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Alternative Visions – 2017 Year in Review: Trump Year One – 12.29.17

Dr. Rasmus reviews the major economic developments of the past year. Included are the major economic consequences of Trump’s first year in office: tax cuts, environmental, financial and other deregulations, Goldman Sachs running the economy, the Trump ‘bump’ and Trump ‘trade’, Trump free trade policies re. NAFTA, Trump’s replacement of Fed chair Yellen with Powell, the low dollar and Emerging …

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Alternative Visions – Trump’s ‘Smash and Grab’ Tax Cuts – 12.22.17

Dr. Rasmus explains and critiques the Trump-Republican $4 trillion plus tax cuts passed and signed this week, describing it as thieves ‘smashing’ their way into the US Treasury and ‘grabbing’ as much of government revenue as they can get away with.  The tax cuts are put in historical context, as a continuation of the ‘tax shell’ game since Reagan, and …

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Alternative Visions – 1500% for them; 0.5% for Us: Bitcoins vs. Wages -12.08.17

Dr. Rasmus goes in depth on the bitcoin mania and the bubble now at more than $15,000 a coin—a 1500% increase in speculative profits in 2017…and rising. What are the determinants and drivers of the Bitcoin mania, the ‘digital tulips’ bubble of today? Rasmus discusses the fundamental causes as blockchain technology and central bankers’ decades of massive liquidity injection into …

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Alternative Visions – Behind Bitcoin Mania & Trump Tax Cut Ideology – 12.04.17

Dr. Rasmus discusses the 9 major ‘drivers’ behind the growing bubble in Bitcoin and other crypto currencies, as well as potential channels of contagion to other financial markets once the bubble bursts. The connection between Blockchain tech and bitcoin and cryptos are explained, as well as the emerging shift from ‘retail’ speculator to professional investing in Bitcoin, options trading, legitimization …

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Alternative Visions – Grass Roots Organizing Against NAFTA, Trump’s Wall, Deportations & Union Busting – 11.22.17

Dr. Rasmus invites guest, Alan Benjamin, one of the organizers of the forthcoming ‘Binational Conference’ of US and Mexican activists to be held December 2-3 in Carson, California (just south of Los Angeles). Benjamin discusses the themes of the upcoming conference: anti-NAFTA, opposition to Trump’s Wall & deportations, attacks on farmworkers in US and Mexico, the Driscoll Co. berry boycott, farmworker union …

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Alternative Visions -US Financial Bubbles Revisited: US Stocks, Junk Bonds, Covenant-Lite Loans, Pension Funds, & Bitcoins -11.17.17

Download this episode (right click and save)   Dr. Rasmus reviews conditions in the three financial markets approaching or at bubble levels. Causes of excess demand driving prices in US equity markets are discussed—including Fed near zero interest rate policies since 2008; record corporate profits and $1 trillion annual stock buybacks and dividend payouts; multi-trillion $ corporate bond issuance; shift …

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Alternative Visions – US House Trump Tax Cut Bill Cuts $4.5 trillion on Corporations and the 1% – 11.10.17

Download this episode (right click and save)Dr. Rasmus reviews the final details of the US House of Representatives’ Trump-Ryan tax cut plan just voted out of Committee and on its way to a vote in the House next week. Also, early provisions of the US Senate version of the cuts now being initially debated.  Rasmus shows how the total cuts …

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Alternative Visions – ‘Trump Tax Cuts 2.0: Facts, Ideology & Consequences’ – 11.03.17

Dr. Rasmus dissects the just announced US House of Representatives’ version of the Trump Tax Cuts. The ‘tax cut shell game’ is explained. The main elements of the business tax cuts under the House proposal are described, including corporate rate, virtual ending of US multinational offshore taxation, retention of carried interest, inversions, and other business deduction tax loopholes. Personal income …