Monthly Archives: June 2009
“About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends”
My Comments: Merkel has been critical of central bank actions for some time. The independence of the Federal Reserve specifically is very suspect to me. Merkel was on the record saying “I view with great skepticism what authority the Fed has and the leeway the Bank of England has created for itself,” Merkel said in a speech in Berlin. “We have to return jointly to more independent central bank policies.” Stricter monetary policy isn’t politically acceptable, even when it’s the right thing to do. Merkel has called for tighter monetary policy (from foreign and the German central bank). Merkel apparently was awake on the day they taught about German’s inflation problems of the past.
Take a look at these two pretty good articles by Bloomberg and old faithful the Wall Street Journal.
My Comments: Interesting quick read. MSFT isn’t the only company analyzing their tax status. I know it sounds good to “close tax loops” and many should, but sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. Honestly, at times I don’t no where the line is either.
“Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steven Ballmer said the world’s largest software company would move some employees offshore if Congress enacts President Barack Obama’s plans to impose higher taxes on U.S. companies’ foreign profits.