April 3, 2014. Americans think the US is just a hated foreign power in Afghanistan. But the Bilateral Security Agreement (with the US) is so popular with Afghanis that every presidential canidate (all 8) has pledged to sign it. Of course, the corrupt President Karzai hates it. Check out this video of top presidential contender Ashraf Ghani (Pashtun—like the Taliban). He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia and is running with Abdul Rashid Dostum an Uzbek. Ghani was the country's most able finance minister. Election Sat, April 5.
December 27, 2013. Compare gun deaths in America since Robert Kennedy was killed in 1968, to deaths all U.S. wars. "All wars" means starting April 19, 1775, and including our extremely bloody civil war and the two world wars. (See all of Tom's Issue Briefs.)
October 22, 2012. Republican's call Obama a socialist, even though he’s pro-business and saved the auto industry. But here's the clincher. The stock market itself gives the lie to this nonsense. Here's how.
May 21, 2012. Market "sentiment improved after G8 leaders ... stressed over the weekend that their "imperative is to promote growth and jobs." —Reuters. This is a reversal of their previous austerity/budget-cutting position. The result? "Nasdaq's best 1-day percentage gain since December 2011." The market always favors stimulus over austerity — because it works.
April 15, 2012. So how's the auto bailout really going? One graph tells the story. And the story provides a litmus test for the two polar political theories of our time. (1) Any auto industry rebound was due to Wall Street - shrink the government; or (2) the bailed-out auto industry recovered faster than the rest of the economy - we need the government. See for yourself.