Monday, September 11, 2017

Washington never lets a crisis go to waste as hurricane disasters offer opportunity to eliminate debt ceiling

It was President Barack Obama's former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who once said, "never let a crisis go to waste."  And whether one is a student of the Hegelian Dialectic which advocates creating two opposing crises so that one can come in an offer a solution beneficial to themselves, or if you are simply a corrupt politician who sees disaster as a prime opportunity to acquire more power, the effects of Hurricane's Harvey and Irma are offering Washington the rare opportunity to get rid of the debt ceiling once and for all, and open the doors for the government to borrow as much money as they could ever desire.

The one-two punch of Harvey and Irma did afford the folks-in-charge of the nation’s affairs a sly opportunity to get rid of that annoying debt ceiling problem. This is the law that established a limit on how much debt the Federal Reserve could “buy” from the national government. Some of you may be thinking: buy debtWhy would anybody want to buy somebody’s debt? Well, you see, this is securitized debt, i.e. bonds issued by the US Treasury, which pay interest, and so there is the incentive to buy it. Anyway, there used to — back in the days when the real interest rate stayed positive after deducting the percent of running inflation. This is where the situation gets interesting. 
The debt ceiling law supposedly set limits on how much bonded debt the government could issue (how much it could borrow) so it wouldn’t go hog wild spending money it didn’t have. Which is exactly what happened despite the debt limit because the “ceiling” got raised about a hundred times though the 20th century into the 21st so that the accumulated debt stands around $20 trillion. 
Rational people recognize this $20 trillion for the supernatural scale of obligation it represents, and understand that it will never be paid back, so, what the hell? Why not just drop the pretense, but keep on working this racket of the government borrowing as much money as it wants, and the Federal Reserve creating that money (or “money”) on its computers to infinity. – Kunstler

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