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Thu, 04/14/2011 - 08:35 | 1168266 gmak
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Bringing the US budget in terms we can all understand:



If we divide everything by 100 million, the numbers begin to make more sense.

We have a family that is spending $38,200 per year. The family’s income is $21,700 per year. The family adds $16,500 in credit card debt every year in order to pay its bills. After a long and difficult debate among family members, keeping in mind that it was not going to be possible to borrow $16,500 every year forever, the parents and children agreed that a $380/year premium cable subscription could be terminated. So now the family will have to borrow only $16,120 per year.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 08:53 | 1168321 Pants McPants
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$380/yr for premium cable?  That sounds cheap.  Not take-out-another-credit-card cheap, but cheap for anyone not experiencing a $16,500 annual shortfall.


Thu, 04/14/2011 - 09:17 | 1168403 gmak
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It's an analogy of sorts. The $380 per year is representative of the cuts to the budget that have been proposed.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 10:40 | 1168655 Pants McPants
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Ahhh, I'm an idiot.  Thanks.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 08:37 | 1168271 tek77blu
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major story that completely off everyone's radar screens? Uranium stocks down 50-80% since japan crisis! Major buy?? I would think so! Good commentary on it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-EkkhJi9VY

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 09:08 | 1168362 hedgeless_horseman
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Find the discrepancy of these two headlines:

  • China to See More Interest Rate Hikes in Q2 (China Daily)
  • China Banks Said to Need $131 Billion of Equity Over Six Years (Reuters)

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.                                   -Ayn Rand

My guess is they are both false.  No more rate hikes, and Chinese banks will need much more money than $131 Billion.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 09:16 | 1168382 lieutenantjohnchard
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i always like this post. helps organize reading material for the day.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 09:30 | 1168445 HedgeFundLIVE
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The last time Obama went to war with Wall Street, the biggest of the taxpayers, the market sold off hard: http://www.hedgefundlive.com/blog/thursday-market-expectations-jamie-dimon-gave-us-a-hint-today

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