Last Updated: December 4th, 2009
The US economy is running an enormous deficit and is suffering from mass unemployment. This country seems to have no other option but to continue printing dollars, making the greenback cheaper – and making foreign held debt less valuable while US goods get a competitive bonus.
The dollar is the most widely used currency in the world, and this makes the global economy dependent on the policies of the Federal Reserve.“With the US, it’s great if they have the world reserve currency, and everyone needs to buy US dollars to conduct their business,” financial expert Max Kaiser told RT. “And this is why countries like Russia and China and Brazil are trying to divorce themselves from the US, because it’s a completely toxic currency that’s just right for the counting fraud.”
“It supports an empire that’s just too lazy to compete,” he added.
The idea of a supranational currency, independent of sovereign states, is not a new one. But this is the first time an institution of such importance has made the proposal.
The United Nations says it wants to go back to the idea of Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, and make it into a proper currency. The International Monetary Fund would then provide liquidity when and where it is needed.
“The IMF could act as a World Central Bank that steers the global money supply,” Detlef Kotte, an economist at UNCTAD, explains.
But more importantly, why do countries need to hold foreign exchange reserves? According to Kotte, they need to hold them largely in order to prevent speculative attacks on their currencies.
“If we established an exchange rate system that would guarantee more stable exchange rates, the need for foreign exchange reserves would be much reduced. Therefore, in our report, we focus very much on the reform of the international system to determine the exchange rates,” Detlef Kotte said, expanding on the idea of the UN proposal.
The idea would allow for a more united global financial policy, reducing the risk of crises like the one we are all in now, which has been widely blamed on the United States.
But, as economists point out, the dollar’s dominant role was formed over the past 15 years, and it will take decades to change that.
“There should be a single economic space which should be used as a source of growth for the rest of the world, as the US does now, for example,” Vladimir Osakovsky, the head of Strategy & Research at Unicredit Bank said. “It is possible, in the end. Eventually, we are moving in that direction. But it’s a very long-term task for global policy makers.”
The Federal Reserve, through its extensive network of consultants, visiting scholars, alumni and staff economists, so thoroughly dominates the field of economics that real criticism of the central bank has become a career liability for members of the profession, an investigation by the Huffington Post has found.
This dominance helps explain how, even after the Fed failed to foresee the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, the central bank has largely escaped criticism from academic economists. In the Fed's thrall, the economists missed it, too.
"The Fed has a lock on the economics world," says Joshua Rosner, a Wall Street analyst who correctly called the meltdown. "There is no room for other views, which I guess is why economists got it so wrong."
And - even now - mainstream economists are STILL willfully ignoring things like massive leverage hoping that the economy can be pumped back up to super-leveraged house-of-cards levels.
As the Wall Street Journal article notes:
As they did in the two revolutions in economic thought of the past century, economists are rediscovering relevant work.It is only "rediscovered" because it was out of favor, and it was only out of favor because it was seen as unnecessarily crimping profits by, for example, arguing for more moderation during boom times.
The powers-that-be do not like economists who say "Boys, if you don't slow down, that bubble is going to get too big and pop right in your face". They don't want to hear that they can't make endless money using crazy levels of leverage and 30-to-1 levels of fractional reserve banking, and credit derivatives. And of course, they don't want to hear that the Federal Reserve is a big part of the problem.
Indeed, the Journal and the economists it quotes seem to be in no hurry whatsoever to change things:
The quest is bringing financial economists -- long viewed by some as a curiosity mostly relevant to Wall Street -- together with macroeconomists. Some believe a viable solution will emerge within a couple of years; others say it could take decades.
Last Updated: December 13th, 2009
22 Responses to “Why the Hard Year for the World in 2010”1.
There’s a lot of conflicting info out there on US debt vs. GDP. I find info ranging (EOY 2009) from 53% - 90%. Also look into Finland, Sweden, and Norway…their percentage is sky-high from what I’ve seen.
It’s time to go against the grain and prudently prepare for the inevitable. It’s only a matter of time.
Thanks for another great collection of info and thoughtful commentary. …will be sharing.Did this add to your article or just coincidence?
The year-end display of happily-inflated good news is designed to increase tax revenues for the IRS. Look to late January-February for more accurate economic figures, which will be bad, no doubt.
For along time I’ve felt a recall of all elected officials and new General Elections is the only alternative to an actual revolution, which frightens me greatly since I can’t protect my children and grandchildren from the anarchy that would follow.
Maybe a holiday from banks (much like FDR’s “bank holidays”), wherein we just stop paying everything except local merchants is a solution. Not a happy one, but we’re screwed either way.
Maybe they’ll patch something together, but it could be too late.
Based on what I see and hear in my community, this country is ready to blow, and Washington and Wall Street will suffer casualties. Sad that it’s come to this.
3.This article was written with pure accuracy and alertness to what is taking place day by day. Sleeping, YES, even when we are paying attention we are still sleeping because, we have not hit the skids fully yet! 2010 will be catastrophic financially for global economies. False flags of recovery are pure quick sand and will take many to the bottom. We are moving rapidly from globalism to World Order with new fiat junk paper, the difference will be the price we pay with our souls. Keep your wits about you, don’t be deceived by the elect. Your article was refreshing because, the fluff was taken out to reveal the truth. The Truth is hard to come by these days. I encourage you to keep telling it like it truly is, and enjoyed reading every last word of it.
Excellent article. The bullsh** can last so long before the truth hits people between the eyes. The USS amerika is sinking and main street media would like you to believe otherwise. We are a nation of food, hospitals, banks, and government. All the idiots voted for change, they got a different name, but business as usual. The parties are both bought and paid for.
The timing of the rare snows in Copenhagen and blizzard conditions in Washington D. C. truly show Divine Intervention to humiliate the organizers and WARN Jews and Christians that just as the first Chanukah celebrated the end of a tyrannical period, THIS Chanukah is at the beginning of a new violent dictatorial era for all mankind and end of life as we have known. We have stepped into an era of trouble such as never seen since creation of man or ever will be again in future. Truly we have entered a time that all men and women must face a danger and decide whether in eternity they will shine as bright stars forever or live in shame or everlasting contempt.
It will be some time before people look back to 2009 Chanukah as the year God warned the rulers of earth that He exists, is still alive, in control of human events, and will not tolerate too much longer human enslavement of mankind by a few families. The Global Warming Conference in Copenhagen was to use “global warming” as the disguise and excuse to bring the nations under a one world totalitarian government. Once again man wants to build his “Tower OF Babel” with all peoples forced to live under a new feudalistic system, struggling to survive with minimum food allowances and necessities; with majority of the fruits of their labor going to the rulers.
The conference was doomed from the start when the e-mails were published for the whole world to see, showing the data used to scare people was all fabricated. - intended to collapse capitalism and transfer wealth from the productive countries, primarily the United States, seen as the primary target because Americans love too much their freedom and guns. The double edged sword of Forced Health govenment care and wealth distribution via “global warming will break America forever, just like humpty-dumpty..never to rise again.
At the same time Americans are being attacked with the obama health care plan. What most people do not know is that there is a section: National Medical Device registry Sub Title C-11 Sec:2521 which discusses RFID tracking microchips. Supposedly, this part is written innocently enough, but can be changed later to FORCE ALL AMERICANS TO BE IMPLANTED WITH A MICROCHIP IF THEY WANT THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS OR MEDICARE… YOU ARE ALL AWARE OF THE BIBLICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THAT.. I have not read the health care bill but have received numerous e-mails concerning that section.
If you are the individuals i think you are, I know you will fight with all you power to defeat oBAMA’S HEALTH CARE BILL because when it passes it will guarantee the death of democracy and a fascist government forever with all pretense of supporting Israel dropped and America’s extreme left sinks their claws into our throats to destroy us.
As if the threats of global warming and obama-care were not enough; there are now many religous “Christian” organizations that consider anyone who believes in the Hebrew Prophets and Book of Revelations are nothing but dangerous psychological misfits. They will not rest until they have a one-world religion, tolerant toward all and picking portions from each major religion so as not to offend anybody..The Ultimate “hellinization” of all humanity.
In other words, think; DESTRUCTION OF Those Jews and Christians believing we are in the redemption period…((and if you are silent enough to listen to the Holy Spirit in Your Heart, you can hear the footsteps of Messiah.))
I truly believe God has shown us a last generation Chanukah Miracle to prove HE IS STILL WITH US AND WILL BE STANDING BY EACH OF US AS WE DO OUR FINAL WALK AND NOT JUST TALK. As for myself i will keep transmitting news to any that will listen until I am silenced by the enemy ….Those were my final instructions in 1955 when I had finished a special course at our U.SAF. Security Service World Hqs, San Antonio, Texas, learning how I was to use the Russian Language I had been taught at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California(Old Army Language School). DO YOU BELIEVE GOD HAS GIVEN US AN INSPIRATIONAL CHANUKAH 2009 MIRACLE TO CARRY US ACROSS THE FINISH LINE INTO THE MILLENIUM REIGN OF OUR LORD??by Louis A. Romo
The deregulation of the banknig and Saving loan industries during the 1970’s has now returned to haunt the industry. The banks now make their profits on service fees and not on their loan profolios and the loan profo requirements were changed in the 1970’s by the good old USA Government when they told the banks they had to change some of their loan requirements. I was in the industry at the time and have seen the liberal changes to loan requirements, which of course, made the economy grow. Grow - yes Grow along with high risk loans. In any case it has now caught up with itself and your article shows- again the irresponsibility of politicians running a country. Hyper inflation is on the way and to counter it will be a tightening of expenses. Look for the expense of war to end and the troops coming home. Are expenses comming down? No! Here we are again increasing expenses (health care) when we should closing down our wars and closing our military bases in foreign countries and balancing the budget. Please keep writing your articles as it willhelp people to prepare for harder time ahead.
surely the end is near for the system we live in.only a revolution can save us now.we have been played like cheap violins by the powers to be sad, but a lot of the country is in a coma!
Your article sums up what the reality of this economic situation is, and is true that most of America is unaware of the dire consequenses that are about to befall not only them, but unfortunately the rest of the planet.
I don’t disagree with any point you have made. I will add two very important points that you left out, that you and your readers I hope will take to heart.
One, there are roughly $600 trillion in toxic derivatives sitting out there in every major bank in the world. It is the shadow gambling casino that Goldman Sachs and the Feds have let run rampant to fill the pockets of the very rich Wall Street gangsters.These derivatives are basically worthless.
The day of reckoning is near. Dubai World is the canary lying at the bottom of its gilded gold cage in the mine,breathless. This is a warning for the rest of the world that this fake holographic economic absurdity the world calls an economic system, and that mankind is a slave to, is about to implode on itself.
This system is based on the imagination of a few Elite people that think they are eventually going to control this planet and all that live on it. This system they conjured up was doomed to fail from the start, as they are also doomed. It is based on nothing but air. It’s not real!
Secondly, humanity is unaware of the two things humans cannot survive without. That is food and water, both of which there are coming shortages of thru out this planet. Humans have polluted this planets waterways, oceans, land, and dessimated her forests. The time has come to end this chapter of destruction.
The coming shortages will put the final nail in the coffin of humanity, and if that doesn’t, in all likellyhood there will be a major conflict in the world that will.
This play is in the final act, and the curtain is about to fall, and there is nothing that any human at this point in time will be able to do to stop it. This planet is awakening with an energy that will put an end to all the suffering on this planet. Humans don’t seem to understand that we are all of the same star matter that makes up the whole universe.
Everything is interconnected, and this planet has felt enough hurt. Its molten heart as is the human heart, is pure, and what gives us life. We have abused our privelage of living on her, and the time has come to put an end to this chapter. If only people would awaken to the fact that we are all the same.
There is no need for fear. There is no safe place to hide. The Elite have underground bases. They will not be safe from what is about to occur! There is only one way to prepare, and that is to believe in the heart virtues, and with that, all it takes is 25% of the human consciousness to enter a new paradigm of existance.
I hope you will post these comments, as I can only hope that if one reader understands this, its one more human that may be able to consciously help the transformation of humanity to the next journey that lies ahead.
Its time to leave behind the greed and corruption, money, and politics. Its time to reach for the stars where we were meant to go and gain the knowledge and wisdom of the universe. Then we will join the civilizations of the multiverse, and maybe eons from now, we will meet our creator with open arms, the true source of where it all began. But its not the end of the journey that we should be looking forward to, but the journey itself that gets us there.
May we all meet in a better place soon!
9.While you’ve done an excellent Job covering the economic aspects of the sinking Titanic there is another more dangerous one brewing.
Our enemies are not fooled by the MSM lies and spin and are preparing to make their move to kill off the dying beast.
This is why Iran is so bold in telling the Empire running on empty to take a hike.They and their anti American axis have set a trap for the US navy in the Persian Gulf when the wimpy Obama decides to start looking like a leader and toughen sanctions by way of a US Naval Blockade.The surprise attack on our sitting duck Naval fleet and military bases surrounding Iran will make our economic troubles pale in comparision to the fallout from this apocalyptic event.
Actually those banks are not “gambling” in the stock market when they are part of the system that controls the news and rigs the stock market, shorting it on its way down. What I want to know is how much money has this sucked out of investors and what do they plan on doing with it.
Excellent article.Personally I believe that the current financial crisis has been delberately engineered by those who seek total domination and control of humanity. People will be soon so desperate, and scared and hungry, that they will probaly accept a new global currency/power structure with open arms.
Im waiting for the next big bait and switch. We have just had a monumental one with Copenhagen, thinly disguised as Climate talks, but which in reality was the signing of a treaty which will in effect give birth to a Global government. All nations signing this effectively hand over total control. see http://www.rense.com/general88/pay.htm
which quotes clauses of the actual treaty signed. Just like the federal reserve act in 1913 which was signed off on Dec 23rd when most of Congress had gone home for Xmas, the Copenhagen treaty was signed after many had left. It explains why Obomber didnt turn up until the end…the rest of the talks meant nothing and weren’t important.
Climate problem?> solution global climate government, read ” one total global government”. (this why none of the carbon trading, C02, global warming science deos not add up. It doesn’t have to make sense! it is not and never was the reason for HopeInhagen.
There seems to be a desperate race to get the NWO in place before 2012, and before we collectively wake up and fully realize our supreme power within us all to do away with all of his nonsense. The NWO cannot function without us, just as war cannot function without troops. Goverments cannot function without us. We have the power and the numbers…we just have to take responsibility and take it all back.
i think 2012 will not be the end of the world, but rather the beginning of a new truth era. Im not into he bible but I think the theme will be “And the truth shall set ye free!” Once the truth surfaces for all to see, and the bandits that hijacked the USA and UK and other nations hell bent on world domination, are tried and put behind bars, liberty and comon sense will stand a chance of full recovery.
The internet is one key step in exposing Truth and steering us toward the new cycle.. When we personally become truthful with ourseves, and all those with whom we deal, much of the current nonsense will vanish.
The current challenge of course is that most of us prefer to be told lies rather than face the fact hat absolute power corrupts absolutely, and we have been too lazy to keep, those who are supposed to represent us, in check.
You know things are evil when:
a. Bomber wins the Nobel peace Prize
b. A Kenyan gains USA presidency
c. Burntbanke gets another term
d. kissinger heads up the 9/11 investigation
e. the investigation into B Liar is not actualy for the purpose of trialling him for war crimes
f. Al whore has the gall and the support to speak at noHopeinhagen when he has been repeatedly exposed as a fraud and a liar.
g. we are told that we are in a global warming period at the same time people are freezing to death across Europe, the trains stops for the first time and the USA is experiencing 10 dgree colder temps than previously recorded in some parts.
I am sure you can easily cite plenty of other bizarre facts that should tell everyone that things are indeed upside down.
WE do have the power to right it. Are you with us?
12.The USA has been an empire since WW1. The creation of the Federal Reserve and income tax to soak the populace were just tools to meet that end. Now, like all empires in history, we are getting our just comeuppance. The values of the Founders and their ideals no longer hold sway in society. The power elite keep the vast entitlement class quiet with a small amount of money (bread) and television (circus). They figure the few of us wise enough to see the truth can be controlled or silenced. If you understand this, get ready for what is coming!
What strikes me is the sickening arrogance of our leaders and the bloated fat cats on Wall Street. The President has dropped the populist rhetoric and signed the wealth of the American people over to Wall Street speculators and the military industrial complex. All promises of change are revealed as lies while the media directs the outrage of the people not against Wall Street and our fascist government, but to the “horror” of socialized medicine. Their is a huge propaganda war to subvert the rage of the population and it just might be working.
Dept of Defense 57%
Health & Human service 6%
State and other Int’l programs 4%
Housing/Uban development 4%
Other agencies 4%
Homeland Security 3%
Energy 2% Agriculture 2%
I would think this is enough evidence, that they do not have their hearts in the right place. The horror for the deniers are going to get ugly!!
God Bless The Planet Earth
May there be PEACE ON EARTH and let it begin with ME!
C0ULDN’T AGREE MORE:
“In a dark time, the eye begins to see,” poet Theodore Roethke.
“Apocalypse” is a Greek word meaning “the lifting of the veil between you and God,” (or Knowledge of Reality).
The Internet is the vehicle through which the Apocalypse is now leaking knowledge, and the leaks are out of control
By Tom Dennen, author of ‘Grand Theft, Planet or Heidi’s Free Bar & Grill’.)
It’s becoming clear to many more people how the ‘matrix’ - the system - works, and how the Internet is the leaky bucket out of which the truth is flying.
Since the early goldsmiths discovered fractional lending and made money out of thin air (predatory lending), they have been thrown out of every courntry they set up in, after which those countries returned to resource-based economies and went through several decades of economic recovery.
Until the sixteenth century, in Holland.
Then and there, when the goldsmiths were discovered creating usurious debt, the already wealthy government and merchant classes simply joined them in the first full “collusion among corporatocracy, authoritarian government, and controlled media and education.”
Add bankers to that list and you have the recipe for the last three hundred years of fascist fiscal theft through market manipulation.
Holland was the site of the first experiment in money market manipulation, today called ‘Tulip Mania’, also a generic phrase given to an ‘out-of-control’ Bull Market.
‘Tulip Mania’ is however, just the opposite - it’s a controlled boom situation; controlled by those who run the Great Wealth Shift every generation, starting with the South Sea Bubble crash in 1720.
Every fifty years or so since then, the markets have peaked - and exactly nine years later, crashed - followed by a depression during which, bracketed by expensive wars, vast amounts of properties were foreclosed and the ‘masters’ transfered huge amounts of the wealth accumulated by the working class - “all wealth is created by work” (Adam Smith) - who were left to starve.
Just like today.
THE SHIFT IN WORLD ECONOMIC PREDOMINANCE
“All long-term credit cycles end with asset crashes in the markets of the leading economy. Measuring from crash to crash the dates of the modern credit cycles are as follows:”(starting with the South Sea Bubble)
1720 - 1772 52 years
1772 - 1825 53 years
1825 - 1873 48 years
1873 - 1929 56 years
1929 - 1990 61 years
“The crashes and resulting depressions appear to be less intense and traumatic when the end of the cycle does not coincide with a shift in world economic predominance.” - The Great Reckoning, James Dale Davidson & William Rees-Mogg, 1993.
1907 Financial Panic
1913 The Reserve System Created
1929 Great Depression
1933 Executive Order outlaws owning gold
1934 Gold Reserve Act freezes gold at $35 per ounce
1971 United States abandons gold standard
1974 U.S. citizens allowed to own gold
2009 Gold exceeds $1100 per ounce
The depression following the 1990 crash is fully and globally upon us and, because we are in the middle of the biggest shift in world economic predominance, we will not see the end of it for a long while.
Both Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated after introducing sovereign currencies, which were quickly removed from circulation after the killings.
What happened to Schwartzenegger’s IOUs? They were de facto sovereign currency paid back on maturity by the state at a 3.75% interest.
(It took the entire western world including Russia, incidentally, to crush Hitler who had introduced sovereign money).
The American Colonies, with their debt- and interest-free sovereign currency called Colonial Scrip were doing very prosperously in the 1700’s until the British Banking Act of 1775 forbade its use. Two years later the colonies were in a depression and declared independence from Great Britain’s financial oppression.
The most significant leak in Ellen Brown’s book, ‘Web of Debt’ is coming from the Global Warming lies now out in the open.
The Bilderbergs / governments / banks / merchants / landowners / fake scientists / Big Pharma and the rest are now too big to fail at keeping their secrets.
Solution? This will set us free.
Return to resource-based economies.
Do not borrow unless it’s from a state, county, city or people-owned bank that does not charge interest.
Gather together and itemize all the resources of your community and barter.
Keep your wealth to yourselves.
Above all, don’t listen to snake oil salesmen like Obummer and Al Bore who are just stealing while callously killing your children for money.
16.Book of James Chapter 5
Warning to Rich Oppressors.
Your best bet is to get or renew your personal relationship with God through Christ.
Obama, Bush Jr., Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan, etc are all puppets groomed in the aristocracy run higher education centers of Harvard, Yale, Oxford, etc. They all do exactly what they are told to do. They frost the poop cake for their base with various liberal or conservative efforts.
Recent example is Obama’s health care reform. No public option regardless of the fact that he campaigned and promised it. Apparently his Reverend Wright tried to warn when he said Obama will say anything to be elected.
Book of Luke 23:24
28Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Accept the free gift for grace from Christ before you must make a choice of worshiping the beast or worshiping God. For as in the days of Noah, many will scoff and few will believe and then God will close the door that no man can open.
Come back to Christ before else you will perish.
Religion is another major “truthout” that we will have to be frank about and confront head-on if we are to truly progress. It will be like accepting that there is no santa claus…not easy for some.
All religions are prisons for the mind. They separate us, put us in various boxes,some encourage war, help us to forget who we really are, and encourage us to think that something outside of ourselves is running the show.
These mostly fear-based long running franchises have to vanish. We forget too easily that we are all brothers and sisters.
Believing in nonsensical fairy tales, fear based stories and fudged records is what helped to get us to where we are today, and what the powers that be still hrow at us. e.g global warming.
Foreign investment in U.S. debt has plummeted. Barack Obama is attempting to auction off $150 Billion in U.S. T-bills, but net foreign acquisition of long-term securities, taking into account adjustments, is estimated to have been only $8.3 billion. Even more disturbing, foreign holdings of dollar-denominated short-term U.S. securities, including Treasury bills, and other custody liabilities decreased $43.9 billion. Foreign holdings of Treasury bills decreased $38.3 billion. Meaning, not only are foreign investors NOT buying American debt, they are also beginning to get rid of the treasuries they already own! The biggest purchaser of U.S. Treasury debt is now the private Federal Reserve, printing money out of thin air and buying T-bills in order to prop up the value of its own currency! This cannot go on for much longer.
In order to permanently strengthen the basic value of the dollar, one of two things must happen; either the Fed must decrease the supply of dollars in the system (they are doing the opposite, printing up to $24 Trillion out of thin air in the span of a year), or, the Fed must somehow increase demand for all the dollars being created. As the dismal results of recent treasury auctions show, NO ONE wants dollars, especially not for the long term.
The consequences of this are obvious. Eventually, our incredible debt will become unserviceable, and the dollar will become completely undesirable. The Federal Reserve will be forced to raise interest rates and stop its endless printing, which will then pull the rug out from under the Dow and the T-bill market, making things even worse. Dollar proponents always seem to forget this very important detail; America is taking on more debt than it or any other country has in history. Without continued exponential investment from other countries, this debt will end the dollar, regardless of the weakness or strength of other national currencies, or the true rate of inflation.
For now, the Dollar will enjoy an increase in value due to weakness in Europe and uncertainty in stocks, sending more crisscrossed signals to the public as to the actual health of the economy. As far as the basics are concerned however, this increase will be short lived.
Credit Market Recovery? Not A Chance…
The stated purpose, the entire reason for the Banker Bailouts and the flood of printed money into our financial systems, was to “restore credit markets” so that banks could begin lending again.
First off, such a concept is astoundingly moronic. What caused the collapse of the housing market in the first place? Unhindered accumulation of debt by people who could not afford to pay it back! This debt was, of course, facilitated by the private Federal Reserve’s artificially low interest rates, which gave banks free reign to throw cheap money wherever they pleased. When people began to default on their loans en masse, the bubble burst, and triggered the landslide we are seeing today.
How exactly would the creation of more lending, and therefore more debt, fix a problem caused by too much debt? If the average American can’t afford to pay back their old debts, then why in the world would they want to take on new debt? The philosophy of forcing liquidity into the same debt mechanisms which caused the problem in the first place to save the economy could only be dreamed up by someone with the mind of a naive child, unless, that someone wanted to deliberately make the problem worse….
So the goal of the bailouts, the goal given as an excuse to assuage the anger of the American people, was never accomplished, and probably never will be.
If banks aren’t using the bailout money they were given to create new loans then what are they doing with it? Some are hoarding the cash, while others have been gambling with it in the stock market! If the bailout money is still sitting in the pockets of bankers, and it never went into credit markets, then how can the Fed claim that it stopped the collapse? The fact is, the bailouts have done absolutely nothing except prop up the Dow and give the illusion that things are improving. No amount of spin, though, can change the fundamentals.
Banks across the country continue to shut down at an alarming rate. The FDIC has closed 140 so far this year, and recently announced the closure of two banks in California with assets totaling in excess of $10 Billion!
Not only this, but the FDIC is in many cases unable to sell off these bankrupt assets to other banks, meaning, they are forced to absorb the entire debt instead of a small piece of it. Any depositors at the RockBridge Commercial Bank with savings of more than $250,000 in their accounts have essentially lost the remainder. Recovery of their savings could take months, and even then they may get only a portion of what they had in their accounts.
What does this mean? It means that the FDIC is having trouble guaranteeing your deposits. Why? Because the FDIC is broke. Before the announcement of the two California banks totaling $10 Billion, the FDIC was officially in the red for $8.2 Billion. The real amount of debt the FDIC has incurred is probably far more than reported.
I have heard it argued that 140 closed banks is not such a terrible number. During the Great Depression, over 3000 banks were shut down. This is another straw man debate point. Yes, thousands of banks were closed during the depression, but there were numerous small private banks and city banks in those days, and their total deposits were miniscule compared to modern corporate banks. It is not the number of banks closed that is important, it is the size of their assets and deposits which makes or breaks the FDIC.
How long can the Treasury go printing money to bailout the FDIC? I suspect not very long.
Housing Is Still In Trouble
The bottom line is, nothing has changed except how we are told to perceive the situation. Changing how one looks at a problem does not make the problem go away, as much as we would like it to. This fact goes for the housing issue as well.
We are told constantly by the MSM that the markets are improving, but if this is so, then why are large banks continuing to go bankrupt due to defaults on home loans? Why is it that mortgage delinquencies continue to rise to record levels every month?Even families that received direct help from the U.S. government “foreclosure prevention plan” are behind on their payments!
A glut of foreclosed homes are now on the market, but banks are having trouble finding anyone to buy, even at discount price ranges.
In response, the Federal Reserve is executing a plan to pump $1.25 Trillion into mortgage backed securities in order to bring interest rates down to record lows. This is very similar to the policy which they used to cause the housing crash in the first place.
Again, what we are told by the MSM and the government, and what seems to be occurring at the foundations of the economy, are in total opposition. Someone somewhere is lying.
On The Other Side Of The World…
Terrible events can occur while the masses are psychologically unaware or “asleep”, but they can also occur while we are literally asleep too. In a world designed around the concept of Globalization, that which damages the economy of one country, can have drastic effects on another. This was made evident by the recent trouble in Dubai, however, there is much more happening on the other side of the world that we rarely hear about.Italy, Greece, Germany, UK, Ireland and Spain are currently in dire straights with mounting and unserviceable debt. But these are not the only European countries in danger of default. If one examines debt as a percentage of a country’s GDP, one can see which nations are on the edge of collapse.
Nations with a high debt to GDP ratio have a tendency to default, that is, to go bankrupt. Greece and Italy already have a national debt larger then their entire GDP, which means the revenue of each country for a whole year is not enough to pay off what they owe! This indicates the very real possibility of economic collapse in these countries. Spain, UK, and Germany are all on the edge of the abyss as well.Debt is the major driving force that will trigger collapse, and the U.S. is well on its way to accumulating epic amounts of it.
If any of these countries default on their debt (including the U.S.) the shockwave will send the rest of the globe into financial retreat.
Smoke And Mirrors
It’s nice to maintain a rosy outlook on the economic situation we face. It makes us feel safe. The fact is, though, that we are far from safe, and denying the problem will not make it go away. The MSM’s main drive, at least for now, is to promote a sense of well being. Some of them do it because they believe the markets are driven by psychology and that by creating a positive atmosphere, we can somehow make our troubles disappear through shear force of will. Of course, this is an absurd notion.Others ignore the facts and spin ideas of recovery deliberately and with malicious intent, because they know comfortable people are not alert, and those that are not alert are easy to surprise, and surprised people are easy to control. The globalist George Soros for instance has lately been denying all signs of collapse, and making claims countries like Greece, Dubai, and the UK, have nothing to worry about.
What we are witnessing today is perhaps the greatest faux recovery in the history of the world. There is a reason why there is so much conflicting evidence. There is a reason why many economists are confused as to where the economy is going; because some of the evidence is based in fact, while the rest is designed to deceive. Learning and standing by economic fundamentals can help one in discerning what rings true and what does not. The fundamentals cannot be changed, they can only be hidden. Stick with the foundations of the system, ignore the fluff, the fog and shadows media game, and you will never be caught unaware when disaster strikes.
by Alfred Wang