America / Economy / Energy / Fiscal policy / U.S. Domestic Policy

The High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

In January 2009, then president-elect, Barack Obama, rode into Washington, DC on an Amtrak train.  His, pre-inaugural, one-day trip was a symbolic nod to Lincoln’s similar journey, some years ago.  Exactly one month later, now, President Obama signed in-to-law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The ARRA, among other things, provided $8 billion towards … Continue reading

America / Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics / Presidency / Regulation

A Comparison: Reagan, Obama & Jobs

A myriad of articles have been written on how the presidential election of 2012 should garner a stringent comparison to that of the 1980 presidential election.  I agree.  During both presidential elections the United States economy was and is hurting.  But, the focus of this article is: how did the presidents perform after they won … Continue reading

CFTC / Economy / Fiscal policy / Regulation

The Dodd-Frank Act’s Effect on: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), an independent agency, is charged with helping to regulate futures markets. The CFTC Chairman, Gary Gensler, stated that, “the Wall Street reform bill (Dodd-Frank) will – for the first time – bring comprehensive regulation to the swaps market place.  Swap dealers will be subject to robust oversight.” The Dodd-Frank … Continue reading