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Fed Levitation & The Looming Liquidity Trap

Like the “little Dutch boy,” the Fed currently has a finger stuck in every hole of the dike. The only question is how long is it before the Federal Reserve runs out of “fingers” to plug the next leak?

As Conference Board Confidence Jumps, Gallup Confidence Dumps

A yuuge surge in stocks - amid collapsing earnings and GDP expectations - appears to have enabled a modest bounce off 2-year lows for consumer confidence. The Conference Board’s index of consumer confidence increased to 96.2 in March from 94 a month earlier - but still below January's levels. The bounce was driven purely by "hope" as expectations for the future rose and current conditions dropped to 4-month lows. At the same time Gallup's consumer confidence survey plumbes new depths to its lowest since 2015.

WSJ Fires Back At Trump: "He Would Rather Walk Down Fifth Avenue And Shoot The Messenger"

"Donald Trump won’t debate his Republican rivals again but he will continue to argue on Twitter. On Thursday the businessman demanded an apology after we—“the dummies at the @WSJ Editorial Board”—accurately noted that Hillary Clinton has received about a million more votes than he has. The truth hurts, though Mr. Trump would rather walk down Fifth Avenue shooting the messenger."

Will A Trump Presidency Really Change Anything For The Better?

Whatever Trump is, his popularity does indicate a rising tide of discontent within the U.S.  The damage to America has for the most part already been done, and there will be no avoiding the consequences. That said, how we rebuild can still be determined. No political leader including Trump will ever be able to heal the American system or the American psyche, but the efforts of millions of independent and liberty minded Americans can. We have a long and terrible struggle ahead of us, but to look at it from an “optimistic” perspective, at least Americans are becoming sick of the status quo. That is a start.

Gallup: "The Amount Of Debt Americans Carry Is Staggering And Grows Every Day"

"The amount of debt Americans carry is staggering and grows every day.... These data suggest that a significant portion of every generation is buried under a mountain of several different kinds of consumer debt. Though sizable slices of each generation carry no debt, the sheer magnitude of how much Americans with debt do owe is a cause for concern."

Reality Check: No Matter Who Wins The White House, The New Boss Will Be The Same As The Old Boss

Politics today is not about Republicans and Democrats. Nor is it about healthcare, abortion, higher taxes, free college tuition, or any of the other buzzwords that have become campaign slogans for individuals who have mastered the art of telling Americans exactly what they want to hear. Politics today is about one thing and one thing only: maintaining the status quo between the Controllers (the politicians, the bureaucrats, and the corporate elite) and the Controlled (the taxpayers).

It's Not Just The GOP – The Democratic Party Is Also Imploding

Political pundits throughout the land are tripping over each other to compose the latest bland, uninsightful screed proclaiming the death of the Republican Party. While this undoubtably represents a major political turning point in U.S. history, many pundits have yet to appreciate thats the exact same thing is happening within the Democratic Party. It’s just not completely obvious yet.

This Is The Most Common Reaction Americans Have To Hillary Clinton

In a new poll conducted by Gallup when asked what comes to their mind when they think of Hillary Clinton, the most common unprompted responses, at 21% of reactions, was "dishonest", or "liar". Another 7% of Americans use even stronger words in a similar negative vein, including "criminal," "crooked" and "thief."

Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign-Policy Catastrophes

Many commentators have mentioned that Hillary Clinton left behind no major achievement as the U.S. Secretary of State; but, actually, she did. Unfortunately, all of her major achievements were bad, and some were catastrophic. Six countries were especially involved: Honduras, Haiti, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. The harm she did to each country was not in the interest of the American people, and it was disastrous for the residents there. Hillary Clinton at every campaign debate says “I have a better track-record,” and that she’s “a progressive who gets things done.” Here’s what she has actually done when she was Secretary of State...

Oil Didn't Wreck Venezuela's Economy... Socialism Did

If you read much of the commentary, people blame the country's economic woes on the low oil price. But while the oil price drop may have been a proximate cause, and an aggravating factor, Venezuela's economic woes predate the current oil price drop by many years, and were going on even while the oil price was high, under President Hugo Chavez. The culprit is clear and obvious: The problem is Venezuela's authoritarian socialism.

Consumer Confidence Surges & Plunges

Everything is awesome... or terrible - depending on when you were asked. The Conference Board's consumer confidence surged to its highest since October 2015 at 98.1 (beating expectations of 96.5). However, Gallup shows economic confidence crashing back from a post-State of the Union bounce to its lowest since November 2015. Take your pick...

Here Are The Best And Worst Things About A Trump Presidency, According To Americans

Trump’s meteoric rise to the top of the polls represents something of a coup for a system that has for years been dominated by an entrenched political aristocracy. While we know that Trump has managed to secure an almost religious following in part by whipping voters into a veritable frenzy, we do not yet know what, specifically, voters see in brazen billionaire beyond the rather amorphous “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. Here to shed some light on the subject is Gallup.