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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.

Silver Linings: Keynesian Central Banking Is Heading For A Massive Repudiation

Inflation targeting has been a giant cover story for a monumental power grab. The academics who grabbed the power had no idea what they were doing in the financial markets that they have now saturated with financial time bombs. When these FEDs (financial explosive devices) erupt in the months and years ahead, the central bankers will face a day of reckoning. And they will surely be found wanting. The immense social damage from the imploding bubbles dead ahead will be squarely on them.

Freedom Isn't Free

Our price is making a difficult choice between liberty and security - to choose fear or freedom. When we feel that our families’ security is threatened, the knee-jerk reaction is often to say “give the government whatever it needs to make us safe!” But the harsh reality is that such short-term thinking creates a much more ominous world in the long-term. And every tacit acquiescence to intrusive government authority is a brick laid on the road to tyranny.

Another Dead Cat Bounce (And They've Already Buried The Cat)

The Fed doesn’t see it coming and would be petrified by the prospect of a Wall Street hissy fit were it actually to express doubts about the sustainability of this so-called recovery. At the same time, Wall Street fails to recognize the obvious truth that the Fed is out of dry powder. If it attempts QE4, it will be a confession of total failure and lack of efficacy. If it actually seeks to launch negative interest rates, it will ignite a political firestorm of untold intensity. So both parties are unprepared for what is coming down the pike, and that makes this time truly different. There will be no massive liquidity injection and quick reflation of risk assets because even the Fed can’t push on a string when it is out of dry powder.

The Four Horsemen Of Economic Apocalypse Are Here

"...the economic patient is riddled with cancer - central banks are applying a defibrillator, but there's only so much electricity the patient can take before it becomes a burnt-out corpse."

"Who Do They Think They Are?" - Donald Trump Slams Apple Decision To Refuse Hacking Of iPhone

"To think that Apple won't allow us to get into her cell phone," Trump said on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning. “Who do they think they are? No, we have to open it up." As the Hill reports, Trump argued vehemently that Apple should help investigators crack the phone’s encryption system. "Apple, this is one case, this is a case that certainly we should be able to get into the phone."