October 10, 2011
"Paper is poverty,... it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself." --Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1788. ME 7:36
On October, 6, 2011, Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, said during a speech following the latest decision by that bank's Monetary Policy Committee to "put £75 billion of newly created money into the economy in a desperate effort to stave off a new credit crisis and a UK recession": "This is the most serious financial crisis we've seen, at least since the 1930s, if not ever. We're having to deal with very unusual circumstances, but to act calmly to this and to do the right thing."
Desperate is an understatement.
In her September 2011 Policy & Markets forecast, Dr. Pippa Malmgren, writes:
"News to expect in the coming days and weeks:
• Germany protects German banks but other countries cannot do the same thus quickly provoking multiple sovereign defaults and or bank failures, all of which may easily lead to a payments crisis in the global banking system. Derivatives are particularly at risk in terms of operation and execution
• The Euro falls in value especially against the US dollar
• The Germans announce they are re-introducing the Deutschmark. • They have already ordered the new currency and asked that the printers hurry up
• The Euro falls even more on any news that Germany is withdrawing from the Euro
• Legal wrangling begins as to the legality of Germany's decision. Resolution takes years
• Germany insists that the Euro continues to exist even they do not use it any longer. They emphasize that European unification will continue and suggest new legal instruments to strengthen European Unification including new EU Treaties
"The markets are focused on the imminent default by Greece. But, this is not the most important issue now. The historic development the markets have not priced in as that Germany is preparing to exit the Euro. The markets are very likely to have to contend with the re-introduction of Deutsche Marks in the near future. This is bound to mean a collapse in the value of the Euro for those countries that will remain in it (devaluation for the rest of Europe). This step may seem unthinkable but, I believe that the German government is telling us in multiple ways that there is no other solution from their point of view. It is also why you will hear various policy makers at the G7 meeting his weekend echo Christine Lagard’s comment that the world economy is entering a "dangerous new phase."[i] This was certainly the atmosphere at Jackson Hole where policy makers openly talked about entering a period of history where we would face challenges beyond the scope of anything we have seen in our careers. "
"The next thing you know Dr. Joseph Ackerman gives a speech on September 5th[ix] that has been described as “terrifying”. Business Insider[x] provides a reasonably comprehensive account in English. He said, "It is an open secret that numerous European banks would not survive having to revalue sovereign debt held on the banking book at market levels." He continued: "Most institutions have a rating of "below the book value or at best". He then spelled out the choice Germany's politicians must make: bailout Europe or bailout us, the German Banks. But he tried to make the case based on a cost analysis (typical financial market guy). He said, "The costs of supporting weak member states, particularly from the German perspective, are less than the costs of disintegration.... It is a dangerous illusion to believe that a country could do better should it reclaim the sovereignty it has delegated to the EU." The issue for the German politicians is not the cost. The issue is the principal of sovereignty and protecting the German population from any return to their horrific experience with inflation."
And So It Begins – The First Major European Bank Has Been Bailed Out And More Bailouts Are Coming - October 6, 2011
"The fundamental problems that Europe is facing are not being solved and the financial crisis is getting progressively worse. With each passing day, more bad financial news comes pouring in. For example, Moody’s slashed Italy's bond ratings by three levels on Tuesday. A reduction of just one level is very serious business. For Moody's to hit Italy that hard is a really big deal. Italian banks have also been targeted by the credit rating agencies. The other day, S&P slashed the credit ratings of seven different Italian banks. If Italy goes down, it is going to be an absolute nightmare. The Italian economy absolutely dwarfs the Greek economy. The EU has been really struggling to bail out Greece, and there is no way in the world that they would be able to bail out Italy. So if nations such as Italy or Spain start collapsing, will the U.S. Federal Reserve step in to help bail them out?"
"..will the U.S. Federal Reserve step in to help bail them out?" Was that why the unconstitutional "Federal" Reserve Banking System was set up? To bail out failed foreign banks and socialist governments?
Here's another sticker shock that not one single incumbent in the Outlaw Congress has done squat about (nor has one single presidential candidate even made a peep): stop raping the American people to fund the IMF:
There isn't a shred of authority for the Outlaw Congress to steal the fruits of your labor to give to the International Monetary Fund to pay off the debts or make loans to foreign countries. This grand larceny against we the people is so sickening, I have to wonder why the American people continue to reelect the same SOBs who refuse to stop it:
"The bailout outrages never stop. Of the 110-billion Euro Greece bailout, 30-billion (approx $40 billion) will be paid for by the IMF. The US supplies almost 20% of the IMF's funding (per quotas). So that means US taxpayers are providing ~$8 billion of the $145 billion going to kick the Greek can down the road. That's the first outrage. (Why is this our problem?)
"The second outrage is that, as in some of the US bailouts, our bailout money is JUNIOR to Greece's existing debt. That means that, over the next couple of years, the idiot banks that loaned bankrupt Greece money will get their money back. And then, when Greece runs out of cash again, we'll be left holding the bag (along with Germany and the rest of the folks who bailed Greece out).
"In any normal financing, the lender of last resort would be SENIOR to all existing debt. It would get its money back first, before the other idiots got a penny. In the Greece bailout, however, the new money we're putting in will be going right out the door to pay off existing lenders who would have lost their shirts. And if the Greece austerity measures don't work and there's nothing left for us? Tough."
That $8 billion dollar figure from "US taxpayers" - the money has to be borrowed because the people's purse is over drawn nearly $15 trillion dollars. Translated: More debt heaped on our backs and our children and grandchildren for foreign banks and governments. That results in higher federal "income" taxes bleeding an already bleeding nation. Because president after president and Congress after Congress have sold out American workers, our three most important job sectors (ag, manufacturing & industrial) are all but dead as the impostor president and the Outlaw Congress get ready to sell us out again with more "free" trade treaties; the middle class is all but dead.
Americans by the millions out of work (roughly 23 million). 48 million on food stamps. Tens and tens of millions of Americans living hand to mouth are not putting money into the state economies further reducing tax revenues. Americans by the millions have lost their homes with more coming:
"Lightning may be about to strike twice as the Subprime implosion of 2007 becomes the Prime implosion of 2011. Back in December 2009, when musing on the very interesting topic of the advent of a new ABX-like index, this time tracking Prime mortgages, we asked, rhetorically as so often happens, "Will The New ABX Prime Index Be The Reason For The Next RMBS (And Thus, FHA/GSE) Collapse?" (for more on this index which MarkIt now markets as PrimeX see here). And while the rest of the world is fretting about Europe, Morgan Stanley, lack of decisive political decision-making in a pseudo union of 17 different countries, lack of decisive monetary intervention, a Chinese hard landing and everything else that makes front pages these days, slowly our prediction is starting to come true. But you won't hear about it anywhere else, because if the market understands that in addition to a global solvency crisis, America has another Subprime contagion on its hands actually being expressed in the markets as we type, and potentially costing banks, pension funds and various asset managers billions in losses behind the scenes, that may well be the last straw."
What does the currency war going on, the stealing of our labor and all of the above have to do with the states committing financial suicide? Tax bases continue to shrink because of unemployment. Tax dollars gobbled up by pension obligations that can't be met. More foreclosures mean less revenues for the state and more debt trying to keep up with unemployment and Medicaid burdens. And, don't forget the hundreds of BILLIONS squandered to support and incarcerate the hordes of illegal aliens. AND - everything tied to the "Federal" Reserve note passed off as money. Been to the grocery store lately? Then you know how your "dollar" isn't buying what it bought six months ago.
Dr. Edwin Vieira, began trying to educate members of the New Hampshire State Legislatures more than five years ago about sound money and what must be done if the states are to survive what the whole world can see - except them. Despite Herculean efforts on his part and members of that legislature, as well as thousands of Americans in several states, to date only Utah has passed a watered down version of a sound money bill.
In February 2010, I sent a letter (thanks to donations from my readers) to just over 1100 state legislators trying to get them to understand what will happen if they don't pass into law a competing monetary system as a hedge against the potential collapse of the dollar (not to mention inflation). I also set up a web page to help educate state legislators understand what this all means to them and their state; click here. Edwin gave me permission to scan the couple of pages from his two volume work, Pieces of Eight. Those two pages are a model piece of legislation for the state legislatures and still they do nothing!
There's been a lot of hoopla about state banks being the magic bullet to save us. Really? If those state banks are going to use nothing but "Federal" Reserve notes, it is just another foolish band aid. Let me quote from Dr. Vieira's presentation to the standing committee (State Administration) in the Montana State Legislature, March 2009:
"This legislation provides the citizens of Montana with the option of conducting their financial transactions with their State government on the basis of an alternative currency consisting of gold and silver, rather than Federal Reserve Notes. It establishes a mechanism through which—to the degree the State and her citizens deem prudent—the State can separate her own financial transactions from the Federal Reserve System; and, eventually, based upon the State's action, Montana's private economy as a whole can move away from dependence on the Federal Reserve System, too.
"This proposal is not a partisan issue, because everyone's most vital interests are equally at stake here.
"The provision of an alternative currency consisting of gold and silver will engender economic stability. It will return to Montanans the ability to save real wealth in the form of money that does not systematically depreciate in purchasing power, and with that the further capability to plan and prepare rationally for their economic futures.
"The provision of an alternative currency will promote social justice. It will begin to rectify the wrongs perpetrated against wage earners whose standards of living cannot keep up with the systematic inflation built into the Federal Reserve System; against the elderly and infirm who live on fixed incomes that steadily erode in purchasing power; against those anxiously approaching retirement while watching the real values of their pension funds evaporate; against the poor whose only wealth is the small amount of currency they acquire from week to week; and against all the recipients of essential public services that the State finds it difficult or even impossible to provide to the requisite degree because the real values of tax revenues cannot keep pace with costs. And,
"The provision of an alternative currency will fulfill the State's legal, moral, and political responsibility to protect the safety, health, and general welfare of her people against an economic calamity that no one doubts confronts this country at the present time."
That bill in Montana died in committee along party lines because of outright ignorance. That was 2 1/2 years ago; the situation has continued to deteriorate:
"Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War 2,500 years ago. Because China declared war on American and London banks you might want to read the most revered Chinese writer on military strategies to understand what is coming next.
"All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
"Let's update the above for 2012 and our Currency Wars. The dollar is dying. There are bank runs in Europe. The Financial Times said the Europeans had to pull gold out of New York because they needed real collateral. Ben Bernanke is printing dollars which he will swap by the trillions to keep the European banks running. As I said previously, Bernanke will continue printing money until the dollar, the pound and the euro go to zero value. You will have nothing. The bankers will have everything."
This huge cauldron of greed is getting ready to boil over while the state legislatures do nothing. Once again, I urge you to contact your state representative and ask them what they're going to do about the situation? Why can't they see what the rest of the world can? Why are they doing nothing?
Our legislature (Texas) is out of session until January 2013. By then it will be too late if it isn't already. However, every state has the ability to call an emergency session. Folks --- the patient is hemorrhaging on the operating table. It's do or die time. The states foolishly prostituted themselves for "federal" funding for everything over the decades, but the federal teat is going to turn to dust and then where will the states be - especially as the dollar continues to lose value? If the states don't act soon, it will be an act of pure insanity.
For those who are worried about what they have left, yes, food storage and guns are essential, but so is getting worthless paper converted to gold and some silver. Many people scoff at purchasing precious metals - what the world's wealthiest own. Well, here's a wake up call: That $50,000 or $100,000 in your 401(k) is at risk. What are you going to do? Spend it all on butter and ammo? People need to be realistic about asset portfolios and hedging against inflation.
April 2011: "The University of Texas Investment Management Co., the second-largest U.S. academic endowment, took delivery of almost $1 billion in gold bullion and is storing the bars in a New York vault, according to the fund's board."
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Do you think they're stupid? No, but apparently over 6,000 state legislators still haven't figured it out. It's up to all of us to make this a priority.
As I have since 1998, I recommend you call my good friend, Harvey Gordin or Jay Reichard and let them help you make important decisions about your future. Visit their web site, USA Gold Vault. The state legislatures are not going to save your assets because so far, they can't even save themselves.
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There is NO excuse for this in a country rich in human and natural resources. The "free" traders in the Outlaw Congress (Boehner, Pelosi, et al) are responsible for turning a propsperous nation into one of beggars along with the insane monetary and banking policies of the past century:
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Devvy Kidd authored the booklets, Why A Bankrupt America and Blind Loyalty; 2 million copies sold. Devvy appears on radio shows all over the country. She left the Republican Party in 1996 and has been an independent voter ever since. Devvy isn't left, right or in the middle; she is a constitutionalist who believes in the supreme law of the land, not some political party.
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