Posts Tagged “Christine Lagarde”

Sandbags and Santa Claus

0 | By Shah Gilani

Dear Reader,

Far from having my holiday spirits uplifted, I’m increasingly glum (about the markets, but not about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) on account of the lack of any good cheer coming out of…well, anywhere.

Take Europe, for example. You know, Europe, as in the European Union. As in that region of the world that has always gotten along, happily sharing each other’s cultures, cuisines, and shrapnel wounds from their exploding sovereign debts, courtesy of a common currency that affords cheap financing for budget bludgeoning.

There’s no good cheer over there.

Didn’t anybody hear Christine Lagarde (formerly one Europe’s own when she was running finances for France, but now runs around with whips and chains as the high-heeled dominatrix of the IMF)? Last week she said that if we don’t all work together our situation will be similar to the 1930s.

She wasn’t just talking to the Europeans. She was warning world leaders and central bankers.

Good thing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke got the message. He told lawmakers last week that they have “no further plans to aid European banks.”

So much for holiday spirit.

But, I think the Beard is just too modest; he wants to be a secret Santa.

In fact, there’s really a lot of gift-giving going on over in Europe. If you look closely you’ll see that stockings and sacks are being filled, and the Fed was the first to contribute.

But (frighteningly, if not ominously), if you look closer you’ll see those stockings and sacks aren’t being filled with presents, they’re being filled with sand. They’re sandbags.

Sandbags? Yes, sandbags, as in the last ditch effort to save towns from catastrophic flooding when the big dam breaks.

Click here to find out why European leaders are preparing for catastrophe…

What’s Challenging Democracy Today

0 | By Shah Gilani

A referendum? In Greece? Are you kidding me?

As my 16-year-old nephew Nathaniel says, “What the…?

Apparently, that’s a popular statement of surprise in his southern California surf town. The first time he said it, I was flabbergasted, thinking he was going to finish that well-worn exclamation with a bad word. But it works better his way…

What isn’t going to work is George Papandreou’s call for a referendum.

He wants the Greek people to decide if they want to tighten their belts so much that they’re willing to starve themselves to death for the sake of paying back the IMF and their European neighbors.

Why his move hurts everyone…