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  • How will the National Socialist Left’s excuse the failure of socialism in Greece?

    07/01/2015 2:37:24 PM PDT · by Voice of Reason1 · 37 replies
    It’s axiomatic that when a socialist regime hits the skids, the left will generally try to claim that such regime is ‘right wing’ somehow. Such claims can and will be completely irrational on their face, but for the national socialist Left it’s all about talking points and a simplistic ( but ‘superior’) mentality that favors headlines and shallow thought on the subject And before you complain that I dare use the word ‘national’ next to the word ‘socialist’ I would ask that you please explain in detail (with documentation) Just how in Hades’ the word national modifies the meaning of...
  • U.S. debt headed toward Greek levels [Psalms 9:17]

    07/01/2015 9:11:48 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/30/2015 | Jason Russell
    United States' projected debt over the next 25 years looks a lot like Greece's over the past 25. With all the chaos unravelling in Greece, Congress would be wise to do what it takes to avoid reaching Greek debt levels. But it's not a matter of sticking to the status quo and avoiding bad decisions that would put the budget on a Greek-like path, because the budget is on that path already. A quarter-century ago, Greek debt levels were roughly 75 percent of Greece's economy — about equal to what the U.S. has now. As of 2014, Greek debt...
  • Greek Debt Crisis: How Goldman Sachs Helped Greece to Mask its True Debt

    07/01/2015 7:45:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/08/2010 | By Beat Balzli
    Goldman Sachs helped the Greek government to mask the true extent of its deficit with the help of a derivatives deal that legally circumvented the EU Maastricht deficit rules. At some point the so-called cross currency swaps will mature, and swell the country's already bloated deficit. Greeks aren't very welcome in the Rue Alphones Weicker in Luxembourg. It's home to Eurostat, the European Union's statistical office. The number crunchers there are deeply annoyed with Athens. Investigative reports state that important data "cannot be confirmed" or has been requested but "not received." Creative accounting took priority when it came to totting...
  • Puerto Rico's Financial Crisis Is U.S.' Crisis, Too

    07/01/2015 6:33:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/01/2015
    With the financial world transfixed by Greece's debt-driven meltdown, Puerto Rico announces it can't pay its $73 billion in debt. Once again, we're learning that welfare statism is no replacement for fiscal responsibility. Compared to Greece's $353 billion in debt, Puerto Rico's $73 billion doesn't sound so big. On a per capita basis, it's about a third less. But appearances deceive. Puerto Rico is in deep, owing actually much more than that amount. We learned this after a report on Monday, co-authored by former International Monetary Fund No. 2 Anne Krueger, revealed the island's finances are a shambles. The devastating...
  • Steve Forbes Pens Open Letter to Greek Leaders; Greece Can Teach The World A Needed Lesson

    07/01/2015 6:29:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | BY GREGORY PAPPAS
    Former US Presidential candidate and publisher of Forbes Magazine, Steve Forbes, used the platform of his magazine to pen an open letter to the prime minister and finance minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis. The full text of his letter appears below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Prime Minister Tsipras and Finance Minister Varoufakis: You may have won a four-month reprieve of sorts from your creditors, but your situation is desperate, and everyone knows it, most particularly Europe’s paymasters, the Germans. As you just painfully learned, your ability to blackmail your creditors is a fraction of what it once was. Businesses,...
  • It's Official: Greece defaults on IMF payment

    06/30/2015 7:24:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    The Star ^ | 06/30/2015 | Tanya Talaga
    Greece joins Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe on the latest to be in debt to the International Monetary Fund. As Athenians rallied underneath thunderclouds to show their support for keeping Greece in the eurozone of single currency nations, their broke government defaulted on a $2.2-billion payment to the International Monetary Fund. At midnight on Tuesday, Greece joined Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe as countries in arrears to the IMF. Also at midnight, the bailout assistance package that began in February 2012 formally expired, leaving Greece without access to any emergency finances. In Washington, the IMF acknowledged that Greece had failed to meet...
  • The sooner Greece defaults and dumps the Euro the better

    06/28/2015 6:46:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2015 | Peter Morici
    <p>Greece and its principal creditors—the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund—should acknowledge that Athens will never be able to repay the €131 billion it owes, write down its debt and let the Aegean nation exit the euro gracefully.</p>
  • Greek banks 'to stay shut on Monday'

    06/28/2015 10:10:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 144 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6-28-2015 | BBC News
    Greece banks to stay closed on Monday, Piraeus Bank chief says, after emergency meeting in Athens This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly
  • Puerto Rico is America’s Greece

    06/23/2015 4:41:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/2015 | By Richard W. Rahn
    Like Greece, the Puerto Rican government has more debt than it can service, and some are calling for a bailout by U.S. taxpayers. The major Puerto Rican state-owned or controlled enterprises are all losing money, including the power authority which is insolvent. Puerto Rico is an American territory that was acquired from Spain in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The island has a population of about 3.6 million, which is declining as many Puerto Ricans emigrate to the U.S. mainland or elsewhere because of the continuing economic stagnation. Puerto Ricans are American citizens, but their per capita income is about...
  • Dear Lee Siegel: Why I Defaulted on Your Paycheck, Sincerely, The Boss

    06/09/2015 4:04:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 12 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/8/15 | Steve Berman
    Humorist Lee Siegel wrote in The New York Times that he unashamedly and without remorse defaulted on his student loans. Am I a deadbeat? In the eyes of the law I am. Indifferent to the claim that repaying student loans is the road to character? Yes. Blind to the reality of countless numbers of people struggling to repay their debts, no matter their circumstances, many worse than mine? My heart goes out to them. To my mind, they have learned to live with a social arrangement that is legal, but not moral. Congratulations, Mr. Siegel.  You have figured out liberty....
  • Overeducated Writer Explains Why He Defaulted On His Student Loans, Asks "Am I a Deadbeat?"

    06/07/2015 2:33:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/07/2015 | Tyler Durden
    There are some valid points raised in Lee Siegel's 1100 word rant against college loans (if not so much against college education). There are some bad ones. But two things are clear: the words "personal" and/or "responsibility" were used precisely zero times, and the op-ed writer, who described himself as "the author of five books who is writing a memoir about money", is hardly a glowing advertisement for an education attained (funded with either debt or equity) at one of the Ivy League's "best", Columbia University.That, or the return on money after spending nearly a decade in university and...
  • Poroshenko Signs Moratorium on Foreign Debt Repayment (Ukraine)

    05/28/2015 9:21:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 5-28-2015 | Sputnik
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law allowing Ukraine to impose a moratorium on repayment of its foreign debt until at least July 2016, a press release on Poroshenko's official website said Thursday. The Ukrainian parliament approved the bill, which could affect repayment of the country's $3-billion debt to Russia on May 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier the bill de facto was an announcement of a default, casting a negative light on the professionalism of Ukraine's leadership. Moreover, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Moscow would turn to an international court if the Ukrainian president signed...
  • Greece says it will default in June without aid from lenders

    05/24/2015 3:55:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 05/24/2015 | Renee Maltezou & Angeliki Koutantou
    Greece cannot make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens it is on the verge of default. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist government says it hopes to reach a cash-for-reforms deal in days, although European Union and IMF lenders are more pessimistic and say talks are moving too slowly for that. Greek officials now point to a race against the clock to clinch a deal before payments totaling about 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to the IMF...
  • Greece Says That It Will Default On June 5th, And Moody’s Warns Of A ‘Deposit Freeze’

    05/21/2015 7:08:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 05/20/15 | Michael Snyder
    The Greek government says that a “moment of truth” is coming on June 5th. Either their lenders agree to give them more money by that date, or Greece will default on a 300 million euro loan payment to the IMF. Of course it won’t technically be a “default” according to IMF rules for another 30 days after that, but without a doubt news that Greece cannot pay will send shockwaves throughout the financial world. At that point, those holding Greek bonds will start to panic as they realize that they might not get paid as well. All over Europe, there...
  • Greece prepares for debt default if talks with creditors fail

    04/14/2015 6:22:37 AM PDT · by mykroar · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 4/13/15 | Kerin Hope and Tony Barber
    Greece is preparing to take the dramatic step of declaring a debt default unless it can reach a deal with its international creditors by the end of April, according to people briefed on the radical leftist government’s thinking. The government, which is rapidly running out of funds to pay public sector salaries and state pensions, has decided to withhold €2.5bn of payments due to the International Monetary Fund in May and June if no agreement is struck, they said. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste...
  • SBA loans support luxurious lifestyles, burden taxpayers

    03/16/2015 6:06:22 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | March 16, 2015 | Bruce Parker
    snip...According to a 2014 federal oversight report from public research group American Transparency, taxpayer-backed SBA loans are popular with businesses serving “wealthy lifestyles.” The report, which analyzed SBA loans between 2007 and 2013, found that billions of dollars flowed to businesses that, in many cases, could obtain standard loans with standard interest rates. SBA loans offer advantageous low rates. snip Many of the loans, which ranged from $1 million to $5 million, went to luxury goods retailers, exclusive clubs, Fortune 100 companies, plastic surgery clinics and even private equity firms. Found among the list of borrowers were Rolex and Lamborghini...
  • Varoufakis unsettles Germans with admission Greece won't repay debts

    03/10/2015 8:42:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | 3-10-2015 | Madeline Chambers
    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has described his country as the most bankrupt in the world and said European leaders knew all along that Athens would never repay its debts, in blunt comments that sparked a backlash in the German media on Tuesday. A documentary about the Greek debt crisis on German public broadcaster ARD was aired on the same day euro zone finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss whether to provide Athens with further funding in exchange for delivering reforms. "Clever people in Brussels, in Frankfurt and in Berlin knew back in May 2010 that Greece would never...
  • Ukraine Enters The Endgame

    02/25/2015 6:06:04 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-25-2015 | Durden
    Back in March 2014 we forecast that it in the aftermath of the US State Department-sponsored coup in Kiev, it was only a matter of time before Ukraine (all of its sovereign gold having since "vaporized") succumbed to full blown hyperinflation and economic implosion. Less than a year later, precisely this outcome has finally played out, and as a result, the entire nation has finally entered its economic endgame, which has two conclusions: either it joins Greece in becoming a ward of Europe and the IMF (thank you Joe Q taxpayer), or it quietly fades away into insolvent "failed state"...
  • Switzerland and Syriza

    01/27/2015 11:45:59 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    Restate ^ | January 27 2015 | Repair_Man_Jack
    credit the world’s various political leftists for being brilliant at one thing. They have managed to assemble a coalition of interest groups whose vested interests should probably cause them to chase each other around in the street armed with shotguns. Nowhere is that awesome class divide among the left on greater display than in Europe where the Parlor Pinks infest Davos and the Street Marxians have taken electoral power in Greece. If you were to ask both Jeffrey Greene and newly-minted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras whether they felt society should be unfettered by larger government or directed for its...
  • Russia downgraded to junk status for first time in decade

    01/26/2015 1:39:51 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | Jill Treanor
    Russia has been downgraded to junk status for the first time in a decade due to the collapsing oil price, the tumbling value of the rouble and sanctions imposed because of its intervention in Ukraine. Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said the downgrade was caused by the country’s reduced flexibility to cut interest rates and a weakening of the financial system. The ratings agency said the Central Bank of Russia “faces increasingly difficult monetary policy decisions while also trying to support sustainable GDP growth”. “These challenges result from the inflationary effects of exchange-rate depreciation and sanctions from the west as...
  • How the Swaps Market is Preparing for a Venezuelan Default

    12/10/2014 9:58:43 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    wsj ^ | Dec 4, 2014 | Christopher Whittall
    Venezuela is really feeling the pinch from sliding oil prices. Now its bonds are in such bad shape that some investors are treating the country’s default as a near certainty. And they are taking action. How? Well certain banks have started to offer swap contracts that allow investors to fix the amount they can recover on insurance bought against a restructuring of the country’s debt, according to investors. If CDS contracts are triggered, the cheapest Venezuelan bonds trading in the market at that time will be used to determine payouts to protection holders. Those not wanting to take any chances...
  • Mitch McConnell : ‘No Government Shutdowns and No Defaults on the National Debt’

    11/06/2014 9:16:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/6/2014 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Mitch McConnell appears on the verge of achieving his lifelong goal to serve as majority leader in the upper chamber after easily dispatching Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky Tuesday night, winning an unprecedented sixth six-year term in the process. The race was expected to be close according to the late polls but, as was experienced throughout Election Day, the surveys seemed to undercount Republican strength to a substantial degree. With all of the commonwealth’s precincts reporting, McConnell ended up with 806,689 votes, good for 56 percent of the total while Grimes garnered 584,625,...
  • Oregon gov's fiancée reportedly helped buy land to grow marijuana in 1997

    10/14/2014 9:21:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-14-14 | KOIN-TV
    First she admitted being part of a fraudulent green-card marriage -- now, a new report says Cylvia Hayes, fiancée of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, partnered to buy land intended for an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997. KOIN-TV reported late Monday that Hayes partnered with a man to buy the $245,000 property in Washington state using a $15,000 down payment in November of that year. The man who sold the couple the land told the station that Hayes and her partner soon stopped making payments, and records showed that Hayes gave up her interest in the property in April 1998....
  • Argentina Slides Into Default as Debt Talks Fail

    07/31/2014 6:42:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    AP via ABC NEWS ^ | 07/31/14 | CLAUDIA TORRENS
    he collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.
  • Argentina to hold last-gasp debt talks with mediator Tuesday (Default Looms Wed.)

    07/28/2014 1:13:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-28-2014 | By Richard Lough and Daniel Bases
    Argentina on Tuesday will meet the U.S. mediator in its battle with 'holdout' debt investors suing the country for last-minute talks to avert its second default this century. Mediator Daniel Pollack said in a statement on Monday he received a telephone call from the Argentine government advising him a delegation of technical, financial and legal representatives will meet him at 11 a.m. EDT (11.00 a.m. EDT) on Tuesday in his office. "I again urged direct, face-to-face conversations with the Bondholders, but that will not happen tomorrow," Pollack said, referring to the holdout creditors. Argentine dollar-denominated bonds fell more than 3...
  • Argentina Is Getting Exactly What It Deserves

    07/03/2014 9:41:28 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Bi ^ | 7-3-2014 | Linette Lopez
    Linette LopezJuly 3, 2014Argentina has its back against a wall. On July 30 it may default on a sovereign-debt payment that could send its economy into a tailspin of rising interest rates, money printing, and inflation. It could be the worst economic tragedy the republic has seen since 2001. And the tragedy will be well deserved, because this is a drama of Argentina's own making, a figment of political imagination tied closely with its history and culture. In Argentina, debt is identity, and this specific over-$1.3 billion debt in question, purchased by a group of hedge fund managers back in...
  • Moody's pushes Puerto Rico debt deep into junk status

    07/01/2014 2:58:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 01 July 2014
    Ratings company Moody's on Tuesday slashed Puerto Rico's debt rating by three notches into even deeper junk status after the US territory passed a debt-restructuring law. Moody's Investors Service cut the rating to "B2" from "Ba2" and said the outlook was negative, indicating further downgrades were possible. Now dubbed the "Greece of the Caribbean," the archipelago is, like Greece, reeling under massive debt. Over the past decade, the commonwealth's debt has doubled to nearly $70 billion and investors are growing increasingly worried the government is running out of cash. In a bid for debt relief, the Puerto Rican authorities recently...
  • Argentine Default Looms; Refuses To Negotiate; Admits Next Bond Payment "Impossible"

    06/19/2014 8:12:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/19/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Argentina's attempt to work around SCOTUS decision in favor of the 'holdouts' was rejected (under anti-evasion orders) last night leaving Argentina no alternative but to threaten to default on its debt. The government called it "impossible" to pay bond service due on June 30, because payment to holders of restructured bonds could not be made unless the 'holdouts' were paid $1.33 billion at the same time (and Argentina's economy minister argues could be up to $15 bn) which the distressed country clearly does not have. For the first time in 12 years, Argentina has agreed to negotiate with the...
  • Haven’t paid a credit card for 6 months? [troll aka “foolynyah” zotted]

    06/15/2014 12:50:54 AM PDT · by pansgold · 259 replies
    VI / XV / MMXIV | pansgold
    This advice is worth what you paid for it. You see, after 90 days of not paying on a credit card, the bank charges it off and sells the debt along with hundreds or thousands of others to a collection agency for 1/100th of the value of the original debt. The debt buyer then tries to collect from the debtor and they keep all the money they can collect. They will take you to court and try and garnish your wages for 6 to 8 or 12 years. That’s when you ask the court to force the new debt holder...
  • 20 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is Starting To Catch Fire

    02/14/2014 7:46:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 14, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    If you have been waiting for the "global economic crisis" to begin, just open up your eyes and look around. I know that most Americans tend to ignore what happens in the rest of the world because they consider it to be "irrelevant" to their daily lives, but the truth is that the massive economic problems that are currently sweeping across Europe, Asia and South America are going to be affecting all of us here in the U.S. very soon. Sadly, most of the big news organizations in this country seem to be more concerned about the fate of Justin...
  • The Word That Changed the Debt Ceiling Debate ("Default")

    02/12/2014 5:06:51 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | February 11, 2014 | DOUG HATTAWAY and STEVE PIERCE
    When Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently gave notice that the federal government would once again hit the debt ceiling in February, the response from congressional Republicans—who twice took the nation to the brink of default—was decidedly muted. The official line? “We believe that defaulting on our debt is the wrong thing,” says House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “We don’t want to do that.” On Tuesday, the House duly voted to raise the debt limit without conditions, sending the action over to the Senate. This move represents a 180-degree turn from the previous strategy of trying to extract concessions from Democrats...
  • The New Debt Ceiling Deadline Is Going To Be Earlier Than We Thought

    01/23/2014 12:15:55 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    The U.S. is likely to exhaust its borrowing authority on the earlier side of what Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had estimated, he said in a letter to Congressional leaders on Wednesday. Lew warned in the new letter that Congress will likely need to raise the debt ceiling by late February to avoid a potential default on the country's obligations. As part of the bill to reopen the government in mid-October, the debt limit was suspended through Feb. 7. The Treasury can use so-called "extraordinary measures" after that point to keep borrowing and paying the nation's bills for a few weeks...
  • Venezuela About To Run Out Of Food Despite Fresh All Time High In Its Stock Market

    01/22/2014 7:17:36 PM PST · by mykroar · 17 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 1/22/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Venezuela can be proud: while the US stock market has gone exactly nowhere in 2014, the Caracas stock exchange of the socialist paradise has continued kicking ass and taking names, just today printing a fresh all time high.
  • Mega Default Scheduled in China Scheduled for January 31

    01/20/2014 4:31:17 AM PST · by tired&retired · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 19, 2014 | Gordon G Chang
    On Friday, Chinese state media reported that China Credit Trust Co. warned investors that they may not be repaid when one of its wealth management products matures on January 31, the first day of the Year of the Horse. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China sold the China Credit Trust product to its customers in inland Shanxi province. This bank, the world’s largest by assets, on Thursday suggested it will not compensate investors, stating in a phone interview with Reuters that “a situation completely does not exist in which ICBC will assume the main responsibility.”
  • Coastal Fats: Millionaires Defaulting On Mortgages In Record Numbers While Others Struggle

    12/08/2013 7:51:35 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 14 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    While foreclosure activity as a whole has been declining in the U.S., there are still some unnerving aspects to the housing and mortgage recovery. So, it’s time for “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” The good. According to RealtyTac, overall U.S. foreclosure activity is down 23 percent year-to-date through October 2013. The bad. Foreclosure activity on properties in the $5 million-plus value range is up 61 percent from the same time period in 2012. And most of it is concentrated in Florida and Los Angeles. I designate Atlanta as an honorary coastal city since Georgia does have properties on...
  • Good News! Mortgage Credit Expands In Q3 While Serious Delinquencies Fall (Student Loans Rise)

    11/14/2013 11:34:22 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/14/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Federal Reserve of New York’s Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, mortgages, the largest component of household debt, increased by 0.7 percent in the third quarter of 2013. Mortgage balances shown on consumer credit reports stand at $7.90 trillion, up by $56 billion from the level in the second quarter. Balances on home equity lines of credit (HELOC) dropped by $5 billion (0.9 percent) and now stand at $535 billion. Household non-housing debt balances increased by 2.7 percent, with gains of $31 billion in auto loan balances, $33 billion in student loan balances and $4 billion...
  • Moody’s warns of bankruptcy in Scranton as city faces $20 million budget gap ( Penna )

    11/11/2013 3:08:11 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    PA Independent ^ | November 11, 2013 | Eric Boehm
    Scranton could be headed towards another fiscal crisis like the one that resulted in city workers having their pay cut to minimum wage in 2012... Moody’s warned investors that Scranton could be facing the threat of default or bankruptcy thanks to a $20 million budget gap for the fiscal year that begins Jan. 1. The city is supposed to approve a new budget by Nov. 15, which would have to close that deficit to balance the budget. ... A similar crisis hit the city in July 2012, which lead to Mayor Chris Doherty cutting all city workers’ pay to minimum...
  • Continuing Appropriations Act Expires On January 15th, 2014 (Still No Risk Of US Default)

    10/29/2013 4:00:17 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/29/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    P.L. 113-46, The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, runs out on January 15th, 2014. * The continuing resolution (CR) funds the federal government until January 15, 2014 at the same level as in fiscal year * It also suspends the limit on the federal government’s debt until February 7, 2014. * The act sets up a process for verifying the incomes of people who apply for health insurance subsidies under Obamacare, the topic of the original version of the bill. *It provides back pay to the 800,000 government workers who were furloughed during the shutdown. * It also creates a joint...
  • Detroit Pensioners To Get 16 Cents On the Dollar (Mismanagement Has Consequences)

    10/27/2013 4:10:10 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 44 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/27/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Reuters may get the award for the worst headline of the year. “Detroit pension cuts ‘function of mathematics’ -investment banker.” It just told me that Detroit pension would be cut. But what you learn later in the article is pretty shocking: “Buckfire, a Detroit native and investment banker with restructuring experience, later told the court the city plans to pay unsecured creditors, including the city’s pensioners, 16 cents on the dollar. There are about 23,500 city retirees.” 16 cents on the dollar? Well, that is what happens when municipal government spends too much money (inefficiently) and suffers a decline in...
  • 50% Of Foreclosured Homes Occupied, Free-rent To Defaulters

    10/24/2013 10:04:44 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/24/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau, 49.2 percent of Americans received benefits from one or more government programs in the fourth quarter of 2011. govtbene And, of course, When Obamacare is fully implemented on Jan. 1, 2014, Americans earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level will qualify for a federal subsidy to buy health insurance. Speaking of more and more people of the government dole, RealtyTrac estimates that 47% of the nation’s foreclosed homes are currently occupied. The percentage actually tops 60% in some hot housing markets, like Miami and Los Angeles. Those still living...
  • The Angolan Witch Spider, Sequestration And The Government Shutdown

    10/22/2013 11:13:28 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/22/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There is the recent internet sensation (not Miley Cyrus) … the Angolan Witch Spider! Allegedly, it feasts on dogs and cats and took several gunshots to kill. And was found in Texas. Sure-You-Want-To-Move-To-Florida The reality is less interesting. The photo was a fake. Here is the actual photo of the spider in question. Wolfie-(1)-c-2012-Paul-Santa-Maria-(Proof) Remember the dreaded “sequester?” Allegedly, 2.14 million jobs were at risk. And the Federal government partial shutdown? Allegedly, 700,000 jobs were at risk in the Greater Washington DC area. Here is the September 2013 unemployment number for Washington DC and Arlington VA: 5.40%. True, the unemployment...
  • The Great Default Already Happened

    10/19/2013 3:58:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2013 | John Ransom
    If a US default on interest and principal payments were to happen, make no mistake it would be a default of choice. Obama’s choice, that is. But he wouldn’t be the only one defaulting. Nor is he the only one to blame here. In order for the United States government to default on paying interest on the debt that we owe, a series of decisions would have to issue from the White House that would prevent those payments in the first place. There is enough money to prevent default, just not enough to keep the rest of the government...
  • The $17 Trillion Dollar Question(s)...

    10/17/2013 3:51:25 AM PDT · by Positive · 34 replies
    Various government agencies and a calculator | 10/17/2013 | Self
    If a family were to purchase a home with a $200,000 mortgage at 2.5% to be paid off in 15 years, the monthly payment would be $1333.57, or $16,003 per year. If a government owes a debt of $17 Trillion on which it pays principle and interest at a rate of 2.5% to be paid off in 15 years, the monthly payment would be $113.35 Billion, or $1.36 Trillion per year. So after 180 monthly payments the total payoff would be $20.4 Trillion, but let’s not get too deep into the weeds. The USA is averaging a deficit of about...
  • Surrender Dorothy! America Survives "Catastrophic" Brink Of Default (And Markets Yawn)

    10/16/2013 3:54:42 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    “Congress Set to End Fiscal Impasse as Boehner Concedes“ Sigh. So what was the reaction in financial markets from the surrender by Mitch McConnell (RINO-KY) and John Boehner (RINO-OH)? Particularly after the “terrifying crisis” that Democrats, the media and Gall Street professionals were screaming about? First, the 10 year US Treasury yield fell 6 basis points in the afternoon. Hardly an earth shattering change from the alleged “brink of default.” ust10psurr Second, US Credit Default Swaps are at 40, almost the same as Australia and New Zealand. Which, as far as I know, have NOT been on the brink of...
  • A Speech for Mr Boehner

    10/16/2013 11:47:45 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 20 replies
    10/16/13 | Originalbuckeye
    My fellow Americans, the President, the Democrats and the News Media have won a great political victory today, but the American people have lost an important battle. Republicans were elected to control the House of Representatives to stop the hemorrhaging of taxpayer monies. We have tried valiantly to rein in the spending, to stop this headlong sprint to bankruptcy that will happen to our beloved country. Those of us trying to do the responsible thing for the USA have been ridiculed, demeaned and degraded by those who pretend they wish for a 'more civilized' dialogue. We have been called terrorists,...
  • Senate leaders announce deal to end shutdown and avoid default (Boehner to cave)

    10/16/2013 11:31:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 57 replies
    nbc ^ | 10/16/2013 | Michael O'Brien
    On the brink of a national default, the leaders of the Senate struck a deal Wednesday to reopen the federal government and extend its power to borrow money. The House appeared ready to go along — and end, at least for now, the crisis in Washington. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, said on the Senate floor at midday that his party and Republicans had found their way to a compromise to “provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs” and avert financial disaster. His Republican counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell, offered his blessing: “This is far less than many...
  • Boehner To Allow Vote On Senate Surrender To Obama - Washington Redskins Name Changed

    10/16/2013 10:10:49 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 22 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Despite no evidence in financial markets of a default, House Speaker John Boehner (RINO-OH) will bring the Senate clean Continuing Resolution (CR) to The House floor for a vote. The endless spending and debt growth in Washington DC will continue now that the Senate has turned over the power of pursestrings to The President (once House Republicans agree). Obamacare was already a tremendous transfer of power and control to the Executive Branch, and now capitulating to President Obama gives the Executive Branch overwhelming power and control. In order to honor our career politicians in Congress and the Administration, the Washington...
  • Where's The (Default) Beef? Still Little Evidence Of Government Default

    10/16/2013 7:29:45 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Another morning, another gridlock. No deal from Obama and Congress with the default clock ticking. To paraphrase the old Wendy’s commercial, “Where’s the (default) beef?“ Credit default swaps for the US? Up slightly this morning, but still the lowest in the Americas. sovcds101613 And the US CDS “smile” remains (inverse hump in the CDS curve). uscdscurve101613 Zero Hedge has the hysterical headline that “Repo Soars To 2013 Highs On Default Fears, Bifurcated Collateral Market.” True, but compared to 2008, it is a drop in the bucket. repost101613 And the US Treasury 10 is up slightly today, not the massive default...
  • Senators Restart Talks as Default Looms

    10/16/2013 6:59:25 AM PDT · by libstripper · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | Oct. 15, 2013 | Jonathan Weisman
    With the federal government on the brink of a default, a House Republican effort to end the shutdown and extend the Treasury’s borrowing authority collapsed Tuesday night as a major credit agency warned that the United States was on the verge of a costly ratings downgrade.
  • Thinking about moving SOuth - anyone who can provide suggestions?

    10/15/2013 9:47:23 PM PDT · by freedom462 · 175 replies
    So I am thinking of simply leaving the job I work at now and heading to a Southern state, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Northern Florida, Tennessee, etc since I figure that, since I am one of those who does not have a reliable source of family aid of any kind, that this could be my only option. I am considering finding a church that has a sort of communal living situation, a farm, ranch, factory or other such source that could use additional workers and join one of them. I am thinking of it in light of a situation...