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Obama Supports Newspaper Bailout Bill

Obama Supports Newspaper Bailout Bill

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
September 21, 2009

President Obama has stated that he is happy to consider bailing out the corporate media, expressing concerns that alternative internet based news outlets will grow in popularity as a result of the downfall of newspapers.

Obama told editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade that preserving the print media is “critical to the health of our democracy”.

“I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” Obama said.

He also indicated that readers should be made to pay for online news content in the near future:

“What I hope is that people start understanding if you’re getting your newspaper over the Internet, that’s not free and there’s got to be a way to find a business model that supports that.” he said.

Over the past year, scores of newspapers have gone out of business or shifted to online only output, due to the rise of the alternative media and the resulting loss of ad revenue. Several large newspaper corporations have filed for bankruptcy, including the Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

Obama said he “would be happy to look at” legislation aimed at providing newspapers tax-breaks if they were to restructure as 50 (c) (3) educational corporations. Democratic Senator Ben Cardin has introduced the bill S.673 in this vain titled “The Newspaper Revitalization Act.”

Critics may point out that, far from being “critical” to democracy, a bailed out government subsidized media is the very antithesis of a “free press”.

Government Banking and Government Motors would effectively be joined by the Government Press if bailouts were to be granted.

Bailing out the corporate media would once again constitute rewarding outdated and failing monopolies with more taxpayer dollars, thus punishing innovative forward thinking competition.

Furthermore, there is absolutely no basis for bailing out the newspapers, given that they employ less than one percent of the labor force in the United States.

The dinosaur corporate media is dying because it has proven itself to be almost wholly untrustworthy, acting as an unquestioning mouthpiece for the establishment.

Denouncing all blog based media as unreliable or without context is laughable in the face of the mainstream media’s recent track record.

 



Taxpayers will lose on auto bailouts

Taxpayers will lose on auto bailouts

CNN Money
September 9, 2009

Much of the money given to General Motors and Chrysler to prevent them from collapsing will never be recovered, according to a report released Wednesday by the Congressional Oversight Panel.

“Although taxpayers may recover some portion of their investment in Chrysler and GM, it is unlikely they will recover the entire amount,” the report says, citing estimates from the Treasury Department and Congressional Budget Office.

The oversight panel, headed by Harvard University professor Elizabeth Warren, was created by Congress last year to oversee the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.

GM and Chrysler were each teetering on collapse this spring when the Obama administration effectively forced both automakers into bankruptcy, lending them enough to survive. Both have shed billions of dollars in debt and are now rebuilding.

All told, since late last year, the government has provided or pledged the two companies, icons of American manufacturing, more than $60 billion in aid.

Treasury estimates that about $23 billion of initial loans to the two companies “will be subject to ‘much lower recoveries,’ ” the panel’s report says. In particular, $5.4 billion of loans to Chrysler are “highly unlikely to be recovered,” it continued.

“The initial loans made last fall as the industry was imploding and when no restructuring plan was in place are not likely to be repaid in full,” Warren said during a conference call with reporters.

How much of the remaining funds will be recovered is impossible to predict, Warren said, because the loans have been converted to stock.

“The American taxpayer is now an equity investor in Chrysler and GM,” Warren said. “And the return on its investment depends on what those companies are worth in a year or two.”

The government owns 10% of Chrysler and 61% of GM.

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Bailout Bill Will Help Chinese Banks, Foreign Banks

Bailout Bill Will Help Chinese Banks, Foreign Banks

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Congress Approves Bailout Bill

AP
October 3, 2008

With the economy on the brink and elections looming, Congress approved an unprecedented $700 billion government bailout of the battered financial industry on Friday and sent it to President Bush for his certain signature.

The final vote, 263-171 in the House, a comfortable margin that was 58 more votes than it garnered on Monday. The vote capped two weeks of tumult in Congress and on Wall Street, punctuated by daily warnings that the country confronted the gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression if lawmakers failed to act.

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Dow plummets when bailout passes

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Putin blames US for world economy crisis
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Bailout bill is 451 pages long
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Paulson Bank Rescue Proposal Is ’Crazy,’ O’Neill Says
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France Wants $500B Rescue For Europe
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Faber: U.S. Bailout Won’t Stop Slowdown
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IMF Adds Pressure On Congress To Pass Bailout
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Google stock plunges more than 93% in “erroneous trading”
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Ford & GM Auto Sales Drop
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Chicago woman buys a house for $1.75
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Ex-bankers on pushing customers to rack up debt
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Stressed banks borrow record amount from Fed

Stressed banks borrow record amount from Fed

Reuters
July 31, 2008

Banks borrowed a record amount of funds from the Federal Reserve in the latest week as the year old credit crisis took a persistent toll, while the commercial paper market continued to contract, signaling tough conditions for short term borrowers.

Banks’ primary credit borrowings averaged $17.45 billion per day in the latest week, the second straight week this had hit a record and up from $16.38 billion the previous week, Fed data showed on Thursday.

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Zimbabwe Devalues Currency

AP
July 30, 2008

Zimbabwe will drop 10 zeros from its hyper-inflated currency — turning 10 billion dollars into one — the country’s reserve bank said Wednesday. President Robert Mugabe threatened a state of emergency if businesses profiteer from the country’s economic and political unraveling.

Shop shelves are empty and there are chronic shortages of everything including medication, food, fuel, power and water. Eighty percent of the work force is unemployed and many who do have jobs don’t earn enough to pay for bus fare.

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Inverview with George Green – (7/16/2008)

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GM Has $15.5 Billion Loss on U.S. Sales Drop, Leases
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Venezuela to Nationalize Spanish Bank
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IndyMAC Files For Bankruptcy Protection
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Jobless Claims Up Highest In Five Years
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Inflation Could Hit 6% By Fall?
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Deutsche Bank Writedowns Exceed $11 Billion
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Shell reports 33% rise in profit
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Exxon posts record $11.68 billion profit
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Oil Above $146 in London

Oil Above $146 in London

Fin Facts
July 4, 2008

In thin trading in New York Thursday, with markets closed early at 1:00 pm Eastern for today’s July 4th holiday weekend, the big focus was on the June employment report on a day when crude oil breached the $145 a barrel level in both New York and London.

US nonfarm payrolls fell for a sixth consecutive month, dropping by 62,000 jobs in June. The month’s unemployment rate held at 5.5%, after rising sharply in May. A service-sector report also supported the gloomy outlook.

US lost 62,000 jobs in June – Six straight months of job losses total 438,000

Dr. Peter Morici: Crisis grips US Job Market: Economy sheds 62,000 jobs in June

The Institute of Supply Management said its index of service sector activity fell to a reading of 48.2 in June, below analysts’ expectation for a reading of 51.0. Any reading below 50 indicates contraction.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 73.03 points, or 0.7%, at 11288.54, down 14.9% in 2008. Component General Motors rose 1.4%.

GM fell to a 54-year low on Wednesday and the stock closed Thursday at $10.17, down from $18 just a month ago.

Crude oil rose to a record on concern conflict with Iran over its nuclear program would cut Persian Gulf supplies.

Brent North Sea oil for August delivery surged to a life-time peak of $146.34 per barrel in morning trade. In New York, oil touched a new record of $145.85. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, oil closed at $145.29. Brent closed at $146.08.

Alexei Miller, chief executive of Russia’s gas giant OAO Gazprom, added fuel to the fire by saying that Europeans would soon have to pay much more for imports of natural gas. Miller, who last month forecast that oil would rise to $250 a barrel in the near future, said Russian gas would be sold in Europe for $500 per thousand cubic meters by the end of the year – about a fifth more than the current price.

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World Must Brace For $150 Oil

AP
July 4, 2008

Oil’s meteoric rise since the start of the year to nearly $150 has distressed consumers and policy makers the world over, but the stark reality is prices are likely to rise higher still.

For two decades, prices were relatively stable, but then they rose seven-fold from a trough below $20 in 2001. Since breaching the $100 mark on the first trading day of this year they have risen around 45 percent.

Given such momentum, politicians’ efforts to bring the price down could well be a waste of energy.

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Citigroup: Euro May Approach $1.69 by September

Citigroup: Euro May Approach $1.69 by September

Bloomberg
July 2, 2008

The euro may be nearing an “explosive breakout,’’ reaching record levels against the U.S. dollar, according to a Citigroup Global Markets Inc. research note.

The trading pattern, including a so-called double-bottom that tested lows, resembles the one before Feb. 26 that preceded the surge to $1.6019 per euro, analysts Tom Fitpatrick in New York and Shyam Devani in London wrote in the note today.

“ We cannot help but feel that things might be about to get very bad again,’’ the analysts said, referring to the possible combination of falling bond yields and rising oil prices.

The exchange rate may approach $1.69 per euro by September if previous patterns are duplicated, the report said.

The dollar fell to a two-month low, trading at $1.5864 at 12:35 p.m. in New York, down 0.5 percent from $1.5793 yesterday. It earlier touched $1.5887, the weakest since April 24. The dollar reached an all-time low of $1.6019 per euro on April 22.

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China’s premier urges US to stabilise dollar

AFP
July 1, 2008

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has again called on the United States to stabilise the dollar, warning the greenback’s decline was posing threats to the global economy.

“China is taking measures to safeguard its stable economic development,” Wen said during a meeting with visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday, according to a statement posted on the foreign ministry’s website.

“(We) hope the US will overcome its subprime crisis soon and stabilise the exchange rate of the US dollar, which is significant to the whole world,” he said, according to the transcript posted late on Monday.

The Chinese currency, the yuan, has appreciated about 20 percent against the dollar over the past three years, which has placed enormous pressure on China’s exporters and forced some out of business.

China’s foreign exchange reserves, by far the largest in the world, hit 1.80 trillion dollars at the end of May, meaning even a small decline in the value of the dollar could cause a big loss to the Chinese treasury’s coffers.

It was the second time this year that Wen had spoken out against the weak dollar and problems in the US economy, and the impacts for China.

“The impact of the US subprime mortgage crisis is expanding, (and) the value of the dollar is continuing to fall,” Wen told China’s annual meeting of parliament in March.

“China is now in a critical period in its reform and development, and we must be fully prepared for changes in the international environment and become better able to defuse risks.”

Central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan last month spoke out at the falling US dollar, saying it was driving up oil and other commodity prices, stoking inflation and causing pain for developing nations.

 

Factories hit worldwide as commodity prices soar

Reuters
July 1, 2008

Soaring commodity costs are denting manufacturing activity in Asia and Europe and the outlook looks bleak as new orders drop off in the face of rising prices, surveys showed on Tuesday.

Manufacturing activity in the euro zone contracted in June for the first time in three years while business confidence in Asia’s largest export markets is buckling and output has likely contracted further in the United States.

Purchasing managers indices showed manufacturing activity in the euro zone fell to 49.2 in June, China saw its index fall to a near three-year low of 52.0 while in Britain it contracted at its sharpest rate since December 2001.

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U.S. auto sales hit 15-year low
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U.S. food prices up 8.5 percent from last year
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US banks lose ’fifth’ of their value
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American Airlines to cut 8% of staff
U.S. Economy Loses Jobs For 6th Straight Month
Angry Consumers Flooding Fed With Complaints

 



Fed Auctions $75 Billion to Big Banks

Fed Auctions $75 Billion to Big Banks

AP
July 1, 2008

The Federal Reserve has auctioned another $75 billion in loans to squeezed banks to help them overcome credit problems and announced it will provide a fresh batch of the loans this month.

The central bank on Tuesday released the results of its most recent auction — the 15th since the program began in December. It’s part of an ongoing effort to ease financial turmoil and credit stresses.

In the latest auction, commercial banks paid an interest rate of 2.340 percent for the 28-day loans. There were 77 bidders. The Fed received bids for $90.88 billion worth of the loans. The auction was conducted on Monday with the results made public on Tuesday.

The Fed also said it will conduct two auctions in July. Banks will have an opportunity to bid on a slice of $75 billion in short-term loans in each auction.

In mid-December the Fed announced it was creating an auction program that would give banks a new way to get short-term loans from the central bank and to help them over the credit hump. A global credit crunch has made banks reluctant to lend to each other, which has crimped lending to individuals and businesses.

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Europe May Push The Fed To Raise Rates

CNN
July 1, 2008

The fireworks may come a day early for the financial markets if the European Central Bank, as expected, raises interest rates on Thursday.

If the ECB, Europe’s counterpart to the Federal Reserve, hikes rates, that could put even further pressure on the anemic dollar and send commodity prices even higher.

The ECB will announce its decision on interest rates early the morning of July 3 and will hold a press conference shortly thereafter to discuss the decision.

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Global economy faces deep slowdown and deflation threat, BIS warns

Telegraph
July 1, 2008

The global economy may be heading for a far deeper crisis than is expected and a bout of deflation in the world’s biggest economies is now a possibility, according to one of the world’s most highly regarded economic institutions.

The Bank for International Settlements has warned that many in the City and elsewhere may have underestimated the scale of the coming economic downturn in one of its most sombre portraits yet of the international financial system.

The Swiss institution – known as the central bankers’ bank – issued the alert in its annual report, released today.

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Peter Schiff Demonized On Fox Business

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U.S. Treasury’s Paulson: Downturn has ’further to go’
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Oil Prices Rise To Record Highs Above $144
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