Europe is the birthplace of Western civilization and the source of most of the trends and bodies of knowledge that define modernity. The average European speaks several languages versus sometimes less than one for Americans. They are, in short, a well-schooled people with vast accumulated wisdom. So how do we explain this...
Some reversals of financial trends prove so momentous they define the generation in which they occur. The stock market crash in 1929 kicked off the Great Depression, which ushered in the welfare and then the warfare state and redefined the relationship between government and citizens. Bonds and stocks began their bull market runs in the early 1980s. Now, those markets are fonts of optimism increasingly unhinged from reality. The US has come full circle. The New Deal and World War II marked a massive shift of resources and power to the federal government. Conversely, financial reversal will fuel a virulent backlash against the government and its central bank.
Sadly, nations get the leadership they deserve. Turning a blind eye to reality is not a sustainable "solution." Leaders faced with unrest, rising demands and dwindling coffers always debauch their currency as the politically expedient "solution."
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- Draghi Stimulus Fails in Stock Market as Swings Match 2008 (BBG)
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The state most reliant on federal spending is Mississippi where federal spending is equal to 32% of the state's GDP, and the current central banking regime perpetuates the current imbalance between net tax payer states and net tax receiver states by making it more difficult for poorer parts of the country to accumulate wealth and increase productivity.
Attempts to control economic growth through government spending and/or manipulating interest rates (e.g., stimulate growth with low rates) generally leads to more severe crises. None of these things are recent phenomena, but can be found again and again throughout American history. Today, there is no party that favors true privatization or free markets. The solution, however, is simply to take as much power as possible out of the control of corruptible politicians and their special interest supporters.
At the end of the day, America is on a slippery slope toward failure because the Warfare State and the Welfare State are suffocating what was once a prosperous capitalism and a resilient free society lightly intruded upon by the machinery of state. But now both parties have become handmaidens of the state. Maybe The Donald’s startling but palpable momentum toward the White House will have one saving grace. His relentless campaign against the “politicians” and the Washington money rackets may end up knocking the hypocritical stuffings out of both parties.
America is crossing into a new era. Trump seems to have caught the wave, while Clinton seems to belong to yesterday. A note of caution: This establishment is not going quietly.
Nearly every single dominant superpower throughout history was eventually consumed by its unsustainable finances. This time is not different. The finances of the US government are obvious, as is the trend. We’re not talking about what ‘might happen’ or ‘could happen’. We’re talking about what IS happening. And this is not a consequence free environment.
"...the economic patient is riddled with cancer - central banks are applying a defibrillator, but there's only so much electricity the patient can take before it becomes a burnt-out corpse."
In Iraq and Afghanistan, US military officers routinely handed bundles of cash to local residents to buy influence and undermine resistance to the American occupation. Billions of dollars were shoveled out with little or no oversight as part of the Pentagon’s "Money as a Weapon System" program. In the same way, politicians have long relied on money as a weapon system to buy votes or to undermine resistance to Washington. Presidents and congressmen are not carrying out a formal counterinsurgency against the American people, but they realize that addicting citizens to government handouts is the easiest way to breed mass docility and stretch their power.
The bottom line is that government needs more money. Lots of it. And there is perhaps no easier pool of cash to "borrow" than Americans’ retirement savings. $7.3 trillion in US IRA accounts is too large for them to ignore. And if you think it’s inconceivable for the government to borrow your retirement savings, just consider the following...
The news is filled with the everyday zigzags of those competing against each other for the Democrat and Republican Party nominations to run for the presidency of the United States. But one of the most important issues receiving little or no attention in this circus of political power lusting is the long-term danger from the huge and rising Federal government debt.
When the economy collapses, it will collapse down to a lower sustainable level. Much of the world’s infrastructure was built when oil could be extracted for $20 per barrel. That time is long gone. So, it looks like the world will need to collapse back to a level before fossil fuels - perhaps much before fossil fuels.