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Dérégulation

Deregulation, the Forsaken Panacea for Climate Change

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
Sunil Sharan

America is stuck. Yet deregulation, a concept all but renounced by the country a decade back in the wake of California's energy crisis, holds the potential to unlock the gates to climatic heaven.

'Third World America': 11 Books Predicting The Collapse Of The Middle Class (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Eisenmann and Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Third World America": as Arianna says in her video about the book, it's a tough phrase to swallow when it comes to how we perceive America's powerful...

Krugman's Takedown of Ryan Demonstrates How Conservatives Are at War With the Middle Class

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Beginning with the Reagan administration, and reaching its fullest realization under George W. Bush, conservatives have systematically been acting to redistribute wealth from the middle class upward.

Harsh Realm: The Legacy That Meg Whitman Invokes

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

As she shatters all spending records in her attempt to defeat Jerry Brown, billionaire Republican Meg Whitman has a role model in mind. He's her campaign chairman. And, as fate would have it, he is responsible for California's structural budget deficit.

The Stealthy Deregulation of Energy

Wallace Turbeville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace Turbeville

A colleague with an encyclopedic knowledge of the economy told me recently that he did not have a good feel for energy deregulation. My friend thought its obscurity may have been planned by the industry.

Friday Talking Points [131] -- Democratic Campaign Advice

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week, Congress -- moving with its usual less-than-blinding speed -- passed a Wall Street reform bill, a mere two years after the crisis hit. Wal...

Paul Volcker Gives Financial Reform Bill 'B Minus,' Regrets Past Silence On Deregulation

The New York Times | LOUIS UCHITELLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A well-regarded lion of the regulatory world, Mr. Volcker had endorsed the legislation before he went fishing, but unenthusiastically. If he were a te...

Goldman Sachs Robbed the EU By Way of Greece

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Herrington

Someone will make money off of Greece's bailout or default, and you can bet that Goldman Sachs has shorted the Euro.

Greed Stole the Mantle of Business Acumen

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The greedy produce the most profit in the shortest period of time because they don't believe in any future. Consequences are not real because there is no tomorrow past the bonus deadline.

Friday Talking Points [122] -- Bikini Bottom Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since it's the Friday after month's-end, the new monthly unemployment numbers were released today. Which adds another bar to the "bikini bottom" char...

Conservative & Corporate Failure in the Deepwater Disaster

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The only things more astounding than conservatives' record of failure, are their denials of "personal responsibility" for the ensuing disast...

Continental-United Merger: The (Fewer) Ups and Downs

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Franken

About that proposed Continental-United Airlines merger. My latest struggles as a passenger on another airline, American, offer evidence that while t...

Then There Were Three

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Philip Neches

Will the United Continental merger help the industry overcome a trail of losses dating back to the Reagan era? I doubt it. Why? Because airline deregulation was based on a flawed premise.

Reagan Was Wrong: The Nine Most Terrifying Words Are, "I'm a Libertarian and the Market Will Save You"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I don't agree with Reagan. I'm not scared of the government trying to help. But I am terrified of an unfettered free market.

Weekly Audit: Congress Must Get Tough On Wall Street

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger Congress returns from its April recess this week with financial reform at the top of its to-do list. With mil...

Corporations Won't Self-Regulate

Barbra Streisand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Barbra Streisand

We can't assume that companies like BP and Halliburton will spend the time and money to ensure environmental safety, just like we have learned the hard way that Wall Street will not safeguard our life savings.

The Myth of Ronald Reagan

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

A closer look at Reaganomics: One could argue that the selling of American businesses to overseas' markets began under Reagan.

Friday Talking Points [126] -- We'd Like Our Gulf Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The mainstream media, led by the intrepid White House press corps, closely followed by the inside-the-Beltway punditocracy, has declared what must hap...

Shadow Elite: BP And Government's Titanic Failure -- Outsourcing Its Talent (And Power)

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Keenan

Today upwards of three-quarters of the work of federal government, measured in terms of jobs, is contracted out. This has been part of a fundamental redesign of governing towards privatization and industry self-regulation.

Finance, Mine, Oil & Debt Disasters: THIS Is Deregulation

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

The West Virginia mining disaster was caused by deregulation. The CEO of the Massey Energy literally bought himself a judge. Corrupted absolutely, 29 dead later. This is the Reagan Revolution coming home to roost.

Chris Dodd, Phil Gramm, and the Legacy of a Statesman

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

In the past 24 hours, Dodd appears to have been going to bat for Wall Street, not out of concern for any greater political good, but exclusively for the purpose of padding the profits of big banks.

In Defense of the Volcker Rule

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

Some version of Wall Street reform is going to pass the Senate this week, but before it does, there are still three crucial battles to be waged, all of which would significantly change the way Wall Street does business.

Friday Talking Points [123] -- A Working Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate has actually been dealing with many financial issues that will directly effect American consumers, and they've been doing so in an orderly way. You'd think this would be news.

Drill at Will! Obama Gets the Blame for Another Bush Era Mess

Gabriel London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel London

Hold on, let me get this straight: Bush gave the keys to the castle to a marauding bunch of plunderers by gutting every regulatory commission known to man -- and now the country seems ready for the Republicans again? How quickly we forget.

In the Century of "Black Swans", Modern Economics Deserves "Creative Destruction"

Dr. Vladimir A. Masch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Vladimir A. Masch

Neoclassical economics must be replaced. Nobody can predict now the full scale of its radical replacement, and how beneficial would that replacement become, but its absence will surely be a tragedy.