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Why is The Economist Chortling over the Prospect of Oil Pollution in Ecuador? Bill Black

The Economist has increasingly been copying the descent of the Wall Street Journal into dogma. One of it perennial hates is President Rafael Correa of Ecuador. Correa, an economist, has committed the unforgivable offense of succeeding through economic policies that The Economist despises. This is passing strange because Correa’s four foundational policies are expanded health care, expanded education, improved infrastructure, and encouraging entrepreneurs by reducing the time and cost of starting a business in Ecuador. The Economists’ pages are littered with praise for right-wing governmental leaders and candidates who promise that they will implement those same four policies (but rarely do in practice). Correa has actually delivered on his promises – quickly – and the improvements in the economy of Ecuador and the lives of ordinary citizens have been huge. The result is that Correa is the second most popular head of state in the Americas.

BBC News – No plan yet for the eurozone

The panicked mood over Greece has increased the pressure on eurozone leaders, and inspired feverish talk of grand plans that might or might not be unveiled at the EU Summit at the end of this month – “if only Germany would agree”. Follow the money. Find the profits!Liquidity is money. Regardless of where in the…

Consumer Sentiment Stinks – WSJ

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index fell sharply to 74.1 in early June from its final-May reading of 79.3 and an early-May reading of 77.8, according to an economist who has seen the report. The end-May index was the highest sentiment level since October 2007. Follow the money. Find the profits!Liquidity is money.…

Businessweek’s “How Europe’s Contagion May Hit the U.S. Economy” Ignores its Benefits to US Economy

Businessweek argues that the European crisis is hurting the US economy. It ignores ignores the fact that European capital flight is driving US interest rates through the floor, and more importantly, directly funding US government deficit spending. Even a small reduction in that spending would result in a stall in the US economy. The US…