Can America hope to climb past its mountain of $34 trillion of federal debt? With the staggering weight of unfunded liabilities in vital entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare reaching $212 trillion, any strategy for repayment is met with formidable obstacles. Our guest contributor arrives at a sobering verdict: the magnitude of the debt renders the prospect of repayment virtually impossible.
The US can still take decisive action to rein in spending and prevent further exacerbation of its dire financial predicament.
The Bible features more than 700 references to gold and silver, emphasizing their timeless significance. The term ‘gold’ alone appears in 47 of the 66 books of the Bible.
Beyond their current cultural relevance, these precious metals play a crucial role in scripture, highlighting three key attributes: their divine origin, intrinsic value, and monetary quality.
Our nation’s top financier had it correct 111 years ago: “Money is gold, and nothing else.” J.P. Morgan was convinced of this. Still, government agencies have schemed over the centuries to dismantle the gold standard.
Our guest commenter explains that, even though the Fed still holds gold, there was never a time when the dollar was less backed or less safe than now.
Federal regulators are plotting a course that could see America’s sturdiest banks tied to a sinking lifeboat. This plan, designed to compel banks to use the Federal Reserve’s discount window, aims to normalize the act of reaching for this financial lifeline amidst turbulent seas.
It’s as if the Fed is asking the healthiest swimmers to don faulty life jackets first, in a bid to make them seem less alarming to those already struggling to stay afloat. Our guest commentator explains why this strategy, while intended to fortify the banking sector against future storms, would endanger all US banks.
The US is on the brink of a debt disaster, spiraling into $33 trillion of debt. That is over 180% of GDP.
Skyrocketing government spending matched with insufficient tax revenues, leading to ever-deepening deficits.
The US Treasury is now low on credit and out of time.
Interest payments on this colossal debt have doubled since 2020, pushing the government into a corner. The Federal Reserve’s 2023 decisions to raise rates add to the turmoil, and the US Treasury is running out of debt buyers. A recent Treasury auction turned chaotic, revealing a global decline in appetite for US debt.
Our guest contributor asks the question of the hour: Are the chickens coming home to roost for the US Treasury?
The Federal Reserve and the US government create inflation and then blame everybody else.
President Joe Biden recently finger-pointed at “greedy corporations,” saying they need to “lower prices” now that inflation come down. Whether he is really that ignorant or just lying, Biden’s comments serve a purpose. As Ron Paul put it, they gaslight the American public into thinking price inflation is rooted in the actions of private individuals and not the fiat money system.
October CPI coming in cooler than expected ramped up expectations that the Federal Reserve is at the end of its inflation fight. In fact, many analysts now expect the Fed to begin cutting interest rates in 2024.
Looking at the bigger picture, inflation’s apparent retreat boosted mainstream belief that the economy will glide to a “soft landing.” With a lot of economic data weakening, the markets anticipate that the Fed will proactively cut rates to preempt a recession and prevent a crash landing. The thinking is as soon as it sees the economy coming in for a landing, it’s going to cut rates to ensure that landing is soft.