*Update: A couple of people have made a stink about this post claiming that it is misleading because the prior agreed upon repatriation schedule has not actually changed. That said, anyone who reads the Bloomberg piece will quickly conclude that the article clearly implies something had changed, which is why I made this assumption. In fact, the source article was so misleading that Peter Boehringer, co-founder of “Repatriate Our Gold,” posted the following in the comment section:
What Mr. Boehringer makes clear, is that there is nothing “new” in the Bloomberg article. That of course is not to say that the repatriation schedule as it stands is not preposterous. It is, and he agrees with that wholeheartedly. So the reason for this update is clarify this one key misunderstanding. That doesn’t change many of the key points of the post. Those are:
1) The interesting observation that German officials and politicians continue to put so much faith in the Federal Reserve just as “End the Fed” protests spread through the nation.
2) The ridiculous notion that it is in any nation’s interest to liquidate gold for Central Banker created fiat, which can be conjured into existence in infinite amounts, at zero costs in no time.
3) That the politics on the ground of the ruling party seem to be shifting against repatriating the gold (that is clearly Bloomberg News’ take).
With that out of the way, below is the original post, unchanged, because as I said, the main points are still completely relevant:
Just last week, I published a post titled, Video of the Day – “End the Fed” Rallies are Exploding Throughout Germany, which subsequently went viral. Interestingly, only a few days later we find out that Germany’s very own criminal political class has decided it will continue to store the nation’s gold in New York rather than bring it back home as had been the intention. It’s quite ironic that just as protests against the fascist Federal Reserve are spreading throughout the land, the political class officially decides to keep Germany’s treasure across the Atlantic, in care of none other than The Fed itself.
To be fair, this merely seems like a way for Angela Merkel and the rest of her German cronies to save face. After all, it was very clear that the Federal Reserve had already told them “no” when they asked for the gold back in the first place. Why else would it take almost a decade to transport the gold from the U.S. to Germany, which was the latest repatriation schedule. We learn from Bloomberg that:
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Back in 2012, I introduced you to a hilarious video created by my friend Dan Ameduri titled: Shit Gold Bugs Say. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely suggest checking it out. I even make a brief cameo appearance at the 0:57 mark.
Today I bring you a new video. Similar concept, different item and also very funny. Introducing “Shit Bitcoin Fanatics Say.”
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I’m on a plane about to take off for Colorado, but figured I’d leave everyone with my updated Pledge of Allegiance applicable for modern day America. Enjoy comrades.
I pledge allegiance to the Fed of the United States of Bernakistan, and to the S&P 500 for which it stands, one ponzi, under Federal Reserve Notes, with debt-serfdom and food stamps for all.
See you on the other side,
We’ve all seen these statistics before in one form or another, but David Cay Johnston does an excellent job going into more detail for us in an article he published late last month. As he correctly notes, when things get extreme like this you ultimately end up with serious social unrest. Furthermore, as I have pointed out for years and years, this kind of disparity does not happen under free markets with rules and regulations applied equally to all. It happens under totalitarian societies, whether fascism, communism or crony capitalist corporatism (which is the model in the USA). It only happens when a very small oligarch class takes over the political process of a nation and then uses it to game the system.
However, I would take exception to Mr. Johnston’s conclusion that the root problem is the tax system. While I do not for one moment deny that the oligarchs game the tax system to provide loopholes for themselves, this is not why the 1% of 1% has taken all the wealth of the nation. This is much more related to the Federal Reserve and its policies of printing trillions of money out of thin air and distributing it to the oligarchs, either directly or through low interest loans. If you tax the rich more, they will still make more because they will still have the access to the cheap money. The Federal Reserve is the core cancer of the entire thing and they must be stopped. Some excerpts below:
The average increase in real income reported by the bottom 90 percent of earners in 2011, compared with 1966, if measured at one inch, would extend almost five miles for the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent.
Remember, we got off the gold standard in 1971, after which the Federal Reserve could print as much as they wanted and distribute it wherever they wanted…and they have.
Incomes and tax revenues have grown from 2009 to 2011 as the economy recovered, but an astonishing 149 percent of the increased income went to the top 10 percent of earners.
If you wonder how that can happen, the answer is simple: Incomes fell for the bottom 90 percent.
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Despite being bedridden most of the day with an awful cold, I fought through it to record my longest interview ever. It was with the excellent radio host and webmaster of blacklistednews.com, Doug Owen. The entire show is two hours, but I come in halfway through…enjoy the ride!