FROM Robert Profusek
Big Banks, Big Bonuses and Big Government Even when Wall Street banks were losing money and receiving taxpayer bailouts, top traders were getting multi-million-dollar bonuses. Now some of the same institutions are at it again, guaranteeing big money even before any work is performed. The banks say that's what it takes to get the best people, but critics contend it creates risk-takers with nothing to lose except the nation's economic stability. Are the same people who helped to create the ongoing great recession now being rewarded? Is it time for the government to step in or should the free-market prevail? Would regulations stifle free competition or prevent another financial disaster?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?