CFTC / Economy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Meets AGAIN About the Dodd-Frank Act

From This Day Forth… “Today we will consider a rule that helps broaden market access and promotes competition in the swaps market,” proclaimed Chairman Gensler. Emphasizing one of the important goals of the Dodd-Frank Act is to prevent risks in the financial sector from affecting the overall American economy in a negative manner. The intent … Continue reading

America / Economy / Fiscal policy / Gov. Officials / Regulation / Uncategorized

Martin O’Malley Manages a Multitude of Regulations to Maximize Maryland’s Markets

At a time when unemployment is skyrocketing and the economy is dwindling, I can’t help but be filled with the smallest amount of joy and hope when I see the government making changes that will actually benefit the public instead of harming them. On March 9th, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland submitted to the Administrative … Continue reading

National Labor Relations Board / Regulation

Remember When Recess Was Fun?

Bringing Out the Big Guns Chairman Kline (R, MN-2) started off the two-hour hearing with his own personal opening statement. Being shocked by President Obama’s three recess appointments despite Congress, in his opinion, being in session. He stated the Obama must consider that he holds the power to appoint whomever he desires and that the … Continue reading

House Committee on the Judiciary / Other / Regulation / Uncategorized

House Committee on the Judiciary

Lie, Damn Lies, and Statistics This was Chairman Cobles (R, NC-6) opening statement for the House Committee on the Judiciary on February 27, 2012. He observed the Department of Labor concluded that unemployment is at 8.3% compared to 10% last October. Asserting that the federal government destroys jobs, and Congress is unable to create jobs, … Continue reading

CFTC / Events / Regulation / Uncategorized

CFTC Amending the Dodd-Frank Act

Opening Statements Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Gary Gensler began what would be an almost four-hour hearing on several rules that may be applied to the Dodd-Frank Act. Declaring that the hearing was about promoting transparency, developing internal business conduct rules, and compliance rules to protect the public, he seemed very … Continue reading

America / CFPB / Economy / Other / Regulation / Uncategorized

Rebuilding and Altering the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Deep Breath Before the Plunge It would be an understatement if the hearing on February 8th, 2011 would be considered as anything less than tame. During opening statements alone, which were typically no longer than two minutes, both attacks and decibels were on the rise. Whether on the attack or coming to the defense of … Continue reading

Foreign Policy / Healthcare / Uncategorized

‘Right to Die’ Case in UK, Reflection on Assisted Suicide in the US

History is still being made in the British Isles. In Wiltshire, a small county in the South-Eastern Britain, is in the midst of a landmark case pertaining to a patients ‘right to die.’ Tony Nicklinson, 57, suffered from a stroke in 2005 which left him paralyzed from the neck down, also called “locked in syndrome.” … Continue reading

Healthcare / Other / UN

World Health Organization Releases New Statistics

The World Health Organization released their annual data book on health-related data of its 193 Member States. Data includes topics ranging from  Health Expenditures and health workforce, infrastructure and essential medicines. Below, I created a quick visual that gives a small preview of the new report with key and interesting information pertaining to certain countries. … Continue reading