Reform or Revolution
Thomas Cole's fifth painting in the series 'The Course of Empire' entitled Desolation (1836)
There is the moral of all human tales;
'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then Glory - when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption - barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page. -- Byron
With health care costs eating up public finances the changes started in the United Kingdom must be of great interest to anyone thinking about excellent outcomes in public policy. Here a key advisor of Tony Blair argues that the changes begun by the Cameron-Clegg coalition are evolutionary not revolutionary.
Financial Times -- Cameron’s NHS reform is no health revolution
Huge exaggeration characterises the debate over the coalition’s health reforms, published on Wednesday.
Japan’s new finance minister signals risks in debt that is 200% of GDP and rising.
Financial Times -- Japan hits ‘critical point’ on state debt
Japan has hit a “critical point” where it risks losing investor confidence if politicians fail to reach agreement on how to rein in the ballooning national debt, a cabinet minister has warned.
Now is this demographics that are about to crack or the Greenspan-Bernanke hedge?
David Rosenberg keeps warning and Donald Coxe keeps investing in commodities. Thanks to David of Victoria for sending both these in.
Pdf below -- Rosenberg -- Why this market rally will_end in tears
Quote worth quoting.
“Just as the 2003-07 bear market rally was built on a shaky foundation of unsustainable credit and house price appreciation, the current bear market rally has been built on even shakier ground of surreal public sector intervention.”
Donald Coxe and the ‘Second Great Liquidity Gush’.
Pdf -- Coxe -- Overview and Outlook -- Stand alone
I like to visit big cities and live in small ones.
Big or small?
Economist -- This house believes that restricting the growth of cities will improve quality of life.
32 shots in 16 seconds. Available at most reliable sport stores near you.
Washington Post -- Videos show details of Tucson shooting
Authorities have analyzed nearly two dozen surveillance videos in the massive investigation of accused Tucson killer Jared Lee Loughner, some of which clearly show a gunman shooting federal Judge John Roll in the back as he and an injured congressional aide try to scramble under a table, officials who have viewed the footage said Tuesday.
If gold becomes a legitimate asset …
Financial Times -- Brace for a ‘perfect storm’ in gold
Investment implies moving some part of one’s assets from financial safety to a position of acceptable risk with the hope of increasing wealth over time.
Niall Ferguson on empires. No decline just swift collapse. The warning signs? Fiscal impurdence. A hour of great analysis.
Hey brother can you spare a dime?
The myth of 'American exceptionalism' implodes
One aspect of "American exceptionalism" was always economic. US workers, so the story went, enjoyed a rising level of real wages that afforded their families a rising standard of living. Ever harder work paid off in rising consumption.
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