Tim Geithner Responds To Druckenmiller With More Fearmongering And "Assured Destruction"
Not even 24 hours after Stanley Druckenmiller said to ignore all threats by the kleptocratic kartel [sic] of a world collapse should the debt ceiling not be hiked, as if on cue the tax-troubled treasury secretary has released another letter, this time to Michael Bennet, D-Colo, in which he rehashes all the usual threats that Hank Paulson pulled out of his sleeve when he presented his 3 page term sheet demanding congress give him unlimited powers to do anything Goldman, er, he saw fit to preserve the banker status quo. Nothing new in the letter, just more of the same: “A default would inflict catastrophic far-reaching damage on our
nation’s economy, significantly reducing growth and increasing
unemployment...Even a short-term default could cause irrevocable damage to
the economy. A default on Treasury debt could lead to concerns about the solvency of
the investment and financial institutions that hold Treasury
securities in their portfolios, which could cause a run on money market
mutual funds and the broader financial system. A default would call into question the status of Treasury securities as
a cornerstone of the financial system, potentially squandering this
unique role and the economic benefits that come with it." It is sad that the Treasury has succumbed to another bout of fearmongering because as Zero Hedge has been claiming since late 2009, and as Gross and Druckenmiller have recently reaffirmed, the only threat to the "confidence" of the US is if (or more correctly "when") the legislative bodies of the US succumb to this latest round of completely flawed, irresponsible and wrong mutual assured destruction rhetoric, and once again hike the debt target, this time to a total that is about 115% of US GDP.
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