Guest Post: Robbed Blind By A Lipstick Wearing Pig
Submitted by Davos
Robbed Blind By A Lipstick Wearing Pig
one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the records
for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by
underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain
~ H.L. Mencken
Each and everyday I'm amazed by the sad amount of truth held within this statement.
totally shunned TV, I have no cable, no dish, I've deleted every
mainstream news source from my iGoogle RSS reader and I am now weeding
out what I once considered to be the best 25 economic blogs.
Let’s visit the many ways that we are being robbed by the pig wearing lipstick.
Confusion and sexing up the ugly
#cc6600;">Today, on a blog I used to hold in high esteem was an article entitled "Who's Afraid Of a Falling Dollar?"
And it should scare you also!
we need to take the lipstick off the falling dollar pig and understand
what it means. If you have $100,000.00 in your account and the dollar
falls in value that $100,000.00 might buy you only $25,000.00 worth of
Would you put your money in a bank that offered you a
falling balance? Open an account today with your life savings of
$100,000.00 and tomorrow your balance will be $25,000.00.
incredible part about the article is that it was written by a senior
fellow at an institute that is trying to save Social Security.
Grandma, your $500.00 Social Security check that used to buy you a
month's tuna caught by Japanese fishermen had a really bad fall and now
you'll have to eat saltines all month long.
No more tuna for you.
"A lower dollar is good news for US exporters and foreign importers and bad news for foreign exporters and US importers."
Well bad news here. We import 2/3rds of our oil.
when you fill up your SUV with your falling dollar you are now on the
cusp of bankruptcy because that dollar had a bad fall and only buys 1/4
the amount of gas it used to. When you go to the store and purchase
food that has been shipped a minimum of 1,500 miles and farmed in a
petrochemically dependent fashion you’re going to be in the same line
as Grandma buying saltines.
Bon appétit mon ami(e).
Confusion And Secing Up Inflation:
fear is that a falling dollar would be inflationary." Right here I am
reassured that the author must a.) be Keysnian b.) have taught
economics c.) has worked for the "Federal" (a very private bank)
Or, d.) all of the above.
Inflation is defined
as the size of the monetary supply. The Keynesian economists have
convoluted this. The bottom line is if you have a trillion in 100's and
you create another trillion bucks while you have 2 trillion the reality
is that the 2 trillion has a value of 1 trillion. Your 100's are worth
Your dollar fell.
He then quotes two recent "Fed" papers. Well, I have short funny video for you…
Here is the Chairman of the Fed who got it 100% wrong.
"I don't buy your premise."
"We've never had a decline of houses in a nationwide basis."
Oh, I thought you studied the great depression?
Just what the heck happened from 1920 to 1945?
Confsion And Sexing Up Unemployment
#cc6600;">"With US unemployment currently at 10 percent, there is no chance that inflation will rise in the near term."
First if you go to http://www.shadowstats.com/
and pay John Williams 89 bucks he will show you that unemployment is at
22%. He corrects the BLS's Birth Death Model, their Seasonal Adjustment
and even is kind enough to count the U3 and the U6 numbers and add them
up into one nice percentage.
Something the BLS seems challenged by.
by what economic model is unemployment a factor in inflation? Zimbabwe
had an unemployment rate north of 90% and here is a copy copy of a
Dinner for one: 1.2 billion.
I suppose that isn't inflation even by a Keynesian perspective?
I could go on for hours.
like these contribute to the success of the robberies committed on the
American people each and every day. The give validity to Mencken's
Worse, when good blogs publish bad
articles smart readers get confused by qualifications and titles and
prestigious think tank associations. Comments like: "Zimbabwe is a case
of corruption so naked that it defies comparison. Even comparing it to
the US is the height of silliness, since the US spent the last year
with NEGATIVE YoY price changes."
Corruption so naked that it defies comparison?
Well maybe we should consider this. The unregulated derivative market is now 55 times the size of all the world's GDPs 600 trillion in total (audio link).
According to Table 3 OCC.pdf
(from our Treasury) 200 trillion of this toxic mess reside here in US
banks. Tyler, over at ZeroHedge, ran a piece pegging it at 1,600
trillion (1.6 quadrillion). The subprime mess was 1.5 trillion. It blew
up the economy. We now have wave two of the Alt-A and Option Arms rolling to shore.
Another 1.5 trillion. A lot of this consists of NINJA loans. Those are
no income, no jobs, no documentation. I suppose putting down you make
100k when you don't have a job doesn't defy corruption?
Or maybe we want to discuss the stellar way these loans are given AAA ratings?
Naked Short Selling is another great topic while we are on the Bernie Madoff Zimbabwe discussion.
Or we could discuss how we hang those out to dry for uttering regulation and oversight.
The bottom line is that we have become numb to what "experts" and reporters tell us.
recent piece in Bloomberg discussing raising the debt limit is proof.
"Tactics such as tapping federal retirement funds would free up roughly
$150 billion - about the same amount as the interest payments that come
due on Dec. 31."
As one fellow blogger that I have the utmost
respect for put it: "Did you catch the bit in boldface about 'tapping'
federal retirement funds for short-term cash flow? Sounds so casual, so
innocent, don't it? Think about it, though. Unlike private pension
funds, whose trustees have a fiduciary duty under the ERISA Act to
safeguard the interest of beneficiaries, fedgov pension funds are mere
slush funds for politicians to grab at will. Under the sordid conflicts
of interest which are tolerated within our imperial government, the
managers of Social Security and federal retirement funds subserviently
hand over their reserves to our insolvent government in ad hoc, 'we'll
pay you back when we can afford to' transactions. In a private-sector
pension fund, such malfeasance would land them straight in jail.
then, government is all about granting itself the right to commit acts
which are illegal for its subjects -- such as the Federal Reserve's
96-year-long currency counterfeiting operation. When the sovereign
itself is dishonest, openly bilking its own pensioners, it is idle to
talk of 'reform.' Organized crime is not amenable to reform. Either you
end it, or you trust your security to the nebulous notion of 'honor
among thieves.' Good luck with that!"