Posts filed under “Politics”

Zombie Ideas? Blame the Billionaires…

 

“We are in the business of making mistakes. The only difference between the winners and the losers is that the winners make small mistakes, while the losers make big mistakes.” -Ned Davis

 

I began my career in finance on a trading desk. You learn some things very early on in that sort of situation. One of the most important things is that while it’s OK to be wrong, it can be fatal to stay wrong.

Unfortunately, that standard doesn’t apply to people whose work isn’t evaluated on a daily and objective basis via their profit and loss results. In many fields, such as politics and policy-making, there are lots of shades of gray when it comes to being right or wrong.

And quite bluntly, that is a shame. As a society and a nation, we would all be better off if the people who are consistently wrong paid some sort of price for those errors. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen enough these days.

Some bad policy decisions will lead to the occasional elected official being turned out of office. That — unfortunately — is the exception, not the rule. I doubt history will rank George W. Bush and Barack Obama among our great presidents , but both were re-elected despite being unpopular. Between gerrymandered congressional districts and apathetic voters, even the most incompetent elected official has almost lifetime tenure.

What underlies all of this nonrecourse bad policy? It is much more than corporate lobbying and partisan politics. The worst of today’s political malfeasance is being driven by failed ideologies. Zombie ideas that refuse to die have become enshrined in our collective intellectual legacy. The people behind these have been insulated from the economic costs they impose.

Blame the billionaires.

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Category: Bad Math, Philosophy, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Regulation

King Dollar vs Euro, Yen Renminbi

click for giant graphic Source: FT   The U.S. dollar is still king of global currencies. The dollar made up 60.9 percent of foreign exchange reserves and was used in 42.1 percent of global payments. Some countries, though, contest how much influence the U.S. dollar really has. The term “exorbitant privilege,” coined by former French…Read More

Category: Currency, Digital Media, Politics

The Origins of ISIS’s Recruits

Source: New York Times

Category: Digital Media, Politics, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

Scottish Banks Are Voting ‘Nay’

Source: Societe Generale   Albert Edwards, the insightful but not especially upbeat analyst at Societe Generale SA, writes to warn: The sequence of events which might flow from a Yes vote may be as unpredictable and as uncontrollable as those of the late 1980s in Eastern Europe, which led to the ultimate demise of the…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Politics

Presidential Job Creation

Source: The Fix

Category: Economy, Employment, Politics, Taxes and Policy

Movement to Declassify 9/11 Information Gathers Momentum

9/11 Commission Chairs, Congressmen and Intelligence Officers All Call for Declassification The 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs – Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean – have called for the 28-page section of the 9/11 Commission Report which is classified to be declassified. Kean said that 60-70% of what was classified shouldn’t have been classified in the first place: Congressman Thomas…Read More

Category: Legal, Politics, War/Defense

3 Congressmen Call for Release of Secret 9/11 Documents After Reading Them

All of the Chairs of the 9/11 Commission and the Congressional Investigation Into 9/11 Say It’s “Implausible” that the 9/11 Hijackers Acted Without Government Backing Congressman Thomas Massie read the 28 classified pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry into 9/11 (the joint Senate and House investigation into 9/11) and immediately called for them to be released to…Read More

Category: Politics, Think Tank, War/Defense

Why Does the U.S. Support Saudi Arabia, Sponsor of Islamic Terrorism?

Why Does the U.S. Support a Country which was FOUNDED With Terrorism … and Is Still the MAIN SOURCE of Islamic Terrorism Today? America Has Sold Its Soul for Oil A U.S. congressman for 6 years,  who is now a talking head on MSNBC (Joe Scarborough) says that – even if the Saudi government backed…Read More

Category: Politics

Source: Vulgar Trader

Category: Legal, Politics, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

MiB: FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair

This week’s Masters in Business Radio show is on at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Bloomberg Radio 1130AM and Siriux XM 119. Our guest is former FDIC chairman Sheila Bair. You can also find at Bairblog. Her book on her time at the FDIC and the financial crisis is Bull by the Horns: Fighting…Read More

Category: Media, Podcast, Politics, Regulation