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The Taxpayer Club

By Gene Tunney 

Guest Writer for Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com   

You and I are in the Taxpayer Club. We are the working class of America; you know, the part that has to pay for the stimulus programs and Wall Street bailouts. We are the club that gets stuck paying the bill for excessive government. We have to work thirty or forty years to retire while bailed out bankers knock down million dollar bonuses.   While the Taxpayer Club is getting poorer, there is another club in America getting wealthier– the Government Club.    (more…)

New Real Numbers

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  

It appeared one of the President’s top economic advisors, Larry Summers, was trying to do a preemptive strike against what may be some bad unemployment numbers.  If unemployment is up, blame harsh winter weather!  John Williams, an economist from shadowstats.com (also known as Shadow Government Statistics), feels just the opposite.  (more…)

Backdoor Tax Hike

By Brian Sussman

Guest Writer for Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

I love working in talk radio; the audience is so smart it’s scary.   

President Obama’s 2010 budget had just been released, when, at the conclusion of a broadcast, a passionate caller named Madeline told me about the backdoor tax increase contained in our nation’s financial plan.    (more…)

Perspective On A Long and Deep Real Estate Downturn

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Many people I talk to and hear from are having a really hard time grasping how severe the real estate crisis is in America.  Let me sum up how bad the problem  is in one simple  sentence.  The real estate market (both residential and commercial) is the worst EVER!   According to Yale Economics Professor Robert Shiller, the real estate boom a few years ago was the biggest in history!  The bust we find ourselves in now will, also, be the biggest in history.  (more…)

Chile Quake Has Waves of Financial Implications

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

It looks like the Haiti quake in January was just the warm-up act to the giant 8.8 magnitude shaker that hit Chile.   It one of the largest quakes on record.   This could not come at a worse time given the severe financial stress that is hitting the globe.  (more…)

Saving Money By Spending Money

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com    

Have you ever heard someone say they saved money by buying something on sale?  An example would be saving $200 by spending $400 dollars on a new set of golf clubs that were on sale for 33% off.   In the real world, spending money is just that– spending money.   

When it comes to the health care plan, the President has said we cannot reduce the federal budget deficit unless health care costs can be controlled.  The President wants to “save money” by insuring an additional 30 to 40 million people who cannot afford it.  (more…)

The Lean Years

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com    

This week, a North Carolina newspaper headline read “Beauty Queens Feeling Squeeze of Economy.”  It was a story about how pageant contestants are cutting costs by wearing dresses more than once.  Some contestants are also selling old dresses and renting others to girls going to their proms.  It is just one of the many small signs of how the economy is changing.  (more…)

Produce the Note!

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

I was on the nationwide overnight radio show, Coast to Coast AM, last week to talk about the real estate crisis.  The topic of foreclosures naturally came up, and I told people to make sure you ask the judge in the foreclosure proceeding to force the bank to “produce the note.”   (more…)

Do What Soros Does, Not What He Says

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com   

The Federal Reserve raised the discount rate yesterday to 3/4% from 1/2%.  That’s the interest rate the Fed charges banks in an emergency.  The Fed insisted that rates for consumers and companies would not rise.  So why did the Fed raise rates?  (more…)

Will The Real Estate Crisis Continue?

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com   

There has been some encouraging news about the real estate market recently.  In San Francisco, real estate prices shot back up 16% according to the Case-Shiller Index.  On the other coast, friends of mine in the New York City real estate business say price declines seem to be leveling off.  There has been plenty of talk that “now is the time to buy a house.”  After all, the government will give up to an $8,000 tax credit if you purchase a home.  But what is the real story on the housing crisis?  Are we at or near a bottom?    (more…)

Ron Paul Warns of Coming Economic Collapse

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Congressman Ron Paul put out a startling warning  video just over a week ago.  This tells me things must be getting really messy right now.  (more…)

Is Economic Anarchy Coming?

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  

The financial malaise the world finds itself in right now can be summed in just one sentence.  There is way too much debt.  It is such an enormous amount of debt that most people cannot grasp its size.   It is a sum that is unparalleled in human history.  There are only two ultimate conclusions to debt–it either gets repaid or it does not.  If debt is repaid in printed money, then that is that same as a default.  The world will either repay its gigantic debt or default with money created out of thin air.  What is at stake here is the world monetary system and what will constitute money in the future.   (more…)

This Time Is Different, It’s Global!

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com    

The recently published book called “This Time Is Different” makes the case that this financial crisis has the same basic elements as every other financial crisis since the 1300’s.  Economists Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart do a great job of researching various financial meltdowns in places like South America, Asia, Europe and the U.S.  In every crisis, no matter where it took place in the last 8 centuries, people thought a big debt buildup could not end badly.  The authors say “arrogance and ignorance” always pave the way to financial hell, no matter what country or what century.  (more…)

America Has Its Own PIGS

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

The Markets breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after word of an European Union bailout of Greece.  The Dow was up 150 points.  Greece is one of, what is called, the “PIGS,” which is an acronym for Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain.  All of these Southern European countries are facing severe debt problems.   The most immediate problem is Greece, and it looks like a “Big Fat Greek Bailout” will postpone a debt crisis for now.  (more…)

Iraq Planning to Sue U.S. and U.K. Over Depleted Uranium Munitions

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com    

According to Middle East news sources, Iraq will sue the U.S. over the residue from Depleted Uranium munitions. These types of munitions are also commonly referred to as DU.  This may sound like the story of an ungrateful nation, but Iraq has a legitimate beef. (more…)