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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Capital On Strike?

Are the financial markets on strike?  The Wall Street Journal thinks so. 

Meanwhile, Congress demands more bank lending even as it assails lenders and threatens to let judges rewrite mortgage contracts. The powers in Congress -- unrebuked by Mr. Obama -- are ridiculing and punishing the very capitalists who are essential to a sustainable recovery. The result has been a capital strike, and the return of the fear from last year that we could face a far deeper downturn. This is no way to nurture a wounded economy back to health. 

When will Mr. Obama and his ‘Hoper & Change’ circus come to the realization that they haven’t a clue on how to get us out of this economic funk. 

The market has notably plunged since Mr. Obama introduced his budget last week, and that should be no surprise. The document was a declaration of hostility toward capitalists across the economy. Health-care stocks have dived on fears of new government mandates and price controls. Private lenders to students have been told they're no longer wanted. Anyone who uses carbon energy has been warned to expect a huge tax increase from cap and trade. And every risk-taker and investor now knows that another tax increase will slam the economy in 2011, unless Mr. Obama lets Speaker Nancy Pelosi impose one even earlier.

Listening to Mr. Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, on the weekend, we couldn't help but wonder if they appreciate any of this. They seem preoccupied with going to the barricades against Republicans who wield little power, or picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh, as if this is the kind of economic leadership Americans want.

Perhaps they're reading the polls and figure they have two or three years before voters stop blaming Republicans and Mr. Bush for the economy. Even if that's right in the long run, in the meantime their assault on business and investors is delaying a recovery and ensuring that the expansion will be weaker than it should be when it finally does arrive.

Next stop - DOW at 6000 and S&P at 600. 

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The financial markets are John Galt!

And we can't have that.

So wait for some kind of "enforced" investment. The gov will take your money and "invest" it in the market on your behalf. Then, as the "major" shareholder, it can dictate corporate behavior even more directly than it currently does.

Ro

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 4:52:00 pm  

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