Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Recession Wolves

Our economy is at the peak of the third economic bubble in 12 years as we are desperately mortgaging our country's productive resources to reward reckless speculation and to fight the free market.

This new bubble is driven by borrowing and then wastefully spending $6 trillion over the past 4 years to prop up false prices. Compounding this tsunami of waste, the Federal Reserve has destroyed free market interest rates by pushing the Federal Funds Rate more than 3,000% below the 10 year Treasury bond yield.

Our country and the world are ablaze in the intoxicating glow of easy money. Just like in 1999. Just like in 2005.

The government and The Fed have again poured gasoline on our campfire to keep The Wolves of Recession at bay.

Can this continue?

We can temporarily sustain the debt portion of the bubble if we decide to continue our financial child abuse and borrow another $10 trillion dollars that we have no intention of paying back. Surprisingly financial child abuse is not a crime in our society and being drunk, especially on debt, seems an adequate excuse.

But there is no way that nature will allow us to abuse our free markets much longer. Even if Chairman Bernanke wanted to keep the Fed Funds rate 3,000% below the 10 year Treasury bond yield for an extended period, it is not possible. As phony rates turn real, they will become a drag on the economy.

The government’s bond fire that keeps the predators outside will eventually dim. This will allow the Three Wolves into our camp.

The first to enter will be the Wolf of Free Markets. It will mercilessly attach the artificial interest rates and kill them dead.

Then and only then will the second and fiercest preditor be allowed to enter. Its bloodthirsty eyes will spy the surroundings as it looks for the focus of its rage. It will spot the children cowering, lying in the smoke and soot from the government’s smoldering bond fire. With lightning speed it will jump to their side. The Debt Wolf will stand bristling and snarling in between us and the children.

The third Wolf will then be allowed entry. Every ounce of its being will be focused on us. We have attempted to live far above our means by robbing resources from future generations in a vain attempt to manipulate asset values. The Wolf of Fair Prices will allow none of this. As the Debt Wolf and the Free Market Wolf protect the children, the Wolf of Fair Prices will tear our manipulated and bloated asset valuations to shreds.

The Three Wolves will lie next to the children and for the first time in their lives they will get economic warmth, protection and love. Nothing shows more love than blessing children with a sound government, free markets, fair prices and low debt. Our forefathers wished it for us many years ago, before we had our first taste of the drug of easy money.

They will fall to sleep, finally free from our greed and abuse of power. As the children wake to the safety of the economic sunrise the Wolves will be gone. The previous night will be a vague memory that is forgotten with time.

As sure as corrupt and abusive government policy nurtures unsustainable debt, false markets and unfair prices, The Recession Wolves will be there to protect the future generations.

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