Inflation came in hotter than expected at 2.1%. A CNBC report said the number “pushes the economy toward a potential danger zone for inflation.”
Analysts had expected January inflation to come in at 0.3, after being up by 0.1 the previous month. Instead, the December number was revised up to 0.2 and January came in at 0.5. As Peter Schiff pointed out in his podcast, if you multiply 0.5 by 12 months, it comes to 6% inflation per year.
In his Feb. 16 Liberty Report, Ron Paul talked about inflation and its effect on everyday Americans. He said when it comes to this subject, the mainstream is all mixed up. More significantly, the creation of new money doesn’t impact everybody equally. Some benefit at the expense of others.
Many state legislatures kick off their 2018 sessions this month and that means continuing efforts to facilitate gold and silver ownership at the state level.
Bills introduced in Tennessee and Alabama would repeal state sales taxes on the sale of gold and silver bullion, and an Arizona bill would build on a foundation set last year and take another step toward treating gold and silver as money. These efforts not only help expand the market for gold and silver in the US, they also have the potential to undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.
When the housing bubble popped in 2007, the Federal Reserve went to work to reinflate the bubble. It quickly pushed interest rates to zero, and in December 2008, the Fed launched the first of three rounds of quantitative easing. The virtual money printing lasted for five years.
So, what did we ultimately get for the billions of dollars created by these Federal Reserve programs? As Ron Paul explains in a special episode of the Liberty Report, more numerous and bigger bubbles, and another crisis waiting to happen.
To date, gold is up nearly 10% in 2017, but as Ron Paul pointed out in his recent Market Update video, most people aren’t paying much attention.
Because a lot of other things such as the stock market and cryptocurrencies are going up faster. Nevertheless, Paul thinks there are good reasons to believe what he calls the “third bull market” in gold has started.
Ron Paul has identified an increase in what he calls the “most insidious tax” buried in the GOP tax reform bill.
A lot of Americans have put a lot of hope in tax reform. As Peter Schiff said in a recent Fox Business interview, the prospect of economic growth spurred by tax reform and other Trump policies have generated a great deal of optimism. But the question remains: can the GOP Congress deliver? And even if Congress does get a reform package passed, some question whether it will actually lead to the economic growth promised. Absent spending cuts, the tax plan will increase the federal debt even further. Evidence indicates high debt levels retard growth.
In a recent article published on the Mises Wire, Ron Paul identified another problem with the Republican tax plan. It actually increases the most insidious of all taxes – the “inflation tax.”
Stock markets continue to surge higher on a seemingly endless upward trajectory. On Tuesday, the Dow Jones crossed the 23,000 mark for a time and closed just below that threshold at 22,997.
It almost seems like this can go on forever, but Ron Paul said it would eventually come to an end during an interview on CNBC Futures Now last week. He said it reminds him of “delusions and the madness of crowds.”
The US national debt officially topped $20 trillion after Pres. Trump signed a bill temporarily raising the debt ceiling limit for the next three months. With his signature, Trump increased the statutory debt by about $318 billion. That raised the US national debt to $20.16 trillion. The debt has increased about $215 billion from around $19.94 trillion since Trump took office.
Ron Paul says the whole debt ceiling issue raises even more fundamental questions about the role of government.
Last week, Ron Paul appeared on CNBC’s Futures Now and said he wouldn’t be surprise if the stock market crashes and the price of gold soars in the near future.
If our markets are down 25% and gold is up 50%, it wouldn’t be a total shock to me.”
The former congressman and presidential candidate said uncertainty is the rule of the day and that’s giving the market the jitters.
In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey talks about state action to undermine the Federal Reserve and the government’s monopoly on money.