Back to Basics: A Planned Crisis?

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(November 2012)

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

Facts

  • The US government spends $1 – $2 Trillion more each year than it collects in revenues, using strictly cash accounting. This is not sustainable. But the deficit is actually far worse when accrued liabilities are included – as calculated by Laurence Kotlikoff. Using his numbers, the fiscal gap is approximately $222 Trillion, up about $11 Trillion from last year. The fiscal gap (present value difference between projected future spending and revenue) increased about $11 Trillion in one year because the projected future liabilities dramatically increased compared to projected future revenues. The fiscal dilemma of the US Government is actually far worse than the official budget deficit. Clearly something must drastically change.
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  • The US National Debt (official cash accounting) increases about 12% per year (last five years) while the GPD (Gross Domestic Product) is hardly changing, or decreasing, if inflation were properly calculated.
  • Current US government expenses for entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Military Pensions, etc.) plus current expenses for interest on the National Debt exceed current revenues. The government would still go into debt every year, even if it cut 100% of military expenses and 100% of the remaining US government bureaucracy.
  • The Federal Reserve creates $85,000,000,000 per month of new currency from “thin air” and uses that new digital currency to bail out “Too Big To Fail” (TBTF) banks. The famous “Bernanke Helicopter Drop” is dumping billions into the politically connected banks but little onto “main street” USA. In simple terms, the wealthy are bailed out, the poor are given food stamps and welfare, and the middle class pays via taxes and inflationary confiscation of their savings and pensions.
  • All of the above are signs of financial desperation resulting from unsustainable policies.

I repeat,”In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

Follow this logical thought process.

Washington D.C. and Wall Street are filled with highly intelligent people who know that:

  • Unbacked paper money always declines in value to near zero.
  • The government cannot tax businesses and individuals into wealth and prosperity.
  • The government cannot create wealth, prosperity and employment by printing money – debt monetization – QE4-Ever – Inflate or Die.
  • Deficits DO matter.
  • Massive money printing will NOT help the economy long-term, but it WILL CREATE inflation in consumer prices.
  • We cannot get something for nothing.
  • Unsustainable fiscal policies will eventually collapse or fail.

However, our “leaders” in Washington D.C. and on Wall Street pretend they believe the above nonsense about printing money to create wealth and employment, debt increasing without limit, and fiscally unsustainable policies continuing forever. Why? Perhaps there is an ulterior motive!

Implications

  • Although our supposed leaders are presumably highly intelligent, educated, and knowledgeable, they act largely “brain-dead” as they lead the United States down an unsustainable path that guarantees eventual catastrophic financial destruction. Think lemmings and a cliff. Is there an ulterior motive?
  • Bankers, the military, oil companies, military contractors, large corporations, and other special interests have purchased legislation that benefits them while creating huge government expenditures. In addition to entitlements, the result is out-of-control spending. Was this out-of-control spending caused by normal greed, or was there a larger plan – an ulterior motive?
  • I suspect that the real leaders (political and financial elite) have supported and enabled unsustainable policies and practices knowing that a crisis and collapse of some sort must inevitably occur. Why? “Never waste a crisis!” The next financial crisis, like the crisis of 2008, will transfer a massive amount of wealth from the middle class to the political and financial elite and will consolidate more power under government control. “You can bet it was planned that way.

If another crisis is imminent, then consider what the next several years will do to:

  • Your income, your expenses, and your wealth
  • Consumer prices
  • The total National Debt
  • Size of the federal government

Get back to basics! “If it happens (in politics), you can bet it was planned.” If intelligent people relentlessly pursue obviously unworkable financial policies down an unsustainable path, there must be an ulterior motive. Will you, as a middle-class American (European, Canadian) benefit from the consequences of that ulterior motive? Probably not!

Are you prepared? Read We Have Been Warned and Something for Nothing.

Counter-party risk could be devastating in the next financial crisis. If “B” owes you money and files for bankruptcy because “A” does not pay “B”, then you have counter-party risk that could be very costly. The value of gold and silver is NOT dependent upon a government or corporation paying a debt or fulfilling their promises. Gold and silver have no counter-party risk and will survive the next crisis.

The prices for gold and silver are dependent upon the total money in circulation (more money means higher gold prices), real (nominal rate minus inflation rate) interest rates (lower rates mean higher gold prices), and confidence or lack of confidence in governments and their fiscal policies. I rate gold and silver as healthy and safe investments and the bonds of various sovereign nations as increasingly risky. Would you rather own gold or government bonds from Greece (Portugal, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, or United States)? Do you own enough gold and silver that you would feel safe in a financial melt-down?

If not, why not?

GE Christenson
aka Deviant Investor

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4 thoughts on “Back to Basics: A Planned Crisis?

  1. Hi, I love reading your articles. I am sure that there is no one correct answer. However, in your opinion what would you consider enough “gold and silver” for a family of six?


    • Thanks for your compliment. As for how much gold and silver should we have – almost certainly more than we do have. As for a specific number, it depends upon your circumstances, income security, expenses etc.

      But having said there is no one answer, I suggest that for a family of 6, in my opinion, 1,000 ounces of silver seems rather small, 5,000 ounces seems much better, and 10,000 ounces sounds like a lot of security. Similarly, 25 ounces of gold sounds small, and 250 sounds quite secure.

      Another perspective: If you had $300,000 in savings, you would probably feel very safe and confident. That is about 10,000 silver ounces. I know that is a very large number of silver ounces, but it can make an excellent target or goal to work toward. Accumulate slowly as you can. The journey to 10,000 ounces begins with a single ounce purchased.

      I hope you make progress toward your accumulation of real money – silver and gold.

      Thank you,

      GE Christenson
      aka Deviant Investor



        • Interesting. I found the quote in many places on the net but I did not see an exact source or date for the quote. Possibly it is an interesting and believable urban legend. So no, I have no original source that I can cite.

          Even if it is not exactly true, I don’t think it harms the basic premise of the article. When intelligent people do unintelligent or insane things, there is probably more to the story. All we need to do is look at the “spin” from our politicians, and we can see that there is more planning than ever admitted.

          Thanks for the information.

          GE Christenson
          aka Deviant Investor


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