RT: The Empire of Debt and the Election

In this episode of Russia Today’s Capital Account, Lauren Lyster interviews Bill Bonner, author of Empire of Debt. The highlights include:

  • Do the statistics and reports generated by the government help anyone determine the real state of the economy?  GDP, CPI and Unemployment reports “mean something, but they don’t mean what they say it means.”
  • A economic system based on fiat/paper money has never lasted in the past. Ever since 1971, when Nixon closed the gold window,  the resources of the country have been used unwisely, investing in programs that destroy the country’s wealth.  In order for real economic growth, this practice must be changed so that resources are invested in initiatives that build wealth.
  • The outcome of the presidential election will not alter the current course. Instead, the election is basically a contest to determine which group of ‘zombies‘ will get government sponsorship. A Romney win will ensure the military industrial complex stays in business, while an Obama victory will further the social/welfare state.
  • The government employing stimulus as a policy to help the economy is ridiculous. Again, it doesn’t help the overall economy generate wealth, it only serves those favored cronies with close ties to those in political office.

Approaching the Fiscal Cliff

The US is coming up fast on the so-called Fiscal Cliff, but neither of the two political parties’ candidates are openly discussing the potential economic calamity or any remedies to overcome any resultant disaster.  On this CNBC interview, Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, Alan Simpson & Erskine Bowles of the Deficit Commission discuss the reasons why so many major corporations are holding their cash at this uncertain juncture.

Ron Paul on CNBC

Which presidential candidate would you be most be confident would NOT lie to you?  Here’s Ron Paul on CNBC taking up the philosophical arguments no other candidates are discussing, including one hell of a debate on gold and the debasement of the dollar with Morgan Stanley’s Stephen Roach.

New Record for Number of Americans NOT in the Work Force

Here’s a chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve showing Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on persons not in the work force.  Record numbers!!!  One of the reasons the statistics on unemployment have shown decreases lately is that there are fewer persons counted among the total. When one compares the total population to the number of employed, one can see that there’s a real problem here.

St. Louis Federal Reserve - BLS Not in Labor Force Statistics

Government Economic Statistics Are Misleading

Dr. Paul Craig RobertsDr. Paul Craig Roberts served as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan.  He should know a thing or two about U.S. economic policy.  In this brief and simple article, he explains how government statistics on inflation, housing, employment and GDP have consistently under-reported actual data.

“In place of recovery, we have hype from politicians, Wall Street, and the presstitute media.”