“The Worst President in My Lifetime”, Howard Davidowitz on Obama

President Obama is having a rough go of things lately. As noted here last week, for the first time in his presidency, more Americans disapprove of Obama (48%) than approve of him (45%), according to the latest WSJ/NBC poll. And 62% say the country is headed in the wrong direction.“The American people are right,” says Howard Davidowitz of Davidowitz & Co. A critic of Obama’s, from the start, Davidowitz refers to him as the “worst” President of his lifetime, even worse than of Jimmy Carter, based on: * — The War in Afghanistan: Davidowitz doesn’t see the point. As far as he can tell, after 7 years, hundreds of billions spent, and thousands of U.S. lives lost, the Afghans still can’t defend against the Taliban. Plus, the Afghan government is stealing billions in aid from the U.S. The WSJ reports, $3 billion in U.S. aid has been loaded onto planes by corrupt officials and flown out of the Kabul airport since 2007. “If they can’t be trained, if they’re stealing all our money, all our soldiers are dying. I don’t understand how any of this is logical,” proclaims Davidowitz. * — Out of Control Spending: Davidowitz thinks Obama has wasted time and taxpayer money pushing ‘Obamacare’ into law at a time when the debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to hit 62% by year’s end. “We’re going broke because of Medicare, Medicaid and everything else. He added another benefit, health-care. Can you explain that to me?” * — BP Oil Spill: “It could destroy the country,” he says. Davidowitz fears the continued loss of hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil per day will drive gas prices higher, further choking and already struggling consumer. Meanwhile, he questions why the President waited 50 days to contact BP executives. Davidowitz recognizes Obama was handed a difficult hand upon entering office, and admits the political system is dysfunctional. Actually, in the many times Davidowitz has appeared on Tech Ticker he’s rarely had a nice thing to say about any politician, regardless of party. What he’d like to see is a return to fiscal responsibility, lacking these days. “Ross Perot did a huge service to this country when he ran because all he talked about was the budget and what was going on and it forced Clinton to deal with it,” Davidowitz says.

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Peter Schiff, James Bullard and Alan Blinder Argue Over Ben Bernanke

Putting Peter Schiff on a panel with St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and former Fed Vice Chair Alan Blinder is asking for trouble or, at the very least, a heated debate.That’s just what occurred last Sunday night in New York at an event sponsored by Princeton’s Business Today.Predictably, Euro Pacific Capital’s Schiff disagreed with Bullard and Blinder on just about everything, including the government’s role in causing the crisis, and the outlook for the economy and the dollar.But the most contentious moment came toward the end of the evening when a student asked the panel to comment on Ben Bernanke’s 2005 “global savings glut” theory, and what role China’s high saving rate played in the credit bubble.Schiff’s response, “Ben Bernanke has never gotten anything right,” generated some guffaws from the crowd and a sharp retort from Blinder and Bullard, who rose to Bernanke’s defense.

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Why More Govt. Stimulus Is a Bad Idea

With the U.S. already “teetering on $62 trillion of debt,” this is a very dangerous game, says Charles Ortel, managing director of Newport Value Partners, an independent research firm.He also worries the Obama administration is waging a “war on capitalism,” but doesn’t give President Bush high marks on that front either.As to the Keynesian argument the government needs to grow during periods of severe economic distress, Ortel says history suggests otherwise. “It’s not clear stimulus worked” to get America out of the Great Depression in the 1930s, he says, and it’s “abundantly clear Japan’s stimulus didn’t work” to stem its now 20-year economic malaise.

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Obama and Geithner Are Bigger Scammers than Madoff

If the goal of Tim Geithner and other regulators was “to rip off the American taxpayer for the benefit of the least-deserving wealthiest people you can imagine, well – mission accomplished,” Black says. While much of the focus is on the stress tests and banks’ efforts to raise cash, the real story is Geithner’s Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP), says William Black, an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.The PPIP is the “greatest boondoggle in the history of the world,” says Black, a former bank regulator who was counsel to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board during the S&L crisis. As occurred during the S&L era, Black says the PPIP will allow banks to exchange “trash for cash” and turn “real losses into faulty gains.”

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