The "Muddle Through" Has Failed: BCG Says "There May Be Only Painful Ways Out Of The Crisis"

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:35 | 1724072 DosZap
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Try crosing with a vehicle with Texas plates.................

Your transportation will be dissasembled.( they assume EVERY Texan carries weapons).

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 00:26 | 1724820 AnarchyInc
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Every Texan should carry weapons.  There are two types of people:  those with weapons and victims.  Us Texans will need them when blood-crazed Lincoln II sends the murderers for the state across the Republic of Texas border after we secede due to insane economy policies.  (Just like the first time).

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:20 | 1724160 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ Snidley,

I renewed my passport some 6 months ago.  What a trial that was!  And it is MUCH WORSE to apply for a passport if you have never had one.  Very onerous forms and documentation requirements.  I am glad that our daughter already has hers...

Easier to be an illegal here.  :(

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:36 | 1724210 Grimbert
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I was worried going to the USA last year with a DR10 (look in wiki) from 2003, worried if I classed as a non-visa waiver person as a result. Is my crime 'moral turpitude'? wtf, I searched for hours on the internet trying to find out, and all I could get was Homer Simpson drink driving and not getting thrown into prison, the bastard. The concept of moral turpitude doesn't exist in England therefore I claimed to be an honest person. I had the good fortune to travel to the usa via Toronto where you go through american customs in Canada, so if you fail their tests you don't get sent back to another continent. Just in case I was wrong.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:23 | 1724350 Stares straight...
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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:25 | 1724174 Syrin
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Yeah no kidding.   Try to take a third of the property of the productive members of society (post tax property), and see if it doesn't spark an armed uprising.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:59 | 1724448 mkkby
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We won't have a 30% wealth tax.  We will have a 30% devaluation over the next 10 years, just as we had the last 10.  No change.  Ho hum.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:19 | 1724035 Whalley World
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In an in

In an interview with goldseek radio, Jim Rogers said the new place to be for investment is North Korea and Myanmar!
I wuld prefer Zimbabwe to either of these countries.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 19:37 | 2585566 Shaktipalooza
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North Korea sounds like a terrible bet. On the other hand, I was in Myanmar last fall and it would make perfect sense if you can figure out how to invest safely. Beautiful place that's been held back for a very long time.

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 02:57 | 1724985 The Navigator
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Last year I bought bundles of 50 Trillion and 100 Trillion Zim notes to give away as 'funny' gifts and to remind friends of what inflation can bring - wouldn't that be a hoot if those bundles turn out to be worth more than FRNs?
Long Zim Dollars???

Either way, short USD and long anything else of (real) value. 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:41 | 1723671 johnQpublic
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before i let them take 28.7% of my wealth, i will empty the bank accounts, money markets and stock portfolio and go on a coke binge motherfucking scarface would be proud of.


i didnt create the problem

and i wont pay for it

keep all your government bennies, i'll take care of my self

even let the roads go to shit

i'll walk or ride my bike

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:44 | 1723682 Comay Mierda
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if a 30% wealth tax is coming, you will only hear about it after all your accounts have been seized, and you are in a FEMA camp

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:37 | 1723931 macholatte
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Now consider how loudly the unions and civil servants squealed when they were asked to give up a pay raise, give back 3% of bloated retirement pay, etc., etc. Nothing like this wealth tax is going to happen. They can't even get a little surcharge on income over $1M nor a real cut to spending. The only solution to this is going to have to come from the public and it's probably going to be in the form of serious civil disobedience in the form of uncontrolled mass riots in many, many locations and countires which requires leadership which is not likely.... OR ...... they continue to stall for time and in 10 years the sheeple have been so dumbed down and enslaved that they know not what has happened to them. That is a much more likely scenario in my mind. The oligarchs have no intention in taking a hair cut so don't plan on it anytime soon. JMHO


"He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

1984 (Orwell)


Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:34 | 1724378 BigJim
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I don't think they've got ten years. But I do know they have a mighty fast printer.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:13 | 1724023 DosZap
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Comay Mierda,@ 16:44

 after all your accounts have been seized, and you are in a FEMA camp

YOUR accts may be seized, and YOU may be in a FEMA camp,but I guarantee you NEITHER will be the case for me.

Just exactly how many of the enemy would it take to pull your scenario off?, w/out a humongous backlash.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:35 | 1724070 Comay Mierda
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the way the feds will try to engineer it is to make you WANT to come to a camp

classic problem - reaction - solution technique

if you dont think thats possible, ask yourself if you would have ever thought before 9/11 that there would be an army of TSA agents at airports having crippled old ladies removing their diapers for inspection before boarding planes. the sheeple begged for this type of police state after that.

and still to this day, steel doesnt melt at 1200 degrees farhenheit, towel heads that cant fly cessna's still cant fly jumbo jets, and bin laden was never indicted by the FBI for those attacks because they lacked hard evidence.

dont take my word for it. research it yourself

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:40 | 1724079 DosZap
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Been around a LONG time, and am familiar with Hegelian Dialectics, and there is NO Way I would vountarily go into any Govt camp.


I did not say it wasn't possible for OTHERS to do so, I just said I WAS NOT GOING.

What part of NOT GOING do you not get?.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:41 | 1724083 Comay Mierda
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then i misunderstood. i will also be one of those who see through the BS and not go

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:26 | 1724177 DoChenRollingBearing
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JohnQ, Comay, DosZap,

I may be preaching to the choir here, but GET STARTED (those who have started, start accelerating!) in your preparations!  All you other ZH-ers too!

A Fascist America would be a terrible thing (NO, we are not there yet).  Leaving in time is the tricky part.  Leave, and then everything works out OK?  Then you may have a hard time coming back and be stuck in, say, Peru!  Wait too long, they seize your wealth (here) and FEMA-camp you.

A tricky problem.  Stay nimble, stay alert, stay prepared.  Oh, buy gold while you're at it.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:46 | 1724240 DosZap
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I hear ya bro,but when I said NO camps for me, that's what I meant.They will not seize my wealth, because I will not have it.

How do you get stuck in Peru(how do you get to stay?),if things are ok here, you have a passport,and can always return.I can think of a lot worse things than being stuck in Peru.

Gonna email ya,have some questions.


Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:08 | 1724299 DoChenRollingBearing
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Fire away brother DosZap!  Emails that is!  Not lead!

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:29 | 1724190 Syrin
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There are far more than you realize.   Gun and ammo sales aren't at record levels without a reason.   I've stockpiled 2 years worth of food, water, weapons, ammo, etc.  A substantial number of people I know are doing the same.   There will be a SERIOUS backlash if they try anything like this at all.


Suggestion.   Keep as many of your assets OUT of the banks as best possible.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:08 | 1724302 DosZap
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They have a clue, but they do not know the extent nor the numbers, nor the expertise levels of those that will stand.

That's the  UNknown variable.

The people I have known have been in/at this all their adult lives, Mil/Ex Mil/LE/Ex LE, preparations have been balls to the wall for a showdown (possibility of one) since at least Clintons first day in office.

Why do you think the .gub has hired and ramped up so much,so fast, and curtailed our rights as they have............systematically taking it apart.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:53 | 1724434 Syrin
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Yep, I agree

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 03:05 | 1724987 The Navigator
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Keep as many of your assets OUT of your house (that require registration, receipts, etc) as best possible also - i.e. guns, ammo, silver/gold - in multiple locations - but don't forget to draw a map an give to next of kin that can be trusted AND don't develope alzheimers.

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 01:36 | 1724915 AustriAnnie
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No, you two are the types they don't even INVITE to the camp (they fear you'll incite uprising).

You types, they just shoot on sight.  

Get invisible boys! (Or shoot first)

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 21:11 | 1724485 mkkby
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When the tap water doesn't flow and the lights don't come on, everyone will gladly go to the "freedom" center for a meal, hot shower, free TV and video games.  You may be the 1 in a million that won't, but so what?

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 01:09 | 1724884 Uncle Remus
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You might want to consider Hezbollah, their shadow government social services and Lebanon.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:51 | 1724414 The Big Ching-aso
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For some reason I think that especially blue-collar type union members won't be too happy about all their accounts getting seized plus being interned in non-union FEMA camps for non-payment of their new non-union dues.

Call me crazy but I can see where Operation Fuck the Public at Large (OFPL) will not go quite as smoothly as let's say muddle-judging through a tie on Dancing with the Stars. 


Fri, 09/30/2011 - 00:20 | 1724812 Blorf
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Sorry G-man I'm broke!  All those PMs I bought?  Sold on craigslist, money spent on hookers.  Definitely not secured in a foreign country with no US paper trail.

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 23:36 | 2023153 Jolly.Roger
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Secured how?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:19 | 2583915 NidStyles
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Can't you read? He said they weren't secured. Neither are mine. 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:51 | 1723969 Dick Fitz
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While the authors understand the problem, and articulate it well, their solution is untenable and will never work. Taking 30% of the money in the banks as an ex post facto tax and expecting the populace to just swallow it is absurd. Even though it is a fraction of the lower and middle classes that are voicing their distaste for Wall St today, such an action would result in a bloody revolution overnight. Elected officials who supported it would be forced into hiding for fear of lynching, and the dissolution of the federal government would be swift and brutal.

After re-reading the paragraph above, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing if TPTB pursued this course of action- at least DC would be dead, and the States would be free to experiment with true freedom and individual liberty.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:55 | 1723980 Dick Fitz
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Oh, I must add that the multi-national banks would be robbed of any currency in their vaults, and the gold (if it exists) in their vaults would be liberated. All federal lands would become state property also, with any mineral or energy rights open to extraction.

The more I think about this, the more I support the plan!

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:17 | 1724032 Snidley Whipsnae
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"such an action would result in a bloody revolution overnight."


People revolt when they are starving and when they see their families starving. I have said this many times but most here have not studied history...or, ignore history.

A plot to assisinate FDR was hatched when he began introducing programs that would relieve the starving...but the plot failed and FDR had the good sense to keep the scheme under wraps.

Of course, the 1% that have most of the wealth will go to great lengths to preserve their wealth but they will not succeed against billions of starving people with no hope.

In times like these some populist (think Hitler) always finds an audience among the hungry. If the current crop of Pols/banksters fail to act they will lose all their wealth to a populist uprising of the hungry. Wanna lose 33%...or 100%?


Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:06 | 1724134 Sophist Economicus
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and FDR had the good sense to keep the scheme under wraps.


Boy, I'll say!   NEVER let the citizery of a Republic know what you're gonna stick'em with until its too late for them to do anything about it

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 21:15 | 1724484 baby_BLYTHE
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I believe Max Keiser and Marc Faber had said in Egypt 40% of income goes toward food alone, this was one of the many catalysts for their Revolution. It will be much worse in American when the dollar collapses and inflation explodes during the coming years.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:31 | 1724194 Syrin
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*gives Dick Fitz a high five*


Amen to that bro.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:44 | 1724234 Bicycle Repairman
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The authors of this article are politically tone deaf.  This could never happen.  They can't even get Greece to pay up.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:44 | 1724409 BigJim
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@ Dick Fitz

While the authors understand the problem, and articulate it well, their solution is untenable and will never work. Taking 30% of the money in the banks as an ex post facto tax and expecting the populace to just swallow it is absurd.

Chum, what did Americans do when FDR depreciated their wealth by 69% in 1933... by seizing their gold, then changing the 'price' of gold from $20.67/oz to $35/oz?

Not a fucking thing.

The morons even voted him back into office next election.

But I agree - they're far more likely to just inflate their way out of the problem. It's easier - the sheep won't know what's hitting them.

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 01:45 | 1724930 AustriAnnie
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And yet, time and again we have been taxed through inflation, and the populace IS swallowing it.

Fill in the blank:

Between the year ___ and today, the dollar has lost 30% of its purchasing power.

Since that year we have had __ revolutions.

Yep.  The people take it.  And starving people, in fact, don't always revolt.  In history you see many instances where starving people are actually very easy to rule over, they simply accept a loaf of bread for being silent and good (two loaves if they turn in a rebel conspirator or hoarder of illegal goods).

I WISH for people to revolt.  I think that rapid collapses allow for that.  But long, slow, collapses just mean the people accept their loss of freedom in increments and hardly notice.  For this reason i actually find myself sometimes hoping for the most severe, quick collapse possible, while people still have a little fight in them (and enough old timers are alive, as younger generations do not fear gov't nearly enough to revolt, and if younger generations revolt they will almost suredly call for MORE gov't in some Marxists form or another).

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:05 | 1723998 Snidley Whipsnae
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Well, it isn't like the US has not had extremely high marginal income tax rates in the past... And, we have heard rumors for the past several years of legislation to force retirement savings (401Ks, pension accounts, etc) into US Treasury purchases... As an individual you should take appropriate action if you can... From WIKI...

"During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments, Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to impose a 100% tax on all incomes over $25,000[citation needed] to help with the war effort. For tax years 1944 through 1951, the highest marginal tax rate for individuals was 91%, increasing to 92% for 1952 and 1953, and reverting to 91% for tax years 1954 through 1963.[16]

For the 1964 tax year, the top marginal tax rate for individuals was lowered to 77%, and then to 70% for tax years 1965 through 1981. The top marginal tax rate was lowered to 50% for tax years 1982 through 1986.[17]

For tax year 1987, the highest marginal tax rate was 38.5% for individuals.[18] It was lowered to 28%, eliminating many loopholes and shelters, (with a 33% "bubble rate") for tax years 1988 through 1990.[19][20]

For the 1991 and 1992 tax years, the top marginal rate was increased to 31% in a budget deal President George H. W. Bush made with the Congress.[21]

In 1993 the Clinton administration proposed and the Congress accepted (with no Republican support) an increase in the top marginal rate to 39.6% for the 1993 tax year, where it remained" 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:33 | 1724066 DosZap
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While that appears WE have been getting off lightly,we have not.

The rates shown for those past years the population did not have all the additonal taxes we have.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:46 | 1724237 Bicycle Repairman
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Also there were a million deductions and loopholes.  Comparing today's rates to the past is BS.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:55 | 1724268 Snidley Whipsnae
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DZ... So true.

Also, we have been moved into higher tax brackets due to inflation. IOWs, our purchasing power has gone down while our income tax burden has increased.

For that we can thank the Fed and it's scheme of 'inflation targeting.'


Here is an excerpt from a Marriner Eccles paper, made after the economic collapse and during the great depression... Yes, the same Marriner Eccles the Fed Building is named for... Eccles was one whip smart dude and a read of his entire comments is worth your while... link at bottom.

"It is utterly impossible, as this country has demonstrated again and again, for the rich to save as much as they have been trying to save, and save anything that is worth saving. They can save idle factories and useless railroad coaches; they can save empty office buildings and closed banks; they can save paper evidences of foreign loans; but as a class they can not save anything that is worth saving, above and beyond the amount that is made profitable by the increase of consumer buying. It is for the interests of the well to do – to protect them from the results of their own folly – that we should take from them a sufficient amount of their surplus to enable consumers to consume and business to operate at a profit. This is not “soaking the rich”; it is saving the rich. Incidentally, it is the only way to assure them the serenity and security which they do not have at the present moment."


Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:42 | 1724405 Bicycle Repairman
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Marriner Eccles.  Could use him now.  You do have to ask yourself "What is in the upper regions of the elite's Maslow's triangle"?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:46 | 1724416 BigJim
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An... eccles cake?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:52 | 1724431 Sophist Economicus
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Thank God we have the STATE protecting us from ourselves....LOL

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:06 | 1724000 Golden Showers
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Define "wealth".

Since emptying my own bank accounts and riding my bike, I can afford beer and PMs. Got some beans and rice in buckets, too.

Holy Shit! I'm RICH!

-Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today.



Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:38 | 1724076 donsluck
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