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Old 03-05-2013, 09:33 PM   #21
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What is wrong with the dollar being valued low?

Interesting article about the dollar by CRS. Some not so bad effects of a decreasing dollar.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34582.pdf
Interesting indeed, and there are positives to any negative. However at the end of the day, the national debt and the insanely low interest rates means that there isn't as much "value" behind the dollar.

Read below. Everyone is going into the market when you need $20,000 in a "savings" account to even get a 1099 for the year lol

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This has bubble written all over it, my all metrics the economy is not doing well. The reason people are putting money into stocks right now is because the interest rates are so low it is the only way to get a yield. To pat Obama on the back for this particular fact is really, really ignorant.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #22
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Let me guess this comes from your vast military experience and all those currently serving members that you are buddy-buddy with?
his IDF experience.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:35 PM   #23
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Interesting indeed, and there are positives to any negative. However at the end of the day, the national debt and the insanely low interest rates means that there isn't as much "value" behind the dollar.

Read below. Everyone is going into the market when you need $20,000 in a "savings" account to even get a 1099 for the year lol
Low IR's also have to do with dozens of other factors outside of dollar valuation relative to other currencies.

Flight to quality being a giant reason. Fed injected liquidity being another. The low rates right now are advantageous for the recovery we're in. If they're too high prematurely, it'll hit into GDP growth.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:37 PM   #24
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I think sometimes the economy would prefer the dollar being a bit weaker as to attract foreign investors to buy our goods, export, business, and tourism, etc, etc.
agreed... but this low i think is a bit too low...
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agreed... but this low i think is a bit too low...
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The policy is sound. The "repercussions" were not. Sexuality has no bearing on someone being a good soldier. Hence, we don't ask, and you don't tell us. It is moot. If a drill a superior officer sees a straight guy or a gay guy do something not becoming of an officer, they get the same penalties. Simple as that.
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No, just want I see on the news of veterans losing their benefits, etc. So what DID Obama do for the veterans?
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The policy is sound. The "repercussions" were not. Sexuality has no bearing on someone being a good soldier. Hence, we don't ask, and you don't tell us. It is moot. If a drill a superior officer sees a straight guy or a gay guy do something not becoming of an officer, they get the same penalties. Simple as that.
But sexual orientation does have bearing on spouse benefits. A male/female couple gets housing allowance, medical benefits, etc. A male/male or female/female couple would not under DADT. Hence one of the reasons for the repeal - to allow such benefits in the future. Furthermore, even if sexual orientation has no bearing on being a good soldier, if a service member is found out by his/her chain of command, it, under DADT, would still go to separation proceedings. Finally, service members can't use being gay as an excuse (like faking being gay) not to deploy. Under DADT they would have been separated. Now they can't

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No, just want I see on the news of veterans losing their benefits, etc. So what DID Obama do for the veterans?
Signed the Vet Jobs Bill to help unemployed Vets find work and give incentives (tax breaks) to companies who hire Vets. That's one off the top of my head.

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But sexual orientation doe have bearing on spouse benefits. A male/female couple gets housing allowance, medical benefits, etc. A male/male or female/female couple would not. Hence one of the reasons for the repeal - to allow such benefits. Furthermore, even if sexual orientation has no bearing on being a good soldier, if a service member is found out by his/her chain of command, it, under DADT, would still go to separation proceedings.
I just have to ask...what are the consequences if found guilty of a contract marriage if any at all? I ran into many a young couples who did this for the benefits...
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I just have to ask...what are the consequences if found guilty of a contract marriage if any at all? I ran into many a young couples who did this for the benefits...
Court Martial in one case that I know happened in the Marines. It's hard to prove though.

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No, just want I see on the news of veterans losing their benefits, etc. So what DID Obama do for the veterans?
how are Vets losing there benefits? They get a pension from the VA if disabled - the amount varying on the percentage of disability, free VA healthcare depending on the percentage of disability, they have access to the Montgomery or 9/11 GI Bill, the get hiring preference for Govt jobs if they are a 5 or 10 point vet, etc, etc

As a Vet myself, I'm taken care of and grateful for the opportunities afforded to me as a Vet.

Now VA administration, as I've heard, is a bit of a quagmire. There is often long processing times to have claims filed and adjudicated. Luckily I did mine before I left the service - did the benefits upon discharge program.

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Court Martial in one case that I know happened in the Marines. It's hard to prove though.
I would imagine so. However these couples talked about it openly and very casually. I would imagine recording the conversation would be enough to levy punishment no? At any rate I was disgusted by it.
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I would imagine so. However these couples talked about it openly and very casually. I would imagine recording the conversation would be enough to levy punishment no? At any rate I was disgusted by it.
It can be construed as stealing from the tax payer

There was one Marine in my company who was married, yet I (we) never saw his wife. He never talked about her either. Very hush hush. Could never prove anything though.

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It can be construed as stealing from the tax payer

There was one Marine in my company who was married, yet I (we) never saw his wife. He never talked about her either. Very hush hush. Couldn't never prove anything though.
Met some people like that. I just assumed they married juicies
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It can be construed as stealing from the tax payer

There was one Marine in my company who was married, yet I (we) never saw his wife. He never talked about her either. Very hush hush. Couldn't never prove anything though.
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Stick to attorneying.
•Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
•Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
•GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
•Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
•Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
•Size of Fed's Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
•US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
•US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
•Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
•US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion
•Labor Force Particpation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%•Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
•S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+
•VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%
•10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%
•EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050
•Gold: Then $748; Now $1583
•NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares


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The low rates right now are advantageous for the recovery we're in. If they're too high prematurely, it'll hit into GDP growth.
1. What recovery
2. What GDP growth?
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•Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
•Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
•GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
•Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
•Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
•Size of Fed's Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
•US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
•US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
•Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
•US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion
•Labor Force Particpation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%•Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
•S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+
•VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%
•10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%
•EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050
•Gold: Then $748; Now $1583
•NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares
Again, stick to attorneying or learn about economic cycles, leading economic indicators, lagging economic indicators, etc. Don't just copy/paste some shite chain email that has no idea what it's trying to infer.
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1. What recovery
2. What GDP growth?
Please tell me you still think we're in a recession.
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•Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
•Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
•GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
•Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
•Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
•Size of Fed's Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
•US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
•US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
•Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
•US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion
•Labor Force Particpation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%•Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
•S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+
•VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%
•10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%
•EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050
•Gold: Then $748; Now $1583
•NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares




1. What recovery
2. What GDP growth?
Well at least if you had a lot of gold back then you would be doing well now.
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