Posts Tagged ‘economy’
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released financial data for all federally insured banks as of the end of the third quarter of 2013. The Quarterly Banking Profile, which is an important publication that provides a comprehensive summary of financial results for all FDIC-insured institutions, was also released. The “Quarterly,” as it is known in banking circles, is essential reading for analysts who follow the US economy.
The FDIC data confirms that the Fed’s policy of “quantitative easing” or QE is rapidly becoming a net negative for job growth, consumer income and the US economy overall. The data also suggests very strongly that QE is hurting, rather than helping, the US housing sector and the financial institutions that make mortgage loans. None of this is good for the US economic outlook.
–SNIP–In order to maintain the net interest margin for banks at +/- $100 billion per quarter, the Fed is robbing US savers, including companies, investors and the elderly, of almost the same amount each quarter in badly needed income.
Read more by Christopher Whalen at Breitbart.com
Is America Really a Superpower If It Can’t Even Produce The Lead For Its Own Bullets? — The Mess of the Doe Run Lead Smelter
The systematic dismantling of America from within its own walls continues. In one case of many, this one falls under crippling and shutting down critical industry via environmental regulation.
Read more at glblgeopolitics.wordpress.com
Confessions of a Quantitative Easer
We went on a bond-buying spree that was supposed to help Main Street. Instead, it was a feast for Wall Street.
–SNIP– Where are we today? The Fed keeps buying roughly $85 billion in bonds a month, chronically delaying so much as a minor QE taper. Over five years, its bond purchases have come to more than $4 trillion. Amazingly, in a supposedly free-market nation, QE has become the largest financial-markets intervention by any government in world history.
And the impact? Even by the Fed’s sunniest calculations, aggressive QE over five years has generated only a few percentage points of U.S. growth. By contrast, experts outside the Fed, such as Mohammed El Erian at the Pimco investment firm, suggest that the Fed may have created and spent over $4 trillion for a total return of as little as 0.25% of GDP (i.e., a mere $40 billion bump in U.S. economic output). Both of those estimates indicate that QE isn’t really working.
Read more by Andrew Huszar at WSJ.com
Just more ink-and-paper tickets being created.
We all keep hearing how minimum wage is never enough and prices keep going up. Why? Devalued money is why. Our dollar is based on debt not actual value. Remember when a dime was a dime’s worth of silver? Me either I wasn’t born yet. We just grew up with this federal reserve fiat money. What value the government gives government can take away. The more you print with no value to back it up the less it’s worth. That means it takes more to buy the same product than it used to. Thomas Jefferson warned us of this :
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] . . . will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” — Thomas Jefferson — The Debate Over The Recharter Of The Bank Bill, (1809)
Here’s a cool US Inflation Calculator. See for yourself
From Conservatarian Times
Recent comments by the head of the Bank of England, the U.K.’s powerful central bank, offered further evidence that Western central bankers are preparing to shower even greater quantities of fiat currency on private banks and financial institutions — all at public expense. Already, tens of trillions of dollars’ worth of debt-based currency has been created out of thin air by the Federal Reserve, the BoE, the European Central Bank, and other central banks to prop up private mega-banks and wild spending sprees by government amid the economic crisis. With help and guidance from the BoE’s new governor, Mark Carney, analysts say all of that appears set to accelerate.
Read more by Alex Newman at TheNewAmerican.com
The Obama administration has performed the unique trick of alienating the majority of our most important allies, while at the same time causing America to be viewed as a patsy by its enemies.
The situation is bound to get worse now that the administration has taken the position that most financial institutions outside the United States are conspiring to help Americans and others avoid U.S. taxes and, thus, is attempting to require all of these foreign financial institutions to report to — and, in effect, become agents of — the Internal Revenue Service.
A global revolt is brewing against the United States for being an international financial bully. The consequences of this revolt are likely to be extremely damaging and long-lasting to the nation.
Read more by Richard Rahn at ToThePointNews.com
If you live in a middle-class household, you generally expect your needs to be met through the marketplace. You buy or rent housing in the real estate market. When you aren’t driving your own car, you catch a taxicab or maybe even hire a limo. You or your employer buy health insurance, and you choose your doctor in the medical marketplace.
For most poor families, the experience is very different. Regulations designed to protect entrenched special interests have succeeded in raising the costs of basic services so much that low-income families have been priced out of the market for many essential services. Middle-class and poor communities differ not just by income. For the middle class, basic needs are met by markets and they benefit from the customer-pleasing innovations that competition produces. All too often, the poor must turn to public programs with all of the customer-pleasing attributes of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Take housing, for example. The cheapest form of housing is small, prefabricated homes for zero-lot developments. However, zoning regulations in most cities outlaw them — an act that effectively doubles the price of the cheapest housing. There are also other expensive restrictions on new housing, such as forcing builders to build on bigger lots and mandating specific types of materials and construction methods. Regulations vary widely across the United States. In Houston, a less restrictive city, regulatory costs add about $13,200 to the price of an average home. In San Diego, a multitude of regulations add $240,000. These cost-increasing regulations have essentially priced many low-income residents out of the market for a private home, forcing them to turn to public housing instead.
Then there is transportation . . .
Read more by John Goodman from Oct 22, 2011 at Townhall
How do you solve a problem if you refuse to admit you have one — or if you delude yourself into thinking it’s not as bad as it actually is? The answer: You don’t.
You might minimize symptoms and make some progress. But unless you address the root cause, you will not find a real long-term solution.
Unfortunately, far too many politicians in Washington refuse to acknowledge — and as a result, never accurately describe — the challenges currently facing America. I’m not sure why so many choose to keep their heads in the sand, but their state of denial is proving to be a significant impediment to developing solutions.
Read more by Sen. Ron Johnson at Investor’s Business Daily
This is sheer madness. the people that are already citizens will be put on the back burner for US businesses that are at least 50+ to choose illegals over the citizens. Basically if you hire a citizen over one of the new 11 million legalized you (the business owner) will be penalized $5000 per head!
The Fed fails to grasp that an interest rate is a price, the price of time. Attempting to manipulate that price is as destructive as any other government price control.
To know what is wrong with the Federal Reserve, one must first understand the nature of money. Money is like any other good in our economy that emerges from the market to satisfy the needs and wants of consumers. Its particular usefulness is that it helps facilitate indirect exchange, making it easier for us to buy and sell goods because there is a common way of measuring their value. Money is not a government phenomenon, and it need not and should not be managed by government. When central banks like the Fed manage money they are engaging in price fixing, which leads not to prosperity but to disaster.
The Federal Reserve has caused every single boom and bust that has occurred in this country since the bank’s creation in 1913. It pumps new money into the financial system to lower interest rates and spur the economy. Adding new money increases the supply of money, making the price of money over time—the interest rate—lower than the market would make it. These lower interest rates affect the allocation of resources, causing capital to be malinvested throughout the economy. So certain projects and ventures that appear profitable when funded at artificially low interest rates are not in fact the best use of those resources.
Read more by Ron Paul at the Wall Street Journal
And liberals don’t: Hispanics want the American dream, not government dependency.
Who would have thought that a Walmart commercial could make me shed a tear and then jump out of my chair, pump my fist in the air and yell out loud “Yes”?
Well, that’s exactly what happened a couple years ago when I first saw a commercial about Noemi Flores, a middle-aged Hispanic woman who earned her 20-years-of-service badge from Walmart.
Read more by Rachel Campos-Duffy at NationalReview.com
View Local Restrictions on Kid-Run Concession Stands in a larger map
Red = Town has previously shut down kid-run concession stands.
Yellow = Town says kid-run concession stands are illegal unless the kids obtain at least one city permit.
Green = Town permits kid-run concession stands without requiring any permits.
The map above from the Freedom Center of Missouri shows the “Government War on Kid-Run Concession Stands,” where the 24 red flags indicate a town that has shut down a kid-run concession stand (the list goes back as far as 1990, but there were nine just so far this year), the four yellow flags are cities that require kids to get at least one city permit to operate a concession stand, and the the green flags are the only two cities in America that have officially stated that they will allow kids to operate concession stands without any permits: Chadron, Nebraska, which actually encourages kid-run lemonade stands, and Nashville.
Read more at Mark J. Perry’s blog: CARPE DIEM
Originally from Freedom Center of Missouri
The Path to Prosperity (Episode 1): America’s two futures, visualized
The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2): Saving Medicare, Visualized
Path to Prosperity (Episode 3): 3 Steps to Pro-Growth Tax Reform — VISUALIZED
You want to fix this economic crisis? You want to put people back to work? You want to light a fire under the economy?
There’s a way to do it. Fast. And relatively simple.
But you’re not going to like it. You’re not going to like it at all.
Default. A national Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The fastest way to fix this mess is to see tens of millions of homeowners default on their mortgages and other debts, and millions more file for bankruptcy.
I told you that you wouldn’t like it.
I don’t like it much either. It sticks in the craw that people got to borrow all that money and won’t have to pay it back.
But you know what? The time to stop that was five or 10 years ago, when the money was being lent.
And mass Chapter 11 is, by far, the least obnoxious solution to our problems.
Read more by Brett Arends at MarketWatch
Even after seven years of writing macroeconomic analysis for the liberty movement and bearing witness to astonishing displays of financial and political stupidity by more “skeptics” than I can count, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of blind faith average Americans place in the strength of the U.S. dollar. One could explain in vast categorical detail the history of fiat currencies, the inevitable destruction caused by inflationary printing and the conundrum caused when any country decides to monetize its own debt just to stay afloat — often, to no avail.
Bank bailouts, mortgage company bailouts, Treasury bond bailouts, stock market bailouts, bailouts of foreign institutions: None of this seems to phase the gibbering bobbleheaded followers of the Federal Reserve cult. Logic and reason and wisdom bounce like whiffle balls off their thick skulls. They simply parrot one of two painfully predictable arguments:
Read more by Brandon Smith at PersonalLiberty.com