros, of the Quantum Fund, and is a college professor, author, world traveler, economic commentator, and creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI). …”


  • Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers – 1995 (ISBN 1-55850-529-6)
  • Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip – 2003 (ISBN 0375509127)
  • Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World’s Best Market – 2004 (ISBN 140006337X)
  • A Bull in China: Investing Profitably in the World’s Greatest Market – December 4, 2007 (ISBN 1400066166)
  • A Gift to My Children: A Father’s Lessons For Life And Investing – April 28, 2009 (ISBN 1400067545)  …”


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Operation Family Freedom (OFF): Millions Celebrate Washington Fair, Saturday, July 4, 2009–The Second American Revolution

Posted on February 28, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, Immigration, Investments, Law, Links, People, Politics, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Resources, Security, Strategy, Taxes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |



Liberty Launch Countdown to The Celebration of Indpendence Day–Saturday, July 4, 2009–Ice Tea Party Time To Freeze Government Expenditures, Deficits, Debts and Taxes–Expect 30 Million Nationally in 1,000 Cities and Towns and 1 Million in Washington D.C.!

Please Help Spread The Message of Liberty

I am OFF to Washington Fair Tea Party July 4, 2009

Celebrate Passage of 6 Month Tax Holiday and FairTax!


“When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.”

~Jack Kemp




Tea Parties are spreading nationwide  protesting the fiscally irresponsible Federal and state government spending and huge increases in Federal budget deficits and the national debt including:

  1. Bailouts of banks and businesses totalling over $3 trillion or $3,000,000,000,000.
  2. Stimulus spending totalling over  $800 billion or $800,000,000,000
  3. Mortgage loan bailouts totalling over $275 billion or $275,000,000,000
  4. Over 9,000 earmarks  or special projects spending totalling over $7.7 billion or $7,700,000,000.
  5. A new Universal Health Care proposal the would cost over $634 billion  or $634,000,000,000 over a ten year period.
  6. A new cap and trade carbon tax on energy use that would tax the use of electricity, heating oil, gasoline and in turn raise the prices of all goods and service.
  7. Higher taxes on the top 2% of all taxpayers that already pay over 50% of all Federal Income Taxes collected.
  8. The above taxes on businesses would result in more job losses, higher unemployment rates and a prolonged and deeper recession.
  9. The first proposed budget of President Obama has a projected deficit of over $1.75 trillion or $1,750,000,000 the single largest deficit since World War II.
  10. The first proposed budget of President Obama is for $3.6 trillion or $3,600,000,000,000 and represents an increase from 21% to 28% of Gross Domestic Product !

The United States is broke yet our political class keeps on spending and piling debt upon debt and digging the American people into a financial hole for generations to come:

I.O.U.S.A. Bonus Reel: A $53 Trillion Federal Financial Hole

The political elites are bankrupting the country and passing the bill to the American family.

The political elites have for years spent the Social Security surplus on more government spending, but in nine years the Social Security surpluses will become deficits requiring either a cut in Social Security benefits or significantly higher Social Security taxes:

I.O.U.S.A. Bonus Reel: Social Security+Medicare Projections

I.O.U.S.A. Bonus Reel: Deficits and Social Security

Your own families are being attacked by the political elites of both political parties.

Irresponsible Federal and State government spending and programs will only take more and more of your hard-earned money out of your wallet and give it to the political friends of the political class–the redistribution of wealth–in a word socialism.

Looks like backdoor black reparations to many and the repeal of welfare reform and class warfare straight out of Karl Marx.

The Radical Socialists think they know how to spend your money better than you do.

The Radical Socialists in Congress and the Whitehouse aim to make you dependent on the government.

The Radical Socialists want to restrict your liberties including freedom of speech and the freedom to choose life, cars, homes, schools, colleges, jobs, health care insurance plans, retirement plans, guns, and even your favorite talk-show host.

The Radical Socialists want to wreck the US economy and destroy jobs by engaging in fiscally irresponsible behaviour.

The Radical Socialists have already damaged if not ruined our schools, bankrupt Social Security and Medicare, and now threatens your and your families lives by instituting socialized medicine or universal health care.

The Radical Socialists objective is destroy America’s free enterprise capitalist system and replace it with cradle to grave welfare socialism.

These economic policies failed in the 1930s in the United States, failed in Great Britain in the 1960s and 1970s and failed in Japan in the 1990s and in Great Britain today.

The Radical Socialists will also fail in the United States today as well.

The Second American Revolution has begin.

The blog posts of the internet are firing the first posts viewed around the world.

The time has come for the American people–the silent majority–to defend their families, homes, businesses, employers, jobs, wealth,  and freedoms from the Radical Socialists.

The Radical Socialists have pulled off their masks and revealed themselves.

Massive voter remorse will set in when those who voted for the Radical Socialists become unemployed and those with paychecks find out that tax cuts were lies as their food, gasoline and electrical bills significantly increase.

Starting in 2011 rising inflation rates will further errode the purchasing power of your paychecks.

The hardest hit will be the poor and those on a fixed income.

The Radical Socialists are  intentionally destroying the economy and creating a crisis by their irresponsible government spending.

The sooner the American people start resisting the Radical Socialists, the sooner the economy will recover and  economic growth and prosperity will return to America.

The aim of Operation Family Freedom (OFF) is to meet in Washington D.C. on July 4, 2009 and assembly peacefully at various Tea Party Celebrations of Liberty with the aim to pressure Congress and the President to pass both a six-month tax holiday and the FairTax:

Tea Parties Take Off In Texas–Spreading Nationwide–Are You Going To Washington Fair? Millions Celebrate The Second American Revolution–Saturday, July 4, 2009

American People’s Plan = 6 Month Tax Holiday + FairTax = Real Hope + Real Change!–Millions To March On Washington D.C. Saturday, July 4, 2009!

A six-month tax holiday will restore business and consumer confidence to start spending their incomes and bounce the US economy out of the recession.

The FairTax will encourage saving, investment and business formation and growth in the United States economy.

Both will mean a rapid and sustained increase in job creation and employment and a higher US gross domestic product.

Time to turn OFF all the bailouts, deficit spending, earmarks, rising taxes and a national debt that burdens future generations.


” The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”

~Thomas Jefferson


The Second American Revolution


The FairTax: It’s Time


“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

~Edmund Burke

Background Articles and Videos


I.O.U.S.A.: Byte-Sized – The 30 Minute Version


Jim Rogers : We Don’t Have a Plan

For Tax Year 2006

Percentiles Ranked by AGI

AGI Threshold on Percentiles

Percentage of Federal Personal Income Tax Paid

Top 1%



Top 5%



Top 10%



Top 25%



Top 50%



Bottom 50%



Note: AGI is Adjusted Gross Income

Source: Internal Revenue Service

The 2003 tax cut was the second in three years, and although tax rates are lower, the federal income tax still remains highly progressive. The average tax rate in 2006 ranges from 3.0 percent of income for the bottom half of tax returns to 22.8 percent for the top 1 percent.

Summary of Federal Individual Income Tax Data, 2006
(Updated July 2008)

Table 1


Number of Returns with Positive AGI

AGI ($ millions)

Income Taxes Paid ($ millions)

Group’s Share of Total AGI

Group’s Share of Income Taxes

Income Split Point

Average Tax Rate

All Taxpayers







Top 1%






> $388,806


Top 2-5%








Top 5%






> $153,542


Top 6-10%








Top 10%






> $108,904


Top 11-25%








Top 25%






> $64,702


Top 26-50%








Top 50%






> $31,987


Bottom 50%






< $31,987


Source: Internal Revenue Service,,,id=133521,00.html (“Individual Income Tax Returns with Positive Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Returns Classified by Tax Percentile – Early Release”)


Glenn Beck Shorts 03-31-09 Tax Day Tea Parties April 15th




Share it: The Tea Party Google map

By Michelle Malkin  

FreedomWorks has put together a terrific map with info on all the Tax Day Tea Party events. Spread the word and click to find all the location/time/date info you need. Go to the Tax Day Tea Party website for all the latest. Pretty amazing, don’t you think:


Tea Party update: Revolution is brewing

By Michelle Malkin  

“…Eric Odom reports that there are now 115 cities signed up for the April 15 nationwide Tax Day Tea Party protest. Wow. If you haven’t signed up, want to start your own, and are looking to meet up and organize with other tax revolters, go to Tax Day Tea Party’s website here.

Here’s a quick how-to guide.

  1. dontgo has opened up a Tax Day Tea Party store. Buy some swag, share with friends, spread the word.

Stay tuned to the Fresh Tea blog, where you can meet organizers from across the country. Check in with TCOT Report and Smart Girl Politics for more grass-roots organizing.

(On a parallel track, fellow Fox News colleague Glenn Beck has spearheaded “We Surround Them” parties scheduled across the country today. I’m hearing from lots of first-time activists who have found overlapping networks. The same principles that unite the “We Surround Them” effort also are in sync with the tax revolters. Synergy is good. We need every body and mind in motion we can get.)

In the meantime, other local Tea Party events keep rolling on.

  • Reader Stan e-mails photos from Columbia, MO’s protest today: …” 


Tea Party progress report

By Michelle Malkin  


Just 15 days until the Tax Day Tea Party protest! 300 cities and counting.

Your places for all the latest planning developments, as always:

Tax Day Tea Party

TCOT Report


Smart Girl Politics

Check out the full list of TDTP sponsors and supporting organizations here.

Get some Tax Day Tea Party gear here. (Just ordered the iTeaParty t-shirt.)

And track #teaparty tweeters here.


No duh! White House “worried about bailout backlash”

By Michelle Malkin  

“…With a few notable exceptions, the national media has ignored the tax revolt movement against the porkulus package, omni-pork spending bill, and bottomless bailouts that began in Seattle on President’s Day; continued in Denver on the day of the Generational Theft Act signing; spread to Mesa AZ during President Obama’s massive mortgage entitlement push; spurred protest in Overland Park KS; and evolved into the Tea Party movement across the country.

But local politicians and local newspapers/TV are definitely on notice. Thousands of folks converging in places like St. Louis (1,500), Greenville (2,000), Fullerton (est. 15,000), and Cincinnati (5,000) are getting harder to ignore.

And now, it seems, word is getting around in Washington. The White House, the NYTimes (which has mocked the tax revolters) tells us, is worried about a populist backlash against bailout-mania. Naw. Really? You don’t say: …”


Huge: Thousands converge for Cincinnati Tea Party; Update: 5k strong

By Michelle Malkin  

“…The Cincinnati Tea Party organizers told us it was going to be big. And it was. Organizer J. Binik-Thomas e-mails this evening that 5,000 folks turned out for the protest and more than 1,600 people signed a petition to ask local governments to reject porkulus funding.

Check out photos at Instapundit, including this aerial:

What are you doing? Go to Tax Day Tea Party and get moving!

Eric Cranley live-tweeted. A sample:

A friend of mine brought his 5 year old son, holding a sign saying, “Even a 5 year old knows socialism is stealing” #teaparty
about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Good sign: “Tar. Feathers. Washington. Now.” #teaparty
about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry

“My recommendation is that people look no further than the halls of Congress to find the stench of pork” #teaparty

Unlike the Los Angeles Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer actually covered the tax revolters without trashing them: …”

Tea Party on: Taxpayer revolts in Green Bay, Lafayette, Olathe, and Harrisburg; Plus: Live from Fullerton CA… “Recall the Taxinator!;” Arnie videotapes/DVDs smashes/shredded

By Michelle Malkin

“…The tax-paying rebels are not going away.

In Green Bay, Wisconsin, today an estimated 500 protesters gathered for a Tea Party at Titletown Brewing. Reader David has more at Pork Revolution:


Tea Party USA Watch: Party planning continues; Sen. DeMint: “People have to show that they’re not going to take it anymore”

By Michelle Malkin  •  February 25, 2009 02:32 PM


(Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti)

Lots of folks are only now hearing about the nationwide Tea Party events on Friday and beyond — as well as the pig roasts and anti-stimulus protests that paved the way for revolts across the country.

A reminder of the main resources for activists looking to join:

The New American Tea Party page from “a coalition of citizens and organizations concerned about the recent trend of fiscal recklessness in government…dedicated to the Washington, D.C. effort specifically sponsored by the American Spectator, the Heartland Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Prosperity, and the Young Conservatives Coalition” is here.

The #TCOT has a site here and #dontgo has a list of links to official Facebook Event (and some non-Facebook) pages for each confirmed Chicago Tea Party.

PJTV’s clearinghouse for protests is here.

On Twitter, search “#teaparty” for the most up-to-date organizational info.

Glenn Reynolds has links to protest info in Nashville, Houston, D.C., St. Louis, San Diego, Atlanta, Orlando, Kansas City, and Cleveland. Glenn also has a related poll.

State officials ban tea from Tea Party

By Michelle Malkin

“…Via Snapped Shot and STACLU comes news that Iowa state officials have banned the use of tea by Tea Party protesters holding an event tomorrow in Cedar Rapids.

The tea violates environmental standards because it will discolor the water:

A Cedar Rapids group will do a symbolic tea dumping into the Cedar River on Saturday because state officials won’t let them use the real thing.

An anti-tax group wanted to pitch in real tea like the Bostonian revolutionaries opposed to England’s tea taxes.

Tea, although natural and quite tasty, is considered a pollutant that can’t go into a body of water without a permit, said Mike Wade, a senior environmental specialist at the DNR’s Manchester field office.

“Discoloration is considered a violation,” Wade said.

What would our Founding Fathers say? …”

Tea Party photo album: Fiscal responsibility is the new counterculture

By Michelle Malkin


“…I’ve got tons of photos and e-mails pouring in from Tea Party people across the country. I joked to a Christian Science Monitor reporter covering the events that fiscal responsibility is the new counterculture. More coverage/photos/livestreaming at TCOT Report.

There is, as the old ’60s song goes, something happening here. And what it is, is very clear: A grass-roots revolt against the culture of entitlement. The spendzillas in Washington do not speak for us. …”

Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

By James Simpson

“…America waits with bated breath while Washington struggles to bring the U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster. But many of those same politicians caused the crisis, and if left to their own devices will do so again.

Despite the mass media news blackout, a series of books, talk radio and the blogosphere have managed to expose Barack Obama’s connections to his radical mentors — Weather Underground bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and others. David Horowitz and his Discover the have also contributed a wealth of information and have noted Obama’s radical connections since the beginning.

Yet, no one to my knowledge has yet connected all the dots between Barack Obama and the Radical Left. When seen together, the influences on Obama’s life comprise a who’s who of the radical leftist movement, and it becomes painfully apparent that not only is Obama a willing participant in that movement, he has spent most of his adult life deeply immersed in it.

But even this doesn’t fully describe the extreme nature of this candidate. He can be tied directly to a malevolent overarching strategy that has motivated many, if not all, of the most destructive radical leftist organizations in the United States since the 1960s. …”

President Barack Obama's Radical Socialist Network
President Barack Obama’s Radical Socialist Network

“…As a young attorney in the 1990s, Barack Obama represented ACORN in Washington in their successful efforts to expand Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) authority. In addition to making it easier for ACORN groups to force banks into making risky loans, this also paved the way for banks like Superior to package mortgages as investments, and for the Government Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to underwrite them. These changes created the conditions that ultimately lead to the current financial crisis.

Did they not know this would occur? Were these smart people, led by a Harvard graduate, unaware of the Econ 101 concept of moral hazard that would result from the government making implicit guarantees to underwrite private sector financial risk? They should have known that freeing the high-risk mortgage market of risk, calamity was sure to ensue. I think they did.

Barack Obama, the Cloward-Piven candidate, no matter how he describes himself, has been a radical activist for most of his political career. That activism has been in support of organizations and initiatives that at their heart seek to tear the pillars of this nation asunder in order to replace them with their demented socialist vision. Their influence has spread so far and so wide that despite their blatant culpability in the current financial crisis, they are able to manipulate Capital Hill politicians to cut them into $140 billion of the bailout pie!

God grant those few responsible yet remaining in Washington, DC the strength to prevent this massive fraud from occurring. God grant them the courage to stand up in the face of this Marxist tidal wave.”

Does Obama Have a Double Standard on Earmarks?

“…On Tuesday evening, when President Barack Obama declared before a joint session of Congress that “we passed the recovery plan free of earmarks,” House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, popped out of their seats like jackrabbits for a standing ovation. On Wednesday, those same House Democrats, led by Pelosi, passed a budget with, by some counts, nearly 9,000 earmarks, worth an estimated $7.7 billion. …” “…The last eight years, spending got way out of control. The White House couldn’t put a check on Congress and the Congress wouldn’t put a check on the White House, so everyone spent what they wanted and we ended up with trillion-dollar deficits,” says Representative Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat who nevertheless voted for the package. “We have a responsibility as Democrats to make sure that we don’t do that sort of thing — that when the White House is willing to make tough budgetary choices, that Congress plays a constructive role.” Apparently, that new responsible role doesn’t officially start until fiscal 2010.”,8599,1881855,00.html?iid=tsmodule

Obama’s Mortgage Relief Could Bailout 9 Million Homeowners

“…The President Barack Obama administration’s “Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan” could help as many as 9 million struggling homeowners, but largely those in lower-cost housing areas.

The $275 Billion Plan, with a March 4 rollout, includes a refinancing program for “responsible” borrowers who haven’t missed payments and whose loans are larger than the value of their homes, and a loan modification provision with incentives for lenders to voluntarily modify certain mortgages. …”

Beware of Cap and Trade Climate Bills

by Ben Lieberman

“…A Costly PropositionThese measures would set a limit, or cap, on carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use. The effect of such a cap would be to impose rationing of coal, oil, and natural gas on the American economy. Each covered utility, oil company, and manufacturing facility would be given allowances based on past emissions or some other formula. Those companies that emit less carbon dioxide than permitted by their allowances could sell the excess to those that do not; this is the trade part of cap and trade. Over time, the cap would be ratcheted down, requiring greater cuts in emissions. …”

“…A Regressive Tax

By limiting the supply of fossil fuels, S. 2191 would raise the cost of energy. For consumers, cap and trade means more expensive gasoline and electricity as well as net job losses in energy-dependent sectors. Senator Lieberman himself concedes costs into the hundreds of billions of dollars. And as the Congressional Budget Office has noted, such energy cost increases act as a regressive tax on the poor.[8]

Lost Jobs

The net job losses from S. 2191 are estimated by Charles River Associates to be 1.2 million to 2.3 million by 2015.[9] Some of these jobs will be lost for good, due to the impact of higher energy costs on economic activity. Others, chiefly in the manufacturing sector, will be sent overseas. In the very likely event that S. 2191 significantly raises domestic manufacturing costs and that developing nations refuse to impose similar restrictions, the American economy could experience a substantial outsourcing of manufacturing jobs to those nations with lower energy costs.

Little Environmental Gain

While the costs of aggressive cap and trade proposals are substantial, the environmental benefits are suspect. This is true even if one fully accepts the claim of man-made global warming. The most ambitious measure to date is the Kyoto Protocol, but even if the U.S. were a party to this treaty and the European nations and other signatories were in full compliance (most are unlikely to meet their targets), the treaty would reduce the Earth’s future temperature by an estimated 0.07 degrees Celsius by 2050–an amount too small even to verify.[10] S. 2191 would at best do only a little more.  …”

Obama Proposes $634 Billion Fund For Health Care

Aides Call Money a ‘Down Payment’ Toward Universal-Coverage Efforts

By Ceci Connolly

“President Obama is proposing to begin a vast expansion of the U.S. health-care system by creating a $634 billion reserve fund over the next decade, launching an overhaul that most experts project will ultimately cost at least $1 trillion.

The “reserve fund” in the budget proposal being released today is Obama’s attempt to demonstrate how the country could extend health insurance to millions more Americans and at the same time begin to control escalating medical bills that threaten the solvency of families, businesses and the government.

Obama aims to make a “very substantial down payment” toward universal coverage by trimming tax breaks for the wealthy and squeezing payments to insurers, hospitals, doctors and drug manufacturers, a senior administration official said yesterday.

Embedded in the budget figures are key policy changes that the administration argues would improve the quality of care and bring much-needed efficiency to a health system that costs $2.3 trillion a year.

By first identifying a large pot of money to underwrite health-care reform — before laying out a proposal on who would be covered or how — Obama hopes to draw Congress to the bargaining table to tackle the details of a comprehensive plan. The strategy is largely intended to avoid the mistakes of the Clinton administration, which crafted an extensive proposal in secret for many months before delivering the finished product to lawmakers, who quickly rejected it. …”

The Obama Health Care Plan

Obama Budget Pushes Sweeping Change

$3.6 Trillion Plan Would Raise Taxes Sharply on the Affluent, Open Battles on Health, Education; The ‘Trickle Up’ Agenda

“President Barack Obama delivered a $3.6 trillion budget blueprint to Congress Thursday that aims to “break from a troubled past,” with expanded government activism, tax increases on affluent families and businesses, and spending cuts targeted at those he says profited from “an era of profound irresponsibility.”

The budget blueprint for fiscal year 2010 is one of the most ambitious policy prescriptions in decades, a reordering of the federal government to provide national health care, shift the energy economy away from oil and gas, and boost the federal commitment to education. …”

“…The budget’s introduction is likely to herald one of the fiercest political fights Washington has seen in years, waged on multiple fronts. Within minutes, Republicans were lambasting a document they called class warfare, designed to mire the nation in recession for years to come. Business lobbyists were girding for battle even before the budget’s unveiling. Even Democrats are likely to blanch at cuts to agriculture and other programs that have been tried before – and have failed repeatedly.

The budget sets aside an additional $250 billion to complete the president’s effort to rescue the financial markets and stabilize the banking sector. That would come on top of the $700 billion already allocated by Congress. And it is likely to grow. The budget makes clear that the reserve would be used to leverage the purchase of toxic assets weighing down the banking sector’s books, $750 billion in asset purchases overall. That could mean a doubling of the original bailout in the end. …”

Editorial: Obama budget is too heavy on taxes, spending

The Detroit News

“…President Barack Obama’s proposed budget outline assumes tax increases don’t affect behavior. They do. It also assumes Congress will end its spending spree. It won’t. If all of the programs in the budget plan become law, tax increases will affect more Americans than the high-income earners targeted in this proposal, and the economy will suffer.

The president’s outline for a 2010 budget, and a blueprint covering the next decade, was released Thursday. The plan sees $3.9 trillion in spending in the current budget year, with a deficit of $1.7 trillion, a shortfall equal to more than 12 percent of the nation’s $14.2 trillion gross domestic product. That kind of deficit as a share of the nation’s total economic output hasn’t occurred since World War II.

And while short-term deficit spending is necessary to jolt the nation out of recession, Obama’s plan advances spending far beyond what’s necessary for stimulus and for the long term. …”

“…Raise the cost of extra effort and risky investments, the kind that make the economy grow, and the result will be less economic activity.

The budget optimistically assumes inflation-adjusted GDP growth rates of 3.2 percent in 2010, 4 percent in 2011 and 4.2 percent in 2012, but the private Blue Chip Consensus forecast for the same years is 2.1 percent, 2.9 percent and 2.9 percent. It’s also worth noting that many of the proposed tax hikes for upper-income families go into effect in 2011, just when the Obama budget foresees a sharp increase in economic growth.

Those higher taxes could very well derail that anticipated rebound.

The Obama budget also expects reductions in spending to help reduce the deficit over the next several years. But is this realistic when the House of Representatives just adopted a $410 billion spending plan for the remainder of this budget year that is generously larded with pork and includes an average increase for domestic agencies of 8 percent? …”


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Inside the Meltdown: Who Was Withdrawing From Money Market Funds On September 16-18, 2008 and Why?

The Mother of All Bailouts–2 to 3 Trillion Dollars–$2,000,000,000–$3,000,000,000!–Rewarding Greed, Arrogance and Stupidity–Pay for Play!

President Obama’s–Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board–RAT Board–King Rat’s Chicago Corruption–The Fix is In The Stimulus Bill!

Bad Government Intervention Requires Bad Government Bank-The Road Map Out Of The World Economic Crisis–Stabilize–Stimulate–Strengthen–Simultaneously!

President Obama’s Sales Pitch–Buy My Government Dependency Package–I Won The Election!–No Sale–The American People Want Their Money Back!

President Barack Obama Peddling The Government Dependency Package (GDP) and Fear Mongering The Raw Deal!

Pelosi’s Porky Pigout Poison Package–Economy Wrecker and Job Destroyer–Have A Blue Christmas 2009!

BO’s Raw Deal: Obama’s Two Year Recession and Two Year Hyperinflation–Hopeless & Small Change!

Boycott Bailedout Businesses and Banks

Ban Bailouts–Stop Inflation Now (SIN)–Stop Socialism of Losses!

The Sovereign Wealth Fund Threat: Are Chinese Communists Behind Rush In Passing Bailout Bill?

The United States is Broke!–Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Time For GM and Ford Is Now!

Recession–Recession–Recession–Scaring People–Have A Hot Dog!

It Is Official–The U.S. Economy Has Been In A Recession for 11 Months and Continuing!

Barrack Obama’s Kansas Values–Killing Babies in Cold Blood?

Wealth, Income and Job Creation: Let A 1000 Microsofts Bloom


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