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Spain Goes Irish On Regions

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Slowly but surely, the Spanish authorities are gradually socializing the rest of the world to the dismal truth that we have been so vociferously arguing - that their debt levels (or more specifically their debt/GDP ratios) are significantly higher (explicitly) than their current official data suggest. Today's news, via the WSJ, that the Spanish government may take over some regions' finances, in an attempt to shore up investor confidence (just as Ireland did with its banks and we know how well that worked out?) is yet another step closer to the 'realization'  that all that is "contingent" is actually "explicitly guaranteed." As we noted here, this leaves Spain's Debt/GDP nearer 135% than its 'official' 68.5%. The WSJ notes comments from a top government official that "there will soon be new tools to control regional spending" and that they may take over at least one of the country's cash-strapped regions this year. As we broke down extensively here, this is no surprise as yet another group of political elite find the truth harder to deal with than the blinkered optimism they face the media with every day and yet as PM Rajoy notes "Nobody can expect that deep-seated problems be solved in just a few weeks", the irony of the euphoria felt around the world at the optical rally in Spanish spreads for the first few months of the year is not lost as Spain heads back into the abyss ahead of pending auctions and what appears to be more ponzified guarantees of regional finances (as long as they promise to pay it back and have 'a plan'). The simple truth is, as acknowledged by Rajoy, Spain has lost the trust of financial markets.

It seems that CDS markets have been ahead of the reality in Spain's true credit situation as it is perhaps a little easier to manipulate a few bonds than an entire sovereign CDS market. The velocity of the most recent move suggests some short-term action by the politicians/ECB soon enough though their failed attempt today suggests the wholesale exit of real money is a hole too big for even the ECB to comfortably fill - and furthermore, as we have noted, every bond the ECB buys via SMP increases the default risk (or more clearly reduces recoveries) on existing bondholders and thus making a situation worse...

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Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:43 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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I can't wait until they ban rational decision making with regard to investing and force everyone to take on private debt as their share of the "national" burden.

Oh.....wait a minute......isn't the Fed and every other central bank doing that now?

Never mind. Nothing rational to see here. Go back to sleep.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:48 | Link to Comment economics9698
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Print some more money Draghi and make the peasants pay.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Your point is spot-on.  They typically DO (countries in trouble) print and they typically do screw the poor.  Nothing new about that.  Similar things could happen here it must be noted...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:38 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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"How do you know he's a king?"

"He doesn't have shit all over 'im."

 

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:00 | Link to Comment spdrdr
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Our chief weapon is fear.  Fear and surprise.  Our two chief weapons are fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency....  our THREE chief weapons are fear, suprise and ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:07 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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I'm going to give you three reasons to fix your post.

 

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Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:58 | Link to Comment battle axe
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Why does this seem like the Spanish Armada all over again? Spain I think your ships sunk again. 

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 17:47 | Link to Comment Buck Johnson
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Spain is about to default and there are rumors that it may seek assistance by the end of this month.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:09 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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Well, the bottom line for any economy is energy acquisition, and if Spain can't get oil from the most desperate oil producer on the planet, at great rates and free shipping, then the rest is self-evident.

If a crack addict can't get crack from the cheapest crack dealer in town because he don't have no money, he sure as hell isn't paying his child support.

But can we trade CDS on his ass?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:18 | Link to Comment ACP
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Could be worse. Spain could go medieval on them, or worse yet, go inquisition on them.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:43 | Link to Comment GeneMarchbanks
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It seems that CDS markets have been ahead of the reality in Spain's true credit situation as it is perhaps a little easier to manipulate a few bonds than an entire sovereign CDS market.

Ha, I want to believe...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:45 | Link to Comment SloMoe
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It's all Greek to me...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:44 | Link to Comment JPM Hater001
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And here is our 4th nominee for the understatement of the year: Spain has lost the trust of financial markets.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:10 | Link to Comment blu
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About this time next year that will read:

The US has lost the trust of financial markets.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Yes and yes.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:46 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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Merkel says austerity will continue until morale improves...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:51 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Starve a cold, but feed a fever. That's the model that Ms Merkel is using to solve the economic crisis. 

You can starve the economy into recovery as long as you simultaneously feed it through the other end. 

Kinky

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:59 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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My mind was racing. Glad to see I ain't the only deviated prevert on this thread. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud9zBKJJQe4

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Preverted indeedy :-)

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:29 | Link to Comment ali-ali-al-qomfri
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Caviar Emptor

And it Started in Greece, …….

Ouroboros

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

The Ouroboros (or Uroborus)[1] is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The name originates from within Greek language; ???? (oura) meaning "tail" and ????? (boros) meaning "eating", thus "he who eats the tail".[2]

The Ouroboros represents the perpetual cyclic renewal of life and infinity, the concept of eternity and the eternal return, and represents the cycle of life, death and rebirth, leading to immortality, as in the phoenix.

It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting before any beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished[citation needed]. The ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus[citation needed]. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism[citation needed].

Carl Jung interpreted the Ouroboros as having an archetypal significance to the human psyche.[2] The Jungian psychologist Erich Neumann writes of it as a representation of the pre-ego "dawn state", depicting the undifferentiated infancy experience of both mankind and the individual child.[3]

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:59 | Link to Comment gatorengineer
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No we definitely need more speeding.... obviously socialism is the way to go, working so great here in Pennsylvannia where a liquor store stockman gets $30 bucks an hour and a state pension......

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:49 | Link to Comment smiler03
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Really? Government payrolled liquor store staff, says it all, government once again interfering where it shouldn't.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:46 | Link to Comment SilverIsKing
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What's the actual US debt to GDP ratio?  Surely a lot more than 135%.

 

2:1?

3:1?

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5:1?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:55 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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Well, let's see.

Ben will clearly backstop the $700+ trillion in derivatives that his friends are in. $120+ trillion just in JPM and BofA.

Total 'official' debt is $120+ trillion:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/trillion_the_shockin...

Roughly $820 trillion in debt.

US GDP at $14.5 trillion, per World Bank, 2010.

That comes out to, oh, let's see, hmmm. I'm not very good at fuzzy math. More than $5 dollars?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:42 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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If you ignore social security and medicare but add in the states, it is closer to 200%.  Add in the two great unfunded mandates and you are pushing 700%.  Add in other shit and you may as well just call it quits.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Hedgetard55
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AAPL getting juiced into the close, and I don't mean that positively.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:50 | Link to Comment CvlDobd
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Whoever is buying DIA today is an idiot(s). A quick peek under the hood shows all is not well.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:58 | Link to Comment hack3434
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That iDiot is probably uncle Warren buying his latest darling iBM. 

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:09 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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Warren isn't buying anything. He's sitting back making a fortune on coal shipments with his new train set.

Life is good for Warren and BH. Round and round the track she goes. Where the coal goes, nobody knows.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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IBM has had a great run.  I think I'll sell mine.  Thanks, Warren, for taking it off my hands!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:01 | Link to Comment Village Smithy
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What if you were only buying it to keep it in the green so tonight all the MSM could say "The Dow was up today on a report that retail sales were up last month"? Would you still be an idiot?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:12 | Link to Comment blu
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And everyone thought Machiavelli was dead? 

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:13 | Link to Comment CvlDobd
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I will say yes but for a different reason than I originally mention.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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I would ask the question of how you could be on Zero Hedge if you don't understand the concept of painting the tape?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:42 | Link to Comment CvlDobd
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Lol, don't be so sensitive.

To be fair, tape painting is a more complex idea than that of selling.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:50 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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See here's the problem: too much spending! 

But there's another problem: not enough spending!

They gotta shop shop shop till they drop drop drop! 

 

So on the one hand we need austerity, and that's supposed to bring on a Renaissance of consumer spending and borrowing. 

See any self-contradiction?

Biflation is no more self-contradictory than the economic theory and practicess that created it in the first place

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:48 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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"Went Irish". Does that mean they got drunk, then got into a fight, then vomited, then started singing, then started crying?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:59 | Link to Comment t_kAyk
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you forgot a few steps...

 

  • make a pass at the waitress (because she's been flirting with you all night, and really really likes you)
  • dance, or rather violently convulse in the middle of the room
  • tell that one joke, because your the funniest, wittiest bastard in town

 

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:42 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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Has she really been flirting with me, or am I too pissed to really know?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment battle axe
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BB, That was funny.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:01 | Link to Comment centerline
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I didn't know I was Irish!  Damn.  Learn something new every day.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:07 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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The Irish are very polite. The last Irishman I met, told me, "You're standing where I want to vomit."

I was happy to get out of the way. Nice people.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:53 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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CDS markets have been ahead of the reality in Spain's true credit situation as it is perhaps a little easier to manipulate a few bonds than an entire sovereign CDS market.

 

Again I will ask the question. Why would anybody waste money on "insurance" when Greece has proven that CDSs are not worth the paper they are prnted on?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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It's important for the 'muppets' to think their investments are fully hedged. Very important for those managing OPM.

On the other hand, if it's your money . . .

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment CvlDobd
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Again I will ask. How are you on ZH and not familiar with the concept of a trade?

You can buy and sell CDS for a profit. You don't have to hold until you see the whites of the four horsemen's eyes.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Not everybody is in the CDS for a trade dipshit. A lot of those idiots think they are hedged for some screwy ass reaon. A CDS is sold as insurance on a bond, how somebody can buy that line of crap is beyond me. And how can anybody try to measure the risk of default when the security isn't worth anything more than a trade?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 17:54 | Link to Comment ZeroPower
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lol wut

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:01 | Link to Comment gatorengineer
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Thats only true as there are alot more CDS's than underlying debt.....  The easy way to fix the problem is to limit the issuance of CDS to the value of the bonds issued.  Make it like a put or a call allow the bond holder the right to sell the CDS.....

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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CDS is of course another casino game, but some bold players did make money on Greek CDS ... even as Greece was going down ...

There was the CDS 'basis trade', where you buy discounted Greek bonds, plus jacked-up CDS, and then when Greece defaulted there was a net profit when the CDS paid out. For some hedge funds it was a good haul.

But as Peter Tchir so well covered on ZeroHedge, it was somewhat of a fluke the trade worked, partly because of the odd way the post-default CDS auction was conducted by ISDA ...

A risky game in other words, and there are various ways to play it with CDS ...

But there's nothing more basic in the financial industry than trying to figure out how to profit from a sinking ship

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Again it's not the traders I'm talking about. I am familiar with the trade. It is the people who buy the CDS on the basis that their bond purchase is insured.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:56 | Link to Comment junkyardjack
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They need more iPads

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:59 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Some = those with a surplus checking account = north = ETA fires up!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:59 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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In Barcelona, like elsewhere in Spain, there is a growing number of people who have no other choice but to live in their cars.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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Bullish for blankets.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:10 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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The backseat generation!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment youngman
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It seems to me that Greece got a lot more press than Spain is getting...I wonder why????

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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Greece was PG. Spain is going to be XXX.

We have to protect the children.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:12 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Maybe Nike is willing to put up. Workplaces for them where they can contribute to the London Olympics?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:49 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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It's just a transit center for immigrants.
If they don't do this, they'll go extreme right wing so this is a good solution.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 17:58 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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Like some of these 'transit camps'?

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/berga/beyond/transit.html

I'm a little concerned about your use of "extreme right wing" and "a good solution".

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:14 | Link to Comment smb12321
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Simple - Greece was first.  After a while, even with sovereign bankruptcy, the excitement wears off.   Besides we've been hearing about Spanish problems for the last (it seems) 300 years so this is simply a variation on a theme.  Play on!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:06 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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"...nothing is real:  strawberryFields, forever..."

centralPlanning + banksterism = optical fuking everything, BiCheZ!

enjoy the strawbs!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment Eric L. Prentis
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Spanish King Juan Carlos, hunting elephants in Botswana, in the early morning, while walking to the loo, broke his hip, and took a private jet home—for an operation.

 

King Juan Carlos, who says he cannot sleep because of Span’s high youth unemployment, said, when leaving his expensive African safari, “Let them eat pachyderm.”    

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:37 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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dude, you posted this in another thread already.  it's starting to look personal.  Did he get your sister pregnant, or what?

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 01:51 | Link to Comment Sandmann
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I should have though Juan Carlos would have stayed away from guns after his brother's "accident"

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment Venerability
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I like and respect you, Tyler - whether you are written by an individual or a collective.

But - Technical Analysis of Propaganda - the Euro Shorts, and more importantly, the European Market Shorts, are becoming way too loud and way too shrill - which tends to happen in overcrowded trades.

Could it be that something soothing and optimistic could come out of the IMF meetings this week?

My bet would be: Possibly. 

 

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:39 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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As with many important themes illuminated on ZeroHedge, Jim Sinclair has been talking about this for ages.

Euro-mess is a true mess, no doubt, but also a media-fueled distraction from the even bigger Ameri-mess.

Also, another ZeroHedge topic just today, but Jim Sinclair right from the beginning last year, was laughing at the idea of a 'pro-democracy revolution' in Egypt ...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Ringfence. Firewall. Contain. Isolate. Bailout. Sustain. all you want.

I'm goin fishing.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 17:09 | Link to Comment Bastiat
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What we need is prophylaxis -- to protect against STD (Surreptitiously Transferred Debt)

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:50 | Link to Comment Pancho Villa
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Help! Stop me before I spend again!

Kleptomania is a compulsion to steal. Is there a similar term for a compulsion to spend?

Or is the compulsion to spend so common that its absence is considered a disease?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 17:11 | Link to Comment Doubleguns
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The disease to spend is called politics.

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 01:50 | Link to Comment Sandmann
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Fiscal Incontinence  =  Politics

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:01 | Link to Comment sangell
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It  may not all be the Central Government bailing out the regions. Edward Hugh has noted the Central government owes Catalonia money not the other way round!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:40 | Link to Comment theTribster
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I'm constantly amazed that nobody really talks about the Brits and their debt situation, arguable the worst of all the European countries. At least the Brits have deleveraged their banks, that is more than you can say for any of the Euro countries.

Its funny because all the apparent spending in the last several years hasn't really done anything, where are the assets, improvements, etc.? The amount of money that has been spent by gubmints is insane yet there is nothing to show for it except a reduction in services vital to the society. I'm with Max Kaiser on this, break out the weapons of aristocratic war - we all know what they are!

The political and corporate elite should live in fear everyday, worried that some 99%er might get crazy and decide to go vigilante on their a$$. It is likely that the Spanish will fair much worse than the Irish did just because of where they are, you could argue it is worse but I think the austerity demands will be more servere on a proportionate basis.

When this is all said and done the European map will once again be redrawn. If the European Union can last until the end of the summer I would be very surprised - question is what country leaves first? Many argue Germany, although Span has become a candidate recently along with Italy and of course Greece. Again, even though Great Britain isn't as connected as others like Germany or France but it would still be a devestating event to the union. 

It seems pretty clear that the end of the Eurozone is just around the corner, then the Irish can go back to being Irish and the Spanish can go back to being Spainish, instead of being Europeans. Do these countries even have a functional infrastructure to actually "run" the country? It seems that Brussels would have replaced much of those functions. Must be great to make decisions for a country that you don't even live in! Insane.

Nigel Farage is one of the Brits that is extremely vocal visa-vie the EU, search YouTube and watch any that include him and the European Parliament - absolutely hilarious but also represents the underlying feelings within the that organization. Funny stuff, Nigel is the man!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:26 | Link to Comment Sandmann
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Which British Banks ? The ONshore Banks or the Offshore ? The Brown Government saddled the UK Taxpayers with Debt to propo up the Offshore Banking System running over Cayman and Jersey and the 132 SPEs that Barclays has in Cayman. It is Britain Offshore than circumvents US Regulation of CDS and firms like MF Global, because The Corporation of The City of London is outside British democratic oversight - it even has its own Man - The Remebrancer sitting behind The Speaker in The House of Commons to lobby for The CIty.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_remembrancer

Britain is nothing more than an Offshore Tax haven run by the Banks for the Banks to service Offshore Oligarchs. It is the centre of a global financial nexus to the advantage of global Banking circumventing national regulation - which is why Ireland tried to copy it, why Delaware tried to copy it; and why France and Germany want it shut down; and why The City now wants rich Chinese to use its services.

 

Britain is the toilet where the Banking System has flushed its crap and where the Citizens are going to be forced to eat it for generations so the Elite can continue to play an imperial banking role.

 

You won't hear much about Britain because it is the dirty secret behind the whole crisis and the IMF and the rest want to avoid the futility of what they are doing becoming apparent, because then the Global System is shown to be a giant scam. They are not re-programming The Matrix; they are re-programming YOU !

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:47 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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I think the BRICs have something to say about this. They can't run away fast enough. And Argentina just gave 'em the finger.

There will be more, and soon.

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 02:51 | Link to Comment Element
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I'm constantly amazed that nobody really talks about the Brits and their debt situation,

 

They're not allowed to fall in a heap until after the olympics.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:45 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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Well, at least the Spanish haven't turned prison labor into a growth industry ... yet.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:14 | Link to Comment smiler03
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I'm sure the United States delegation will be showing them how to do it very soon.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:37 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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Speaking of, somewhat OT:

Michigan declares war on small pig farmers, to benefit large pork producers:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035585_Michigan_farms_raids.html

Even if they are for personal consumption. Even owning one pig is illegal.

Providing protein for your own family is illegal - in a state with one of the highest rates of hunger and poverty.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:46 | Link to Comment Road Hazard
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Oh wow, another European country is on the brink. Big deal. Wake me up when citizens are dragging bankers through the streets and executing them. (ie, never). We've seen all this before with Greece and we'll see it all again as the rest of the PIIGS line up for the roast and guess what will change............NOTHING. For months, this site was all about "Greek financial doom and gloom" and now, it's as if Greece found 8 jillions tons of gold under some statue and all is right with their economy. Their citizens bent over and took it in the butt and guess what, the majority of people still have jobs, the country still has running water, electricity and nobody seems to give a crap about anything. We are going to see a repeat with Spain, Ireland, Italy and all the others. The bankers will print forever and nobody could care less. I don't see this ending any time soon, at least not during our lives. Still, I LOVE reading ZH and make it a point to visit this site a few times a day but as much as I love waiting for the world economy to implode, I just don't see it in the cards. (Heck, I'm still waiting for somebody to explain how the EUR is where it's at vs the USD considering the toilet that it (EUR) sits in.) Things are the same in the US with the Fed printing oodles of money from thin air and US citizens taking it up the butt so bankers can make huge profits but so what. We will all still have jobs (and the US will be 50 trillion in debt) but nobody will seem to care and it won't have any impact on our day to day lives. Has the 15 trillion dollar US debt prevented you from taking a shower or grabbing a burger from McDonalds? No you say......shocking. Heck, look at Japan, even with their GDP/debt ratio in la-la land, they keep on trucking. They even have a nuclear reactor covering their entire country in fissile material yet exports continue and their citizens go to work and keep on spending. We all know the whole, entire system is corrupt and broke but who cares. When things get so bad I can't eat, can't have  clean, running water, heat, electricity and Google.com, then I'll give care. Until then, blah.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:18 | Link to Comment smiler03
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+1

"I'm still waiting for somebody to explain how the EUR is where it's at vs the USD considering the toilet that it (EUR) sits in.) Things are the same in the US with the Fed printing oodles of money from thin air..."

You answer your own question.

"We will all still have jobs"

I think that is a moot point.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 20:17 | Link to Comment Sandmann
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The Joy of Salami Tactics.

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 02:58 | Link to Comment Element
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becoze this time is different right?

Maybe if you and your family were the ones living in a Las Vegas storm drain after the foreclosure you'd see things did change.

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 04:24 | Link to Comment cnhedge
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