Written by Jeff Nielson Sunday, 19 October 2014 13:44
There has been a major (economic) policy-decision reached and implemented, across the corrupt Western bloc. But it has never been the subject of political debate, let alone any sort of formal vote. Indeed, this policy decision has never even been explicitly/publicly acknowledged by any of these Deadbeat Governments.
What policy decision is this? Year after year, these governments assured us that their corrupt/incompetent economic policies had not rendered our economies insolvent. Now, much more quietly; these same governments are acknowledging that they can’t meet all of their financial obligations – and thus have begun defaulting.
The (unstated) policy decision comes with respect to which obligations they have chosen to willfully engage in default, and which obligations they have chosen to continue to fund. The decision is very simple: they have chosen to continue to pay the interest on their/our massive debts (not one penny of “principal” is ever repaid), while they begin to systematically default on paying their pension obligations to the people.
What must be understood is that this traitorous act is just as indefensible in economic terms as it is in moral terms. As a matter of elementary economics; there is no “economic benefit” of any kind derived from continuing to make (only) interest payments on our gargantuan (and unsustainable) debts. Every penny paid is wasted money.
Once any debtor goes so deeply in debt that they can never do any more than pay interest on their debts; they are technically insolvent. It is at this point (in the real economy) that any legitimate business (or government) begins a “structured bankruptcy” proceeding, because the sooner such insolvency is acknowledged (and restructured) the less the economic harm.
Instead, these Deadbeat Governments have not only begun defaulting on their important financial obligations (i.e. pensions) but they have been selling-off choice assets – to the bankers, at pennies on the dollar – thus destroying their future revenue production. Here the insanity (and criminality) must be explicitly acknowledged.
The Western “big banks” (all tentacles of the One Bank) are given $trillions per year in newly-printed money, for free, as the standard monetary policy of all our central banks. But our governments (municipal, state/provincial, federal) must borrow every penny of their own funding (which isn’t covered by declining revenues).
Thus these Vulture Banks (with their unlimited stacks of free money) have not only reaped endless $trillions in lending us money which they are given for free, but they also use their free money to undermine our ability to pay – making these governments even more insolvent. Why are private banks given $trillions for free, every year, but our own governments must “borrow” (i.e. pay for) every penny?
We get no answer to this question (ever) from our (corrupt) governments, (thieving) bankers, or (dishonest) media, because there is no answer. This is nothing more than systemic corruption. These bond debts are all totally illegitimate – thus there is no legal or moral obligation for our governments to continue making payments on these corrupt debts.
Conversely, paying pensions to the people is an economically virtuous activity, which produces numerous (positive) “ripples” when those pension-dollars flow, and causes equally severe ripples of harm when those payments are (illegitimately) withheld.
We start with the fact that we live in (as the bankers/media/governments tell us every day) “consumer economies”. Thus not only are these pension payments important in shoring-up (declining) consumption, with our aging populations they have never been more economically important in our entire history than they are today.
However, we gain an even better understanding of the importance of a (legitimate) pension system, by looking at an economy which has been functioning without one: China. Creating a national pension system (and then actually paying those pensions) is one of China’s most-important economic objectives.
Written by Jeff Nielson Saturday, 11 October 2014 14:50
For the majority of Western populations; real estate is considered to be the ultimate “hard asset”, and thus the most-desirable financial shelter in times of economic peril/uncertainty. Ironically, it is precisely this attribute (and attitude) which makes real estate the ultimate wealth-trap – at the hands of unscrupulous bankers/governments.
First readers need to familiarize themselves with some of the economic dynamics associated with real estate. As a finite, hard asset (there is only so much usable land in the world), supply is limited. It is because of this limited supply that people trust real estate to preserve its value, and thus preserve their wealth. But the implicit assumption in this equation is that we have legitimate, properly functioning markets and economies.
As regular readers understand; nothing could be further from the truth. Our markets are literally nothing more than rigged casinos. Our economies are literally nothing more than (ridiculously unstable) Ponzi-schemes. This can be seen clearly, simply by comparing the present economic/market insanity with normal, historic conditions.
Under normal economic conditions (with legitimate markets), there are specific economic dynamics which help to ensure that real estate values do not get over-inflated, turning a financial shelter into an asset-bubble – and a wealth-trap. In times of “high inflation”, which is one of the principal fear-factors which make people look toward real estate; the tendency is for people to flock into real estate markets, thus driving prices up to unsustainable, dangerous levels.
However, in times of high inflation; all legitimate governments raise interest rates. Raising interest rates is the most-effective blunt-force monetary tool in dampening prices, in any/all markets. Thus the push into real estate driven by high inflation is countered by the pull of higher interest rates, driving people away from real estate, due (mostly) to significantly higher mortgage costs.
It is here we see the irredeemable corruption of the governments of the Western bloc. As prices spiral higher today in the two most-important price categories – food and housing – these corrupt governments tell us that inflation is near zero. Indeed, these shameless liars now have the audacity to claim that inflation is “too low” (something which is economically impossible).
It is because of this Great Inflation Lie that these puppet-governments claim to be justified in keeping interest rates permanently frozen at near-zero levels. Here readers need to understand the insane recklessness of near-zero interest rates, and why we have never, ever seen such monetary insanity at any time in the previous history of Western nations.
Near-zero interest rates translate into free money for the Big Banks, who are the recipients/conduits for all the “capital” entering our capitalist system. Such “free money” represents an inexhaustible supply of cheap credit. This is nothing less than rocket fuel for any credit-based economic system like our own.
In even semi-functional economies; near-zero interest rates would quickly trigger an economic boom that was so explosive that our economies would begin growing too fast. The problem here is our markets. Such rapid, rabid economic growth always triggers even more-dramatic explosions in our markets. Prices catapult higher, turning virtually all markets into exponentially soaring, out-of-control, asset bubbles.
But what do we see in our own economies? Barely perceptible twitches of life, where “economic growth” can only be feigned with the most-egregious perversion of economic statistics. Having been mismanaged to the point of utter ruin; even near-zero interest rates can no longer coax any life into these zombie-economies.
But such reckless/insane interest rates can produce (and have produced) no shortage of asset-bubbles, and (in particular) real estate bubbles. Simultaneously (and for the first/only time in history) we have the two, ultimate drivers of real estate bubbles: high inflation and (ultra) low interest rates.