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Phony Deadline, Bogus Debt Limit Deal

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Today, the President signed into law a $2.4 trillion debt ceiling increase contained in a so-called deficit reduction bill.  This was done under the threat of defaulting on the debt of America, if a deal was not reached by August 2nd.  The deadline was completely bogus because the government had ample funds coming in every month to service Treasury debt.  (more…)

A Deal Everybody Hates

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Everybody is thinking the debt ceiling deal is a done deal.  To that I say, not so fast.  First of all, this is a deal everybody hates including the President.  That doesn’t mean he won’t sign the legislation when it comes across his desk—he will.  The leaders in Congress have agreed to a plan, but the trick is going to be getting it through the House and Senate. (more…)

Weekly News Wrap-Up 7/29/11

Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

The debt ceiling impasse is a monster story and, once again, it tops our Weekly News Wrap-Up (WNW) on USAWatchdog.com.  I have been saying for more than a week Congress is going to miss the August 2nd deadline for getting a deal done to avoid default.  Yesterday did not change my mind.  The two parties are as far apart as ever.  The U.S. will not default on Treasury debt, but many bills are not going to be paid.  (more…)

You Cannot Doubt the Gold Bull Market

There have been a lot of naysayers when it comes to the gold bull market we are in right now.  I don’t see how anyone can deny it exists, but many who missed it, now say gold is in a bubble.  I just want to hold my sides and laugh because the facts, and experts who predicted this years ago, say just the opposite.   It is hard for many to see this, but gold is really just getting started.  To equal the previous 1980 high of $850 an ounce, gold would have to be more than $8,000 an ounce in today’s money. (more…)

Debt Downgrade, Not Default, is the Problem

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Watching the debt negotiations is like watching two stubborn people headed over a waterfall.  Both are too blockheaded to steer the boat towards land on the left or the right.  So, both go over the edge and will see how long the other can hold his breath.  Both, of course, drown in this story, right along with the rest of the country.  Yesterday, Speaker Boehner said he wanted to call the President’s bluff and not give him a “blank check.”  (more…)

Robo-Signing Banks Not Off Hook

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Last week, this story from Reuters really got me upset.  The headline read: “States negotiating immunity for banks over foreclosures.”  The story said, “A coalition of all 50 states’ attorneys general has been negotiating settlements with five of the biggest U.S. banks that would include payment of up to $25 billion in penalties and commitments to follow new rules. (more…)

Running out of Runway

Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

It looks like even the mainstream media (MSM) can see a calamity if we are right on top of one.  Finally, the dire debt ceiling negotiations between Congress and the White House were covered wall-to-wall on all the major media outlets yesterday.   No comment better describes the frightful situation America faces over its debt problem than what Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said yesterday on FOX (more…)

Weekly News Wrap-Up 7/22/11

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com   

“Deal or No Deal.”  That’s what I am now calling the debt ceiling debate between Congress and the White House.  I said last week that it is going to be tough getting tax increases and spending cuts big enough to get a $2.5 trillion raise in the debt ceiling through the House of Representatives.  (more…)

Default or No Default, Deal or No Deal

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com

I have been telling you for the past few days that I am not so sure Congress and the White House will get a debt ceiling deal done to avoid default on August 2nd.  The grand plan was to raise the debt ceiling around  $2.5 trillion to allow the U.S. to borrow money and pay all of its bills.  Just this week I said, given the polarization between Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives,  a debt deal is not going to be easy, if they can do one at all.  (more…)

Murdoch Media Misdirection

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Yesterday, there was a UK hearing featuring father and son executives Rupert and James Murdoch over alleged phone hacking.  The spectacle was covered wall-to-wall by most cable news outlets.  Channel surfing, I realized that at one point, CNN, HLN, FOX News, FOX Business, MSNBC, CNBC and Bloomberg were all running the testimony.  The coverage was highlighted by a disgruntled protester attempting to hit the senior Murdoch with some sort of foam pie.  (more…)

“Robo-Signing” Fraud Continues–Surprise!

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

In April, 14 of the nation’s biggest banks promised federal regulators they would stop robo-signing documents to foreclose on homes.  This was part of a settlement to clean up the foreclosure mess caused by wild lending of the banks.  Nearly 8 months ago, the banks were caught red handed fraudulently creating fake documents because they lost track of the originals in the haze of creating mortgaged-backed securities. (more…)

The Only Thing You Can Count On

Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Last week, in testimony on Capitol Hill, Fed Chief Ben Bernanke said, “The pace of the economic recovery will pick up.”  As far as the weak economy is concerned, Mr. Bernanke also said there would be, “a notably better performance than we have seen so far this year.”  I could not believe what I was hearing.  It was totally opposite to other economic news that came out in the very same week. (more…)

Weekly News Wrap-Up 7/15/11

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

There are two big debt crises going on now in the world.  First, in Washington D.C., the debt ceiling talks have gotten ugly and have hit an impasse.  I don’t know if Democrats and Republicans will get a deal done in time before the default deadline of August 2nd.  I do know if a deal is not done, Fed Chief Bernanke predicts “calamity” and “chaos” if the U.S. defaults on its debt.  (more…)

Gloves Come Off in Debt Ceiling Fight

Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

The gloves came off in the fight over raising the debt ceiling yesterday.  On CBS News, the President basically threatened to cut off Social Security checks by August 3rd if a deal was not reached.  Mr. Obama said to veteran newsman Scott Pelly, “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue, because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.” (more…)

Bad Unemployment Report Tangles Debt Deal

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

If the debt ceiling deal wasn’t complicated enough, Friday’s terrible unemployment report poured sand into the gears that ground negotiations to a halt.  Nothing came out of Sunday’s meeting of Congressional leaders at the White House on resolving America’s debt crisis. (more…)