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    Bulls & Bears

    This past week’s Bulls & Bears: Gary B. Smith, Exemplar Capital managing partner; Pat Dorsey, Morningstar.com director of stock research; Scott Bleier, HybridInvestors.com president; Tobin Smith, ChangeWave Research editor; Eric Bolling, Independent Trader

    Trading Pit: Is It Time to Spend Whatever's Needed to Protect Our Students?

    Students at Northern Illinois University are trying to gain some semblance of normal life after Thursday’s (2-14-08) deadly shooting spree. That tragedy raises a big question on campuses all across America: is it time to spend whatever’s needed to protect out students?

    Eric Bolling: Absolutely! But spend the money before an incident, not after.

    Pat Dorsey: Most university campuses are very open, so controlling access is physically impossible. We have to accept that these are public places, and we may not be able to stop these tragedies from happening every time.

    Gary B. Smith: Security will be one of the “ala cart” options when choosing a University for our children. And we will have to pay a premium for it, but it’s worth paying a little more.

    Tobin Smith: Enough is enough! We have adapted to TSA inspections in airports and now we need to have metal detectors at ALL schools.

    Scott Bleier: There will always be a danger and no amount of money can protect that. Even if there were no guns, crazies would find a way. Throwing money at a problem after a tragedy is not the answer.

    A "President Obama": Friend or Foe to American Capitalism?

    Barack Obama putting corporate America in the crosshairs! The White House hopeful is bashing business for big profits and calling for more government oversight. Would a "President Obama" be a friend or foe to capitalism in America?

    Gary B. Smith: He would be an enemy of capitalism. He would essentially be a failed FDR.

    Tobin Smith: This is not the guy you want if you’re pro-business! Trade is the future of the United States, and he wants to come in and change agreements.

    Pat Dorsey: What you do and what you say on the campaign trail can be very different from what you do when you’re in office. So I say let’s wait and see.

    Eric Bolling: Rasing taxes are bad for everyone! And he plans on raising taxes to fund all his programs.

    Scott Bleier: The answer is No. Barack Obama may be a classic liberal politician, but he does not propose anything major in his long-awaited business policy initiatives.

    Stock X-Change

    Exactly one year ago Pat Dorsey became the proud father of twins...and we're having another stock party for his little cuties — Bulls and Bears style! Birthday buys that could "double" your profits in the Stock X-Change!