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3-Month Bills Turmoil Ahead Of March Debt Ceiling Showdown: Bid To Cover Plunges To 8 Year Lows

Despite the GOP’s tax reform victory, over the past few weeks, Congress once again punted on a formal decision how to keep government funded and what to do with America’s debt ceiling and as a result US legislators simply kicked the can on the agreement of raising the nation’s borrowing limit for another few months. […]


Traub: “The US Has Reached The Last Stage Before Collapse”

Authored by James Traub via Foreign Policy, The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved The problem isn’t Donald Trump – it’s the Donald Trump in all of us… In The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of […]


The Output Gap Is Screaming For The End Of The Business Cycle

Via TimeMoney.com, Output Gap Explained The output gap is the difference between actual and potential economic output and is used by economists to understand the health of the economy. There will never be a metric which tells us how the economy will perform with absolute certainty. Not only is it difficult to predict the future, […]


Summers Warns “1000s Will Die” But Who Are The Real Winners & Losers From Trump’s Tax Reform?

While many in the 'resistance' have vociferously denounced the Senate tax reform bill in the last 48 hours, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers took the proverbial biscuit by warning that "thousands will die as a consequence of this new tax bill." The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the tax bill could reduce insurance coverage by […]


“Here’s What’s In It”: Goldman Explains All You Need To Know About The Current State Of Tax Reform

To the delight of Donald Trump, just before 2am on Saturday morning the Senate passed the Republican Tax bill in a 51-49 vote, and with tax reform legislation now passing both chambers of Congress it looks very likely to become law by year-end, probably within the next two weeks according to Goldman Sachs which now […]


In Major Victory For Trump, Senate Passes “Sweeping” Tax Bill Which Nobody Read: Here’s What’s In It

Shortly before 2am on Saturday, the Senate passed “the most sweeping rewrite of the U.S. tax code in three decades, slashing the corporate tax rate and providing temporary tax-rate cuts for most Americans” handing Republicans a badly needed legislative and political victory. Senators voted across party lines in a 51-49 vote, ending days of debate […]


David Stockman Slams The GOP Tax Bill: “Fuggedaboutit!!”

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, The GOP has become so politically desperate that they might as well enact a two-word statute and be done with it. It would simply read: Tax Bill! Actually, that's not far from where they are in the great scheme of things. The Senate Finance Committee's bill is a dog's breakfast […]


These 8 Republican Senators Have Serious Reservations About Tax Reform

As we’ve repeatedly pointed out, Mitch McConnell’s push to force tax reform through the senate is facing opposition from several disparate groups of senators, each of which is demanding its own set of changes. Concerns primarily center on the taxation of partnerships, limited liabilities and other companies; on the overall cost of the tax bill […]


The Tax Cut Scam

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com, I can’t help shake this sinking feeling: This tax cut package that is being peddled by the current administration is a scam. Why? Because the entire narrative is dishonest and predicated on false, make belief premises. Rich guys giving themselves tax cuts telling you it'll trickle down & economic […]


Trump Drafting Executive Order To Kill Obamacare’s Individual Mandate, Report

After having previously cut so-called “cost reduction subsidies” (see: Trump To Scrap Crucial Obamacare Insurer Subsidy) and the marketing budget for Obamacare, Trump is now reportedly ready to also repeal the legislation’s controversial “individual mandate” which taxes people who choose to forego health insurance. According to the Washington Examiner an executive order has already been […]


America is in Worse Financial Shape than Russia or China

Kotlikoff: America in Worse Financial Shape than Russia or China Written by Peter Diekmeyer, Sprott Money News    America’s 2017 fiscal gap will come in near $6 trillion, nine times higher than the $666 billion deficit announced by the US Department of the Treasury last week, says Laurence Kotlikoff, an economics professor at Boston University. […]


What To Expect During Today’s Tax Reform ‘Vote-A-Rama’

Since the federal government has been operating under a series of continuing resolutions for the last four years, it’s been a while since the Senate held an old-fashioned “vote-a-rama” – and yes, that is the technical term (have you not read Robert’s Rules?). Bloomberg describes this hoary legislative ritual as “an overnight vote-till-you-almost-drop ordeal that’s […]


“You May Be Hopping Mad When You Finish Reading This”

Submitted by John Mauldin of Mauldin Economics Uncle Sam’s Unfunded Promises Here’s a surprisingly profound question: What is a promise? Dictionaries offer various definitions. I like this one: “An express assurance on which expectation is to be based.” That definition captures the two-sided nature of a promise. One party offers an assurance, which the other […]


John Mauldin: “You May Be Hopping Mad When You Finish Reading This”

Submitted by John Mauldin of Mauldin Economics Uncle Sam’s Unfunded Promises Here’s a surprisingly profound question: What is a promise? Dictionaries offer various definitions. I like this one: “An express assurance on which expectation is to be based.” That definition captures the two-sided nature of a promise. One party offers an assurance, which the other […]


A $210 Trillion Problem: “You May Be Hopping Mad When You Finish Reading This”

Submitted by John Mauldin of Mauldin Economics Uncle Sam’s Unfunded Promises Here’s a surprisingly profound question: What is a promise? Dictionaries offer various definitions. I like this one: “An express assurance on which expectation is to be based.” That definition captures the two-sided nature of a promise. One party offers an assurance, which the other […]