By Ali Velshi
In a tragic new twist on "the gunshot heard around the world", the tragedy in Arizona has people around the world talking about the political tone in the U.S., how the U.S. deals with the mentally ill and, of course, guns. Much of the world still looks to the U.S. as a country which, strangely to some, affords it's citizens constitutional protection to be armed to the teeth. But how DO America's gun laws compare to those of other countries, and what effect have different gun laws had on crime?
In the first Q&A of the year, Richard Quest and I will take a different approach. We'll offer our thoughts on guns and laws. Then, instead of The Voice asking us questions, we'll tell each other – and you – what we've learned about gun laws around the world.
Tune in at 2:22p EST / 20:22 CET.
New York (CNN) – “The ships of job creating investment remain, for the most part, tied to the docks, or worse, choose to sail for foreign ports.”
That's just one of the many analogies used by Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher, to describe the current U.S. employment picture. Not a particularly pretty one, but Fisher says the U.S. central bank has pretty much done enough:
“The key to correcting the underperformance of the American economy and American job creation does not rest with the Federal Reserve. It is in the hands of those who make fiscal and regulatory policy,” Fisher said.
The Fed’s controversial decision, known as QE2, to inject more cash into the economy through the buying of bonds is moving ahead at a $75 billion clip each month. But Fisher believes "the engines are full but the car isn't moving forward. There is something wrong with the transmission.”
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