Posted tagged ‘European Central Bank’

Must Reads For The Week 10/23/15

October 24, 2015

A Challenge To The GOP From Bernie Sanders: Put Up Our Shut Up On Capitalism, by Dan Mitchell, at freedomandprosperity.org. Sanders is correct for wanting reporters to ask Republicans: ‘are you a capitalist’. Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. Sanders and Hillary don’t want socialism. They want government intervention, redistribution and crony socialism. Capitalism is private ownership of the means of production. Republicans candidates think they want capitalism. But what they propose is varying degrees of government intervention, redistribution, and crony capitalism. It’s going to take decades of elections to replace politicians who have this mindset with people who understand free markets and liberty. Inch by inch.

Sanders, Trump, and John Maynard Keynes, by Hunter Lewis, mises.org. Sanders thinks our current Keynesian crony capitalist system is capitalism. Trump thinks our current Keynesian crony capitalist system is socialism. Their cure is more government intervention in different ways. Sanders wants redistribution of wealth, and Trump wants a mercantilist attitude about trade.

Donald Trump’s Contempt For The Free Market, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Trump wants to stop Ford from building an auto plant in Mexico by putting a tariff on the goods Ford will bring in from Mexico. Government regulations and taxes incentivized Ford to move the plant. So instead of using more Government force to create different incentives, why not get rid of the regulations and taxes that produced the original incentives?

My Letter To The NY Times re: My Advice To The ECB And The Fed, by Patrick Barron, at patrickbarronblog.blogspot.com. Excerpt from the article. “If the Fed wishes to prevent financial crises, it only needs to stop initiating them. The Fed’s hubris that it can fathom the proper interest rate for our vast and complex economy must rank among the greatest fallacies of all time. The Fed sees the world through the completely discredited Keynesian lens which posits that aggregate demand–what the rest of us know simply as spending–is the path to prosperity. Anyone who believes this nonsense need ask himself why he has not liquidated his own savings on frivolous consumption…

Global Stocks Soar On Surprise China Rate Cut, by David Gaffen, at reuters.com. Is anyone shocked that global stock markets soared when China’s central bank cut interest rates and the European central bank said they will increase the size of its quantitative easing (electronically printing counterfeit money) program? How strong is the world economy when the central banks of China, Europe, and the U.S. have to lower interest rates and print money to keep it afloat?

The Cronies: Half Of All Export-Import Bank Benefits Go To 10 Companies, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The Exim Bank, backed by your tax dollars, finances transactions so foreign customers can buy from American companies. These are transactions that private banks wouldn’t make because of the commercial and political risks inherent in these deals. It’s easier to be risky when it isn’t your money. By the way, does this seem like a money laundering scheme?

A Tax I Can Support, by Per Byland, at mises.org. This just might work. Unfortunately politicians would never pass it.

Justin Trudeau Elected Canada’s Prime Minister; Young Liberal Star Compared To Obama, at mercurynews.com. How could this happen? Were Canadian citizens not aware of what has been going on South of their border over the last seven years? Oh wait! What about this article? Obama Campaign Team Hands Canada Over To Lib-Left, at canacafreepress.com.

Is The New Higher Seattle Minimum Wage Destroying Restaurant Jobs In Seattle? at economicpolicyjournal.com. The answer is yes. Because the law of supply and demand states: Less is demanded at a higher price. This includes labor.

Actors In Los Angeles File Lawsuit Against Actors’ Equity Over Wage Hike, at latimes.com. I guess a minimum wage increase is only cool when it doesn’t affect you.

Michigan Governor Signs Bills Reforming Civil Asset Forfeiture, theoaklandpress.com. Some good news for liberty.

Rhonda Rousey Shuts Down Feminist.

There’s a difference between merit and value. You don’t get payed for how hard you work. You get paid for the value you produce. Who works harder; a man with a shovel digging a ditch, or a man on a backhoe digging a ditch? It doesn’t matter. The real question is; who produces the most value?

 

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Lessons From Greece.

July 7, 2015

The Greek Government is about to collapse for a couple of reasons. 1) Government debt is greater than what is collected in taxes. 2) Over the last 8 plus years the EU has given the Greek government loans to finance increasing spending. 3) Just like an underwater mortgage, they can’t pay the loans back to the countries who tried to help them up.

That’s the simple version. Now lets look at it from a few different perspectives. 1) Let’s look at the overall picture of what has happened to Greece.  2) Lets look at the Greek government. 3) Lets look at it from the standpoint of the Greek people.

OVERALL PICTURE.

Lets look at the country of Greece as if it were a single person. This person takes in X amount of revenue per year, but spends X plus 1 third X per year. They finance this excess spending by essentially maxing out credit cards that banks have given them. With each passing year this person needs to get more credit cards to cover spending, and pay off the debt on the other credit cards. As long as they are making minimum payments on these cards, banks are willing to give them another credit card. At some point though the amount going out for regular spending, plus the service on the credit card debt, is more than they take in. Now they have to make a decision on either cutting spending, or not paying the credit card payments, or both. When this starts to happen, banks will not give them another credit card to float their debt. At this point the person has to declare bankruptcy. His assets will be liquidated and his creditors will get paid a percentage of what they are owed. He will have to cut his spending and start over.

The Greek government is the person maxing out his credit cards, and the EU is the bank that keeps issuing the new credit cards. The reality is the EU and other countries that financed Greek debt did a disservice to the Greek government (and people) by issuing them the ability to keep their failing financial policies propped up for so long. Now the people in the EU countries, and the people of Greece, will have to absorb the cost of the over consumption that was allowed to go on unchecked by the Greek government, the EU, and the Greek people.

GREEK GOVERNMENT POLICIES

The Greek government’s socialist redistributionist policies have created a class of people who don’t produce anything of value. This group includes government employees, public employees and social security pensioners taking early retirement, people who fake disability, welfare recipients, and politicians. Add to that a 26% unemployment rate, thirty hour work weeks, and the fact that most people who actually produce something of value evade taxes, (which is totally understandable), and the math doesn’t add up.

Government spending is consumption without corresponding production. Government has been using the credit card to prop up consumption by non productive people (including politicians and bureaucrats), as well as paying the service on their previous debt. At some point economic reality wins out as consumption starts to out run production. A liquidation takes place, a bottom is reached, which is the new stating point for the economy. The liquidation is the cure for the Keynesian cancer of thinking consumption comes before production.

THE PEOPLE OF GREECE

The Greek people have gotten used to consuming without producing anything. Debt, financed by European Central Bank money printing gives the illusion of sustainability, for a while. The people have no understanding about Say’s Law which states, 1) A buyer can only demand a good if he supplies a different good. 2) The supply of one type of good constitutes the demand for another type of good. 3) The source of demand is production not money, Money is only a temporary parking place for past production. 4) Printing money does not produce any good or service, it only creates the ability to go into the market and demand goods.

Greek politicians have brainwashed their people into believing that a world of scarcity has been abolished by the magic of the printing press. Politicians have framed the argument as a battle between the Greek people vs. the EU and creditors, with the Greek government baring no responsibility for what has happened. Politicians have cleaned up the DNA evidence that points to them, and planted evidence that points to the EU and its creditors. Having been given the perp on a propaganda platter, the people have no intellectual curiously to seek the truth. That truth is that socialism, central planning, the welfare state, increasing debt, borrowing, and money printing,  incentivizes consumption and constrains production.

Put differently, More corn is being taken out of the bottom of the grain bin for consumption, than is being produced and put in the top of the grain bin. At some point no corn comes out of the door when consumers demand grain. This is where Greece is. But the people, who have been propagandized by socialist politicians, don’t understand this. They voted for the EU to give them more money so they can continue their consumption. If that happens, these countries are stupider than when they loaned them the money in the first place knowing that they couldn’t pay it back. But don’t be surprised, because politicians make economic decisions through the political process, and it never turns out well.

LESSON

Can this happen here? Lets see! The Federal government is in debt up to its ears. The Federal Reserve can print money to fund government consumption activities. There are 93 million working age people not working (not producing). There are more Americans on disability and food stamps that ever. The Democrats have an avowed Socialist, Bernie Sanders, running for president.

U.S. Debt Chart

You tell me. Can this happen here? Yes, if we keep traveling down the “consumption comes before production” road.

Related ArticleThe Global Template For Collapse: The Enchanting Charms Of Cheap, Easy Credit, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com.

Related ArticleAthens On The Potomac – It Could Never Happen Here, Right? at zerohedge.com.

Related ArticleSay’s Law And The Permanent Recession, at austrianaddict.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/7/14

June 7, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Libertarian Candidate For Governor Arrested For Gathering Signatures, by Ben Swann, at benswann.com. Self interested government employees don’t like candidates who want to reduce the size of government. This is, “The Tyrany Of The Status Quo.

How Fracking Has Saved Obama, by Richard Rahn, at washingtontimes.com. I saw this at Carpe Diem /aei-ideas.org. As hard as they might try the administration can’t even kill the goose that’s laying the golden egg.

Lefty Logic Confusion On Taxes, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Leftists have no understanding of economic reality even when the consequences of their actions hits them square in the face. If ignorance is bliss this lady is the happiest person you will ever meet.

European Central Bank Institutes Negative Interest Rate, at economicpolicyjournal.com. What is the consequence of a negative interest rate on savings? If you said individuals will spend money not save it, go the head of the class. This is the Keynesian idea that spending drives the economy when in fact spending is consumption, and consumption is the destruction of what has been produced. Savings allows an economy to produce more. Interest rates coordinate production across time, and artificially setting interest rates disrupts the production process. Central Bank {especially The Feds} manipulation of interest rates and money printing has created this economic mess, it is not the cure for the mess.

Harvard Grad Chuck Schumer Fails History, Credits Jefferson For Bill of Rights, by Stephen Dinan, at washingtimes.com. This reminds me of this clip from the movie Animal House.

Seattle Pacific University Student Tackles And Restrains Gunman During School Shooting, by Annabelle Bamforth, at benswann.com. Watch the four-minute press conference and see why I hate politics. After Police Capt. Fowler reports the facts, the rest is self aggandizing  political nonsense. Jon Meis, the student who stopped the shooter, was responsible for the safety of his fellow students  than the mayor, the police chief, or the fire chief. They are just trying to look important after the fact.

Skateboarding On Water With Sea-Do! People can do some amazing things.

The Fed Won’t Let Our Economy Heal, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. I like how Frank Shostak explains abstract concepts. Here is an excerpt from the article, “Most commentators are of the view that the Fed’s massive monetary pumping of 2008 has prevented a major economic disaster. We suggest that the massive pumping has bought time for non-productive bubble activities, thereby weakening the economy as a whole…. To prevent future economic pain, what is required is the closure of all the loopholes for the creation of money out of “thin air.”

If You Want To See Our Future Look At Europe.

April 10, 2013
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English: Members of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament protest austerity measures at the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, Belgium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GOVERNMENT AUSTERITY

Austerity is what they call it in Europe, it means to cut excess or luxury from, which refers to Government budgets. We have many names for it in the U.S., sequestration, fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, etc. The question is who decides what is considered excess. Excess like so many things in politics is in the eye of the beholder, and when politicians have to make these decisions, the outcries of the people who are used to living off this excess carries more political weight than the people who work to produce this excess. So the politicians only option (more…)

Murray Rothbard Warns About Coordinated Counterfeiting Of Paper Money by Governments.

March 25, 2013

Watch this video of Murray Rothbard being a prophet about Governments wanting to coordinate their counterfeiting of paper money.

The Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of China, and the Bank of Japan, are all counterfeiting paper dollars, in a seemingly coordinated way. This starts the world down the road of consuming faster than the rate of production. Read, “What Comes First, Production Or Consumption“. It also creates malinvestment, (more…)

Currency Debasement Unleashes More Then Just The Economic Forces Of Correction.

October 20, 2012
The execution of Robespierre and his supporter...

The execution of Robespierre and his supporters on 28 July 1794 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article at Zero Hedge, “From Currency Debasement To Social Collapse“, talks about processes that are put into play when the currency is debased. The inevitable destruction of the present capital structure, leading to a loss of wealth, is one process that more of us are starting to understand because we have been operating inside of this counterfeiting reality since the mid 90’s. The tech bubble and the housing bubble  destroyed capital which was misallocated during these bubbles. The present financial and asset bubble will destroy more misallocated capital when the Fed has to pull out the expansionary rug from underneath it.

It’s uncomfortable to allow a passing thought about social collapse to enter our mind. To actually look at some present and historical examples of debasement and collapse (more…)