Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The revolt of the American Debt Slave ("ADS") is well underway. Spartacus would have been proud.
No matter what Obama says in his speeches, no matter what Bernake and Geitner do in the form of Monetary policy, no matter what Congress does in the form of Fiscal policy... the ADS army has crossed the Rubicon.
When Obama spoke last night about getting "lending going again", I despaired. I realized that the president does "get it", that credit, or lending, is the vehicle by which U.S. financial system creates money and increases (or decreases) money supply. But the ADS army has been maxed out, and with the decline (collapse) in asset prices will actually become net savers. Savings is under-consumption, all the "stimulus" in the world is not going to change this in the short term, and in the long term will only serve to destroy the value of the very savings the ADS is now diligently (with great sacrifice) doing.
Obama, orator though he is, cannot put the shaving cream back in the can.
The lack of hard, empirical analysis of exactly WHERE the U.S. healthcare dollar is being spent prevents us from actually doing something of value, I suspect because NO ONE in government wants to limit expensive tests, care, and procedures. Who wants to play G-d during the election cycle.
Healthcare is a capital intensive/labor intensive proposition. We do NOT have a HEALTHCARE crisis, any more than we have a HOUSING crisis. We have a healthcare FINANCE crisis, and a housing FINANCE crisis. The U.S. has far too many houses relative to its ability to PAY for them all - and we have far too much healthcare relative to our ability to PAY for it all. What does the LEFT propose to do? Point a GUN at my head (and the heads of our most productive, tax paying citizens) and threaten to shoot if I do not become more productive so that the money will be available for "universal" healthcare?
The average American voter is, what? 50 lbs. overweight? 75 lbs? This very same individual is not going to vote himself/herself "free" healthcare? We lack the discipline to see to our OWN health. Medicare was supposed to be a forced savings method for dealing with the healthcare expenses of old age. How'd that turn out?
There is no question that our current system is an embarrassment. There is also no question that given our recent experience banking and socialism that there is no chance that healthcare is going to receive a free market effort in the short term. We are on that road to socialism. But be careful what you ask for, because you may just get it.
Total Petroleum Net Imports into the U.S. has declined by 2.3% in 2009 from 2008. 2008 saw a decline of nearly 8% since 2007. (First summation on table 1)
If this trend continues, there will never be a recovery. In fact, this would hasten the collapse of Medicare and Social Security from the distant future to the near future.
All of the speeches in the world matter not. Check that link every week. That import number is THE data point. It will tell you everything.
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Posted by The Short Story Man at 5:14 AM