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Expect These Eight Steps From The Government’s Playbook

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

To anyone paying attention, reality is now painfully obvious. These bankrupt, insolvent governments have just about run out of fingers to plug the dikes. And history shows that, once this happens, governments fall back on a very limited playbook:

  1. Direct confiscation

    As Cyprus showed us, bankrupt governments are quite happy to plunder people’s bank accounts, especially if it’s a wealthy minority.

    Aside from bank levies, though, this also includes things like seizing retirement accounts (Argentina), increases in civil asset forfeiture (United States), and gold criminalization.

  2. Taxes

    Just another form of confiscation, taxation plunders the hard work and talent of the citizenry. But thanks to decades of brainwashing, it’s more socially acceptable. We’ve come to regard taxes as a ‘necessary evil,’ not realizing that the country existed for decades, even centuries, without an income tax.

    Yet when bankrupt governments get desperate enough, they begin imposing new taxes… primarily WEALTH taxes (Argentina) or windfall profits taxes (United States in the 1970s).

  3. Inflation

    This is indirect confiscation– the slow, gradual plundering of people’s savings. Again, governments have been quite successful at inculcating a belief that inflation is also a necessary evil. They’re also adept at fooling people with phony inflation statistics.

  4. Capital Controls

    Governments can, do, and will restrict the free-flow of capital across borders. They’ll prevent you from moving your own money to a safer jurisdiction, forcing you to keep your hard earned savings at home where it can be plundered and devalued.

    We’re seeing this everywhere in the developed world… from withdrawal limits in Europe to cash-sniffing dogs at border checkpoints. And it certainly doesn’t help when everyone from the IMF to Nobel laureate Paul Krugman argue in favor of Capital Controls.

  5. Wage and Price controls

    When even the lowest common denominator in society realizes that prices are getting higher, governments step in and ‘fix’ things by imposing price controls.

    Occasionally this also includes wage controls… though wage increases tend to be vastly outpaced by price increases.

    Of course, as any basic economics textbook can illustrate, price controls never work and typically lead to shortages and massive misallocations.

  6. Wage and Price controls– on STEROIDS

    When the first round of price controls don’t work, the next step is to impose severe penalties for not abiding by the terms.

    In the days of Diocletian’s Edict on Prices in the 4th century AD, any Roman caught violating the price controls was put to death.

    In post-revolutionary France, shopkeepers who violated the “Law of Maximum” were fleeced of their private property… and a national spy system was put into place to enforce the measures.

  7. Increased regulation

    Despite being completely broke, governments will dramatically expand their ranks in a last desperate gasp to envelop the problem in sheer size.

    In the early 1920s, for example, the number of bureaucratic officials in the Weimar Republic increased 242%, even though the country was flat broke from its Great War reparation payments and hyperinflation episode.

    The increase in both regulations and government officials criminalizes and/or controls almost every aspect of our existence… from what we can/cannot put in our bodies to how we are allowed to raise our own children.

  8. War and National Emergency

    When all else fails, just invade another country. Pick a fight. Keep people distracted by work them into a frenzy over men in caves… or some completely irrelevant island.

 

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Tue, 03/26/2013 - 15:57 | 3378599 toys for tits
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If plugging dykes is the remedy, then I'm the doctor.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:00 | 3378623 Kilgore Trout
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She's really not that into you.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:04 | 3378647 machineh
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It's all good fun, till one of her hair spikes pokes out your eye.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:09 | 3378669 ACP
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Or any of the other industrial equipment stuck to her face.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:59 | 3378900 illyia
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Or any of the other industrial equipment stuck to her face.

Ummm... Pot v kettle?

Like, ummm, mirror?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:11 | 3379135 Say What Again
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When the Levy breaks...

mama you got to go...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:26 | 3379186 Taint Boil
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No offense but your face looks like you got shot in the face with a squirt gun full of trifluoromethanesulfonic acid – but I’m sure you’re a nice guy on inside.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 00:06 | 3380191 ACP
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What? You can't make fun of the ridiculous uniforms people wear to show their 'individualism'?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:32 | 3378776 Stoploss
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The speed that they are implemented in will make your head spin.

After number two, then they kinda run all together.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:35 | 3379038 Gene Parmesan
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For the win.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:51 | 3379079 frankthomaswhite59
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who can possibly down-vote these comments?

must have a plug in their hole...

funny...

thanks for the laugh

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 04:40 | 3380374 Rogue Trooper
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Agreed. We can only assume they are socialist fun-nazis :?

They even down-voted you for some WTF reason????

Anyway I hereby give you a virtual +100 MOAR votes... take that humourless stazi-trolls!

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:01 | 3378632 in4mayshun
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The playbook is much less effective when the other team knows the plays.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:05 | 3378650 Cognitive Dissonance
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Even if they know your next play they still gotta stop you.

<The real question is.....what are we gonna do about it folks?>

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:10 | 3378671 CH1
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The real question is.....what are we gonna do about it folks?

And "complain" is not an acceptable answer.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:43 | 3378833 orez65
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Exchange any US Dollars that you have into gold and silver coins.

Preferably US Gold and Silver Eagles as they have the best liquidity.

Wait until the shit hits the fan.

Buy everything at a discount with your gold and silver.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 09:27 | 3385012 e-recep
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that's the plan, yeah, but life in sovereign fiat hyperinflation could be a little different than what we can imagine. it's uncharted territory.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:47 | 3378851 CrimsonAvenger
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You mean, all my snarky comments on websites aren't helping?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:51 | 3378863 Kirk2NCC1701
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A bunch of people and I plan to grill Simon on this, this coming weekend.  At the Workshop in Santiago. 

Stay tuned, while I put my money where my mouth is.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 22:47 | 3380068 DoChenRollingBearing
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OK, Capt. Kirk!  Please do report back with your findings, and let us know what you think of CHILE!

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 23:58 | 3380184 CompassionateFascist
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A nice place to visit, but I would not want to live there. I mean, you are lying on a beach, and out of the surf slides a killer whale who eats you. 

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:17 | 3378983 FL_Conservative
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Nor is watching American Idiot, the DeBaucherette or Filandering with the Stars.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:20 | 3379162 enloe creek
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read comic books, it's nostalgic, you might even think for a minute there are superheroes who give a shit about you

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 06:05 | 3380388 Rogue Trooper
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What have I been doing?  Well my custom Ruger 10/22 build is going much better than expected. Lower than expected cost along with better than expected performance. The BUIS/reflex & red-dot are now are co-witnessed and that was not easy on a Ruger 10/22 which still has the standard synthetic stock.  The last issue is finding an additional rail that will provide enough additional height so I can add the scope on QR rings without removing the rear iron sight (Monday I found it!).  I will have the perfect SHTF zombie dispatching back-up platform once I get it sighted in for CCI high velocity stingers at 25, 50,75 and 100 metres.  It's already a tack driver with a standard barrel using CCI .22 standard velocity and should be lethal out to 50 to 100 metres with the high velocity .22 rounds assuming accurate placement.  At worse it's a distraction/nuisance and I can fucking run. 1st and 2nd rules will of course always apply should this scenario arrise.

So to summarise:

  • A cheap back up rifle (verses my collection of .308's), something I use a lot at the range for practice and plinking, great for varmint/pest control and a better self-defense platform than folks give credit.  Shoot yourself in the foot and see how it feels if you are still skeptical.
  • Considerable amount of fun.
  • Gunsmithing and tuning experience.
  • Time spent productively has I wait for armageddon.

That is what I have been doing...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:02 | 3378916 illyia
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Everyone knows what to do, CD. They just do not want to live without the (perceived and current) perks, or have their friends think they are 'conspiracy theorists'.

Who has not seen 'War Games'.

That is all, folks.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:11 | 3378957 Cognitive Dissonance
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We are all herd animals.....some more than others. This is our great denial and the leverage most often used against us.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:06 | 3378654 Salah
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HERE'S A TRULY GREAT VIDEO...GLENN BECK GETS A HELLUVA  SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

WE ARE NO LONGER IN A 'CAPITALIST' SYSTEM....WE ARE IN A "CREDITIST" SYSTEM

RICHARD DUNCAN LAYS IT OUT FOR GLENN BECK, IN ALL ITS UGLY GLORY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iyCt0uwNWs

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:45 | 3378831 Shell Game
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Caveat emptor on this video. I wonder how Duncan's overly simple plan of turning massive money printing toward corporate insiders won't further deepen our corrupt economic and monetary system, government and culture?  How can he possibly beleive that living outside of our means - and massively so - will lead to no toxic unintended consequences?  I never thought I'd hear a man invoke Mises and Krugmanism simultaneoudly, but behold... Richard Duncan.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:47 | 3379270 trader1
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duncan is a logician / utilitarian idealist.

there is nothing wrong and right.  

there is only more and less suffering, now or later or possibly never.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:57 | 3379314 peter4805
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All caps = unread.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 06:18 | 3380423 Rogue Trooper
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Salah, you got excited over nothing but no need to worry it happens to everyone!

Read CD's post which is, ironically, just above you.

"We are all herd animals.....some more than others. This is our great denial and the leverage most often used against us"


Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:14 | 3378698 bloostar
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I'm sure there's a Dick van Dyke joke in there somewhere. If only I could find one.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:48 | 3379071 frankthomaswhite59
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yeah Toys, someone has to do it...

funny

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 15:57 | 3378602 Zer0head
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let the 8 ball roll

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:09 | 3378651 francis_sawyer
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I got my money on the bolded

~~~

  • It is certain
  • It is decidedly so
  • Without a doubt
  • Yes – definitely
  • You may rely on it
  • As I see it, yes
  • Most likely
  • Outlook good
  • Yes
  • Signs point to yes
  • Reply hazy, try again
  • Ask again later
  • Better not tell you now
  • Cannot predict now
  • Concentrate and ask again [this reply reserved for blowjobs]
  • Don't count on it
  • My reply is no
  • My sources say no
  • Outlook not so good
  • Very doubtful
Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:23 | 3378738 ZerOhead
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Remember the rules... 8 ball last Junior.

I was amazed that the ECB/EU went for the Cyprus 1 ball into the banksters side pocket shot while all those other easier balls were still in play...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:48 | 3378859 Winston Churchill
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They are playing billiards.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 03:36 | 3380335 StychoKiller
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"These cards are gonna fall like a house of dominoes -- checkmate!" -- Zap Brannigan

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 05:18 | 3380393 Rogue Trooper
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Or they could be snookered?

..just sayin'

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 15:58 | 3378611 Mercury
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So, does gold rally before it becomes illegal (again) or not?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:16 | 3378628 Coldsun
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You bet, the government needs to inflate the price before and during the confiscation.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:03 | 3378641 NoWayJose
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Of course gold will rally, straight up until the government confiscates it.  But the key at that point is that your gold will be maintaining its buying power against the strongest currency left standing, and will INCREASE your buying power against all other currencies.  Nothing else can do that.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:41 | 3378794 sunaJ
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Gold is like garlic to vampire squid fiatists, to hear them talk.  Protest too much?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:40 | 3378821 Scro
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Wait a minute, you mean I should not have sold all of my gold and silver to buy bit coins.

Damn it.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:46 | 3378850 orez65
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Fuck Bitcoins, they are just another fiat money scam.

They ARE NOT MONEY.

Don't get fooled!!!

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:04 | 3378643 chdwlch1
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Magic 8 Ball says, "Ask again later"

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:11 | 3378682 CoonT
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Rally? I didn't think gold actually did "rally". Is gold not the absolute and finite standard by which these paper lies fluctuate and diminish? The lower it's paper price falls, the more we can accumulate..

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:52 | 3378872 SpiceMustFlow
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Agreed, suits and steak dinners and all that

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 15:59 | 3378622 jeebus
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You forgot the pay raise they're giving everyone at CNBC.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:00 | 3378626 Yen Cross
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   ( 8 )balls are used in the game of billiards. (9) balls are used in the game of banking.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:08 | 3378661 chdwlch1
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I thought (_!_) were all that there were in banking...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:10 | 3378677 Dr. Richard Head
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In Soviet Amerika banks launder you.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:01 | 3378636 humblepie
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Korea nukes Washington!!! Wait.....missile went off course, hits Beijing instead.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:03 | 3378639 Cognitive Dissonance
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"When all else fails, just invade another country. Pick a fight. Keep people distracted by work them into a frenzy over men in caves… or some completely irrelevant island."

War, what is it good for?

<Distraction and scapegoating to mention just two. Plus it's the greatest invested capital destruction method known to man. Time to rebuild boyz.>

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:26 | 3378754 Ignatius
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"War, what is it good for?"

For controlling the domestic agenda (and, of course, for controlling the agenda of the guy whose face you just pushed into the dirt).

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:34 | 3378781 Lore
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What is war good for?  Population reduction and weeding of potential resistance.  The allure of a snappy uniform, a 'family' and steady income is a very old formula for shutting off young brains.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:47 | 3378854 Cognitive Dissonance
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"The allure of a snappy uniform, a 'family' and steady income is a very old formula for shutting off young brains."

That.....and a pretty or handsome member of the opposite sex making eyes at you.

<We're not just talking about the boys here. Plenty of girls go dumb when a handsome hunk fashes a smile their way.>

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:52 | 3378877 css1971
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Read "The Selfish Gene". By Dawkins. War kills off competing genetic lines. Genocide's the primary reason for war.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:00 | 3378910 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Genocide's the primary reason for war."

Hush! Not with your out-loud voice. We aren't supposed to say things like that in public.

<For genetic purposes or otherwise, it's still very often Genocide.>

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:25 | 3379002 Translational Lift
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Absolutely nuttin.......

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:02 | 3378640 machineh
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9. Blame and punish the victims.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:36 | 3378791 Lore
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That's interesting.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:03 | 3378642 Super Broccoli
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i have no suficient sight on the agenda or how bad and flat broke we are so far ... and i don't think anyone is thanks to our lame medias. All i know is you're right, history is right and repeats itself. 

 

No clue how bad it will get nor how fast it will come but one thing is pretty sure : we're closer to that hedge we've ever been for centuries

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:04 | 3378646 Black Forest
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9. Execution.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:22 | 3378728 L_Conquistador
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You skipped rehabilitation and reeducation.  You know, for people who are too mentally ill to believe in the equity markets, etc.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:20 | 3378658 Number 156
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It can be summarized simply as 'Confiscation', or heads you loose, tails you loose.

According to Justice Department statistics, the total value of confiscated property exceeded $2.5 billion in 2010, more than double from five years ago. The average take per case? $166,000… and the vast majority of cases were non-criminal.

It’s truly staggering to think about how much can be taken away from you in the blink of an eye, all without any judicial oversight or right to a hearing.

2.5 billion confiscated total in 2010, when the national debt increases 3.8 Billion dollars Per Day????

What happens when confiscation doesnt work, because it never will be enough. Its already 'Game Over'.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 19:30 | 3379390 Key-Rick
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Loose = adjective.

Lose = verb.

Expression= "Heads, I win, tails you lose."

But I still gave you a +1 for being a Chuck Jones character.

 

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:08 | 3378665 Nothing To See Here
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You also forgot giant hides of censured goods for the governing party...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:09 | 3378666 TheMayor
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What about Argentina?

Or should we just start a list of the countries that haven't defaulted/required a bailout?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:53 | 3378883 Winston Churchill
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Small list.

Switzerland I think is the only one.

It was only 1971 when the USA defaulted last.One for the road ?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:09 | 3378670 sodbuster
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I don't know what you guys are worried about- Krugman has the answers! He's a Nobel Prize winner don't ya know!! Just like der Fuehrer Obama! >sarc<

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:14 | 3378695 Sixdeuce062
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left out fema camps MOAR FEMA CAMPS

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:48 | 3379070 saulysw
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Tent cities first

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:18 | 3378708 CheapBastard
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AA only has three steps and Texas has the "3 step."

It's a lot easier.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:17 | 3378713 Anasteus
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They must be very confused and desperate...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:25 | 3378746 Karlus
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You forgot an important step. When price controls fail, then nationalization of businesses hit. Farmers for instance wont sell for the low prices. They will get absorbed by the govt as critical for "the people."

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:43 | 3379252 optimator
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I'd bet more on those smaller farmers continuing on, on their own "Collective" farms.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:32 | 3378779 StarTedStackin'
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Reward Failure, Penalize Successs........it's exactly what the O'Bowel Movement is about in the USA.

 

It's a shame so many Ron Paul voters were fooled by the MSM into believing that "both parties are the same"

 

Shame on you stupes.........at least the knee grows who voted Obama 98% got weffare an foodstanpz!

 

What did you clowns get?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:36 | 3378792 Ms. Erable
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More ammo.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:40 | 3378817 StarTedStackin'
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Just about everyone here got more ammo.......

 

 

Or did your quote "more ammo" refer to the seven rounds of hollow points that Homeland "Security" bought to "give" to each American?

 

 

 

 

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:44 | 3378841 edifice
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Two 3-round bursts and a headshot oughta do it...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:46 | 3378844 Ms. Erable
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The unlucky ones will get the DHS ammo first-hand; others will be able to pick it up second-hand.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 05:32 | 3380398 Rogue Trooper
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Along with a dropped or slightly blood-stained AR Platform OF DEATH you where told you could not have and didn't need.  Plus they are true assault weapons and probably have a Trijicon, etc, along with plenty of bling. Not that you would ever waste the ammo on full-auto but the Trijicom on the otherhand? I'll buy that for a dollar!

Avoid grabbing the keys of the tricked out MRCV SUX6000 though they are just drone magnets. Resist the temptation.

MOAR TOY'S BITCHEZ!

 

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:37 | 3378805 StarTedStackin'
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goody one cowardly clown gives me the down arrow already, yet is too cowardly to even attempt to refute the facts!!!

 

 

Coward.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:42 | 3378822 StarTedStackin'
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Cowardly clown strikes again!

 

 

Since you clowns say "both parties are the same" are you saying that Romney would be buying light tanks and hollow points to be used on Americans?

 

 

 

Thanks for Cowering!

 

 

Sniveling cowards always attack what they cannot refute!

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:09 | 3378949 Things that go bump
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I strongly suspect that the alphabet agencies have morphed beyond the control of the executive branch.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 20:10 | 3379566 Bad Attitude
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DHS is morphing into the Brown Shirt civilian agency Dear Leader wanted to be as strong as the military.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 23:30 | 3380144 Things that go bump
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Remember what happened to the Brownshirts? They were purged.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:35 | 3379031 Miss Expectations
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I was "fooled" into believing that both parties are the same by Mitt Romney.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:37 | 3378799 ch25061
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What do we do about it....solution is as simple as running to the bank to expedite the program.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:38 | 3378809 orangegeek
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Anyone heard from the Krugman lately?

 

Maybe Krugman can pull another "well if you look at the data over the last 50 years" model out of his ass and then parrot a few times how his PhD makes more right than everyone else.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 01:35 | 3380277 BooMushroom
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If you look at the data from the last fifty years, it is clear that Paul Krugman is immortal, and will live forever.

He hasn't died in a half century, clearly it will never happen. Duh. You can't argue with science.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:39 | 3378813 alfbell
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A bit off thread but relevant. An article that most everyone seemed to miss. Big indicator that USD as reserve currency is going bye bye faster than most would imagine. The West is disintegrating and the wealth and activity is heading to East and the BRICs.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-27/brics-consider-pooling-foreign-...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:06 | 3378934 Winston Churchill
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Right on schedule.

Dollar is over as GRC next year,.

Watch the G20 meeting in September, in Moscow,a  surprise (?) coming.

The Cypriot, and SWIFT fiatsco are coming home to bite.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:43 | 3378827 FreeNewEnergy
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So, just how long has America been "desperate?" Because I've seen all of those since Nixon, who implemented wage and price controls before shutting the gold window.

Really, Skeezix, we dun bin fricked for years, I tells ya'.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:43 | 3378829 rsnoble
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Has technology like nuclear weapons in mass been discounted for in the use of #8 that the US seems to like so much?  The rules are the same, the annihilation capabilities are much different.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 23:27 | 3378919 Stuck on Zero
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Playbook #9: Start mass imprisonment and executions of reactionaries, terrorists, and anyone who isn't patriotic.

Playbook #10:  Flee the country to a corrupt safe haven.  Enjoy your billions in spoils.

 

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 05:54 | 3380408 Rogue Trooper
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True but the useful idiots will be left to be 'purged' and that in itself will be amusing and somewhat theraputic to those that have suffered (Paul Krugman being chopped up by a raging hoard of SNAP card zombies springs to mind).  The so called elite-victors will have to live like Pablo Escobar.  It's expensive and you can never trust anyone ever again. Even your favoured son, who has a 'Cypher' moment, and decides he want out and sells out daddy.  Because he can never leave the luxury jail. Also, with this much damage, after a time, many will be willing to fund, bribe and track them down.

I, for one, would contribute to such a voluntary fund.  If they go to Thailand or some other corrupt domicile they can be found and the next higher bidder will grant full access and look the other way.  BTW that was assuming I survive LOL!

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:15 | 3378931 kevinearick
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So, the baby sharks piled into real estate rentals, assuming the Fed will maintain its course in perpetuity. Now, you know who they are and where they are, and, more importantly, you know their common characteristics. If you don’t want big sharks, don’t feed the babies, and they will consume each other. If you are in the middle class, what you care about is equality between capital and labor. All other arguments are misdirection. Teach your children not to lie so they can see their path to the future, beyond all the lies.

Labor does not incorporate, lies in its foundation; that’s capital’s gig. Liar loan anyone? anyone? anyone...?

 

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:10 | 3378952 cheetahbaby
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Uh, thinkin' that the nationalization of lead mines and the seizure of brass fabrication/production facilities is in the plan??? CB

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:11 | 3378961 hannah
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9. devaluation.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:39 | 3379047 overhere2000
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They could sell-off intellectual property rights.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 19:38 | 3379441 Bicycle Repairman
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The plan is to skip to step 8 well before, say, step 5.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 20:32 | 3379651 Ih8u
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MArket MAnipulation by the Federal Reserve is treason. They crashed the economy nd then stole everyones assets.

 

The Federal Reserve members are mortal criminals and traitors to the people of the US.

WE DEMAND THE FED IS SHUT DOWN WE DEMAND REPERATIONS FOR 2008 ASSET DESTRUCTION AND FED INDUCED POVERTY. KILL ALL THE TRAITORS

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 20:33 | 3379656 rvail136
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Isn't this what Hugo Chavez did in Venzuela?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 20:43 | 3379683 Paracelsus
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  The Washington,D.C.,streets will look like downtown Kabul. Oh wait...

 The Detroit streets will look like downtown Fallujah. Oh shit,wait again.

 The streets of South central Los Angeles will look like....Ah fuggit.....

 Off topic but here's todays foreign language lesson,so pay attention boys and girls.

 The german word for horse is Pferd. The French word for shit is merde.Put them together and whaddya get?

 Pferd Merde  

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 22:48 | 3380021 web bot
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Krugman is intellectually bankrupt. His approach to reality tv, er, reality economics is to personalize attacks on those who disagree with his script. There's got to be some daddy issues, or something with an old man and a trench coat when he was a kid. It's either that or he has some sort of learning disorder, which has impeded his ability to relate to people.

When I see his name, I develop almost turret-like symptoms where I want to throw something at my computer screen.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 00:30 | 3380216 newengland
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He's an 'educated fool' (Lenin). Even Greenspan in an interview dated 2011 and reported in Forbes last week said some form of new gold standard is needed; end the Fed.

Hey ho. These pretty pets of politics and academia serve a purpose for a limited period of time, and their puppeteers loathe them as much as every rational person does. 

Bye bye Crookman, and other smart arses.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 00:32 | 3380211 newengland
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When the enemy shouts 8... shout 10 immediately. Attack is the best form of defense. Winners do that.

All the precious pets who sit comfy at home and deride the miltary who fight for their right to vote will be culled because they are so busy being smart arses, making condescending points about gene pools etc. and proving the point that they are weak, unwilling or unable to stand next to their brother and defend him, body and soul, come what may.

Count your money, and the drones, pets.

Well said, Simon, as always. You can give someone the facts. You cannot give him good judgement, let alone the courage to act wisely.

Buy gold, silver, land.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 01:04 | 3380249 monad
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9. Kill

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 08:44 | 3380652 kralizec
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8! 8! 8! Who do we appreciate?! 8! 8! 8!

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