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Lies Politicians Tell Us

Clinton, Trump, the Obama Administration, and the media—all are guilty of obfuscation, deceit, and dishonesty.

Meltzer 3 Professor  Allan H. Meltzer: He is an American Economist and the Allan H. Meltzer professor of Political Economy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He is the author of a large number of academic papers and books on monetary policy and the Federal Resrve Bank. Dr. Meltzer’s two volume books, “A History of the Federal Reserve”, are considered the most comprehensive history of the central bank.   He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the development and application of monetary policy. Currently he is also President of the Mont Pelerin Society. Dr. Meltzer originated the aphorism “Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin. It doesn’t work.”

Prof. Meltzer is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. This article is from his monthly column on Defining Ideas at the Hoover Institution.
It is posted in   http://www.hoover.org/research/

Most of us learn at some point that politicians tell lies. We expect them to stop once they hold office or to face the consequences. In the past, politicians that violated the public trust resigned, most notably President Richard Nixon. Other lesser officials have also been punished for abusing public trust. No longer. In campaigns, and in office, politicians and their aides or supporters deliberately lie about matters of importance.

Ben Rhodes, a National Security Adviser in the Obama administration, bragged recently about the lies officials told to support a major foreign policy decision—the nuclear agreement with Iran. That agreement permits Iran to possess nuclear weapons in about ten years. Rhodes publicly admitted that the Obama administration claimed that the new Iranian government was a moderating influence despite the fact that experts at the Central Intelligence Agency warned that the new government in Iran was not moderate. According to Rhodes, that false claim was critical for getting the deal approved by Congress. He and his colleagues suffered no consequence for having lied.

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Confronting The Global Threat To Democracy

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Dr. Ngaire Woods
 is the Founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford. She founded and is the Director of the Global Economic Governance Program

Across the world, populists are attracting votes with their promises to protect ordinary people from the harsh realities of globalization. The democratic establishment, they assert, cannot be trusted to fulfill this purpose, as it is too busy protecting the wealthy – a habit that globalization has only intensified.

This article is published in the Social Europe Journal, click on the URL below to read the original posting:
https://www.socialeurope.eu/2016/06/confronting-global-threat-democracy/

For decades, globalization promised to bring benefits to all. On an international scale, it facilitated the rise of the Asian tigers and the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), produced rapid growth across Africa, and facilitated the boom in developed countries through 2007. It also created new opportunities and augmented growth within countries. But since the 2008 crash, many rich countries have been locked into austerity; the Asian economies have been slowing; the BRICS’ progress has been stalling; and many African countries have fallen back into debt.

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Merkel reaches out to defuse Greece tension

The Local, German News,

March 16, 2015

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In a bid to defuse mounting Greek-German tensions, Chancellor Angela Merkel invited Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Berlin for his first official visit to Germany.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert confirmed via Twitter on Monday that Tsipras had accepted the invitation for Monday March 23rd.

Tensions have been high between the two countries ever since a temporary extension to Greece’s bailout terms was agreed at the end of February, with German MPs voting massively in favor.

For further details go to  http://bit.ly/18AdeMm