Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Worst yet to come?
By James West
Despite the best efforts by the American mainstream financial media, the eager PR division of the United States Dollar Ponzi Scheme, to paint the rosiest of rosy pictures for blindly optimistic readers, the stubborn image of a debt-swollen jobless behemoth economy slowly toppling persists. No matter how much U.S. departmental data is primped, polished, and primed, no amount of lipstick is going to transform this fat pig into a princess.
This week’s top harbinger headline points to the fact that the United States is once again bumping its fat head on the ceiling of its spectacularly stratospheric debt ceiling of $14.3 TRILLION dollars. That means an act of congress is once again necessary to lift that limit. The alternative is either a) a revaluation of the U.S. Dollar to reflect the depreciation inherent in Quantitative Sleazing as part of a debt restructuring, or b) default.
Default? Could it be?
Never, according to bright-eyed Harvard educated economists and Forexperts.
“The likelihood of a restructuring of US sovereign debt is zero,” says MF global currency and fixed income analyst Jessica Hoversen. “As for a downgrade, while it’s theoretically possible, it is still extraordinarily unlikely.”
Well that’s one opinion.
The U.S. is Smoking Crack
The rate at which U.S. debt is growing is well beyond what it could repay, even if the economy were to start growing at 10% per year. That’s because the rate of U.S. debt growth in the last 3 years is well over that figure, and since 2002, the debt has more than doubled.
This is the mathematical certainty that is assiduously kept out the press by accommodating editorial boards.
Lets try to sift through the contradictory headlines and see if we can’t discern something a little more reminiscent of reality.
First off, the United States Federal Reserve, apparently a private corporation whose self-declared mandate is to be “the central bank of the United States, that provides the nation with a safe, flexible, and stable monetary and financial system”, has been “buying” Treasury bills, the source of U.S. monetary supply, at the rate of, on average, $75 Billion a month.
But that process has resulted in the Fed being exposed in no insignificant way to major losses from credit exposure. But Ben Bernanke, the Fed’s embattled leader, suggested last week that the risks were minimal, because “if the liabilities on the Fed’s balance sheet were to exceed its assets, it would only be so because of rising interest rates in the context of a thriving economy.”
Huh? What kind of pie-in-the-sky theoretical postulation is that?
According to a Reuters article earlier today:
“..the Fed’s newfangled policy steps and the potential for credit losses raises, for some experts, the prospect that the Treasury may actually be forced to ‘recapitalize’ the Fed — economist-speak for what others might call a bail-out.”
Bottom line: The Fed, who capitalizes the treasury by buying treasury bills, now needs to be ‘recapitalized’ by the treasury, who will now write cheques to the Fed, so it can continue to write cheques to the Treasury.
This is no oversimplification – this is reality.
The Fed is broke, and so is the Treasury. The ability of the Fed to ‘stimulate’ the economy in such a condition does not exist. If the only way to inject capital into the asset-stimulating portion of the economy is to encumber the current account of the same economy with an exponentially greater quantity of debt, the result can only be, at some point, default. Somebody needs to stand up and admit that these two lines, debt growth and economic recovery, are permanently divergent, and the economist-generated stipulation that they can one day cross in a self-fulfilling prophetic law of delusional economic prophecy is preposterous. That is one of the events that is pushing the U.S. towards financial annihalation. That will be the primary catalyist in triggering the 2011 financial crisis.