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    China GDP Claims Don’t Matter

    China’s State Statistical Bureau (SSB) announced second-quarter real gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 7.5 percent and first-half real GDP at 7.6 percent. High or low, whether it meets the official target or not, no one should care. GDP is a poor indicator of economic health—anywhere. It is especially poor … More

    Top 10 Reads: September 22, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe The Great $16 Muffin Myth – Kevin Drum, Mother Jones Global Meltdown: Investors Are Dumping Nearly Everything – Patti Domm, CNBC US walks out as Iran delivers anti-US speech – … More

    $3.3 Trillion Vaporized from U.S. Stocks since April 29, 2011

    Since the S&P 500 hit its high for 2011 on April 29 to August 10, 2011, $3.3 trillion invested in the U.S. stock market has been wiped out. The value of American stocks owned fell from $16.82 trillion to $13.57 trillion—19.3 percent. See Chart. That is more than the Gross … More

    Bell Ringers

    Was the Real Target Indo-Pak Peace? – Peter Brookes The Indians claim al Qaeda doesn’t exist in their country, and the lack of suicide bombers lends credence to the idea it wasn’t Osama’s cronies. Yet his direction or inspiration for an attack can’t be ruled out – many of the … More

    This Week in Washington: Just Say No to Government Regulation

    Here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an2ZGW85Ad0[/youtube] Recent troubles with the financial and housing markets have lead to proposed action by Congress to help distressed homeowners and to find a government solution to the Bear Stearns collapse. Massive new billion-dollar handouts to aid homeowners and utilizing sweeping … More

    Economic Myths vs. Reality

    The recent failures of Bear Stearns and the Carlyle Group, coupled with turmoil in the housing markets and overall pessimism about the economy, has Congress rushing to microphones to promise a legislative quick fix. Meanwhile, President Bush and the Federal Reserve are being second guessed by liberal economists for not … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Make the Markets Worse

    The campaign to turn the current economic turmoil into justifications for new invasive federal government intervention in the marketplace is in full swing. The Hill reports, “After Bear Stearns bailout, Dems renew push to help homeowners,” and E.J. Dionne comments: “Never do I want to hear again from my conservative … More