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Mural in Hale Street, Poplar, London E14, commemorating the 1921 protest whereby local councillors refused to set a rate.

In 1921 there was no government support to alleviate unemployment, poverty or hunger; the burden fell upon individual boroughs under the Poor Law. Poor boroughs such as Poplar were doubly disadvantaged, as there was high demand for relief; yet as rateable values were low, a high rate had to be set to raise the same amount that a low rate would raise in a wealthy borough. At the same time, all ratepayers in London boroughs were charged a precept to pay for the London County Council, Metropolitan Police, Metropolitan Asylums Board and the Metropolitan Water Board. Again this fell disproportionately on ratepayers in poor boroughs, and Poplar called for this burden to be shared equally between the boroughs.

Nevertheless, in 1919 Poplar’s Labour administration voted through a comprehensive programme of social reform and poor relief, which included equal pay for women (a highly radical idea at the time) and a minimum wage for council employees. This was expensive; and faced with further large rate rises in 1921, the Council decided not to collect the precepts for the four cross-London authorities.

The London County Council and Metropolitan Asylum Board took the matter to the High Court, where they were met by a 2,000-strong protest, led by the Council’s Mace-Bearer. The Court ordered that thirty councillors, including six women, one of whom was pregnant, be detained indefinitely.

The Rebellion attracted wide public support. Crowds gathered outside Brixton Prison where George Lansbury, the Council Leader, would address them through the prison gates. Neighbouring Councils threatened similar action, Trade Unions passed motions of support, and funds were raised to support the families of the jailed Councillors. After six weeks the High Court caved in to public opinion and ordered that the Councillors be released. A new law, Local Authorities (Financial Provisions) Act 1921, was rushed through Parliament to equalise the tax burden between richer and poorer boroughs.

The original commemorative mural (it has subsequently been restored) was painted in Hale Street by Mark Frances in 1990. At the time the new Poll Tax had just replaced local rates, a move which also led to vociferous public protests – the fall-out from which effectively ended Margaret Thatcher’s Premiership.

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HK Equity Fund Advise Fed Tapers But Watch Bond Yields

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MEPs will during the February plenary session debate how to boost employment, especially among the young, vote on a food aid scheme for European citizens in need, and discuss the situation in Syria. Other topics include EP priorities for the European Council on 1-2 March, the upcoming elections in Russia and political developments in Hungary. In addition there will be a debate with Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti on Wednesday at 1500h CET.

One of the main issues during the plenary from 13-16 February will be how to tackle youth unemployment, which has reached an unprecedented level in Europe due to the economic crisis. On Monday MEPs will ask the Commission about its plan to use up to €82 billion in EU structural funds not yet allocated to specific projects to help small firms and combat youth unemployment. The Parliament will also vote on three resolutions on Wednesday calling for more efforts on growth, employment and poverty.

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Hong Kong’s HK Equity Fund say that despite financial market commentary suggesting that the US Federal Reserve has found a way to introduce the tapering of monetary stimulus without sending the markets into a selling frenzy, analysts at HK Equity Fund believe that the expected investor reaction will play out in slow motion.

The Fed announced last week that it plans to reduce the rate at which it buys US Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities by $ 10bn from $ 85bn per month to $ 75bn per month but also promised that, in contrast to a promise made earlier in the year, it would maintain ultra-low interest rates for considerable time even after the unemployment rate in the US falls to 6.5%.

“Markets had expected the Fed to postpone the taper until at least March of next year so the $ 10bn reduction came as something of a surprise. The threat of the taper had largely been priced into the equity markets but although 10yr bond yields initially remained benign, in the days following the announcement, they’ve started tracking uncomfortably close to the psychological 3% mark that sparked a sharp stock market sell off last September when investors were certain the taper was imminent” said the HK Equity Fund analyst.

Investors have greeted the taper with less of a kneejerk reaction but HK Equity Fund believes that markets will continue to adjust the price of risk of holding US treasuries by pushing yields higher. “The US government can’t expect to be able to borrow money cheaply ad infinitum. All the largesse of the last 20 years has to be paid for,” concluded the analyst.

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Debt Buyers: Discover These Three Less Competitive Markets With Large Profit Potential

Poverty Denial on a Haringey display board
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"At the age of twenty, a child born in Tottenham today will have a quality of life and access to the same level of opportunity that is at least equal to the best in London."

This "Future Vision for Tottenham" was one of several "exhibition boards" prepared by the Haringey’s Communications Team ( the Council’s information unit ). It pretends to residents that things are getting better – despite Government and Council cuts. It also makes a breathtaking promise for the future.

On 14 January 2015 I went to a talk at the John McAslan + Partners Display Space, 451-453 High Road, N17. I photographed this display panel which was on one of their walls.
  (The talk was about a Shop Front Improvement project, which I’ll photograph and write about separately.)

I’ve tried very hard to think of any way this "Vision" statement has some practical and honest meaning. Given what we know about growing inequality in our society, it hardly stands up as a prediction. Is it a party political pledge? If so, it should not be paid for out of public funds.

Jam in January 2035?

Or is it just one more upbeat aspiration? A hope for twenty years time? Not "jam today or jam tomorrow", but in January 2035 – an arbitrary date far enough into the future that nobody will remember.
  But in 2015 I wondered whether any Haringey staff who wrote and approved this drivel read the best selling book The Spirit Level? Do they pay any attention whatsoever to the research of people like Danny Dorling? Or Michael Marmot?
  Worse, have they spent any significant time in Tottenham – and not only the High Road – with open eyes, ears and minds?

Discussing Visions of the Future

I don’t object to elected local Councils encouraging debate about the issues underlying their vision for improving society and the towns or areas they represent. But they should at least follow minimum standards of balance, objectivity and truthfulness.

   Otherwise it is at best, pointless, ignorant and
   stupid. At worst, it is despicable propaganda
   and outright lying.

In Haringey in 2015 such debates and discussions needed to include factors which produce gross and growing inequality between different groups. Including unequal profiles of health; of diseases; of disability; and mental ill health. And wide differences in life expectancy.
  There are issues of employment, unemployment and unequal access to jobs. And of the growing inequality of pay and the growth in part-time and zero-hour jobs.
  There are questions about child care, and policies for education and training. What needs to be done about housing, overcrowding and homelessness?
  Vitally, such debates must include tensions being stoked-up concerning race, ethnicity and migration.

Most of the factors I’ve mentioned are beyond the control of a single borough Council. For things to change so profoundly by 2035 barriers would have to come down and policies change drastically – if not reverse.
  I’ve yet to see any substantial evidence that Haringey Council’s leaders have engaged openly and constructively in such debates with the borough’s residents.
  In my view the display panel is an attempt to "sell" a false prospectus – the promise of a fine future. But not until a time when most if not all the posturing politicians making the promise are no longer around.

Colluding with Political Propaganda

I’m disappointed that John McAslan and his colleagues were willing to display this Haringey Council propaganda on their walls – apparently without embarrassment. Surely they don’t believe it?
  Clearly, John McAslan + Partners are successful and experienced professionals, who work in many countries. Perhaps they take it for granted that local politicians may be vain and self-deluding. People they have to put up with, while working in the place.
  In Haringey, McAslan are enjoying a freebie shop from the Council. So maybe they think it’s diplomatic to display their benefactor’s empty political slogans and posters?

If so, I suggest they read (reread?) Václav Havel on The Power of the Powerless. I’ve copied this description from the The Wikipeda entry on Havel’s essay. (Accessed on 1 February 2015.) 
  
 "Havel uses the example of a greengrocer who displays
  in his shop the sign ‘Workers of the World, Unite!’. Since
 failure to display the sign could be seen as disloyalty,
 he displays it and the sign becomes not a symbol of his
 enthusiasm for the regime, but a symbol of both his
 submission to it and humiliation by it."

Havel called this behaviour "living a lie" – hiding what someone believes and desires in order to be left alone by the powers-that-be. He contrasted it with "a life lived in truth".
_________

§ "For forty years you heard from my predecessors on this day different variations on the same theme; how our country was flourishing, how many million tons of steel we produced, how happy we all were, how we trusted our government, and what bright perspectives were unfolding in front of us. I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you. Our country is not flourishing.". – Quotation from Václav Havel’s first New Year’s Address to the Nation as President of post-communist Czechoslovakia, 1st January 1990 (Source: ● Excerpt & links. ● Full Speech. English translation).

§ Other real Labour local councils have set better examples than the wretched nonentities running Haringey in 2015. Link to The Islington Fairness Commission which worked from June 2010 to June 2011.
§ Islington Fairness Commission’s Final Report.
§ Trust for London website: London’s Poverty Profile
§ The Spirit Level.
§ www.dannydorling.org/
§ The Marmot Review: ‘Fair Society Healthy Lives’ UCL Institute of Health Equity 2010.
§ The Health Gap : The Challenge of an Unequal World.
§ "It’s very good jam", said the Queen.
"Well, I don’t want any to-day, at any rate."
"You couldn’t have it if you did want it", the Queen said. "The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today."
The White Queen offers jam to Alice in: "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There".
§ Václav Havel: The Power of the Powerless.
§ Article by Natalie Nougayrède: A tip for Europe’s frustrated young radicals: reclaim the dissident spirit. The Guardian 12 June 2015.
§ Making the History of 1989. Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University,

Debt buyers, typically private or public companies, hedge fund investors, private equity companies, or even collection agencies, often buy portfolios of charged off, past due debt from banks, credit unions, telecom, hospitals, or other credit granters.

Debt buying has increased greatly in the last few years, causing greater competition and portfolio prices to increase. Its very probable that prices will continue to increase for another two years or so. Reasons include a decline in credit card charge-offs. In addition, since 2008, there has also been a reduction in credit card originations. This translates into smaller profit margins for bad debt buyers.

These purchased debt portfolios, which represent millions of dollars in unpaid delinquencies, are often large balance accounts. However, they’re usually acquired at some discount.

Conventional thinking is that accounts with larger balances can translate into greater profit for the debt buyer. Also, most collection agencies are attracted to and spend more of their collection activity on large balance accounts, thinking similarly. In similar fashion, the majority of collection agencies tend to prefer larger balance accounts, and they focus the lion-share of their collection efforts on these. However, there are some other options to consider, that are both less competitive, and can offer greater profit margins, such as:

-Bank Demand Deposit Accounts, that are overdrawn checking/ATM accounts (DDA)

-Stafford Student Loans (federal government loans for higher education), and

-Payday Advances

Below are some advantages:

Significantly Discounted Prices

Banks and other institutions usually focus more of their internal collection efforts on larger balance accounts, because of the greater risk involved should these default. Because of limited in house collection personnel, banks don’t place much focus on smaller balance accounts. These can often be purchased at great discounts.

Debt buyers that outsource these accounts to outside collection agencies can reduce their internal expenses and overhead tremendously. The important point, though, is locating collection agencies whose specialty is small balance DDA accounts. Most collection agencies dedicate most of their attention on larger balance accounts, due to the potential for greater profits.

Because of this, banks and other credit granters typically lower their prices for small balance debts to make them more appealing to debt buyers.

For collection agencies that specialize in collecting small balance DDA accounts, recovery rates average in the double digits. This means great opportunities for debt buyers. Investment returns of 50% or greater are not uncommon.

Debtors Normally Pay Off Smaller Balance Accounts First

Debt buyers should seriously consider smaller balance accounts. Typically, debtors pay off their smaller balance accounts first. This gives them a sense of making headway. This can seem a more manageable approach than attempting large balance credit card, or other accounts, which can feel overwhelming. After paying off small accounts, they then feel empowered to take on the larger accounts.

Collection agencies with an expertise in recovering on smaller balance demand deposit accounts will produce better collection success. Bad debt buyers will also see greater profits!

Lesser Competition

At this point, there seems to be little competition for debt buyers with respect to small balance DDA accounts, cash advance loans, and small balance student loans. Because most of the debt buying attention is on larger balance accounts, this may be a excellent time to look at this market.

As a consequence of existing bad economy, with continuing high unemployment, and increasing past due debt, banks and other companies are witnessing ever-increasing levels of delinquencies, defaults and charge-offs of small balance accounts.

Competition in this market is sure to increase, as many more investors and debt buyers become knowledgeable of the profit potential in this arena. This growth in competition will also mean increased portfolio prices, which will reduce the profit potential.

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New Yorkers Protest the US0 BILLION Wall Street BAILOUT: Wall Street, NYC – September 25, 2008

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This is actually a GOOD guy. See: billionairesforbush.com/index.php for more information.

Friends,

The richest 400 Americans — that’s right, just four-hundred people — own MORE than the bottom 150 million Americans COMBINED! 400 of the wealthiest Americans have got more stashed away than half the entire country! Their combined net worth is .6 trillion. During the eight years of the Bush Administration, their wealth has increased by nearly 0 billion — the same amount that they were demanding We give to them for the "bailout." Why don’t they just spend the money they made under Bush to bail themselves out? They’d still have nearly a trillion dollars left over to spread amongst themselves!

Of course, they are not going to do that — at least not voluntarily. George W. Bush was handed a 7 billion surplus when Bill Clinton left office. Because that money was OUR money and not HIS, he did what the rich prefer to do — spend it and never look back. Now we have a .5 trillion debt that will take seven generations from which to recover. Why — on –earth – did — our — "representatives" — give — these — robber — barons — $US850 BILLION — of – OUR — money?

Last week, proposed my own bailout plan. My suggestions, listed below, were predicated on the singular and simple belief that the rich must pull themselves up by their own platinum bootstraps. Sorry, fellows, but you drilled it into our heads one too many times: THERE…IS…NO…FREE… LUNCH ~ PERIOD! And thank you for encouraging us to hate people on welfare! So, there should have been NO HANDOUTS FROM US TO YOU! Last Friday, after voting AGAINST this BAILOUT, in an unprecedented turn of events, the House FLIP-FLOPPED their "No" Vote & said "Yes", in a rush version of a "bailout" bill vote. IN SPITE OF THE PEOPLE’S OVERWHELMING DISAPPROVAL OF THIS BAILOUT BILL… IN SPITE OF MILLIONS OF CALLS FROM THE PEOPLE CRASHING WASHINGTON "representatives’" PHONE LINES…IN SPITE OF CRASHING OUR POLITICIAN’S WEBSITES…IN SPITE OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING AROUND THE COUNTRY… THEY VOTED FOR THIS BAILOUT! The People first succeeded on Monday with the House, but failed do it with the Senate and then THE HOUSE TURNED ON US TOO!

It is clear, though, we cannot simply continue protesting without proposing exactly what it is we think THESE IDIOTS should/’ve do/one. So, after consulting with a number of people smarter than Phil Gramm, here’s the proposal, now known as "Mike’s Rescue Plan." (From Michael Moore’s Bailout Plan) It has 10 simple, straightforward points. They are that you DIDN’T, BUT SHOULD’VE:

1. APPOINTED A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO CRIMINALLY INDICT ANYONE ON WALL STREET WHO KNOWINGLY CONTRIBUTED TO THIS COLLAPSE. Before any new money was expended, Congress should have committed, by resolution, to CRIMINALLY PROSECUTE ANYONE who had ANYTHING to do with the attempted SACKING OF OUR ECONOMY. This means that anyone who committed insider trading, securities fraud or any action that helped bring about this collapse should have and MUST GO TO JAIL! This Congress SHOULD HAVE called for a Special Prosecutor who would vigorously go after everyone who created the mess, and anyone else who attempts to scam the public in future. (I like Elliot Spitzer ~ so, he played a little hanky-panky…Wall Street hates him & this is a GOOD thing.)

2. THE RICH SHOULD HAVE PAID FOR THEIR OWN BAILOUT! They may have to live in 5 houses instead of 7. They may have to drive 9 cars instead of 13. The chef for their mini-terriers may have to be reassigned. But there is no way in hell, after forcing family incomes to go down more than ,000 dollars during the Bush years, that working people and the middle class should have to fork over one dime to underwrite the next yacht purchase.

If they truly needed the 0 billion they say they needed, well, here is an easy way they could have raised it:

a) Every couple makeing over a million dollars a year and every single taxpayer who makes over 0,000 a year should pay a 10% surcharge tax for five years. (It’s the Senator Sanders plan. He’s like Colonel Sanders, only he’s out to fry the right chickens.) That means the rich would have still been paying less income tax than when Carter was president. That would have raise a total of 0 billion.

b) Like nearly every other democracy, they should have charged a 0.25% tax on every stock transaction. This would have raised more than 0 billion in a year.

c) Because every stockholder is a patriotic American, stockholders should have forgone receiving a dividend check for ONE quarter and instead this money would have gone the treasury to help pay for the bullsh*t bailout.

d) 25% of major U.S. corporations currently pay NO federal income tax. Federal corporate tax revenues currently amount to 1.7% of the GDP compared to 5% in the 1950s. If we raised the corporate income tax BACK to the levels of the 1950s, this would give us an extra 0 billion.

All of this combined should have been enough to end the calamity. The rich would have gotten to keep their mansions and their servants and our United States government ("COUNTRY FIRST!") would’ve have a little leftover to repair some roads, bridges and schools…

3. YOU SHOULD HAVE BAIL OUT THE PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES, NOT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BUILD AN EIGHTH HOME! There are 1.3 million homes in foreclosure right now. That is what is at the heart of this problem. So, instead of giving the money to the banks as a gift, they should have paid down each of these mortgages by 0,000. They should have forced the banks to renegotiate the mortgage so the homeowner could pay on its current value. To insure that this help wouldn’t go to speculators and those who tried to making money by flipping houses, the bailout should have only been for people’s primary residences. And, in return for the 0K pay-down on the existing mortgage, the government would have gotten to share in the holding of the mortgage so it could get some of its money back. Thus, the total initial cost of fixing the mortgage crisis at its roots (instead of with the greedy lenders) is 0 billion, not 0 BILLION.

And let’s set the record straight. People who have defaulted on their mortgages are not "bad risks." They are our fellow Americans, and all they wanted was what we all want: a home to call their own. But, during the Bush years, millions of the People lost the decent paying jobs they had. SIX MILLION fell into poverty! SEVEN MILLION lost their health insurance! And, every one of them saw their real wages go DOWN by ,000! Those who DARE look down on these Americans who got hit with one bad break after another should be ASHAMED.! We are a better, stronger, safer and happier society when all of our citizens can afford to live in a home they own.

4. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A STIPULATION THAT IF YOUR BANK OR COMPANY GOT ANY OF OUR MONEY IN A "BAILOUT," THEN WE OWN YOU. Sorry, that’s how it’s done. If the bank gives me money so I can buy a house, the bank "owns" that house until I pay it all back — with interest. Same deal for Wall Street. Whatever money you need to stay afloat, if our government considers you a safe risk — and necessary for the good of the country — then you can get a loan, but WE SHOULD OWN YOU. If you default, we will sell you. This is how the Swedish government did it and it worked.

5. ALL REGULATIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN BE RESTORED. THE REAGAN REVOLUTION IS DEAD! This catastrophe happened because we let the fox have the keys to the hen-house. In 1999, Phil Gramm authored a bill to remove all the regulations that governed Wall Street and our banking system. The bill passed and Clinton signed it. Here’s what Sen.Phil Gramm, McCain’s chief economic advisor, said at the bill signing:

"In the 1930s … it was believed that government was the answer. It was believed that stability and growth came from government overriding the functioning of free markets.

"We are here today to repeal [that] because we have learned that government is not the answer. We have learned that freedom and competition are the answers. We have learned that we promote economic growth and we promote stability by having competition and freedom.

"I am proud to be here because this is an important bill; it is a deregulatory bill. I believe that that is the wave of the future, and I am awfully proud to have been a part of making it a reality."

FOR THIS NOT TO REOCCUR, This BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPEALED! Bill Clinton could have helped by leading the effort for the repeal of the Gramm bill and the reinstating of even tougher regulations regarding our financial institutions. And when they were done with that, they should have restored the regulations for the airlines, the inspection of our food, the oil industry, OSHA, and every other entity that affects our daily lives. All oversight provisions for any "bailout" should have had enforcement monies attached to them and criminal penalties for all offenders.

6. IF IT’S TOO BIG TO FAIL, THEN THAT MEANS IT’S TOO BIG TO EXIST! Allowing the creation of these mega-mergers and not enforcing the monopoly and anti-trust laws has allowed a number of financial institutions and corporations to become so large, the very thought of their collapse means an even bigger collapse across the entire economy. No ONE or TWO companies should EVER have this kind of power! The so-called "economic Pearl Harbor" can’t happen when you have hundreds — thousands — of institutions where people have their money. When we have a dozen auto companies, if one goes belly-up, we DON’T FACE A NATIONAL DISASTER! If we have three separately-owned daily newspapers in your town, then one media company can’t call all the shots (I know… What am I thinking?! Who reads a paper anymore? Sure glad all those mergers and buyouts left us with a STRONG and "FREE" press!). Laws Should have been enacted to prevent companies from being so large and dominant that with one slingshot to the eye, the GIANT FALLS and DIES. And no institution should be allowed to set up money schemes that NO ONE understands. If you can’t explain it in two sentences, you shouldn’t be taking anyone’s money!

7. NO EXECUTIVE SHOULD EVER BE PAID MORE THAN 40 TIMES THEIR AVERAGE EMPLOYEE, AND NO EXECUTIVE SHOULD RECEIVE ANY KIND OF "PARACHUTE" OTHER THAN THE VERY GENEROUS SALARY HE OR SHE MADE WHILE WORKING FOR THE COMPANY. In 1980, the average American CEO made 45 times what their employees made. By 2003, they were making 254 times what their workers made. After 8 years of Bush, they now make over 400 times what their average employee makes. How We have allowed this to happen at publicly held companies is beyond reason. In Britain, the average CEO makes 28 times what their average employee makes. In Japan, it’s only 17 times! The last I heard, the CEO of Toyota was living the high life in Tokyo. How does he do it on so little money? Seriously, this is an OUTRAGE! We have created the mess we’re in by letting the people at the top become bloated beyond belief with millions of dollars. THIS HAS TO STOP! Not only should no executive who receives help out of this mess profit from it, but any executive who was in charge of running his company into the ground should be FIRED before the company receives ANY help.

8. CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE STRENGTHENED THE FDIC AND MADE IT A MODEL FOR PROTECTING NOT ONLY PEOPLE’S SAVINGS, BUT ALSO THEIR PENSIONS AND THEIR HOMES. Obama was correct to propose expanding FDIC protection of people’s savings in their banks to 0,000. But, this same sort of government insurance must be given to our NEVER have to worry about whether or not the money they’ve put away for their old age will be there. This should have meant strict government oversight of companies who manage their employees’ funds — or perhaps it means the companies should have been forced to turn over those funds and their management to the government? People’s private retirement funds must also be protected, but perhaps it’s time to consider not having one’s retirement invested in the casino known as the stock market??? Our government should have a solemn duty to guarantee that no one who grows old in this country has to worry about becoming destitute.

9. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH, CALM DOWN, AND NOT LET FEAR RULE THE DAY. Turn off your TVs! We are NOT in the Second Great Depression. The sky is NOT falling, Chicken Little! Pundits and politicians have lied to us so FAST and FURIOUS it’s hard not to be affected by all the fear mongering. Even I wrote to and repeated what I heard on the news last week, that the Dow had the biggest one day drop in its history. Well, that was true in terms of points, but its 7% drop came nowhere close to Black Monday in 1987 when the stock market in one day lost 23% of its value. In the ’80s, 3,000 banks closed, but America didn’t go out of business. These institutions have always had their ups and downs and eventually it works out. It has to, because the rich do not like their wealth being disrupted! They have a vested interest in calming things down and getting back into their Jacuzzis before they slip into their million thread-count sheets to drift off to a peaceful, Vodka tonic and Ambien-induced slumber.

As crazy as things are right now, tens of thousands of people got a car loan last week. Thousands went to the bank and got a mortgage to buy a home. Students just back to college found banks more than happy to put them into hock for the next 15 years with a student loan. I was even pre-approved for a USK personal loan. Yes, life has gone on with little-or-no-change (other than the whopping 6.1% umeployment rate, but that happened last month). Not a single person lost any of his/her monies in bank, or a treasury note, or in a CD. And, the perhaps the most amazing thing is that the American public FINALLY didn’t buy the scare campaign. The citizens didn’t blink, instead telling Congress to take that bailout and shove it. THAT was impressive. Why didn’t the population succumb to the fright-filled warnings from their president and his cronies? Well, you can only say ‘Saddam has the bomb’ so many times before the people realize you’re a lying sack of shit. After eight long years, the nation is worn out and simply can’t take it any longer. The WORLD is fed up & I don’t blame them.

10. THEY SHOULD HAVE CREATED A NATIONAL BANK, A "PEOPLE’S BANK." Since they’re really itching to print up a trillion dollars, instead of giving it to a few rich people, why don’t We give it to ourselves? Now that We own Freddie and Fannie, why not set up a People’s bank? One that can provide low-interest loans for all sorts of people who want to own a home, start a small business, go to school, come up with the cure for cancer or create the next great invention. And, now that we own AIG – the country’s largest insurance company – let’s take the next step and PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EVERYONE. MEDICARE FOR ALL! It will SAVE us SO MUCH MONEY in the LONG RUN (not to mention bring peace of mind to all). And, America won’t be 12th on the life expectancy list! We’ll be able to have a longer lifespan, enjoying our government-protected pension and will live to see the day when the corporate criminals who caused this much misery are let out of prison so that We can help re-acclimate them to plain old ordinary, civilian life — a life with ONE nice home and ONE gas-free car invented with help from the People’s Bank.

P.S. Call your Senators NOW !!! —> www.visi.com/juan/congress/

Since they voted against passing the extension of unemployment benefits and skipped out to "campaign" to us to be re-elected…call them and tell them you will vote for the other "guy" if they don’t get their act together!

Unemployment Mortgage Protection Cover provides assistance to householders that lose their work and are not able to make their mortgage payments. Acquiring unemployment mortgage safeguard cover is not a legitimate necessity therefore it may be a difficult verdict to choose this kind of insurance, particularly if you are still working. Since it is pricier to take into account, many people typically don’t consider it a necessary evil since the status quo may not inspire the need for this type of protection. Even so, there are many reasons to think about defending your mortgage payments in cases where your earnings are considerably reduced.

The most important part of unemployment mortgage protection cover is that it can literally keep your residence. Should you instantly become jobless, or suffer an inadvertent injury that keeps you from work, then at least it is possible to feel certain that your mortgage payments is going to be paid away by your policy. We are still going through an uncertain patch in the UK and the world economy remains relatively delicate. It is good to say that a good proportion in the workforce is at risk of losing their career. Unemployment mortgage protection cover has an appeal to the majority of home owners on the market who rely solely on their employment to pay their mortgage.

For many home owners, mortgage payments comprise anywhere from 30% to 60% of their monthly budget. Simply by obtaining your mortgage obligations released through your unemployment mortgage protection cover policy; this may lighten the burden on your budget helping you to focus on additional needs such as food, gas along with electrics. If you’re grateful enough to just have help for a few months, in that case your coverage will be a life saver, especially if you have a family based on your revenue. Although it could be difficult to look at the cost of unemployment mortgage protection cover, you should consider the pros and cons of having, or not possessing, this type of coverage.

Let’s not kid ourselves, paying for yet another plan along with your normal home insurance, auto insurance, as well as other essential monthly bills can feel like an unnecessary load. So, it’s great idea to sit down and think about both conditions, and have yourself the important problem that if you lost your career, and couldn’t pay your mortgage bills, would unemployment mortgage security cover really save you and your family from the anxiety of having your home repossessed? If your response is yes, then think about budgeting in some spare cash to fund protection.

If your answer is yes, then look at budgeting in some extra cash to cover protection. Having a sound plan, and accounting for unanticipated circumstances, can make you greater prepared in case you need help paying out your mortgage. If one thing the actual credit crisis has taught us, we simply cannot spend like we used to or take for granted that we’ll always have the credit obtainable in the event that we need, when we need it. That’s where unemployment mortgage protection cover will help present more peace of mind now, and more stability for the long run.

Know more about the policies of Unemployment Insurance in UK. Visit http://unemploymentinuk.blog.com today!
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When and Where to Invest in Colombia?

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Plenary 13-16 February: employment, food aid and Syria

MEPs will during the February plenary session debate how to boost employment, especially among the young, vote on a food aid scheme for European citizens in need, and discuss the situation in Syria. Other topics include EP priorities for the European Council on 1-2 March, the upcoming elections in Russia and political developments in Hungary. In addition there will be a debate with Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti on Wednesday at 1500h CET.

One of the main issues during the plenary from 13-16 February will be how to tackle youth unemployment, which has reached an unprecedented level in Europe due to the economic crisis. On Monday MEPs will ask the Commission about its plan to use up to €82 billion in EU structural funds not yet allocated to specific projects to help small firms and combat youth unemployment. The Parliament will also vote on three resolutions on Wednesday calling for more efforts on growth, employment and poverty.

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Colombia is fast attaining the label of being the NEO-Brazilon the Wall Street because of its local credit boom and heavy direct foreign investments. Last year its economy grew at a pace of 6% outshining its neighbours of the Andean region.International investments rose 26% in the first half of the fiscal year 2012. These companies have dispensed billions of dollars into the Andean nation’s oil and mining sector.According to the nations’ central bank, 82% of the foreign investments have gone into energy and commodities.

With Colombian Peso emerging as the world’s best performing currencies so far, growing almost 9% in contrast to the American dollar, analysts are more than willing to justify the +14% returns of the indigenous capital markets in 2012 and even better returns of 16.27 % derived from the selective FTSE listed Colombia ETFsand related local ADRs.

Colombia is the world’s fourth largest exporter of coal and the fourth biggest oil producer around the Andes,the tourism industry is being aggressively liberalised and the government is focussed on stabilizing the internal security and reforming the economy. Solid opportunities for financiers and investors are brewing through a rising entrepreneurial and educated middle class, enlargement of the business sector and expansion of the domestic consumption.Further the economy has had GDP growth of over 4% since the year 2003.

According to a report by the governor of the central bank the GDP growth for the 2012-13 year has been around 6% outperforming the International Monetary Fund guidance of 4.5%.

The economy is further stimulated by the falling unemployment figures, local companies expanding their operations and the government creating favourable trade conditions and creating transparent policies.Counter to this approach, the neighbouring countries such as Venezuela and Bolivia have shown resistance to foreign investment.

Colombia has signed Free Trade Agreements with the United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Switzerland, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Israel and Venezuela. Economic risks are reduced with deregulation of the economy and legal reforms providing helpful business growth.

There are a number of risks one needs to ponder upon that arise when investing in a foreign country or company. In Colombia the security risks have been solved to an extent with de mobilization of the Para military groups, Timely military surge has secured infrastructure of towns and cities by pushing the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) away from populated areas. Another area is infrastructure and the government of this country is taking steps to improve roads and internal transportation and communication.Although a nationwide acceptance of corruption continues to mar the growth but extensive programmes are being implemented to reduce this menace.

How to invest in Colombia and its corporations? The natural route of direct equity investing on the local exchange Bolsa De Valores de Colombia (BVC) may require a lot of homework, and compliance issues hence most foreign investors dabble with the NASDAQ listed American Derivatives [ADRs] of some of the largest Colombian Company Equity like Eco Petrol and Ban Columbia, latter being the biggest bank of the country.

A very stable exposure can be achieved through equity traded products that focus on the nation’s financial growth.Products like Colombia Fund and ETFs track the FTSE Colombia 20 Indexwhich is designed to measure broad based equity market performance in the country by tracking the 20 most liquid and large cap Colombian stocks and delivers as per the performances of their American listed ADRs.

Global X Colombia ETF [GXG] is a true copy of its name sake benchmark in terms of asset allocation. The annual operational expenses are charged at 0.83% and along with Eco-Petrol and Ban-Colombia; PACIFIC RUBIALES ENERGY, GRUPO AVAL ACCIONES VALOR, CELSIA SA ESP and INTERCONEXION ELECTRICA are also among the top ten stocks with each accounting for about a 5% of the assets of GXG ETF.
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Invest With Colombia for Brazil-Like Returns

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New Yorkers Protest the US0 BILLION (US TRILLION) Wall Street BAILOUT: Wall Street, NYC – September 25, 2008

VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE on 04 NOVEMBER 2008!

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Friends,

The richest 400 Americans — that’s right, just four-hundred people — own MORE than the bottom 150 million Americans COMBINED! 400 of the wealthiest Americans have got more stashed away than half the entire country! Their combined net worth is .6 trillion. During the eight years of the Bush Administration, their wealth has increased by nearly 0 billion — the same amount that they were demanding We give to them for the "bailout." Why don’t they just spend the money they made under Bush to bail themselves out? They’d still have nearly a trillion dollars left over to spread amongst themselves!

Of course, they are not going to do that — at least not voluntarily. George W. Bush was handed a 7 billion surplus when Bill Clinton left office. Because that money was OUR money and not HIS, he did what the rich prefer to do — spend it and never look back. Now we have a .5 trillion debt that will take seven generations from which to recover. Why — on –earth – did — our — "representatives" — give — these — robber — barons — $US850 BILLION — of – OUR — money?

Last week, proposed my own bailout plan. My suggestions, listed below, were predicated on the singular and simple belief that the rich must pull themselves up by their own platinum bootstraps. Sorry, fellows, but you drilled it into our heads one too many times: THERE…IS…NO…FREE… LUNCH ~ PERIOD! And thank you for encouraging us to hate people on welfare! So, there should have been NO HANDOUTS FROM US TO YOU! Last Friday, after voting AGAINST this BAILOUT, in an unprecedented turn of events, the House FLIP-FLOPPED their "No" Vote & said "Yes", in a rush version of a "bailout" bill vote. IN SPITE OF THE PEOPLE’S OVERWHELMING DISAPPROVAL OF THIS BAILOUT BILL… IN SPITE OF MILLIONS OF CALLS FROM THE PEOPLE CRASHING WASHINGTON "representatives’" PHONE LINES…IN SPITE OF CRASHING OUR POLITICIAN’S WEBSITES…IN SPITE OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING AROUND THE COUNTRY… THEY VOTED FOR THIS BAILOUT! The People first succeeded on Monday with the House, but failed do it with the Senate and then THE HOUSE TURNED ON US TOO!

It is clear, though, we cannot simply continue protesting without proposing exactly what it is we think THESE IDIOTS should/’ve do/one. So, after consulting with a number of people smarter than Phil Gramm, here’s the proposal, now known as "Mike’s Rescue Plan." (From Michael Moore’s Bailout Plan) It has 10 simple, straightforward points. They are that you DIDN’T, BUT SHOULD’VE:

1. APPOINTED A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO CRIMINALLY INDICT ANYONE ON WALL STREET WHO KNOWINGLY CONTRIBUTED TO THIS COLLAPSE. Before any new money was expended, Congress should have committed, by resolution, to CRIMINALLY PROSECUTE ANYONE who had ANYTHING to do with the attempted SACKING OF OUR ECONOMY. This means that anyone who committed insider trading, securities fraud or any action that helped bring about this collapse should have and MUST GO TO JAIL! This Congress SHOULD HAVE called for a Special Prosecutor who would vigorously go after everyone who created the mess, and anyone else who attempts to scam the public in future. (I like Elliot Spitzer ~ so, he played a little hanky-panky…Wall Street hates him & this is a GOOD thing.)

2. THE RICH SHOULD HAVE PAID FOR THEIR OWN BAILOUT! They may have to live in 5 houses instead of 7. They may have to drive 9 cars instead of 13. The chef for their mini-terriers may have to be reassigned. But there is no way in hell, after forcing family incomes to go down more than ,000 dollars during the Bush years, that working people and the middle class should have to fork over one dime to underwrite the next yacht purchase.

If they truly needed the 0 billion they say they needed, well, here is an easy way they could have raised it:

a) Every couple makeing over a million dollars a year and every single taxpayer who makes over 0,000 a year should pay a 10% surcharge tax for five years. (It’s the Senator Sanders plan. He’s like Colonel Sanders, only he’s out to fry the right chickens.) That means the rich would have still been paying less income tax than when Carter was president. That would have raise a total of 0 billion.

b) Like nearly every other democracy, they should have charged a 0.25% tax on every stock transaction. This would have raised more than 0 billion in a year.

c) Because every stockholder is a patriotic American, stockholders should have forgone receiving a dividend check for ONE quarter and instead this money would have gone the treasury to help pay for the bullsh*t bailout.

d) 25% of major U.S. corporations currently pay NO federal income tax. Federal corporate tax revenues currently amount to 1.7% of the GDP compared to 5% in the 1950s. If we raised the corporate income tax BACK to the levels of the 1950s, this would give us an extra 0 billion.

All of this combined should have been enough to end the calamity. The rich would have gotten to keep their mansions and their servants and our United States government ("COUNTRY FIRST!") would’ve have a little leftover to repair some roads, bridges and schools…

3. YOU SHOULD HAVE BAIL OUT THE PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES, NOT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BUILD AN EIGHTH HOME! There are 1.3 million homes in foreclosure right now. That is what is at the heart of this problem. So, instead of giving the money to the banks as a gift, they should have paid down each of these mortgages by 0,000. They should have forced the banks to renegotiate the mortgage so the homeowner could pay on its current value. To insure that this help wouldn’t go to speculators and those who tried to making money by flipping houses, the bailout should have only been for people’s primary residences. And, in return for the 0K pay-down on the existing mortgage, the government would have gotten to share in the holding of the mortgage so it could get some of its money back. Thus, the total initial cost of fixing the mortgage crisis at its roots (instead of with the greedy lenders) is 0 billion, not 0 BILLION.

And let’s set the record straight. People who have defaulted on their mortgages are not "bad risks." They are our fellow Americans, and all they wanted was what we all want: a home to call their own. But, during the Bush years, millions of the People lost the decent paying jobs they had. SIX MILLION fell into poverty! SEVEN MILLION lost their health insurance! And, every one of them saw their real wages go DOWN by ,000! Those who DARE look down on these Americans who got hit with one bad break after another should be ASHAMED.! We are a better, stronger, safer and happier society when all of our citizens can afford to live in a home they own.

4. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A STIPULATION THAT IF YOUR BANK OR COMPANY GOT ANY OF OUR MONEY IN A "BAILOUT," THEN WE OWN YOU. Sorry, that’s how it’s done. If the bank gives me money so I can buy a house, the bank "owns" that house until I pay it all back — with interest. Same deal for Wall Street. Whatever money you need to stay afloat, if our government considers you a safe risk — and necessary for the good of the country — then you can get a loan, but WE SHOULD OWN YOU. If you default, we will sell you. This is how the Swedish government did it and it worked.

5. ALL REGULATIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN BE RESTORED. THE REAGAN REVOLUTION IS DEAD! This catastrophe happened because we let the fox have the keys to the hen-house. In 1999, Phil Gramm authored a bill to remove all the regulations that governed Wall Street and our banking system. The bill passed and Clinton signed it. Here’s what Sen.Phil Gramm, McCain’s chief economic advisor, said at the bill signing:

"In the 1930s … it was believed that government was the answer. It was believed that stability and growth came from government overriding the functioning of free markets.

"We are here today to repeal [that] because we have learned that government is not the answer. We have learned that freedom and competition are the answers. We have learned that we promote economic growth and we promote stability by having competition and freedom.

"I am proud to be here because this is an important bill; it is a deregulatory bill. I believe that that is the wave of the future, and I am awfully proud to have been a part of making it a reality."

FOR THIS NOT TO REOCCUR, This BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPEALED! Bill Clinton could have helped by leading the effort for the repeal of the Gramm bill and the reinstating of even tougher regulations regarding our financial institutions. And when they were done with that, they should have restored the regulations for the airlines, the inspection of our food, the oil industry, OSHA, and every other entity that affects our daily lives. All oversight provisions for any "bailout" should have had enforcement monies attached to them and criminal penalties for all offenders.

6. IF IT’S TOO BIG TO FAIL, THEN THAT MEANS IT’S TOO BIG TO EXIST! Allowing the creation of these mega-mergers and not enforcing the monopoly and anti-trust laws has allowed a number of financial institutions and corporations to become so large, the very thought of their collapse means an even bigger collapse across the entire economy. No ONE or TWO companies should EVER have this kind of power! The so-called "economic Pearl Harbor" can’t happen when you have hundreds — thousands — of institutions where people have their money. When we have a dozen auto companies, if one goes belly-up, we DON’T FACE A NATIONAL DISASTER! If we have three separately-owned daily newspapers in your town, then one media company can’t call all the shots (I know… What am I thinking?! Who reads a paper anymore? Sure glad all those mergers and buyouts left us with a STRONG and "FREE" press!). Laws Should have been enacted to prevent companies from being so large and dominant that with one slingshot to the eye, the GIANT FALLS and DIES. And no institution should be allowed to set up money schemes that NO ONE understands. If you can’t explain it in two sentences, you shouldn’t be taking anyone’s money!

7. NO EXECUTIVE SHOULD EVER BE PAID MORE THAN 40 TIMES THEIR AVERAGE EMPLOYEE, AND NO EXECUTIVE SHOULD RECEIVE ANY KIND OF "PARACHUTE" OTHER THAN THE VERY GENEROUS SALARY HE OR SHE MADE WHILE WORKING FOR THE COMPANY. In 1980, the average American CEO made 45 times what their employees made. By 2003, they were making 254 times what their workers made. After 8 years of Bush, they now make over 400 times what their average employee makes. How We have allowed this to happen at publicly held companies is beyond reason. In Britain, the average CEO makes 28 times what their average employee makes. In Japan, it’s only 17 times! The last I heard, the CEO of Toyota was living the high life in Tokyo. How does he do it on so little money? Seriously, this is an OUTRAGE! We have created the mess we’re in by letting the people at the top become bloated beyond belief with millions of dollars. THIS HAS TO STOP! Not only should no executive who receives help out of this mess profit from it, but any executive who was in charge of running his company into the ground should be FIRED before the company receives ANY help.

8. CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE STRENGTHENED THE FDIC AND MADE IT A MODEL FOR PROTECTING NOT ONLY PEOPLE’S SAVINGS, BUT ALSO THEIR PENSIONS AND THEIR HOMES. Obama was correct to propose expanding FDIC protection of people’s savings in their banks to 0,000. But, this same sort of government insurance must be given to our NEVER have to worry about whether or not the money they’ve put away for their old age will be there. This should have meant strict government oversight of companies who manage their employees’ funds — or perhaps it means the companies should have been forced to turn over those funds and their management to the government? People’s private retirement funds must also be protected, but perhaps it’s time to consider not having one’s retirement invested in the casino known as the stock market??? Our government should have a solemn duty to guarantee that no one who grows old in this country has to worry about becoming destitute.

9. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH, CALM DOWN, AND NOT LET FEAR RULE THE DAY. Turn off your TVs! We are NOT in the Second Great Depression. The sky is NOT falling, Chicken Little! Pundits and politicians have lied to us so FAST and FURIOUS it’s hard not to be affected by all the fear mongering. Even I wrote to and repeated what I heard on the news last week, that the Dow had the biggest one day drop in its history. Well, that was true in terms of points, but its 7% drop came nowhere close to Black Monday in 1987 when the stock market in one day lost 23% of its value. In the ’80s, 3,000 banks closed, but America didn’t go out of business. These institutions have always had their ups and downs and eventually it works out. It has to, because the rich do not like their wealth being disrupted! They have a vested interest in calming things down and getting back into their Jacuzzis before they slip into their million thread-count sheets to drift off to a peaceful, Vodka tonic and Ambien-induced slumber.

As crazy as things are right now, tens of thousands of people got a car loan last week. Thousands went to the bank and got a mortgage to buy a home. Students just back to college found banks more than happy to put them into hock for the next 15 years with a student loan. I was even pre-approved for a USK personal loan. Yes, life has gone on with little-or-no-change (other than the whopping 6.1% umeployment rate, but that happened last month). Not a single person lost any of his/her monies in bank, or a treasury note, or in a CD. And, the perhaps the most amazing thing is that the American public FINALLY didn’t buy the scare campaign. The citizens didn’t blink, instead telling Congress to take that bailout and shove it. THAT was impressive. Why didn’t the population succumb to the fright-filled warnings from their president and his cronies? Well, you can only say ‘Saddam has the bomb’ so many times before the people realize you’re a lying sack of shit. After eight long years, the nation is worn out and simply can’t take it any longer. The WORLD is fed up & I don’t blame them.

10. THEY SHOULD HAVE CREATED A NATIONAL BANK, A "PEOPLE’S BANK." Since they’re really itching to print up a trillion dollars, instead of giving it to a few rich people, why don’t We give it to ourselves? Now that We own Freddie and Fannie, why not set up a People’s bank? One that can provide low-interest loans for all sorts of people who want to own a home, start a small business, go to school, come up with the cure for cancer or create the next great invention. And, now that we own AIG – the country’s largest insurance company – let’s take the next step and PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EVERYONE. MEDICARE FOR ALL! It will SAVE us SO MUCH MONEY in the LONG RUN (not to mention bring peace of mind to all). And, America won’t be 12th on the life expectancy list! We’ll be able to have a longer lifespan, enjoying our government-protected pension and will live to see the day when the corporate criminals who caused this much misery are let out of prison so that We can help re-acclimate them to plain old ordinary, civilian life — a life with ONE nice home and ONE gas-free car invented with help from the People’s Bank.

P.S. Call your Senators NOW !!! —> www.visi.com/juan/congress/

Since they voted against passing the extension of unemployment benefits and skipped out to "campaign" to us to be re-elected…call them and tell them you will vote for the other "guy" if they don’t get their act together!

UPDATE:

The Bailout Is A Truly Evil Disaster And Enabler Pelosi Must Go

We are hearing more and more reports of how badly the ill-advised banker’s bailout is being handled, multi-million dollar bonuses for Paulson’s old cronies at Goldman Sachs, billions going to finance the takeover of rival banks, making the "too big to fail" even bigger, and the taxpayer getting an otherwise rotten deal for their investment. We even heard a Republic senator asking how fast they could blow the money.

NONE of this could have happened without the fawning complicity of Nancy Pelosi, who infamously said it was Bush’s proposal, INSTEAD of coming forward with a robust alternative plan. Just like Bush, she believes she is immune, she believes she is unaccountable, and shame on us if we don’t do everything we can to defeat her this Tuesday, and replace her with Cindy Sheehan.

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Colombia has achieved a gradual but successful image makeover from that of a leftist guerrilla laden country to one that has achieved a huge rush of foreign investors in the year 2011 taking foreign investments up by 56% to $ 14.8 billion. The national stock market benchmark; Indice General de la Bolsa de Valores de Colombia [IGDC] has outperformed most of its Latin continent cousins with an annual return of 10% delivered to its investors. Major market equities along with broader market product such as Global X Colombia ETF have in fact beaten the general index too with yearly returns close to 14%.

As per the International Monetary Fund projected outlook, Colombiahas duly delivered a GDP growth of +4.5% for the financial year 2012, therefore outperforming the GDP growth rate of Euro zone of 1.1% and that of United States’ 1.8%.

The Latin America nation that has climbed ahead of countries like Brazil in terms of real growth rate has done so remarkably in times of the recession mess in United States and amid global growth that has been considerably sluggish. The reformation and revival programmes began in this country in the year 2002 stipulated by the then president, and his policies have been carried forward to this day. Violent times seem more or less over in this country and new beginnings seem to be born such as tourism, fortunate rates of economics growth (since the year early 2000’s) and increase in outside investment, where a sizable amount is now entering the capital markets through Colombian funds and ETFs

The economy has benefitted through the increase in oil production. New state norms that allow foreign participation in the Oil and Gas sector have initiated a series of new exploration projects and institutional investments. Previously such offers were shut for outsiders. Oil and minerals play a vital role in foreign speculation thus offering immense scope for such investments. In addition the United States and Colombia have signed a free trade agreement which promises a boost in the latter’s economy. Its trading position receives impetus from its potential geographical location – close to both east and west coast United States markets.

As per the government estimates, the formalisation of recent FTA with America will produce about 3, 00,000 new jobs for the citizens of the country.

Ecopetrol (the oil company) stands as the most obvious beneficiary and is greatly expanding due to nation’s offshore and onshore enticing oil deposits.Ban Colombia, the largest bank of the nation is another stock that may entice investors convinced with the asset class and has also seen a fair amount of cash inflows for its listed securities and ADRs during the past year.

Unemployment figures have fortunately fallen; this will boost the advancement of the middle class furthering pushing the domestic consumption. The key industries’ listincludes- textiles, food processing, oil, clothing and footwear, beverages, gold, coal, cement, chemicals and emerald. The overall economic development and foreign direct investment (FDI) has enhanced with minimum country specific risks, as its government has created an economic and regulatory environment constructive for business expansion of the indigenous companies which will go a long way in establishing trust among the off-shore investors.

Colombia ETF in the coming times may provide for a much more harmonious investment break than its neighbouring oil exporting states such as Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico. The success is rubbing off on the stock markets as well, and there is a noticeable upsurge in public offerings to raise funds for expansion by attracting new customers. Foreign Investors may tap the opportunity through Colombian centric equity traded funds to get an indirect exposure to the 20 most liquid securities of the country that make up the FTSE Colombia 20 Index.

Global X GXG ETF is a broader market product that attunes to the performance of the FTSE Colombia 20 benchmark and delivers after a rationale annual expense of 0.83%. Exposure received is among the 20 most liquid stocks from the country including Ecopetrol and Ban-Columbia.Global X GXG is a 0million fund, has a P/E of 17 andhas yielded 14% standardised returns for 2012.
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Health Savings Accounts Fund Health Care During Unemployment

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In this retention of Kentucky, water runs on, around and through the slate rock geology that surrounds and supports the construction phase of Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) expansion project, on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Pikeville, KY.
After months of infrastructure construction and rain delays, one of Kentucky’s largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects is under way. The .6 million Community Facilities Loan will finance construction of a new medical office building and parking garage. The new medical office building will house outpatient surgery, endoscopy and surgical support and provide exam, waiting and office space for 23 primary and specialty care physicians. It also will contain a medical research center to support existing research – in conjunction with Pikeville College – on health disparities, genetic research related to the prevalence of cancer and other areas, including drug and treatment trials. The new seven-floor parking garage with more than 1,000 spaces will be built adjacent to the new medical building. This will eliminate the need to shuttle patients back and forth from remote parking areas, as the center’s current parking areas are filled to capacity on a daily basis. The new garage will provide closer and easier proximity to medical and hospital services for all patients.
Wayne Rutherford, County Judge-Executive for Pike County, says funding from ARRA is a boon for his county because it will create jobs.
“This is great for Pike County’s economy. We know we have a great hospital, and with this support, it will be even better,” said Rutherford. “The unemployment rate here is above the state average and this will stimulate jobs. There will be construction, which means lots of jobs on the front end – and even more once it is built.”

Pike County is one of Kentucky’s persistent poverty counties and the current medical facility provides health care services for a rural population of more than 68,000. This project will create 1,430 direct and indirect construction jobs, in addition to 97 long-term jobs. It is scheduled to be completed in December 2012.

“This project is a prime example of the ARRA monies being utilized for much-needed health care facility expansion in an economically-depressed region of Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia,” said Tom Fern, State Director for Rural Development in Kentucky. “This hospital has received national recognition for its quality of care, and this money will allow them to expand and build upon their success and continue providing quality health care services to the region.”
PMC was named National Hospital of the Year by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers in November 2009. The hospital was among 400 elite health care facilities to apply for this prestigious honor. To earn this recognition, PMC competed against more than 400 hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic, the John Hopkins Hospital, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University.
Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn said the medical center is the largest employer in Pikeville and contributes nearly million to the city through the payment of occupational taxes. He went on to say that Pikeville Medical’s success is also the city’s success because as other cities struggle with dwindling revenues, Pikeville has actually seen growth.
“This is a regional medical center that is very important to the city. Pikeville is a legal, financial and education hub for Eastern Kentucky and a gateway to rural communities in Virginia and West Virginia. There are half a million within a 50-mile radius – so it’s not just local people that depend on this facility,” said Blackburn. “From a regional standpoint it adds volume from a jobs standpoint. Everybody in this county knows someone or has family that works for Pikeville Medical Center.
“People in this area used to have to go out of the area for good jobs and quality medical services, but Pikeville Medical has changed that,” added Blackburn. "And it has impact on other parts of the city’s economy – hotels, restaurants and retail. It increases the quality of life tenfold.”

The Recovery Act was designed to spend money gradually over time in order to sustain a true recovery – with peak spending to occur early this year. While the experts agree that ARRA is already responsible for creating or saving approximately two million jobs, about 75 percent of recipients that reported on their Recover Act spending indicated their projects are less than half complete, meaning there is even more job impact from those dollars to come.
USDA Media by Lance Cheung.

Health Savings Accounts are getting a reputation for making health insurance more attractive. That’s because health insurance plans that let you start an HSA often cost less than traditional co-payment plans. HSA plans also lag way behind traditional plans in terms of frequent rate hikes, too.

Low premiums make it more affordable to maintain coverage during periods of unemployment, but that’s not the only way HSA plans can bridge gaps between jobs. As you’ve probably guessed, a Health Savings Account is specifically designed to pay for health care with benefits that standard accounts don’t provide.

Health Savings Accounts Reduce Taxes

Health Savings Accounts allow you to pay for health care with pre-tax dollars. The money you contribute to your HSA can be used to directly reduce your taxable income with an “above-the-line deduction.” That basically means you won’t need to itemize deductions to lower your income taxes. That works for federal tax returns and for all but three state returns.

After you get that tax deduction, you have a choice about how to use your HSA funds. If you use the money for health care, withdrawals won’t be taxed as long as you only spend them to pay for health care that’s deemed to be eligible. Most things are with the exception of over-the-counter medicines, like aspirin. A purchase like that would trigger a 20-percent penalty fee on the HSA withdrawal and it would become taxable income.

You can spend HSA money on things your high-deductible health plan probably won’t cover, such as dentistry or homeopathy. You can also pay for health care for family members who are not covered on your insurance policy.

HSA Plans Foster Saving For Retirement

Your other choice is to invest HSA dollars and let the balance grow with tax-free earnings as you would with an IRA. If your employer contributes to your HSA, that money is yours to keep even after that job is history. Once you turn 65, you can use HSA funds to buy anything without incurring a penalty, but it’s still taxable as income when spent on something other than qualified health care.

Many different financial institutions will let you open an HSA. Some restrict what they offer to interest-bearing savings accounts, but others will allow you to invest in stocks and bonds, or mutual funds. These accounts are becoming big business, so HSA administrators are competing with perks to attract your business. Many make it as simple to withdraw HSA money as it is to use a regular checking account. Even credit cards linked to HSA money are on the horizon.

After your HSA balance reaches an amount that you’re comfortable with, you might even consider starting a second Health Savings Account that you use strictly for the investment options. Keep one liquid for medical emergencies and devote the second one to letting the tax-free earnings help you prepare for retirement.

By Wiley Long – President, HSA for America – Professional advisors offering personal assistance on Health Savings Accounts. Run instant HSA quotes, compare HSA insurance, apply online and save!
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SC Unemployment – Find All The Help You Need

The Mary Macarthur Home, Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire (Post Card)
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The Trust was created in 1922 and all those associated with it are proud of its long record of service. In carrying out the objects of the Trust the Management Committee is always conscious that they should act to meet the ideals of the woman whose name the Trust bears – Mary Macarthur.

Mary Macarthur was born in Ayr in 1880 the daughter of a draper. Joining the Shop Assistants’ Union in 1901 she was elected the President of its Scottish District Council within a year. In 1903 she moved to London and became General Secretary of the Women’s Trade Union League. She helped to form the National Federation of Women Workers in 1906 and was its President for the first two years. She served as its General Secretary from 1908 to 1921 when it was merged with what is now the GMB, shortly before her tragic early death.

In 1916 with the help of the National Federation and the General Unions, she successfully secured an amendment to the Munitions Act. This required that women should receive the same rate of pay as men when carrying out men’s work and led to the establishment of the first national minimum rate in the engineering industry. This was only one of her many triumphs. In 1918 she was an unsuccessful candidate in the parliamentary election for the constituency of Stourbridge. One of the reasons for her failure was that although well known as Mary Macarthur she had to use her married name of Mary Anderson. In 1911 she had married Will Anderson who was himself a Member of Parliament from 1914. When her husband died in the influenza epidemic in 1919 Mary was left to bring up their four year old daughter.

During the First World War she worked tirelessly for the employed and unemployed and, at the invitation of Queen Mary, became Honorary Secretary of the Central Committee of Women’s Unemployment. Her life was dedicated to helping the disadvantaged to help themselves. She died at Golders Green on 1 January 1921.

Before her death Mary Macarthur had often expressed concern that the “tired working women”, with whom she came into contact, had no hope of respite or of a holiday. Her hope was that a holiday home could be opened to which they could go for a period of rest.

After her death a memorial fund was started as the Mary Macarthur Holiday Homes for Working Women and within a few months the first home “The Gables” was opened at High Ongar in Essex. The Gables and subsequent ‘homes’ at Stanstead, Littlehampton and Poulton-le-Fylde flourished.

In 1991 the Committee of Management realised that the income of the Trust was insufficient to maintain a holiday centre which matched modern needs and expectations. They therefore decided they should find an alternative way of providing for women in need which they were confident respected Mary Macarthur’s original intentions and would have met with her approval. The remaining home at Poulton-le-Fylde was sold and the proceeds of sale invested. The name of the charity was changed to the Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust and since then the income and donations have been used to provide holidays for working and working age women and thus to serve a real area of need.

Since 1991, the new Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust has achieved the provision of a holiday of their choice for There can be no doubt that the unique place that the Mary Macarthur Homes held in the area of social responsibility, and the memory of Mary Macarthur herself, are perpetuated through the Trust Fund.

Her aim “to fight, to struggle, to right the wrong” so that those in need might hope for better things is continued today in the fulfilment of her dream to provide the respite needed by women.

© Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust 2012 onwards

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SC unemployment figures or the jobless figures for the US state of South Carolina continue to worry the experts. Yes, it seems that the situation might be improving, but they feel that it is not enough. For instance, according to the figures released in May the unemployment rate has come down for the fourth straight month, but it has again gone up in June. While in May it was 10.5 percent, in June the SC unemployment rate has gone up again to 11 percent. This means that every tenth person you meet is without a job. This, of course, is too scary to comprehend. Do keep in mind that the national average was 9.7 percent in May, and the state now ranks seventh in the jobless rate behind Nevada, Michigan, California, Rhode Island, Florida and Mississippi. Naturally, the SC Unemployment Office is trying to help all those who are without a job in several ways.

Getting Help Through Sces.org

The website www.sces.org, which is run by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, offers workforce services, job opportunities and unemployment benefits for all those who are without a job, and are looking for financial stability. This SC unemployment website helps people find answers to seven critical questions. These questions are the following.

* Am I eligible for unemployment insurance?
* How do I register for work?
* How do I list a job?
* What services are available for veterans?
* How do I get training?
* What is WIA?
* How do I find work?

Many of those who have lost their jobs often need to be re-trained to enhance the chances of getting a job because some of their old jobs would not be available for some time. So, SC unemployment help also includes finding ways in which people can be trained. Besides, information is also offered on the various training providers. The department arranges financial aid for such training as well. This is indeed quite important because most jobless people cannot fund their training. If you decide to change your career, then career counseling, of course, becomes absolutely important. The department offers this as well when you are out of work.

SC Unemployment Office Locations

The address of the main office of South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is:

1550 Gadsden Street
P.O. Box 995
Columbia, South Carolina 29202

Apart from this, offices are located across the state in the different counties as well.

SC Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance assumes huge importance, particularly in these troubled times. If you are covered by this, you will receive supplemental income on the event of a job loss. However, you must remember that you become eligible only if you have been laid off, and not fired from your job. Unemployment insurance coverage ensures that you will receive your unemployment checks, and you will also receive money to pay off your bills when you do not have a job. SC unemployment insurance becomes absolutely critical, if you have a home or if you have a family to run.

The website scesonline.com offers SC unemployment help for all those who are looking for a job, or any kind of unemployment assistance such as insurance, training, financial aid and more. Please visit the website for more information.

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Wall Street Welfare Checks.
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New Yorkers Protest the US0 BILLION (US TRILLION) Wall Street BAILOUT: Wall Street, NYC – September 25, 2008

VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE on 04 NOVEMBER 2008!

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Friends,

The richest 400 Americans — that’s right, just four-hundred people — own MORE than the bottom 150 million Americans COMBINED! 400 of the wealthiest Americans have got more stashed away than half the entire country! Their combined net worth is .6 trillion. During the eight years of the Bush Administration, their wealth has increased by nearly 0 billion — the same amount that they were demanding We give to them for the "bailout." Why don’t they just spend the money they made under Bush to bail themselves out? They’d still have nearly a trillion dollars left over to spread amongst themselves!

Of course, they are not going to do that — at least not voluntarily. George W. Bush was handed a 7 billion surplus when Bill Clinton left office. Because that money was OUR money and not HIS, he did what the rich prefer to do — spend it and never look back. Now we have a .5 trillion debt that will take seven generations from which to recover. Why — on –earth – did — our — "representatives" — give — these — robber — barons — $US850 BILLION — of – OUR — money?

Last week, proposed my own bailout plan. My suggestions, listed below, were predicated on the singular and simple belief that the rich must pull themselves up by their own platinum bootstraps. Sorry, fellows, but you drilled it into our heads one too many times: THERE…IS…NO…FREE… LUNCH ~ PERIOD! And thank you for encouraging us to hate people on welfare! So, there should have been NO HANDOUTS FROM US TO YOU! Last Friday, after voting AGAINST this BAILOUT, in an unprecedented turn of events, the House FLIP-FLOPPED their "No" Vote & said "Yes", in a rush version of a "bailout" bill vote. IN SPITE OF THE PEOPLE’S OVERWHELMING DISAPPROVAL OF THIS BAILOUT BILL… IN SPITE OF MILLIONS OF CALLS FROM THE PEOPLE CRASHING WASHINGTON "representatives’" PHONE LINES…IN SPITE OF CRASHING OUR POLITICIAN’S WEBSITES…IN SPITE OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING AROUND THE COUNTRY… THEY VOTED FOR THIS BAILOUT! The People first succeeded on Monday with the House, but failed do it with the Senate and then THE HOUSE TURNED ON US TOO!

It is clear, though, we cannot simply continue protesting without proposing exactly what it is we think THESE IDIOTS should/’ve do/one. So, after consulting with a number of people smarter than Phil Gramm, here’s the proposal, now known as "Mike’s Rescue Plan." (From Michael Moore’s Bailout Plan) It has 10 simple, straightforward points. They are that you DIDN’T, BUT SHOULD’VE:

1. APPOINTED A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO CRIMINALLY INDICT ANYONE ON WALL STREET WHO KNOWINGLY CONTRIBUTED TO THIS COLLAPSE. Before any new money was expended, Congress should have committed, by resolution, to CRIMINALLY PROSECUTE ANYONE who had ANYTHING to do with the attempted SACKING OF OUR ECONOMY. This means that anyone who committed insider trading, securities fraud or any action that helped bring about this collapse should have and MUST GO TO JAIL! This Congress SHOULD HAVE called for a Special Prosecutor who would vigorously go after everyone who created the mess, and anyone else who attempts to scam the public in future. (I like Elliot Spitzer ~ so, he played a little hanky-panky…Wall Street hates him & this is a GOOD thing.)

2. THE RICH SHOULD HAVE PAID FOR THEIR OWN BAILOUT! They may have to live in 5 houses instead of 7. They may have to drive 9 cars instead of 13. The chef for their mini-terriers may have to be reassigned. But there is no way in hell, after forcing family incomes to go down more than ,000 dollars during the Bush years, that working people and the middle class should have to fork over one dime to underwrite the next yacht purchase.

If they truly needed the 0 billion they say they needed, well, here is an easy way they could have raised it:

a) Every couple makeing over a million dollars a year and every single taxpayer who makes over 0,000 a year should pay a 10% surcharge tax for five years. (It’s the Senator Sanders plan. He’s like Colonel Sanders, only he’s out to fry the right chickens.) That means the rich would have still been paying less income tax than when Carter was president. That would have raise a total of 0 billion.

b) Like nearly every other democracy, they should have charged a 0.25% tax on every stock transaction. This would have raised more than 0 billion in a year.

c) Because every stockholder is a patriotic American, stockholders should have forgone receiving a dividend check for ONE quarter and instead this money would have gone the treasury to help pay for the bullsh*t bailout.

d) 25% of major U.S. corporations currently pay NO federal income tax. Federal corporate tax revenues currently amount to 1.7% of the GDP compared to 5% in the 1950s. If we raised the corporate income tax BACK to the levels of the 1950s, this would give us an extra 0 billion.

All of this combined should have been enough to end the calamity. The rich would have gotten to keep their mansions and their servants and our United States government ("COUNTRY FIRST!") would’ve have a little leftover to repair some roads, bridges and schools…

3. YOU SHOULD HAVE BAIL OUT THE PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES, NOT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BUILD AN EIGHTH HOME! There are 1.3 million homes in foreclosure right now. That is what is at the heart of this problem. So, instead of giving the money to the banks as a gift, they should have paid down each of these mortgages by 0,000. They should have forced the banks to renegotiate the mortgage so the homeowner could pay on its current value. To insure that this help wouldn’t go to speculators and those who tried to making money by flipping houses, the bailout should have only been for people’s primary residences. And, in return for the 0K pay-down on the existing mortgage, the government would have gotten to share in the holding of the mortgage so it could get some of its money back. Thus, the total initial cost of fixing the mortgage crisis at its roots (instead of with the greedy lenders) is 0 billion, not 0 BILLION.

And let’s set the record straight. People who have defaulted on their mortgages are not "bad risks." They are our fellow Americans, and all they wanted was what we all want: a home to call their own. But, during the Bush years, millions of the People lost the decent paying jobs they had. SIX MILLION fell into poverty! SEVEN MILLION lost their health insurance! And, every one of them saw their real wages go DOWN by ,000! Those who DARE look down on these Americans who got hit with one bad break after another should be ASHAMED.! We are a better, stronger, safer and happier society when all of our citizens can afford to live in a home they own.

4. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A STIPULATION THAT IF YOUR BANK OR COMPANY GOT ANY OF OUR MONEY IN A "BAILOUT," THEN WE OWN YOU. Sorry, that’s how it’s done. If the bank gives me money so I can buy a house, the bank "owns" that house until I pay it all back — with interest. Same deal for Wall Street. Whatever money you need to stay afloat, if our government considers you a safe risk — and necessary for the good of the country — then you can get a loan, but WE SHOULD OWN YOU. If you default, we will sell you. This is how the Swedish government did it and it worked.

5. ALL REGULATIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN BE RESTORED. THE REAGAN REVOLUTION IS DEAD! This catastrophe happened because we let the fox have the keys to the hen-house. In 1999, Phil Gramm authored a bill to remove all the regulations that governed Wall Street and our banking system. The bill passed and Clinton signed it. Here’s what Sen.Phil Gramm, McCain’s chief economic advisor, said at the bill signing:

"In the 1930s … it was believed that government was the answer. It was believed that stability and growth came from government overriding the functioning of free markets.

"We are here today to repeal [that] because we have learned that government is not the answer. We have learned that freedom and competition are the answers. We have learned that we promote economic growth and we promote stability by having competition and freedom.

"I am proud to be here because this is an important bill; it is a deregulatory bill. I believe that that is the wave of the future, and I am awfully proud to have been a part of making it a reality."

FOR THIS NOT TO REOCCUR, This BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPEALED! Bill Clinton could have helped by leading the effort for the repeal of the Gramm bill and the reinstating of even tougher regulations regarding our financial institutions. And when they were done with that, they should have restored the regulations for the airlines, the inspection of our food, the oil industry, OSHA, and every other entity that affects our daily lives. All oversight provisions for any "bailout" should have had enforcement monies attached to them and criminal penalties for all offenders.

6. IF IT’S TOO BIG TO FAIL, THEN THAT MEANS IT’S TOO BIG TO EXIST! Allowing the creation of these mega-mergers and not enforcing the monopoly and anti-trust laws has allowed a number of financial institutions and corporations to become so large, the very thought of their collapse means an even bigger collapse across the entire economy. No ONE or TWO companies should EVER have this kind of power! The so-called "economic Pearl Harbor" can’t happen when you have hundreds — thousands — of institutions where people have their money. When we have a dozen auto companies, if one goes belly-up, we DON’T FACE A NATIONAL DISASTER! If we have three separately-owned daily newspapers in your town, then one media company can’t call all the shots (I know… What am I thinking?! Who reads a paper anymore? Sure glad all those mergers and buyouts left us with a STRONG and "FREE" press!). Laws Should have been enacted to prevent companies from being so large and dominant that with one slingshot to the eye, the GIANT FALLS and DIES. And no institution should be allowed to set up money schemes that NO ONE understands. If you can’t explain it in two sentences, you shouldn’t be taking anyone’s money!

7. NO EXECUTIVE SHOULD EVER BE PAID MORE THAN 40 TIMES THEIR AVERAGE EMPLOYEE, AND NO EXECUTIVE SHOULD RECEIVE ANY KIND OF "PARACHUTE" OTHER THAN THE VERY GENEROUS SALARY HE OR SHE MADE WHILE WORKING FOR THE COMPANY. In 1980, the average American CEO made 45 times what their employees made. By 2003, they were making 254 times what their workers made. After 8 years of Bush, they now make over 400 times what their average employee makes. How We have allowed this to happen at publicly held companies is beyond reason. In Britain, the average CEO makes 28 times what their average employee makes. In Japan, it’s only 17 times! The last I heard, the CEO of Toyota was living the high life in Tokyo. How does he do it on so little money? Seriously, this is an OUTRAGE! We have created the mess we’re in by letting the people at the top become bloated beyond belief with millions of dollars. THIS HAS TO STOP! Not only should no executive who receives help out of this mess profit from it, but any executive who was in charge of running his company into the ground should be FIRED before the company receives ANY help.

8. CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE STRENGTHENED THE FDIC AND MADE IT A MODEL FOR PROTECTING NOT ONLY PEOPLE’S SAVINGS, BUT ALSO THEIR PENSIONS AND THEIR HOMES. Obama was correct to propose expanding FDIC protection of people’s savings in their banks to 0,000. But, this same sort of government insurance must be given to our NEVER have to worry about whether or not the money they’ve put away for their old age will be there. This should have meant strict government oversight of companies who manage their employees’ funds — or perhaps it means the companies should have been forced to turn over those funds and their management to the government? People’s private retirement funds must also be protected, but perhaps it’s time to consider not having one’s retirement invested in the casino known as the stock market??? Our government should have a solemn duty to guarantee that no one who grows old in this country has to worry about becoming destitute.

9. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH, CALM DOWN, AND NOT LET FEAR RULE THE DAY. Turn off your TVs! We are NOT in the Second Great Depression. The sky is NOT falling, Chicken Little! Pundits and politicians have lied to us so FAST and FURIOUS it’s hard not to be affected by all the fear mongering. Even I wrote to and repeated what I heard on the news last week, that the Dow had the biggest one day drop in its history. Well, that was true in terms of points, but its 7% drop came nowhere close to Black Monday in 1987 when the stock market in one day lost 23% of its value. In the ’80s, 3,000 banks closed, but America didn’t go out of business. These institutions have always had their ups and downs and eventually it works out. It has to, because the rich do not like their wealth being disrupted! They have a vested interest in calming things down and getting back into their Jacuzzis before they slip into their million thread-count sheets to drift off to a peaceful, Vodka tonic and Ambien-induced slumber.

As crazy as things are right now, tens of thousands of people got a car loan last week. Thousands went to the bank and got a mortgage to buy a home. Students just back to college found banks more than happy to put them into hock for the next 15 years with a student loan. I was even pre-approved for a USK personal loan. Yes, life has gone on with little-or-no-change (other than the whopping 6.1% umeployment rate, but that happened last month). Not a single person lost any of his/her monies in bank, or a treasury note, or in a CD. And, the perhaps the most amazing thing is that the American public FINALLY didn’t buy the scare campaign. The citizens didn’t blink, instead telling Congress to take that bailout and shove it. THAT was impressive. Why didn’t the population succumb to the fright-filled warnings from their president and his cronies? Well, you can only say ‘Saddam has the bomb’ so many times before the people realize you’re a lying sack of shit. After eight long years, the nation is worn out and simply can’t take it any longer. The WORLD is fed up & I don’t blame them.

10. THEY SHOULD HAVE CREATED A NATIONAL BANK, A "PEOPLE’S BANK." Since they’re really itching to print up a trillion dollars, instead of giving it to a few rich people, why don’t We give it to ourselves? Now that We own Freddie and Fannie, why not set up a People’s bank? One that can provide low-interest loans for all sorts of people who want to own a home, start a small business, go to school, come up with the cure for cancer or create the next great invention. And, now that we own AIG – the country’s largest insurance company – let’s take the next step and PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EVERYONE. MEDICARE FOR ALL! It will SAVE us SO MUCH MONEY in the LONG RUN (not to mention bring peace of mind to all). And, America won’t be 12th on the life expectancy list! We’ll be able to have a longer lifespan, enjoying our government-protected pension and will live to see the day when the corporate criminals who caused this much misery are let out of prison so that We can help re-acclimate them to plain old ordinary, civilian life — a life with ONE nice home and ONE gas-free car invented with help from the People’s Bank.

P.S. Call your Senators NOW !!! —> www.visi.com/juan/congress/

Since they voted against passing the extension of unemployment benefits and skipped out to "campaign" to us to be re-elected…call them and tell them you will vote for the other "guy" if they don’t get their act together!

UPDATE:

The Bailout Is A Truly Evil Disaster And Enabler Pelosi Must Go

We are hearing more and more reports of how badly the ill-advised banker’s bailout is being handled, multi-million dollar bonuses for Paulson’s old cronies at Goldman Sachs, billions going to finance the takeover of rival banks, making the "too big to fail" even bigger, and the taxpayer getting an otherwise rotten deal for their investment. We even heard a Republic senator asking how fast they could blow the money.

NONE of this could have happened without the fawning complicity of Nancy Pelosi, who infamously said it was Bush’s proposal, INSTEAD of coming forward with a robust alternative plan. Just like Bush, she believes she is immune, she believes she is unaccountable, and shame on us if we don’t do everything we can to defeat her this Tuesday, and replace her with Cindy Sheehan.

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The Secular Bull Market in Gold Investments corresponds directly to the Secular Bear Market in Financials. We explain why this trend will continue and why a short-term buying opportunity in Gold presents itself.

Central Banks are in all sorts of a pickle.

With overwhelming evidence that the global economy is slumping badly:
* UK Retail Sales see Worst Slump in 20 Years
* Business confidence in Germany is at lowest level in 2 years
* New Zealand’s central bank cutting interest rates saying slowing economic growth will curb inflation.
* Japanese exports decreasing YoY, and imports climbing on record Oil prices.
* US unemployment at 4-year highs

The knee jerk reaction by central banks is to man the printing presses and hit the accelerator. And whilst this medicine has worked well over the last 25 years, Central Banks are now hitting a brick wall that they havent encountered since pre-Keynesian 1930s.
Freshly minted fiat currency is falling into the hands of a crippled banking sector with little capital, ability or desire to carry out the multiplier effect and make loans to real people in the real economy. In a debt laden global economy with no reverse gear this headwind is possibly the biggest threat the Federal Reserve and its ilk aka the establishment have ever faced in carrying out monetary policy

Point #1 Gold investors are well aware of the risks inherent in the current financial system.

The beauty of capitalism and the associated free movement of capital is that smaller more focused entities aka Hedge & Private Equity funds can and are rapidly moving into long held banking preserves.
* Direct lending to mid and small cap entities is now a well worn hedge fund territory.
* Extracting value through Shareholder activism.
* A much larger pool of capital available for short selling.
* Private Equity funds increase investment time horizons.
Highly secretive and operating out of non-transparent domiciles these entities are by and large out of the reach of the central banking system.

Point #2 Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds do not benefit from Fed handouts and would be better served by a currency that acts as a stable store of wealth: Gold!

The transfer of the financial system is akin to the explosion of information on the internet. The players that used to have a monopoly on information become less effective. There will be winners and there will be losers. But right now a bet on Gold Investments like Gold Stocks and Gold ETFs is a bet against the Establishment and the out-dated mega-banking system.
Slower growth will continue to cause problems for financials as bad debts soar, and as a result Gold investments will continue to propel higher in its multi-year Secular trend.

Short-Term Opportunity

The above trend stretched too far technically over the last 3-months and there has had a rapid reversal over the last 2 weeks. This is a technical pullback only and the above fundamentals have not changed. Theres more to come in this fundamental story and Gold investments (we use GLD gold Exchange Traded Fund) and we could be getting close to another buying point for gold soon

Gold Investment GLD Fund Prices – $ 85 is strong support as a confluence of lateral support and the 50-week Moving Average converge. Its just a matter of time before we have another entry point to add to our positions and or make another profitable gold investment.

Chris Vermeulen is a trader and newsletter writer specializing in the price of gold stocks, gold ETF, oil stocks, oil etf, silver stocks, Junior Mining and Energy Stocks listed in the US, Canada and Australia. Please visit my website for more information. www.TheGoldAndOilGuy.com

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