Posts Tagged ‘Inflation’
Hyperinflation in the U.S. hasn’t happened for quite some time. The last two instances that come to mind are confederate money in the 1860s and the continentals in the 1770s. In both these cases, governments used inflation to finance wars because their tax systems were weak.
A strong tax system (from the government’s perspective) has several aspects. It has a large productive capacity that it can tax without causing production to decline by a great deal. It can enforce tax collections. The required taxes are low compared to the overall government spending.
The U.S. tax system is not weak, but it is weakening. The productive capacity is difficult to evaluate, but it too has probably weakened. The U.S. economy has a large government sector (at least 40 percent) that is relatively inefficient. It also interferes with and distorts the private economy. The federal government has not been able to finance its spending by current taxes in a long time. Instead it has resorted to borrowing (deficit spending) and inflation. The results are a large national debt and a depreciating currency.
U.S. government financing has weakened further in the past year. The government is borrowing very heavily to pay for such actions as the absorption of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, bailouts of AIG and large banks, and the rest of the Troubled Assets Relief Program. A short while ago, the government sent out $160 billions of dollars of tax rebates. Meanwhile the Fed has, on its own and with government cooperation, vastly increased credits to the private economy. This has dramatically inflated the monetary base.
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- Intro (on this page, above)
- Chapter 1: Three Beliefs (Time: 1:46)
- Chapter 2: The Three “E”s (Time: 1:38)
- Chapter 3: Exponential Growth UPDATED! – November 3 (Time: 6:20)
- Chapter 4: Compounding is the Problem (Time: 3:06)
- Chapter 5: Growth vs. Prosperity (Time: 3:40)
- Chapter 6: What is Money? (Time: 5:55)
- Chapter 7: Money Creation (Time: 4:19)
- Chapter 8: The Fed – Money Creation (Time: 7:13)
- Chapter 9: A Brief History of US Money (Time: 7:14)
- Chapter 10: Inflation (Time: 11:48)
- Chapter 11: How Much Is A Trillion? (Time: 3:28)
- Chapter 12: Debt (Time: 12:32)
- Chapter 13: A National Failure To Save (Time: 12:06)
- Chapter 14: Assets & Demographics (Time: 13:41)
- Chapter 15: Bubbles (Time: 14:10)
- Chapter 16: Fuzzy Numbers (Time: 15:52)
- Chapter 17: PART A: Peak Oil (Time: 17:52)
- Chapter 17: PART B: Energy Budgeting (Time: 12:15)
- Chapter 17: PART C: Energy And The Economy (Time: 7:05)
- Chapter 18: Environmental Data (Time: 16:22)
- Chapter 19: Future Shock (Time: 8:02)
- Chapter 20: What Should I Do? NEW! – October 22 (Time: 19:48)
Pastor Lindsey Williams (author of The Energy Non-Crisis) predicted in July of 2008 that the price of crude oil would drop from over $100. dollars to $50. dollars. Many laughed, but now the price is at $49.00.
Here is his most recent prediction.
He tried to explain why men on Wall Street had jumped from skyscrapers……… because, why? Because all the businessmen realized at once, on the same morning, that paper money was only paper. What Terrible fools. What did they think it was? – Annie Dillard
When everything is worth money, then money is worth nothing.
— David Byrne
In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don’t have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all. —Denis Diderot
— Michael Albert
— Leo Horrigan