It was another manic Monday with lots to cover, setting the record straight on Bill Gross, China, and the commodity selloff...
At one point, the music will stop, but for now, I agree with Britney Spears, you got to keep on dancing till the world ends. And despite what those bears on Zero Hedge think, the world isn't ending anytime soon...
A little under a year ago Moody's Mark Zandi and Princeton economist and former Fed vice chairman Alan Blinder penned a paper titled "How we Ended the Great Recession" which did nothing but extoll the virtues of spending trillions in both fiscal and monetary stimuli and preventing U3 from hitting 16% (of course how one proves a counterfactual is irrelevant: just remember - if the Fed disclosed its top secret bailout plans the world would end. Same thing here - accept it - after all the guy is a professor at Princeton). In a nutshell Blinder is nothing but Paul Krugman on steroids: a man who believes that there is nothing worse in this world than establishing fiscal (and monetary) discipline now. Well, in an interview with Tom Keene earlier, Blinder fired the first shot across the QE3 bow, telling his Bloomberg host that the US needs "somewhat more" fiscal stimulus once again in order to boost employment (hold on: didn't we end the Great Recession, and certainly the normal one in the summer of 2009 according to the NBER?). How this would be accomplished in the current climate is not explained. Instead what Blinder says makes one wonder just who is on the tenure committee at Princeton - when asked how we bring the deficit in without austerity, the Princetonian responds: "Unfortunately I think it is very subtle for most political processes especially for the political process in the US. What we should be doing is somewhat more fiscal expansion but at the same time legislating into law fiscal consolidation for the future. Starting 2 years from now, 3 years from now, 18 months from now. But not now." Of course never now: why bite the bullet now when it can be kicked to some other administration in the indefinite future? Especially when tenure money and/or Wall Street bribes are at stake...
U.S. Government Used COMMUNIST Torture Techniques Specifically Designed to Produce FALSE ConfessionsSubmitted by George Washington on 05/10/2011 13:13 -0400
Nice Work, Comrades! Along with Chairman Bernanke, you have helped turn the United States of America into a bastion for Communism!
Speaking of spending money we don't have - $23Bn of POMO money will be handed out to the IBanks in the first 3 days of the week as the Government props 'till we drop.
- Fannie Mae requests additional 8.5 billion dollars in government aid (Xinhua)
- U.S. Will Press China to Hasten Yuan's Rise (WSJ)
- European Officials to Revamp Greek Aid (FT)
- Europe Pressured to Revise Irish and Greek Bailouts (Reuters)
- Krugman: The Inflation Monster Under the Bed (NYT)
- Euro Holds No. 1 Spot as EU Shows Resolve on Greece Debt (Bloomberg)
- EU to Cut Emerging Nations’ Trade Benefits (FT)
- Japan Reaffirms Nuclear Energy Use (NYT)
- The truth behind the popular markets adage of 'sell in May' (Telegraph)
- What to watch, on the Street and on the court, to determine whether the rally will continue…or fizzle (Barrons)
Sean Corrigan On The Inflationary Diabolus Ex Machina, And Bernanke As The Modern Incarnation Of Shiva, the Shatterer of WorldsSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 05/08/2011 00:20 -0400
Inflationists are typically ignorant of the fact that the complex, multi-stage, labour-divided, task-specific, dynamic whole which is a modern economy intimately relies on much more spending than is captured in the flawed totem of GDP. They are further unaware that much of that spending is highly discretionary—that the bulk of it, in fact, represents gross capital formation via saving—if we define saving as making an outlay not to consume what is acquired finally and exhaustively today, but with the aim of giving rise to a greater income tomorrow, most routinely done by adding value in the course of a productive/entrepreneurial process...The key feature of this dense, reticular system of mutually-beneficial interaction is that it in no way relies upon any centralised control function—indeed, for all the weasel words of the rag-bag of anti-market intellectuals, from Krugman and Kaletsky to Stiglitz and Soros, every time the attempt has been made to impose one, the result has been to unleash at least three of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse upon the unfortunate victims of the Planners...To the extent that, in their primitive adherence to the toilet-flush hydraulics of their facile, consumer- demand model of the economy, the Bernankes of this world adulterate that money and deliberately contribute to its inconstancy, they— more than Robert Oppenheimer, even— are the modern- day Shivas, the Shatterers of Worlds before whom we should tremble.
Gallup Poll Shows that More Americans Believe the U.S. is in a Depression than is Growing … Are They Right?Submitted by George Washington on 04/29/2011 02:00 -0400
How can so many Americans believe that we’re in a depression, when the stock market and commodity prices have been booming?
When I met Phil the other night, he was on fire, enraged by what he believes is the scam of the century that no one wants to talk about, because so many powerful people armed with legions of lawyers want unquestioning allegiance, and will sue you into silence.
Over the past few years, mainstream analysts have shown a tenacious blind faith in the U.S. economy and the dollar that goes far beyond religion to the point of mindless cultism, so, when even they begin to question the future of American finance (as has been occurring more and more everyday), you know its time to worry. For those that have been following my work since 2007, the events of the past few months have not been a surprise at all, however, for those just waking up to the ongoing implosion of our fiscal infrastructure, the bubbling inflationary meltdown just over the horizon and the nightmare unfolding around our national debt is rather shocking. Living through a full spectrum catastrophe is, to say the least, confusing, especially when you have no idea where the whole thing began. Until now, the mainstream media has provided nothing but economic fantasy for the masses. They have satiated the public with what amounts to financial toddler talk for helpless preschool minds averse to any research beyond their daily 15 minute sippy cup of New York Times, CNN, MSNBC or FOX cable news sound bites. I mean, have you ever actually stopped and read a Paul Krugman article more than once? Or listened carefully to an MSNBC economic piece? It’s like being violently accosted by a band of slobbering mental deficients with securitized ARM mortgages stuffed in their pants. Of course, fewer and fewer people are now buying what these hucksters are selling. With gasoline nearing $5 a gallon, grain prices doubling, and shelf prices beginning to skyrocket, it’s hard for even the most ignorant suburban schlep to remain oblivious to the problem anymore. We are no longer on the edge of the abyss; we have fallen into it head first…
Everybody spins. Including Nobel economists.
An 'important' voice has just advocated default on federal debt. I think he's a fool.
General Tommy Franks, the rather straight-talking former commander of the war in Afghanistan way back in 2001, once described US defense policy wonk Doug Feith as “the dumbest fucking guy on the planet.” Feith, a bumbling architect of the failed Bush Doctrine, now has an intellectual match in Christina Romer, the former Chairwoman of Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors. Romer appeared Thursday on the Daily Ticker, leaving no doubt that she should be the undisputed frontrunner for the Nobel Committee’s much anticipated Doublethink Prize. Warning, do not watch this video while eating: food projectile WILL permanently damage your computer.
With everyone offering some version of a US budget, one more ridiculous than the other, one thing is certain: nobody has any clue how to fix America's fiscal catastrophe. And while the biggest soap opera rages in D.C. Larry Kotlikoff, who recently served as the only rational contributor to the just released IMF what paper "An Analysis of U.S. Fiscal and Generational Imbalances: Who Will Pay and How?" summarizes the "progress" so far: "The two parties are having a heated debate over the Republican plan to slice $61 billion off Uncle Sam’s projected $3.6 trillion budget. If the Republicans get their way, the deficit will fall from 9.5 percent of gross domestic product to 9.1 percent. If they don’t, they’ll probably shut the government for a couple of days. Then they’ll compromise on, say, a $40 billion budget cut, having proved they gave it their best shot." And sick of the corrupt petulance in DC, Kotlikoff has decided to propose his own budget. " I launched www.thepurplehealthplan.org last week
to solicit endorsements for what I call the Purple Health Plan -
- a proposal that offers common ground to both Republicans and
Democrats. To date, five Nobel laureates in economics, George Akerlof, Edmund Phelps, Thomas Schelling, Vernon Smith and
William Sharpe, have signed on. So have other prominent
economists." We have not read it but fail to see how it can be possibly worse, especially since one Paul Krugman has not endorsed said plan.
Everyone's favorite Iceland expert, Fred "Napoelon Dynamite" Mishkin was on Bloomberg TV today. He said a bunch of stuff. None of it mattered, for the simple reason that as has been now confirmed beyond a reasonable doubt, Mishkin will say anything that he is paid $___ to say. In other words, only those who enjoy experiencing subdural hematomas from absorbing macrosievert emissions of hypocrisy, should subject themselves to the following clip. Incidentally, speaking of emissions levels, after observing the warm glow emanating from the former New York Fed member's epithelial covering, we open it up to debate: just what is the halflife of the "healthy and perfectly digestible" macrosievert emission from the "Dynamite's" skin?