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Stocks: Obama invents ‘immigrant rights,’ robber barons profit

Stocks: Obama invents ‘immigrant rights,’ robber barons profit

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014 – Whew! We’ve weathered another demagogic Labor Day, this one highlighted by yet another anti-American diatribe by America’s Prevaricator-in-Chief, Barack “The Duffer” Obama. In a provocative Labor Day speech in Milwaukee yesterday (take that, Governor Walker), the Nobel Prize-winning constitutional scholar added yet another new right to our ever-expanding, “living Constitution:”

Unemployment line in the 1930s. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Leverage: How economic policies affect you and America

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014 — The Democrats failed to deliver on their economic vision after the Great Recession. With midterm elections on the way, polar opposite policies coming from the GOP may sound attractive, but we should have learned from President Obama that change isn’t always for the better.  For the non-economist, the ability of economists to explain and


Business Inversions: A symptom of lost economic sovereignty

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2014 — With American icon Burger King adding its name to a growing list of companies that are using so-called “business inversions” to avoid paying often higher U.S. taxes, there are a number of solutions on the table to address this growing threat to the American economy and tax base. On the left,

Our growing tax code / Image by Wolters Kluwer

The easy fix for tax inversion, a corrupt IRS, and high unemployment

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2014 —Burger King has just purchased the Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Horten. This looks to be a good corporate marriage, blending Horten’s well-known coffee and donuts to Burger King’s well-known hamburgers and fries. It fills a crucial gap in Burger King’s business: breakfast. Burger King is losing market share to McDonalds because

Warren Buffett and Barack Obama.

‘Tax the rich’ Buffett funding Burger King inversion deal

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2014 – There are days when the Market Maven wishes he was a much better satirist than he is. Today is one of those days. After yesterday’s news about Burger King’s (BKW’s) blockbuster deal to merge with Canada’s doughnut king Tim Hortons (THI), we learned the rest of the story this morning.