Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - February 7, 2016

Brian Gongol

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This week

Chinese-led group buying the Chicago Stock Exchange

And the great asset sell-off continues

Practical capitalism as an alternative to Sanders socialism

Capitalist solution: Private accounts in Social Security

Terrorism versus persistent fear

It might behoove us to think about the things we could be doing to reduce people's overall levels of fear and anxiety in the world as one step towards reducing the impact of terrorism.

Timing and triggers

A recession on the horizon? When? Too hard to say. Timing of these events is always uncertain, as are the triggers that set them off. But the conditions are in place for trouble.

Tin Foil Hat Award

White House proposes $10 per barrel oil tax

And that's how you know it's nothing more than a stunt -- not a serious proposal. At $2 or $3 a barrel, directed specifically at subsidizing a next-generation energy future, virtually nobody could object. At $5 a barrel, it would be a tough sale, but might stand a chance given the right trade-offs. At $10 a barrel (when oil is barely above $30 a barrel), it's a punitive tax. Where they could easily have grabbed low-hanging fruit, the administration instead picks an unproductive fight.

Yay Capitalism Prize

Deficits need to return to the public debate

If we don't reverse the direction of public budgeting, the country's going to pay in the not-so-distant future. Interest rates at all-time lows are simply buying us a short-term cushion from the pain.

Quote of the Week

"This Library afforded me the means of Improvement by constant Study, for which I set apart an Hour or two each Day" - Benjamin Franklin

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