Guest Post: Economy Flight 666 - Our One-Way Ticket To Zimbabwe

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Submitted by Davos Sherman Okst

Economy Flight 666 - Our One-Way Ticket To Zimbabwe [Part 2 of Part 2, Part 1 can be found here]

In the fine book “I.O.U.S.A.” former Comptroller General David Walker said, ”[The] fourth and most serious of all is a leadership deficit. The material I reviewed underscores Walker’s observation.

I’m
a huge Paul Ryan fan. I’m impressed with his handle on our budget. I
give him a tremendous amount of credit for addressing our dismal fiscal
situation head on. I commend him for making it the center of his work.
This is something most politicians refuse to even mention, let alone
address in public.

Congressman Ryan is working to solve it. As
much as I like, admire and respect Representative Ryan - I have to say:
He epitomizes Walker’s illustration of our biggest deficit. He does
not have the economic vision to see the picture and he is therefore
stunted from forming a dynamic and cohesive plan that will solve our
problems.

This is entirely evident from the compilation of video clips.

The
one thing 15,000 hours of flying taught me is this—when there is an
emergency, or even an anomaly, the procedure for saving one’s assets
boils down to 5 simple steps:

  1. Identify the Problem.
  2. Clearly Annunciate the Problem.
  3. Verify it.
  4. Remember the Corrective Procedure [memory items] - and if there isn’t a procedure—create one.
  5. Execute the Plan - and if you have any weak links in your crew remove that link immediately—rely on the strong points of your team.

Bernanke
is by definition a weak link. Obama should have fired him. He and
Greenspan created the housing bubble. They deserve no rewards for
ordering a 10.4 trillion dollar carpet to sweep their mess under in
order to hide and prolong the disaster. Paul Ryan should have used this
opportunity to publicly condemn the man and demand the idiot's
resignation. You can see by the videos that the committee is bumbling
around in the dark feeling its way around.

The only question that should be asked is: “Bernanke, do you want to resign now or when you leave this meeting?”

So what we should be hearing from Congressman Ryan is this:

  1. Identify the Problem:
    We are insolvent. We take in less than we spend. Our current fiscal
    situation is that we take in about 2 trillion in tax revenue, we borrow
    about 1 trillion and we spend 4.5 trillion.
  2. Annunciate the Problem:
    Bernanke is destroying our currency by monetizing our 1.5 trillion
    dollar shortfall electronically. His intention is admirable—he wishes
    to avoid defaulting on our debt. The downside to this is that it
    expands the money supply because the money has already been spent by our
    overextended government. Please read that again. The money is not
    sitting in a bank or over at the Fed, this money has been spent.
    Without this monetization Social Security payments would not go out,
    debt service to China et al would not be made, government workers would
    not get checks. Bernanke is fooling himself (and us if we listen) that
    when the time is right he’ll contract the money supply by selling assets
    - the buyers have not been there, they won’t magically appear. You
    can’t contract a money supply without creating a deflationary
    depression. Furthermore, if we can’t sell 1.5 trillion more treasuries
    today to China et al no one in their right mind would buy into that in a
    month, several months or a few years from now that China or any other
    investor will want to buy more of this debt.
  3. Verify it: The GAO verified it, lack of demand has verified it.
  4. Formulate a Corrective Procedure: Since
    there is no real written procedure for countries declaring bankruptcy
    we are left with five options, only the fifth option below is sound:
    1. Going
      to the IMF (the financial hit-men) and getting a high interest loan in
      giving them our resource rights as collateral (bad idea).
    2. Defaulting (bad idea - won’t fix the consumer, state or municipality collateral damage).
    3. Sneakily
      debasing the currency and paying old debt with worthless dollars
      created with a computer and keyboard (what Bernanke is knowingly or
      unknowingly doing)—a painful hard way of doing it. Commodity prices are
      pegged to the reserve currency, exporting inflation to countries where
      people make 2 bucks a day is a recipe for the other countries revolting
      from the US reserve or winding up in deposed induced anarchy. If we are
      not the reserve currency we will be like Greece—unable to print money
      and left with more debt than we can ever pay. Governor Christie is
      about to learn this lesson.
    4. Re-valuing the currency by saying
      bring us 100,000 old dollars and we’ll give you one new dollar, which
      usually diminishes faith, causes a great deal of pain and sometimes
      takes several attempts before success is achieved.
    5. The best
      idea would be doing the latter (revaluing the dollar by reissuing a new
      dollar) but backing it (at least loosely) to gold - (even if for just a
      short amount of time). The United States supposedly has 10,000 tonnes
      of gold. More than any other country. I say supposedly because it
      hasn’t been audited in decades. We also hold another 8,000 tonnes of
      gold for other countries (if our leadership stole money from us, our
      kids and their unborn kids and enslaved us and them into a world of
      instant debt just to bail out the morons on Wall Street who created
      these derivatives of mass destruction (because they bribed them with 85
      billion in lobbyist donations)—then “borrowing” 8,000 tonnes of gold
      which belongs to other countries is a given. The trick is to do this
      now, in a few years China will move from 1,000 tonnes of gold to God
      knows how many thousand tonnes and they will execute this step. We need
      to get our manufacturing jobs back from China, and we need to kettle
      their energy thirst. Let me be blunt: Until there is a new energy
      technology it is us or them. One country will be in cars, the other
      will be three peasants hanging off a moped.

     5. Execute the Plan: Paging President Teleprompter.

During one of these FOMC meetings Bernanke asked about a chart showing the value of our dollar losing 10 percent per year.
Ask yourself: Just how that plays into the Fed’s dual mandate of
maintaining price stability by preserving the value of “our” currency?
Just where can you put the savings from your flat, circa 1970s wages, to
work and get 10% per year?

No small wonder why gold was up 29% last year and silver was up 89%.

The
long bond (30 year) is tanking, the 3 decade old bond bull market is
finished! This is evident because the yield busted the 10 year moving
average when it blew above 4.75%.

Money moves out of bonds when central banks print.

Money flows into hard assets, gold, silver and commodities when central banks go berserk.

The central banks will have to come in and buy more bonds in order to drive bond prices up, inversely lowering yields/interest rates.
Bernanke’s QEII won’t hold rates down, there is not enough Fed bond
buying. It’ll take QE III, QE IV, and QE V to dominate the bond
auctions and drive rates below 4.75%.

When that happens the dollar will have the value of toilet paper.

So
to answer the question: “How does monetizing the un-payable portion of
our deficit play into preserving the value of the dollar?”—it flat out
doesn’t. That is why our dollar has the purchasing power of 4 cents.
The Fed was created 100 years ago, the dollar lost 80% since Nixon took
us off the gold standard in 1971. The dollar will literally be
worthless when Captain Bernanke completes his flight. The engines
(read: the printing presses) are melting the wings off the plane.

 

Bernanke is kidding himself, the House Budget Committee and the entire
60 Minutes audience when he says that he can raise interest rates in 15
minutes. He can raise rates but it would be the INSTANT end of the
economy. I’ve read the book: “Temple of Secrets: How the Federal
Reserve Runs the Country”, and a large portion of the book was dedicated
to Paul Volcker’s 21.5% rate hike. The adverse effects on the economy
were disastrous. Businesses stopped borrowing, or went broke borrowing,
unemployment went through the roof, housing was crushed, large
purchases of automobiles crumbled.

 

When someone’s voice crackles it indicates a total lack of confidence in what they are saying. They are not being truthful.

Bernanke says:

  • ‘The fear of inflation is overstated’ — Like the housing bubble Ben?
  • ‘We aren’t printing money’ — BS.
  • ‘The money supply isn’t changing’ — The government spends roughly 1.5 trillion more than it takes in with taxes and borrows (there are 1 million "millions" to a trillion www.vemeo.com/4428480 only 21% of our nation know this fact).
  • Spends is the key word Ben, the money supply IS increasing, the government spends money it doesn’t have and you create it.
  • ‘What
    we’re doing is lowering interest rates’ — Not working Ben, money left
    the long bond, rates blew out to 4.75% breaking the 10 year moving
    average signaling the end of the 3 decade bond bull market. It’ll take
    massive amounts of QE to sop up enough bonds to drive rates down and
    bond prices back up. It’ll toast the dollar’s value. Supply and demand
    is the key law to economics and even money supply has supply and demand
    issues. Economics 101 Ben.
  • ‘Trick is to unwind it at the right
    time’ — IMPOSSIBLE, your the only one buying this trash. There is NO
    demand for this crap. Time or timing won’t change that. You are
    bluffing yourself and us. This is another “Housing isn’t in a bubble, I
    don’t agree with your premise” delusion. Time will - once again—show
    you for the inept economic moron you really are. And by the way
    Bernanke, housing prices have declined in our nations history, it
    happened during the last Great Depression, you know the one you profess
    to be an expert on!

 

But the single biggest reason the Fed can’t raise rates is debt
service. It is right in Bernanke’s testimony. Just the cost to service
our debt would go up to 6 trillion if rates went up.

RATES
CAN NOT BE RAISED - ONLY A REVALUATION OF THE CURRENCY AND MIGRATING
BACK TO A GOLD STANDARD CAN PREVENT INFLATION. Paul Ryan did the math.
Why he or anyone else listens to Bernanke say he can raise rates in 15
minutes is absolute absurdity.

 

  • $1,500,000,000,000.00 deficit - Which Bernanke is monetizing.
  • Sound money - Can’t have it with monetization.
  • Public
    Debt is Now 69% of GDP - Let’s not forget that public debt is about 14
    trillion and the off balance sheet debt (Social Security 14.6 trillion,
    Medicare 76 trillion, Prescription Drugs 19.2 trillion and GSE is about 3
    trillion), all toll you have about 128 trillion of debt. Then think
    about the states and local municipalities. Greece starts to look good.
    Sorry Paul, you can’t have an economy with a consumer that has been bled
    to death with taxes hidden and overt.

 

  • Representative Paul Ryan asks: ‘Isn’t QE II debt monetization?’
    — It is, the government has spent the money that it couldn’t borrow or
    raise with taxes. SPENT is the key word
  • Bernanke lies and says
    it isn’t monetization he goes onto say that the money supply will be
    contracted — BS, the money has leaked into the economy vis-a-vis Social
    Security payments, government salaried workers, China et al receiving
    debt service on bonds and so on.

 

  • Unemployment discussed is based on 9.6% — Unemployment is
    actually 22%, if you aren’t aware of that you’ll want to watch the Crash
    Course mentioned and check out www.ShadowStatistics.com.
    Basically the numbers Bernanke and Congressman Mulvaney use to
    calculate how long before there is an economic turnaround are predicated
    on half (+/-) of the actual rate. Bernanke should have been slammed on
    this. While Mulvaney is one of the brighter bulbs in the room he
    clearly has more pets and chickens than economic horse power. We can
    expect over a decade (barring a bubble, some energy invention or the
    clearing of tax debt and personal debt) before rates get back to where
    they were.
  • A 3.2% GDP growth rate is also discussed — Again,
    you’ll want to watch the Crash Course chapters outlined above if you
    don’t have a clear understanding of how the government calculates GDP.
    We didn’t have a 3.2% improvement in GDP.
  • The Fed’s FOMC
    minutes discuss CEO’s desire to exploit LDC (Least Developed Countries)
    labor rates. Either one of two things will happen: 1) We get the
    manufacturing jobs back, wipe away the debt and flourish or 2) We endure
    a depression and our wages get reset to that of the LCD’s (2 bucks a
    day). Again, Mulvaney and the rest of the gang should have chastised
    Bernanke for condoning discussions about exploiting labor as acceptable
    and routine.
  • Our leaders chose the fixing of roads as
    incentive. It takes 121,600 gallons of oil to pave 1 mile of highway.
    China is way behind on their roads. Chris Martenson suggested in a
    podcast that people be put to work insulating houses to save oil.
  • 67% of the economy is driven by consumers, if you read Jim Quinn’s article, The Shallowest Generation,
    you’ll see that consumers got their money from credit, that is how the
    economy thrived. 9 billion borrowed dollars wracked up on HELOC’s and
    spent at Starbucks on 4 dollar coffees is a case in point. We have
    massive debt and 22% unemployment because we gave good jobs to China so
    CEOs could make 400 times what their workers here earned.

In Summary:
This will, without a doubt be another Katrina. All I witnessed was 2
hours of empty words and a tremendous amount of chicanery on the Fed’s
part. We can’t get to a stable monetary system stuck on this flight to
hell. I am deeply saddened that Paul Ryan won’t be a good leader until
after he learns from this colossal failure.