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“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, 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
Does this chart portray an economic recovery in any way? Wages have been stagnant since the START of the supposed recovery in 2010. Real median household income, even using the highly understated CPI, is on a glide path to oblivion. You just need to observe with your own two eyes the number of Space Available signs in front of office buildings, strip centers and malls across America to realize we have further to fall. Low paying, part-time burger flipping jobs aren’t going to revive this debt saturated economic system. But at least the .1% are enjoying their Federal Reserve created high. Fiat is a powerful drug when administered in large doses to addicts on Wall Street.
The S&P 500 has risen from 666 in March of 2009 to 1,972 today. That is a 196% increase in a little over five years. During this same time, real household income has fallen by 7%. There have been a few million jobs added, while 11 million people have left the labor market. According to Robert Shiller’s CAPE ratio, the stock market valuation has only been higher, three times in history – 1929, 1999, and 2007. He seems flabbergasted by why valuations are so high. Sometimes really smart people can act really dumb.
The Federal Reserve balance sheet was $900 billion before the 2008 financial crisis. Today it stands at $4.4 trillion. The Fed has increased their balance sheet by 220% since the March 2009 market lows. Do you think there is any correlation between the Fed puppets printing $2.4 trillion and handing it to their Wall Street puppeteers, who used their high frequency trading supercomputers and ability to rig the markets so they never lose, and the third stock bubble in the last 13 years? It’s so self evident that only an Ivy League economist or CNBC anchor wouldn’t be able to see it.
Let’s look at the amazing stock market recovery without Federal Reserve heroine pumped into the veins of Wall Street banker addicts. If you divide the S&P 500 Index by the size of the Federal reserve balance sheet, you see the true purpose of QE1, QE2, and QE3. It wasn’t to save Main Street. It was to save Wall Street. Without the Federal Reserve funneling fiat to the .1% banking cabal and creating inflation in energy, food, and other basic necessities for the 99.9%, there is no stock market recovery. The recovery has occurred in Manhattan and the Hamptons. It’s been non-existent for the vast majority of people in this country. The wealth effect and trickle down theory have been disproved in spades. The only thing trickling down on the former middle class from the Fed is warm and yellow.
The entire stock market advance has been created on record low trading volumes and record high levels of monetary manipulation. Even though the Federal Reserve has driven senior citizens further into poverty with 0% interest rates, those with common sense have refused to be lured back into the lion’s den. They have parked record levels of fiat in no interest bank and money market accounts. They are tired of being muppets.
Quantitative easing was supposed to force little old ladies into the stock market and consumers to spend their debased dollars before they lost more value. The spending would revive the dormant economy just as the Keynesian text books promised. It didn’t happen. The peasants haven’t cooperated. Quantitative easing and ZIRP sapped the life from the middle class as their wages have stagnated and their living expenses have skyrocketed. Mission Accomplished by the Fed. Of course, the CNBC bimbos and shills would declare this $10.8 trillion to be money on the sidelines ready to boost the stock market ever higher. I love that storyline. It never grows old.
The MSM, government and Wall Street continue to flog the story about a housing recovery. It’s been nothing but a confidence game based upon the Fed’s easy money and the Wall Street scheme to buy up foreclosed properties with the Fed’s money. The scheme was to artificially boost home prices by restricting home supply through foreclosure manipulation, in order to allow the insolvent Wall Street banks to get out from under their billions in toxic mortgage loans.
Shockingly, the Case Shiller home price index has soared by 25% since 2012 despite first time home buyers being virtually non-existent and mortgage applications plunging to 14 year lows. How could that be? Don’t people need mortgages to buy houses? Isn’t real demand necessary to drive prices higher? Not when Uncle Ben and Madam Yellen are in charge of the printing press. Housing bubble 2.0 has arrived. I wonder if the Federal Reserve balance sheet increase of 50% since 2012 have anything to do with the new housing bubble.
It seems a similar result is obtained when dividing the Case Shiller Index by the size of the Fed’s balance sheet. The real housing market for real people is worse than it was in 2009. The national home price increase has been centered in the usual speculative markets, aided and abetted by the Fed’s easy money, managed by the Wall Street hedge funds, and exacerbated by the late arriving flippers who will be left holding the bag again. The Fed/ Wall Street scheme has priced young people out of the market and has failed to ignite the desired Keynesian impact. Investors/flippers account for 34% of all home sales. Foreigners with no knowledge of value metrics account for 30% of all home sales. The lesson of history is that most people don’t learn the lessons of history. The 2nd housing bubble in seven years is seeking a pin.
If ever you needed proof of the confidence game in its full glory, the chart below from Zero Hedge says it all. Mortgage rates have been falling for the past year, home builders have been reporting soaring confidence about the future, and the National Association of Realtors keeps predicting a surge in home buying any minute now. One small problem. Mortgage applications are in free fall, new home sales are at 1991 levels, and existing home sales are falling. Home prices have peaked and are beginning to roll over. The Wall Street hedgies are all looking to exit stage left. Young people are saddled with over a trillion of government issued student loan debt and millions of older subprime borrowers have been lured into more auto loan debt. Home sales will be stagnant for the next decade.
Quantitative easing will cease come October, unless Yellen and Wall Street can create a new “crisis” to cure with more money printing. By every valuation measure used over the last 100 years, stocks are overvalued by at least 50%. By historical measures, home prices are overvalued by at least 30%. Ten year Treasuries are yielding 2.4%, while true inflation is north of 5%. With real interest rates deep in negative territory, the bond market is even more overvalued than stocks or houses. These simultaneous bubbles have been created by the Federal Reserve in a desperate attempt to keep this debt laden ship afloat. Their solution to a ship listing from too much debt was to load it down with trillions more in debt. The ship is taking on water rapidly.
We had a choice. We could have bitten the bullet in 2008 and accepted the consequences of decades of decadence, frivolity, materialism, delusion and debt accumulation. A steep sharp depression which would have purged the system of debt and punished those who created the disaster would have ensued. The masses would have suffered, but the rich and powerful bankers would have suffered the most. Today, the economy would be revived, saving and investing would be generating needed capital for expansion, and banks would be doing what they are supposed to do – lending money to businesses and individuals. Instead, the Wall Street bankers won the battle and continue to pillage and loot the national wealth while impoverishing the masses.
The arrogance, hubris and contempt for morality displayed by the ruling class is breathtaking to behold. They think they are untouchable and impervious to norms followed by the rest of society. They may have won the opening battle, but will lose the war. Discontent among the masses grows by the day. The critical thinking citizens are growing restless and angry. They are beginning to grasp the true enemy. The system has been captured by a few malevolent men. When the stock, bond and housing bubbles all implode simultaneously, all hell will break loose in this country. It will make Ferguson, Missouri look like a walk in the park. I wonder if the occupants of the Eccles building in Washington DC will get out alive.
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” – Henry Ford
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yes, and while we are on the subject of “how much money we make”…how do we justify house prices so high(around year 2002 prices), when we make FAR less than we did in year 2000, thanks to inflation? when interest rates finally start to rise, and they WILL, house prices will crash back to 1980 levels. WE CAN’T PAY THOSE HIGH PAYMENTS NO MOE!
BTW….i went to the hospital 2 days ago. now why the HELL did they have to go and shave my privates? it gets kinda itchy after a couple days… you know what i’m talkin about ladies, when you go to have a baby they do that, but what the hell??? i was just there visiting a friend.
All one has to do is go to the supermarket and see just what a nightmare it is to just what you can purchase, but especially with what YOU CAN’T PURCHASE. Yet leave it to the MSM and the government to convince so many that the golden age of prosperity is not only coming, but it is here and we should all enjoy it. How many ways can the masses be royally screwed and still not be able to figure out just how bad things really are? Stupid is more infectious than the flu.
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“supermarket” says it all…..
All these charts are well and good for those following such mind-boggling data; but, for the average person, the prices at the markets and retail stores for goods, is what matters day in and day out.
If one wants a chart to look at that tells the “real” story, then make or locate a chart of the “annual average gas prices since 2000.
A few years back, we started driving to the Great Smokey Mtns. National Park area for long weekends/mini vacations, several times a year. Along that route, there is an old closed down country store and gas station.
The gas company sign with the prices for regular/premium/diesel is still intact with the prices still posted. Reality check! you betcha….since the price for a gallon of regular was $1.48.
Out of curiosity, I looked up the data and found the last time price was at that level was around the year 2000.
Except for two brief dips in the price for a gallon of regular gas, the annual gas prices have went up every year to now more than double what it was back then.
Accordingly, the cost of products and services have gone up also. Fuel prices can vary by as much as 25 cents every six months, up or down;…………but,
Food prices at the supermarkets? They never go back down.
It’s not only at the markets either. Example:
We used to order a chopped steak dinner “to go” occasionaly, at one of our local steak house restaurants.
This past weekend, the little woman mentioned that it had been close to two years since we had gotten that meal so we decided to call an order in and bring it home for supper.
Well guess what? The meal of chopped steak,baked potato and salad w/bread used to cost about $8.00 with tax.(a pretty good deal and great food).
It now cost nearly $13.00 with tax.
If my math is correct, that is about a 60% increase in just two years.
And people wonder where there $$$ goes.
In the fill holes and out the exhaust holes…..
inflation is so insideous(sorry, got rid of my spellchick). it creeps up on US slowly, so we don’t really feel it right away. and it’s the leaders of our country that WANT it that way, or else it wouldn’t HAPPEN! right NOW we got janet yellen working like a dog to MAKE prices rise. it’s all by design, and the american public isn’t in the streets with pitchforks and torches?
Graphs schmaffs, we’ll be o.k. The Long-legged Mack Daddy will take care of us.
It is called INCOME RE-DISTRIBUTION!!! I you would follow an EBT shopper through the grocery store you would find who buys the best cuts of steak and lobster. It is infuriating to try to economize on all I buy, then watch the gimme-dats eating that which I cannot even dream of eating. Sometime in the near future there has to be some kind of reset. And to watch the riots in Ferguson, Mo., If there is a reset in the near future, I suspect that most of those women marching in said marches could probably go 2-3 months without eating. Most that I observed marching were at least 3 axe handles across the posterior. Oh well, keep prepping and stacking. God help us all!
can I give you 50 thumbs up?
Interactive Map – See where all the Military Gear is going. Use your Mouse Pointer over your Country map and see what your County got. Night vision Gear, Helicopters, MRAPS, Assault Rifles, Grenade Launchers. Tell me why police Depts need Grenade Launchers?
That map is just plain scary!!! Now I know why the gov’t needed 1.2 billion rounds of ammo!
I don’t need no stinking chart, I got eyes that see, ears that listen and a mind that questions.
Anecdotal observation, our local Guitar Center’s inventory is way down, a lot of open floor space that use to be filled with product.
just had to buy a guitar for my son in 6th grade band…no reason to buy at guitar center when there was HUNDREDS of them on craigslist for CHEAP…bought a yamaha bass with amp for 100$…now if that don’t say deflation is on the way, i don’t know what does….actually it’s going to be STAGflation….defined: when the price of things you WANT goes down, but the price of things you NEED goes UP.
I don’t buy used harmonicas, you don’t know who’s lips have been on there or where they’ve been. I do agree about deals can be had on craigslist.
>>”How many ways can the masses be royally screwed and still not be able to figure out just how bad things really are?”<<
The only thing I can attribute this phenomena to is the fact that the vast majority of Americans are born and bred into a system where they are conditioned to be obedient followers, not independent thinkers or leaders.
The chosen leaders send their offspring to progressive Ivy League schools so they can be future leaders. The rest of society is conditioned to fear 'authority', either law enforcement or their 'very own elected officials', so they dutifully continue paying taxes into a pyramid/Ponzi economic system that would instantly collapse without their willing compliance.
I'm not an anthropologist or geneticist so I cannot discuss intelligently why some racial groups appear to be more easily corrupted, conditioned, and controlled than other groups, but clearly this is the case. The term Willing Slaves comes to mind B.I.
As the saying goes, "I cannot define hardcore pornography, but I know it when I see it."
I’ve worked a couple MIT’ers and Ivy League’ers. The only differentiating characteristic I’ve seen them have in common is they were each very self-serving and none of them pulled the rope with the team. Maybe that’s the secret as I’ve always been the opposite and done whatever needed for the team to succeed.
Under normal conditions team work is very important and yields synergy. Under a crisis situation team work can literally be the difference between life and death. Self serving individuals may profit greatly under normal conditions by stabbing co-workers in the back for a percentage, but when the SHTF they’re usually the ones left hanging in the breeze to fend for themselves, as it should be.
Because it’s fun! Why else? They do it for hernia operations too, as well as vasectomies. Perverted little nurses.
re-infection rate would be higher if they didn’t. Why am I even responding to you?
BTW, this was a great article. Two contentions I have are mortgage rates might be down as they might be back to normal after all those re-fi’s from all the liar loans. And, I don’t think there will be any end to money printing. It costs them nothing. They will disguise it. Maybe use leverage ratios. Or something exotic; but, its money printing in the end. How do you turn 900B into 4.4T in 5 years? You print it!
Shaving Ryan’s Privates…
Great article Jim Quinn. Whoever you are. I will know more about you before this day is out because you sir have managed to gather all the facts most of which I already knew and put them to paper in a easy to understand manner. Thank you!
What I don’t understand is why you think the Feds will stop the printing? These people have managed to string this out for this long in oh so many ways and very creative at that. Just when I think they have painted themselves into a corner, Voila! They take another tact such as lowering the Fannie Mae – Freddie Mac requiements for first time buyers.
I have a small business dealing with distressed properties and know for a fact that 80% of the loan modification loans made 3-4-5 years ago are now back in distressed mode due to them all being AMR loans who interest has ovcer the last 4-5 years caused loan payments to baloon back t the point they were when the people went into foreclosure the first time. Couple that with declining wages and there is now way these people will ever save thier homes. The goverment tried to stop them but only delayed the inevitable.
Vacant houses from the first big foreclosure period 07 – 10 are about 22% at this point. Meaning that 22% of foreclosed home are still sitting empty and are not and will not be put on the sale block as it would depress the home equities market and collapse real estate prices.
But the new hosung starts are reported to increase almost every month. Applications for loan are also always reported as being up month or month yet what they don’t tell you is that 90% of those applications are turned down.
The only way anyone can get a new home loan these days is if they can put down 50% or or a Amortized Loan with Primary Mortgage Insurance meaning that the Federal Government guarantees the loaning bank that if the loan defaults the Fannir Mae / Freddie Mac ie the US government will pay the bank off.
That is where 80% of the fiat currency that is being printed has and still is going is straight into the banks pockets to pay off all the defaulted home loans over the last 7-8 years.
Anyway I get going on this crap and don’t stop. In a nut shell I don’t see how the cycle will stop till no one else in this world stops accepting our money. And with the shape of the rest of the world that could be a long time. Why do you think our stock market…Gotta stop or will stroke out.
When the printing stops… (and it will have to soon), That is the begining of some VERY bad times world wide…. get ready soon!!!! PRAY, PLAN, PREP, FORM TEAMS.
The Case Shiller Index* That the first clue. SHILL. The entire system I’d run by y the same Shill Tribe. Yes we have awoke.. BTW/ STOP DOING BUSINESS WITH ALL BANKS!! Move all your banking to your local Credit Union. All checking all credit cards car loans and mortgages. A CU has way cheapet rated and will treat you with respect. Unlike a Bank that skims money off your accounts with excessive bank fees. Get away from the Joo tribe.
The cop in MO will be crucified to appease the pavement apes. Note that I am by no means a cop lover, and all the facts are not in. What facts are known don’t (in the least) support the narrative of “St Mike”.
You are correct, it doesn’t matter what the facts are at this point, the cop will have one hell of a bumpy ride. If cleared, the guard will have to stay in MO for quite some time. If it was a bad shoot, well he’s toast in the pen. There is no good way out because of all the rush to judgment and media agitation.
The cop will NEVER hit the Penitentiary. THE WORST he’ll get, is transferred to another area after his paid vacation ends.
I have to agree that this officer will have a rough row to how against the injustice dept. headed by Eric (The Red) Holder. However, if he is found not guilty, I fear that this insurrection in Mo. may go nationwide. How’s that Hopey-Changey crap working out for all you obammy voters? We that have been prepping have seen this crap coming for quite some time now, and I personnaly believe that this is exactly what the overlords in D.C. have been preparing for. This plan is coming together like dogs in heat. Keep prepping. This may evolve to a national event. If it goes viral, get out of those inner-city areas and to the BOL.
You do know that ISIS is encouraging the protesters in Missouri? They have also been encouraging all who are sympathetic to their cause to go to Missouri to help the voice against the establishment.
Real estate is a business of OPINION.
Never forget that.
Think about what that means.
And remember: it is far more important to borrow as little as possible than to get a low interest rate. It’s the total debt that counts, not the interest rate at which it’s borrowed. Interest rates can and do change, but total debt balance goes down slowly as payments are made over many years.
Best is NO debt by paying cash.
I’m a little confused, For over 3 years I’ve followed this site, the one thing that keeps popping up in comments is “revolution” and throwing down in the streets, “fighting back against tyranny”.
Yet, when it actually starts happening, you mock the people who have had enough, and hit the streets.
What if it does spread country-wide? What if people all over this country ARE getting pissed off?
What’s the matter, this wasn’t the right motive for you?
Is there a “proper” motive to make throwing fire bombs at riot police okay? Of course there is.
I guess what’s getting to me is, many people here openly advocate literally and physically fighting back against govt tyranny, yet when ordinary sheeple actually awaken and do so, we mock them.
“It’s just what TPTB want, we say.
Well, MAYBE IT IS WHAT THEY WANT…so what?
TPTB will implement martial law at their whim, whether or not the masses get “unruly”. They won’t be letting us control them anytime soon.
When people hit the streets against tyranny, IT WILL ALWAYS BE CONSIDERED IMPROPER BY THE AUTHORITIES, no matter the motivation of the people is.
UPRISINGS DON’T WAIT FOR PERMISSION.
i’ll take this one, sixpack…..you will ALWAYS have part of the population thinking everythings alright(against protesting)….and part thinkin’ it’s time for the revolution….it’s just the nature of the beast. that, and the dumb masses have been programmed to obey/comply……happy 1984!
London realty prices are collapsing this week.
It’s been said many times before, but here again in case you missed it:
Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves. — Norm Franz
Which category do most people fall into? Yep…that one.
It’s really sad to say, because I have been debt-free since 2003 and will never go back, but… had I been a bit smarter, I would have taken on debt over the past decade whether in real-estate or business, because I would have had a hell of a lot more financial resources today had I abandoned the “old path” and taken on the new.
I’m not trying to be facetious here, but really, if you had lived in Japan for the past twenty years with ZIRP, SHOULDN’T you have taken on debt, simply as a wise investment?
It appears so.
Savers are being punished while borrowers are being rewarded, and that goes beyond houses. Hell, even in the past couple of years, I would have made out like a bandit to have borrowed money and invested it in the S & P.
Further, while I agree that when interest rates do rise, housing will fall back to levels not seen in the 80’s, wasn’t I a dope for not borrowing money during that paradigm to have participated in the housing boom? Yes, yes I was.
And if the fed keeps things at ZIRP for then next twenty years here too? Will I be smart for staying debt free? I doubt it.
That said, I’m still debt free.
jeb – being debt free equals a small step towards freedom from the elite’s manipulations and the ability to sleep at night in such an unnatural environment.
Part of me feels the same way – my mortgaged property back in Londistan would have made me a fantastic paper profit had I stayed. However being debt free living in one of the technically poorest parts of the UK has given me peace of mind. If nothing else it allows me to home school my lad – so releasing my child from the mental indoctrination prison that passes for a state “education” nowadays. Sometimes true riches are not those that get written in the money lenders ledgers.
When I wobble I remind myself of what the bible teaches us about financial greed and usery. May not work for everyone but it works for me. In the meantime I’ll just keep saving for the items we need and learn not to lust after those “wants”.
Opting out of their system as far as you can while still being able to survive on a day to day basis seems to me to be the safest way to go. They won’t inform the likes of us when they are going to pull the plug and bring the house of cards down. It’s so important to remember that in the last major depression debt game of the 1930’s many previously seemingingly comfortably off Americans starved to death when the music stopped. There’s no good reason to believe the same won’t happen again this time around.
Since Fukishima Japan as a nation is a dead man walking, whether or not the MSM wants to admit it. All the financial games in the world can’t change that.
Ignore the man behind the curtain, all is well, the Great and powerful OZ has spoken
Numbers hurt my head unless I’m counting ammo.
We owe a lot to Thomas Edison-if it wasn’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.
Yea, special thanks to jp morgan for funding and controlling Edisons stolen idea.
As Nikolai Tesla and Sears have demonstrated, good will towards the consumer means nothing to the stupid fools who prefer fancy marketing. Just pop in on any college marketing class. It’s a cut throat doctrine being instilled into students that tells them people are idiots and need to be lied to. Unfortunately, they’ve been proven right by the masses time and again.
We’d probably be far more advanced technologically if people actually cared about progress or innovation, but people are more concerned about keeping up with the Joneses.
Off Topic – Re: Volcano in Iceland
@ Be Informed – On Drudge today, it stated that Iceland
is concerned about their volcano. There has been a lot of activity surrounding it.
Link – http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-08-18/aviation-body-warned-over-iceland-volcano-disruption/
So, Mr. Quinn, tell me something I didn’t know already from reading Denninger.
this blog and denninger are THE MOST important pages a person could read EVERY DAY!
have gun, rope and shovel, an willing to travel.
I doubt you’re really willing to do it. You’re part of that species which has nothing more than a mind infected with sin, and a keyboard for a mouth.
when the right time comes…
the zio-jews will pay for 9/11 and every other crime they have committed against once free once sovereign America.
that i promise.
I’ll second that. Grafique you and your tribe can rest assure. As my grandpa told me, you species are only good at lies about 6M imaginary numbers.
Cogent,well-thought out article,
It seems that the ‘unwashed masses are just now on the verge of actually realizing that something “…just ain’t right with this PICTURE.”
Glory Be!…took long enough.
A fellow over at ZH (in one of the column comments sections) recently noted that data relative to the value of PM’s vs FRN’s since – Oh say the early 1800’s onward – shows that metals held or EXCEEDED thier original values in units of any commodity you mnight care to name (Bread, Beef, Pork and etc) in all time since, whereas all such values have plummeted in every FRN known to mankind in the same period…
Right now ‘Mom and Pop’ are sitting on the sidelines with thier heads stuck firmly in the ‘savings’ paradigm (the few for whom THAT is still feasible) and etc. while the MARKETS languish on prices set on infinitesimally small volumes of traded stocks, with those holding them SURELY Praying/HOPING for the next ‘Greater Fool’ to come along to relieve them of thier (market) Albatross, Yes?
Question: What happens when the Fed decides that the game is over, FINITE, that they don’t WANT to Play anymore? After having reduced the actual amount of printed currency steadily over the last few year to a fraction of what it was say 20 years ago…. equivalently, having FORCED a ‘digital’ system in to effect on nearly every sector of the markets (includinbg Pm’s) and all household transactions (by attrition), well …think about it; a few swift keystrokes on a keyboard via a ‘rogue algoritm’ with all the plausible deniabil;ity of that murky space and !POOF!…every market simply goes up in smoke …including all of Mom and Pop’s safely stashed cash for retirement…
Devious bastards…aren’t they?
Ferguon is but the start Kiddies, just WAIT to see wwht comes next when the prole’s actually wake up just s teeny-weeny bit more….
Got Rope? Got Guillotine?…Get Em.
“Have A Holly Jolly Christmass….”
Ho ho ho…Remember the Devil is IN the Digital.
christmas? hoo boy! THIS christmas is gonna be a duzy! let’s see how CNBS tries to cover up THIS absolutely DISMAL year for retailers.
I think the culture is going to be down the road everyone is going to be living in a trailer being towed by your pick -up truck living like a a bunch of Jipsee ?????
Yippee! Rednecks on the move and we are bringing our cousins. The Loyal Order of the White Trash Kingdom.
His name is MIKE BROWN.
AND HE DIED FOR YOUR SINS AMERICA.
shame on you.
please beat your wife
The article fails to bring into account the trade deficit. Since the early mid 70’s we’ve had a trade loss that has steadily grown. If those money spent on overseas goods hadn’t been printed up. We’d be out of money.
We needed what I call a “trade membrane”. If it costs $10 wholesale for shoes made in America. And $1 for same shoes made in China. Let the government slap $9 of tarrifs and let the shoes compete based on quality and marketing. Not that they are cheaper becaue they are slave made. The consumer isn’t hurt either.
A “trade membrane” would have kept industry in America. People employed, which keeps government support programs small. And still have competition.
What we have now is a gutted manufacturing base with poor quality products and 10 plus million out of work living of government support. Oh, and a $500 million trade loss annually. Yay for us.
americans are about to admit we aren’t the growth engine of the world anymore. actually, i guess we already HAVE admitted it. from here forward, we will find out whether we deserve to have a higher standard of living than rest of world. the spinning plates are starting to WOBBLE, soon to spin out of control, crashing to the ground. better get prepped up for it!
The rise of socialism was foretold 2000 years ago.
Socialism will lead directly to famine.
Business has definitely been slower this year than last … we were told the weather, but the weather has been great this summer. Not sure what the issues are now, but it would be nice if this economy would start rolling again.
it CAN’T recover, because for the economy to be ok, we gotta have construction JOBS. and with the banks holding back the inventory, builders won’t build, knowing they will be stuck with their inventory…..no way for the economy/housing to recover….to many houses=deflation. people got their credit cards maxed out too….everywhere you look in america people are MAXED OUT…..individuals, cities, states, counties, feral gubmint.BANKRUPT, every damn one of them. it aint POSSIBLE to grow any time soon. but you can bet yer ASS the media will lie for the gubmint otherwise. THAT’S one thing you CAN count on.
Just planted some of your seeds in my fall rotation Mike.
Business is good in an are where people with money are running to. Others, not so much.
For everyone that is a producer, 1 or more is a taker.
Again folks, the earth doesn’t work that way. BTW, lots of changes in nature this year that many of you missed. I don’t have enough time or the will to share even a few.
I will recommend that you “don’t go down without one helluva fight”
There is no recovery.
It is smoke and mirrors.
Do not worry about it.
Be more concern on how to survive and feed your family the best you can. Keep your mouth shut and vague about your personal business
Bad days are ahead.
The Stocks Market will crash.
The Government will raid 401k’s.
Remember the purpose of this site.
That day is coming.
But, do live, do enjoy your family and activities. But be aware be prepared.
That is my opinion…..
Everything is a BIG RIP OFF. Why people are not marching in the streets in disgust is a mystery to me. Our supposed representative government is wholly owned by the private central bankers. Every war is their plan, the war to destroy America is going smoothly. The American people march like lemmings into their abyss. That their plan is to destroy us all could not be clearer. Have some guts America, stand up in opposition to the usurpers of our freedoms. Demand the end of the FED, it’s enablers, it’s wars and death and the debt slavery it controls the world with. Everybody speak up publicly, END THE FED!
WTF! YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS SHEEIT UP!
St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch visits Israel for classes on counter-terrorism
St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) – St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch will be part of a national delegation of law enforcement officials traveling to Israel next month to study counter-terrorism tactics.
Over a week long visit, the delegation will learn how Israel’s police, intelligence and security forces prevent terror attacks, and includes visits to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Tiberias. Law enforcement will be briefed by members of the Israel National Police, the Israel Defense Forces, among others.
The trip is part of the zio-jew controlled, zog dhs funded Anti-Defamation League’s National Counter-Terrorism Seminar.
(i think he failed the class.)~sarc
I can see why he went to the class.
Obullshit is letting his muslim buds come over the border now. Don’t you think that ISIS is recruiting stupid blacks and white now to cause problems in the St. Louis now. Hells bell the black panthers are their and they are mostly muslim.
Then again he might be like me get as much info as you can for some day you might have to use it to survive what TPTB are bring down on you.
hey sgt. dale … i’m a sgt. too … get a clue!
ISRAEL zio-jews MOSSAD DID 9/11!
ISRAEL DID 9/11!
literally – israel manipulates controls all of the Amerikan Zog fedgov.
which means ISRAEHELL ZIO-JEWS controls and manipulates YOU !
Sgt.Dale. with officers like you we can expect more bloodshed.
TPTB have us right where they want us. I don’t see it getting any better, I see it getting worse and worse. Sooner or later someone is going to start taking pot-shots at those whom they feel are responsible, then the “fun” will begin.
Huh, well is that not interesting.
It was bad enough taking care of all the leaches that we already had and have for 50 years. Now they are bring in 12 to 20 million more from south of the border.
Better yet while don’t we burn everything down like they do in they riots and let TPTB rebuild it for us. Oh wait we are the working class and they don’t do a FRIGGING this for us only to us!
1,000 lbs. + gator taken in Alabama.
Gotta see these pics –
Jack, you are an obsessed bigot.
Thumbs up x 1000.
He is not the nat the only one but we are proud of it sharonj. BTW what the “j” stands for? does it end with “W”.
i’m just a realist who’s done his history homework in-depth.
who isn’t afraid to speak the truth.
And willing to stand his ground against all comers.
I thought all undesirables and terrorists carried Gadsden Flags and were TEA party associated. WTH.
You cannot believe government statistics. They are manipulated to save the government money when it comes to cost of living raises. Other numbers are manipulated by the industries that benefit from making us think everything is improving–when any visit to a supermarket or an empty retail store shows that it isn’t.
Home sales had been made to look good because of all the companies inventing in rental housing–until they realized people can’t even afford the rent anymore. Now you’ve got foreigners coming in and buying the best real estate because the entire U.S. is up for sale.
The scary one is the constant increase in bank deposits and money market funds….. In my opinion, it shows us that those with money are taking it out of risky places and letting their wealth take a time out. The fear being the stock market will crash and/or municipal bonds are also at risk.
This is how Las Vegas set’s up the odds on winning and losing….
Something’s going to happen….
People, can you feel that the WIND is starting to pick up? Look out HOUSE OF CARDS!!!!
River Rat at the ready!!! NOMI///MOLON LABE!!
it does feel a little stranger. im always looking for shtf signs, but this feels different.
November is coming up, and America might actually fight against the communism, which can only mean one thing- false flag
Get on obamacare, take all the recommended vaccines, and you can qualify for the govt FOODCARD which will get you govt cheese, beans, and bread. With low wages and high costs, those without the FOODCARD will be in danger of starving, unless they have an illegal garden. Of course, since the see something say something incentives were offered, bootleg fooders are being eradicated. What a brave new world.
Not to be the spelling/grammar Nazi, but they are pumping “heroin” into the market. Not heroine. Honestly, I don’t know how they’d get a woman onto that little syringe! Just sayin’.
…maybe they meant pimping heroine?
well if there’s a heroine pumping, she’s a hero to ME!
OOPS! did I write that out LOUD?
Look. There are tens of millions of us around the world who are fully awake and know that the real enemy, the true source of all wars, conflicts, booms, bubbles, busts, recessions, depressions, genocides, financial thefts, inflation, deflation, stagflation, political corruption, assassinations, etc. is the private, vampire central banks. They are moving forward with their plans daily while all we do is throw in our two cents worth about their plans. We have to ask ourselves “What does that do to stop them?” The answer is “Nuthin’. Nuthin’ at all”. When are we going to try to stop them? When they’re dragging us off in shackles on the FEMA trains? We’ve got to stop typing and start acting. I’m sick of no one offering solutions to defeat these f**^%&ers. Marches, even peaceful ones, always end up in violence due to planted agent-provocateurs. The cops get to crack some heads, throw some tear gas cannisters, arrest a bunch of people and terrorize the rest so they’ll submit, so marching is completely ineffective. We have to do something entirely different that will work!! Heard of passive non-compliance? How do you starve a vampire? Cut off its blood supply! Refuse to play their game. If millions of us, especially in the US, next tax season file extension after extension after extension after extension for filing our income tax returns, this would accomplish two things – it starves them of our money to fund their illegal activities and enslavement plans. Secondly, it shows them all we are no longer afraid of them and we are in charge. Is anyone else tired of flapping their gums and desiring action? Does anyone else have the balls to say “HELL NO I WON’T PAY?”
Hate to break it to you, but tax season is when you reconcile what has already been taken with what should have been taken.
If you want to cut off the gummints tax supply you need to stop your employer paying your deductions from your wages.
Good luck with that.
The other alternative is to be self employed and not pay tax.
That idea has its own set of issues.
Deferring taxes owed is okay but it aint enough. When the revenue decreases the govt will just print more $ or increase taxes.
I quit my full time job with benefits in June. The wife already retired (not govt-approved retirement age so no $ or benefits yet). No income, very reduced taxes. We quit the sham but theyll still scam us and force us to pay more than we should. Theyll force us to pay up or sign onto Obamacare. Uncle Sugar can stuff the sugar cubes, we aint signing on.
Just end what you can w/ the enslavement like you said. Aint no Jones to keep up with, its all about being debt free and secure as possible. Buy nothing new, pay no sales tax. Get as much as you need by barter or private sales on craigslist or local yard sales.
We play a little game before we buy retail. We ask ourselves if were willing to give a donation to illegals or the bottom feeders by going retail and paying sales tax. Really makes us stop and think it all through.
So yeah were in. The only way the gov can get taxes out of us is through sales or property taxes and those fees that are everywhere. No more income tax after this year. GALT.
Hunting Vampires your mistaken Yep You just try and beat the IRS and file multiple extensions and see how quickly you lose everything including your freedom. You cant starve the beast by no taxes. Spending has already far exceeded Tax Revenues for decades. The government all the way from the fed ,state &local make up the short fall by borrowing. Its all propped up on credit. When the credit collapses is anyones guess? Im surprised its lasted this long! The only reason the paper dollar,s will buy anything is because the mint don’t print anything larger than a $100 bill. and the mint every day burns almost as much worn out paper money as it prints. The actual paper cash don’t exist. That’s why with all this trillions in debt you don’t have hundreds & thousands folks with wheelbarrows full of paper money. The actual paper money supply is limited. The government would prefer a totally cashless society.
So….. what? We fold before even trying because we see some bumps in the road? Keep on being Monday frickin’ morning quarterbacks blathering on and on while we watch them move steadily and surely to martial law? The Patriots of 1775 would be sooo proud of us. When has defeating tyranny ever been easy? It usually means putting your LIFE on the line – but most of us are too fracking lazy and cowardly to do that. Oh no. I’m far too comfortable sitting at my computer constantly spewing my opinion to save my and my family’s LIVES.
Of course I know that filing income tax comes after the taxes have been taken but it’s the MESSAGE we send to tyranny. It’s not complying with their money-sucking game that matters the most. There are many other acts of non-compliance that can be carried out.
We are smart, we have the internet and technology, we know what they’re going to do before they even do it by having the laws they’ve passed right in front of us, we are decentralized and most importantly, we outnumber them by tens of millions. Make no mistake about it – America is going to be an effing PRISON CAMP after the shtf. We all KNOW this. Look at the map of the WEAPONS they have. Prepping isn’t even close to being enough! Why aren’t we ALL talking about push-back?
A future King George was born in England last year. It’s not time for WW III, it’s time for the American Revolutionary War II. I’M just sayin’
P.S. Millions of Americans send checks in with their Income Tax returns.
You Durn right they do I sent them one in april and last month they Wanted another one so I sent them that also. However I started drawing a Social Security PONZI scheme check in Janurary. stopped producing beyond my own needs. So they wont get anymore from me. However over 1/2 of the workers who filed tax returns paid no taxes. That non paying 1/2 got everything they paid in via payroll deductions back and many received additional money from EIC. Shortage of revenue will not curtail spending or shrink government. Many citys have went broke and declared bankruptcy. yet they still keep spending. The future will be economic collapse, civil disobediance anarchy martial law, civil war, race war & ethnic cleansing. 90% will die. not paying income tax wont change anything. Its just now beginning to unravel.
You know, I’m just trying to find solutions to getting rid of these thieving, murdering vampire banksters who intend imprisonment and suffering for all of us and all I’m getting is excuses for why not to stand up to them. So if asking for extension for filing income tax returns is not feasible if tens of millions of people do that(I still think it is) then what can you all come up with?
There are no solutions that will force the government to become fiscally responsible. There isn’t anything that we ordinary citizens can do that is going to return the middle class Jobs & prosperity back to the USA. What you do is learn Skills & know how to feed shelter clothe & protect your loved ones. Its over The USA and most of the world is in decline. Every day will be economically worse than yesterday. The present course is not sustainable collapse is certain . When the collapse happens to you is the only unknown. It is already SHTF for some. Only the self reliant will survive.