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Keynesian Babble and the Delusions of Bubble Finance

Every bubble has its ultimate, craziest, mostest, farthest-outest deal. Its craziness can no longer be exceeded. Buyers simply vanish. Sellers get desperate.

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“Serious Dysfunctionality” On Wall Street: Facebook-WhatsApp And The Deals That “Marked The Top” Of The Last Two Bubbles

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Project Midas: "Bad Bank" for "Bad Bank Debt"

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Hilarious Transcripts of 2008 Fed Meetings Reveal Completely Clueless Fed

The Fed transcripts from 2008 minutes show how clueless the Fed Governors were at the start of the recession.

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Long Term, Health Spending on State and Local Government Workers Has Outpaced Medicaid Spending by Almost 20 Percent

State and local spending on government workers increased by 444 percent in real, inflation-adjusted terms from 1987 through 2012.

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Philly Fed Unexpectedly Back in Contraction; Weather Blamed Again

The Philadelphia Fed Bloomberg Consensus for the Philly Fed manufacturing index was 9.4. The index came in -6.3.

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The Height of Garbled Pinocchio Speak

The FOMC’s minutes struck me as the height of garbled Pinocchio Theory.

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Law of Bad Ideas

A proposal by French president Francois Hollande got me thinking about "The Law of Bad Ideas".

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A Health Reform Republicans and Democrats Agree On

The most important question in health reform is this: How should the government subsidize private health insurance?

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Hollande Promises Tax Harmonization in Six Years if Foreign Businesses Invest in France Now

French president Francois Hollande is seriously deranged if he expects businesses to take him up on his latest offer to Invest in France Now, See Harmonization in Six Years.

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