The kind of impact [our economy is] going to have will not be like flying into the side of a mountain. It will be the kind of crash that skids over land, clipping trees and buildings until the plane ends up wingless in a smoldering heap. I just hope the fuel tanks don’t ignite when the long rough ride is over. [Let me explain.] Words: 832
So says Greg Hunter (USAWatchdog.com) in edited excerpts from an article* which Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (It’s all about Money!), has further edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and reformatted below for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. Please note that this paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement. Hunter goes on to say:
Watching mainstream media you would think a one notch downgrade to America’s debt doesn’t really matter… – [that] the first U.S. debt downgrade in history was no big deal. That, I say, is positively absurd!
The gold market must think the same thing I do because…the price of the yellow metal [has] shot up…[to an] all-time high… [while,] on the other hand, stock prices have gone much lower… (I wonder if the Plunge Protection Team (aka the Presidents Working Group on Financial Markets) will step in front of this runaway locomotive.)
China also thinks the U.S. debt downgrade is a big deal and a big negative future trend… In comments emailed to CNBC, Guan Jianzhong, chairman of Dagong Global Credit Rating, said the currency is “gradually being discarded by the world,” and the “process will be irreversible.”
There are those…who say the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating will be a “wake-up call” for Washington politicians…[and] might pull both parties together [to] get something done for the good of the country and finally deal with the immense problem of debt spending and entitlements. [While] I think this will end up becoming a battle cry for both Democrats and Republicans in the 2012 election [it would appear that, with] both blaming one another for the downgrade,…both parties know the economy cannot be fixed anytime soon, let alone before the 2012 election, so the blame game is what we will be stuck with as the American economy continues to sink.
Forget about the “Select Committee” of 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans getting any deficit reduction deal. The fight over spending cuts and tax increases is stuck in a feedback loop. That is part of the reason why S&P cut the credit rating of the U.S. Nothing is going to get done on the debt, at least not before the country goes off a financial cliff. In cutting U.S. debt, S&P also ultimately cut the value of the dollar. Almost all borrowing costs at all levels will rise, and the dollar will sink right along with the slowing economy.
According to economist John Williams of Shadowstats.com, $12 trillion liquid dollar assets are held outside the U.S. (dollars and Treasuries) [and] if the holders of these assets throw in the towel and cash out, there could be a severe dollar sell off that could spike inflation, cause interest rates to surge and eventually plunge the country into a hyperinflationary depression. A special Shadowstats.com report just put out says:
Lack of confidence in the U.S. dollar has been pushed to a new and more dangerous nadir in the last two weeks. Dollar selling has been exacerbated by the contentious and virtually meaningless debt deal negotiated by the President and Congress, by Standard & Poor’s downgrading the rating on U.S. Treasuries to “AA+” from “AAA,” and by mounting market recognition of the ongoing U.S. economic and systemic-solvency crises…The dollar’s back is close to being broken. Despite near-term interventions and extreme volatility, the heavy dollar selling that follows will be highly inflationary. . .
The kind of impact we are going to have will not be like flying into the side of a mountain. It will be the kind of crash that skids over land, clipping trees and buildings until the plane ends up wingless in a smoldering heap. I just hope the fuel tanks don’t ignite when the long rough ride is over.
- America’s Future: Growing Deficit, Shrinking Economy, Imploding Dollar and Exploding Inflation http://www.munknee.com/2011/08/americas-future-a-growing-deficit-shrinking-economy-imploding-dollar-and-exploding-inflation/
- Bill Gross: 4 Ways U.S. Might Reduce Current/Future Liabilities http://www.munknee.com/2011/08/bill-gross-4-ways-u-s-might-reduce-currentfuture-liabilities/
- Get Ready: More Taxes/Less Tax Breaks are Coming! http://www.munknee.com/2011/07/get-ready-more-taxesless-tax-breaks-are-coming/
- These Indicators Say Inflation to Go to 4% Soon – and 6% by 2014 http://www.munknee.com/2011/06/these-indicators-say-inflation-to-go-to-4-soon-and-6-by-2014/
- Understanding Inflation: It’s Here – and It’s Going to Get Worse, Much Worse! http://www.munknee.com/2011/03/understanding-inflation-its-here-and-its-going-to-get-worse-much-worse/
- “The Great Dollar Devaluation Disaster” is Only Just Beginning – and the Intended Victim is YOU!http://www.munknee.com/2011/01/the-great-dollar-devaluation-disaster-is-only-just-beginning-and-you-are-the-intended-victim/
- “Financial Repression” May Soon Become Our Worst Nightmare! Here’s Why http://www.munknee.com/2011/06/%e2%80%9cfinancial-repression%e2%80%9d-may-soon-become-our-worst-nightmare-heres-why/
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