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Neil Cavuto: …your campaign has received a $500 campaign donation from a white supremacist in West Palm Beach. And your campaign had indicated you have no intention to return it. What are you going to do with that?
Ron Paul: It is probably already spent. Why give it back to him and use it for bad purposes?
Neil Cavuto: …this Don Black who made the donation, and who ran a site called "Stormfront, White Pride Worldwide," now that you know it, now that you’re familiar after the fact, you still would not return it?
Ron Paul: Well, if I spent his money and I took the money that maybe you might have sent to me and donate it back to him, that does not make any sense to me. Why should I give him money to promote his cause?
Neil Cavuto: …Hillary Clinton has had to do this, a number of other candidates have had to do this. Do you think that just is a bad practice?
Ron Paul: I think it is pandering. I think it is playing the political correctness… What about the people who get donations, want to get special interests from the military industrial complex? They put in — they raise, bundle their money, and send millions of dollars in there. And they want to rob the taxpayers. That is the real evil … that buys influence in government. And this is, to me, the corruption that should be corrected… you are missing the whole boat — the whole boat, because it is the immorality of government, it’s the special interests in government, it’s fighting illegal wars…
Neil Cavuto: All right.
Ron Paul: …and financing, and taxing the people, destroying the people through inflation, and undermining this prosperity of the country.”

  —Ron Paul
 Your World with Neil Cavuto, FOX News, December 19, 2007

Morici: Federal Reserve Has Few Arrows Left in Its Quiver

fed reserve bldg dark 200 Morici: Federal Reserve Has Few Arrows Left in Its QuiverThe Federal Reserve is moving closer to announcing additional steps to stimulate the economy, but it can’t do much to curb the threat of another recession. The economy is growing at less than 2 percent. Jobs creation in April, May and June was lower than a snake’s belly, averaging 75,000 a month or less than is necessary to keep up with population growth. Unemployment holds steady at 8.2 percent only because so many folks have quit looking for work and are no longer counted in the official tally of joblessness. Worker productivity is not advancing, indicating businesses have more employees than needed to meet demand, and layoffs will follow if sales don’t pick up. Jobless claims are up again, and would likely be worse but for the fact that many people have exhausted their eligibility. Deteriorating conditions in Europe and a weaker euro
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indicate U.S. exporters and import-competing businesses will face a tough environment through the balance of the year. Retail sales fell in April, May and June, as consumers became increasingly pessimistic that President Obama’s economic policies will fix the economy. And they are simply not convinced Governor Romney offers sufficiently effective alternatives and the personal qualities to be President. Simply, Americans — even those with secure jobs — are hunkering down for a long siege. They are disgusted and frightened by corporate leaders and bankers who take outsized salaries while they mine the nation’s assets to invest abroad and gamble with government-insured money. All the while, they place the prosperity of ordinary Americans at grave risk to serve their avarice. In manufacturing, the bright star of the recovery, new orders and shipments are growing haltingly. Many manufacturers and service businesses report falling prices. Prices being slashed to sustain sales is an ominous indicator of more layoffs and recession. morici peter 100 Morici: Federal Reserve Has Few Arrows Left in Its Quiver
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Dr. Peter Morici
Professor
Robert H. Smith
School of BusinessThe Federal Reserve has already pulled all the levers that might make a difference. Short-term interest rates — such as the overnight bank borrowing rate and one-month and one- year Treasury Bill rates — are already close to zero. When the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee met on June 19 and 20 more bond purchases to push down long-term Treasury and mortgage rates were already on the table. However, over the last several months, investors have moved cash from risky European government and corporate securities to U.S. bonds. The 30-year Treasury and mortgage rates are now near record lows, preempting the effectiveness of any additional Fed measures. A statement that the Fed intends to keep short rates near zero beyond 2014 would have little impact on investor and home buyer psychology—already, few expect the Fed to push up interest rates in the foreseeable future. Central bank policy can help dampen inflation when the economy overheats and lift borrowing and home sales a bit when it falters, but it can’t instigate faster growth when the President and Congress fail to address structural problems. CNBC YMYV 2011 bdg Morici: Federal Reserve Has Few Arrows Left in Its QuiverDemand for U.S. products is burdened by huge trade deficits on oil and consumer goods with China. Both result from government inaction. President Obama has significantly curtailed production of oil offshore and in Alaska, and refuses calls from economists across the ideological spectrum to force China to stop manipulating its currency. Together, reversing those actions would create at least 5 million jobs. Lacking better policies from the Oval Office, there is little the Federal Reserve can do. Peter Morici is a professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission.  Morici: Federal Reserve Has Few Arrows Left in Its Quiver


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