Two generations from the denouement of the summer of love and we've portmanteaued from the counter culture to the culture counter. Today's political discourse akin to the fellas at Stuckey's rippin' on anything that isn't white and male or subservient to same. The grizzly MILVF's, (Mom's I'd Like to Vote For) today's surrogate for dingbat housewife, the cynical pablum narrative akin to the hot meal waiting with scotch properly poured.
It's a feedback loop that doesn't stop giving. Besmirch the stupidity and the authors of same use such accusations as proof of their legitimacy. And the press? Trapped in the hell of cognitive dissonance. This just in... the science of ambulation but first a special report from a momma whose back was broken when yonder crack was stepped on.
In my life no matter what the pursuit there has always been a line of intellectual demarcation best described as retail and wholesale. Perhaps it is conceit to suggest that the chasm between the two seems wider than I've ever perceived but verily if stupid is as stupid does, the wholesale product has transcended the continuum of criminally stupid or stupidly criminal.
Economically we seem damned to exacerbate this Potemkin recovery into something that not even the Divine Might of Wizards can transmogrify. The Great Game as a scum scrum for the crumbs. The unarmed combatants staring at their impotent swords of currencies like Black Knights. Even if reality were to declare the 'fight is mine' the solons would proclaim it to be naught but a flesh wound as they launched the middle class, their chests as cannons, at the great whale of deflation.
Politically, the devils in red dresses, manchurian candidates of the fear industrial complex whose denizens are uniformly hell bent to seek rent, employing 'common' wisdom for the 'common' man for purposes of anything but the commons. Verily, they will hand power to the elites in a way that will beggar credulity all the while being incredulous at any treatises of reasons that might suggest contrary.
Not only must the windfall apples be reserved for the more equal of brainworkers but the tree of egality must be refreshed with the blood of your standard of living.
After World War 2, our blessed leaders, impressed by German 'organizational' skills crafted a policy of manufacture of consent.Over time these techniques moved to the economic realm in an attempt to manufacture content.Federales now risk the manufacture of contempt, for it is only a Great Depression if they say it is.(AM Rule #1)
Squircling the drain, the name for our pain?... the inculcation of disdain.
*%&$^# Eh what the hell.... Honey? Where's my scotch!
'Bernanke and his ilk are not just trying to boost the US economy, they are trying to salvage their reputations and theories. The crime is that they are savaging average Americans and have bet the country in a desperate attempt to prove that they know best.' -Bill King, the King Report 10/14/2010
'The effect of QE2 on interest rates could be small and limited to an announcement effect...many believe that the effect on output or employment would be small...unlikely to stimulate aggregate demand...little effect on aggregate demand implies a corresponding small effect on output and, hence employment. QE2 could have adverse effects.' -Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
'The folks at the Fed are frozen in fear. They don't know what to do.' -Chris Whalen
'But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil...' - 1 Timothy 6:9-10
'There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man...' - 1 Corinthians 10:13
'Don't Task Don't Smell', the central plank of the 'I Can't Believe it's Not Capitalism Plan', has given us Sugar Mountain, where stupidity is cupidity.
Ringfencing the multitude through financial pulchritude is but Federales psych ops, masquerading debasement as growth, as the plutocracy sips sweet ambrosia from the skull cap of the common man.
Phat, Plummed and Cupid is no way to go through strife son. Mr. Hand's strong dollar policy is the chimera of currency debasement masquerading as America's wealth exporting machine that is regularly promulgated by our leaders as an exceptional example of America's resiliency(AM Rule #5). Timmy G even takes credit for the creation of the 'strong dollar' policy.'Nuff said!
As the epigram, 'Yes Virginia , there is no collateral' becomes an accepted norm, as the metaphorical fork in the middle of the road er scratch that kicked can hangs with horsehair, the splinter of our disconnect in the deep bosom of our equity buried is proclaimed by the Federales as nothing but a thorn discovered as they fervently hope not to be cast to the lions.
Is it Back to the Future of folly and bubbles or Fade to Back as we peer down the chasm of the black diamond demographic? Building a bridge to nowhere is at least doing something, but please don't peer down dear citizens lest ye randomwalkers realize the gravity of our situation.
The Oracle at Eccles and assembled throngs of Nancy Capitalists beseech their models that show 100% chance of 'no fail' when the money is easy and free to deliver them like Aesop's Shepherd so when the masses see that which healed them, they will pardon and not attack.
Golden goose or scrambled eggs?
The answer it would seem as we destroy our standard of living to create a Potemkin recovery, is both, in an ever increasing divergent measure.
The insouciance of elites and the Antoinette economy.
'As we have been asserting, the FED continues to apply QE, despite it official announcement that Q.E 1.0 ended two quarters ago. For the week ended on Wednesday, the Fed balance sheet increased $9.358B due to the monetization of $7.390B of Treasury notes and an increase of $2.248B of 'assets denominated in foreign currencies' (footnote #13; currency swaps?)' -The King Report, Issue 3856, October 8,2010
...He that gathereth not with me scattereth... - Matthew 12:30
Faced with the surplus eaters rubbing sus ojos Bernanke had to fire up the psych ops jets after the Jackholios shrimpfest.
The Diving Might of Wizards again on display, gangbanging the string framed as many easings away, the levers of debasement screened whilst shadowfoxing the fray, all in the blind hope that we can avoid anchors aweigh.
"Bennie-boy, whaddaya say there pal of mine ?"
"You know Mr. Market, I've been watching you. And I know you've been watching me. You watch me! I know!"
"So, Bennie, what are you gettin' at?"
"Mr. Market, my friend! How would you like to pump me up the curve?"
"I know you wanna pump me, Market!"
"And you know that I know that you know that I know that you wanna pump me!"
"Now I'm gonna leverage up, and when I do, start pumpin'!"
And yet there is dissension in the chattering class of Nancy Capitalists, who with their chalice of confidence half-empty, parry like duck and rabbit.
'Fiscal Stimulus! Monetary Stimulus!'
'Fiscal Stimulus! Monetary Stimulus!'
Verily they are all despicable. The struggle of virtue and vice is writ large as the debate between deflationistas and debasionistas. The former pines for reason before farce, the latter embraces the tragedy.
The Oracle at Eccles contemplating Rallye's mend at Recession's end scratch that Depression's bend.
To QE, or not to QE: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the markets to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to halt QE against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end the rally?
To short: to buy; No more; and by buy to say we end The heart-burn of the thousand little trades That this office is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd.
The butterfly wings of the banksters reflected back by the synarchy of the squatters reflected back by the imperfection of collateral liens reflected back by the political palliative of misdirection through scapegoating.
Now is the splinter of our disconnect Made glorious summer by this sun of Ben; And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house In the deep bosom of our equity buried.
At this point at the end of the trend - 2009 low besting the 2002 low breaking a line of lower lows from 1897 up- our prosperity is now in the hands of Fleck's battle of unarmed combatants (currencies) where the U.S. is the dealer (reserve), at least for the near term.
It is not so much a race to the bottom as it is a pace to a bottom. QE2 can't sail until Euroland hits the rocks again. We can't let their upcoming crisis go to waste.
In choosing 'prophetic' models with a track record of failure we are mortgaging the ability to be masters of our fate. To foresee a future that rhymes with a past is not, as the pablum narrative whines, to refute self-determination but ironically such recognition would harness the same to shape the unknown to a more benevolent conclusion.
Deficits do matter, belief in a random deliverance is foolish, better to accept a mandatory across the board cut and employ a fair and flat tax.
Free market statistics that are transparent and real allow the free market to allocate resources productively and intelligently.
Creative destruction is the progenitor and the instigator of the wealth creating mechanism of capitalism.
Empires are not eternal. The hard fought blessings of liberty are secured by the prudent not the profligate.
Years from now all this, and most assuredly more, will be obvious and this chapter in history, marked by excesses and folly, will be seen as similar to the ones preceding.
Fed for the people, chasing Bennie's steeple, gathereth the reapers.