Taking Stock Podcast, Covid-19, Trump and the Global Economy

from Dublin     TAKING STOCK PODCAST: COVID-19,  TRUMP AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY Irwin Stelzer www.irwinstelzer.com 3/13/20 Vincent is joined by the US Economist and Columnist with The Sunday Times Irwin Stelzer to talk about the US Economy and Trump’s reaction to COVID-19. Click image above to listen to podcast ____________________________________________________________  

The Battle of the Isms

When presidential wannabe Joe Biden dragged himself out of bed on February 29, exhausted after campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination late into the previous night, his campaign was deemed dead, finished, buried under a series of gaffes. When he crawled back into bed that night, exhausted from celebrating his victory in the South Carolina […]

The President’s Wish List, aka The Federal Budget

Every year at this time Washington’s political actors stage a fiscal drama. In three acts. Act One: The President sends his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year to congress. Act Two: The House of Representatives, which has been cast by the Constitution in the role of initiators of money bills, announces that the script […]

Letting it Rip

With the President having delivered his State of the Union address, the senate having voted to acquit him of high crimes and misdemeanors (a result favored by 52% of Americans), and the Democrats having declared there is a 100% chance that President Trump will cheat in the November election, the country is about where it […]

An Off Ramp on the Road to War

When Iranian-backed mobs stormed the American embassy in Iraq, and Trump responded by ordering that Major General Qassem Soleimani be permanently removed from his day- and night-job as chief organizer of terrorism in the region, many forecasters scrapped their outlooks for 2020. Then both the Iranian Ayatollah and the American President confined themselves to restrained […]

The Confrontation With Iran Drones On

Just when you think your crystal ball is a bit clearer than usual, events intrude to fog it up. It is now more difficult than ever to decide what the U.S. economy, indeed the global economy, will look like tomorrow, much less in the year that is about to break upon us. All will depend […]

The Dems Impeach, Trump Notches Trade Wins

The impeachment process rolls on, with the House’s partisan bill of impeachment heading towards the senate and a partisan acquittal. As with a mystery movie the ending of which has been tipped by a reviewer, so with impeachment — the end is known, making the process less than riveting viewing. Which might be why Democratic […]

It’s the Economy Stupid – Unless It Isn’t

Impeachment is a hoax, says the President, and with some reason, given the paucity of evidence of a high crime or misdemeanor, and a procedure that makes Stalin’s show trials, minus the coerced confessions, a model of procedural probity. No matter: no one seems to care. “The evidence demonstrates”, write scholars Christopher Achen and Larry […]

Jobs Trump Impeachment Imbroglio

Consumers increased their early holiday spending — from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday — by 16%, with $124M shopping in stores and $142M online. But there are six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it is only to be expected that these early shopping days would be busier for retailers than the same […]

The Fed is in a Good Place, not so the Fisc

There they were. The titans of the New York financial community. Come to the New York Economic Club to lunch on a large portion of crow. Many of the diners, themselves arrivistes in the eyes of old-moneyed New Yorkers, have always regarded Donald Trump, an emigrant from Queens to Manhattan, as an über-arriviste, a vulgarian […]