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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Despite gold and silver prices being below their 2016 highs, each has done better than the S&P; 500 in 2017

With all eyes being on both cryptocurrencies and equity markets here at the halfway point of 2017, gold and silver have themselves proven to also be a positive investment despite the fact that they have not even reached their 2016 highs.  And while the three primary equity markets have all reached historic all-time highs at some point this year, it is interesting to note that both gold and silver have actually done better than the returns one would have received from investing in the S&P 500.

Since the U.S. presidential election, the stock market has remained strong, but what has surprised some financial analysts has been that the precious metals complex has been ever stronger, says Blanchard President and CEO David Beahm. 
“What is notable through the end of May is that gold and silver continue to outpace the strength in the stock market, leaving both precious metals very well-positioned for strong new rally waves if stocks turn lower in a seasonal correction phase or a bear cycle move,” Beahm says. “Typically, gold and silver perform well during periods of stock market weakness, but the fact that metals are climbing alongside the strength in stocks is notable from a historical perspective. It reveals that there is a strong safe-haven bid for metals and a desire to diversify away from stocks in the current environment.” 
The Blanchard Index 
Here’s how the market performance stacks up through late May: 
  • Gold +9.45%
  • Silver +8.13%
  • S&P 500 +7.91% - Seeking Alpha
Yet perhaps the most important technical indicator to look at going forward between the two markets is the fact that the P/E ratios for the S&P 500 are at nearly double their historic averages while gold and silver are more than 40 and 65% respectively below their all-time highs.  And this means that the far better investment right now is in the precious metals, especially as sovereign debt levels and currencies begin to show immense signs of weakness, and underlying supplies for the metals are reaching critical levels.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Economist Harry Dent honorably pays off bet between a Bull and Bear in the argument to predict direction of gold prices

In the gold sphere there are a ton of different analysts making predictions on where the price of gold is going in light of the Fed's half-decade long policies of quantitative easing, and near zero interest rates.  And of the more well known and popular analysts on either side of the fence, the one who stands out the most on the bearish side of gold is none other than Harry Dent.

Harry Dent is an economist who specializes in trends and demographics, and has a better than average track record of success in many areas of his analysis.  However he became the butt of many criticisms when a few years back he publicly predicted that the price of gold was going down to below $700 an ounce, and likely to reach around $250 before beginning a trend back up.

And the primary premises for his bearish outlook for gold?  That assets were going to hit a deflationary cycle and that gold is more of a commodity than it is money.

So with Dent's analysis out there for all to see in hear, it was not surprising that someone in the gold industry would take his forecasts as a challenge and seek to put Harry on the spot for his future price predictions.  And that someone was Jeff Clark from Goldsilver.com, and an associate of the site's founder Mike Maloney.

So what was the bet you might ask?  Well it was fairly straight forward... within two years time of the agreed upon bet, the price of gold itself would determine who won.  And if it crossed below $700 (or very close to that number) anytime intra-day or closing, then Harry Dent would be considered the winner.

If it did not, and of course we know that it never even dropped to three figures during that period, then Jeff Clark was determined the winner.

And the prize?  A single ounce of gold.

Two years ago I bet economist Harry Dent an ounce of gold that the price wouldn’t fall to his prediction of $750/ounce. 
He had made some noise in the gold community that year about how gold was going to crater. He advised selling your gold and buying dollars. He even stated that $750 wasn’t the stopping point, that the price would fall to as low as $250. 
I couldn’t pass it up. I wrote an open letter to him, citing why I thought he was wrong, and offered to bet him a one-ounce gold Eagle. I even raised the target to $800 and gave his prediction two full years to come to fruition. He accepted. 
My bet was a bold one at the time… if you remember early 2015, the gold price had been falling for two years, and showed little sign of stabilizing. Almost no one thought the bottom was in. Market participants had been decimated. Gold showed some life in January that year, but by the time we finalized our agreement in March the price had fallen another 12%. It dropped below $1,100 that summer, and by December hit $1,049. My wager was not looking so good. 
But gold never fell to $800—never even cracked three figures. I won. And yes, he paid up. (He kept his word and sent me a check for the proceeds, including a little extra for a purchase premium; you may not agree with his predictions, but this speaks highly of his character). - Gold Silver
In the end there is one thing to remember among all the forecasting that is and has taken place over the past several years, and that is that as we go through this current cycle of declining prices in the gold sphere, the price of gold has ended each year higher than the same time as the prior year going back to 2015.  And that trend is likely to continue as long as the economy needs to rely upon the central banks having to pump out more and more credit just to survive.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Venezuela is the new Greece as Maduro forced to sell gold and give up oil assets to deal with debts

At least with Hugo Chavez, the former Venezuelan President understood that gold was an important reserve to help hedge against the nation's declining oil revenues following the Great Recession.  But unfortunately for the people of Venezuela, the individual who followed him into power after Chavez's mysterious death is as ignorant about finance and economics as anyone can be.

But hey, what would you expect from a former bus driver?

Not counting the currency debasement that President Maduro has created which has led to more than a year's worth of hyperinflation from his socialist policies and capital controls, the Venezuelan dictator also chose to lease the very gold his predecessor had returned to the country.  But as things have continued to spiral downward, Maduro is being forced to sell it outright just to get some hard currency to at least pay the military as civil unrest reaches epic proportions.

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It was almost exactly two years ago when a cash-strapped Venezuela quietly conducted its first, little-noticed gold-for-cash swap with Citigroup, as part of which Maduro converted part of his nation's gold reserves into at least $1 billion in cash courtesy of the US bank. As Reuters reported then, the motive was simple: convert $1 billion of the country's gold into much needed dollars to fund imports and keep the economy from sinking. However, instead of selling the gold outright, a move which would have been met with a firestorm of protests from political opponents and allies alike, leased it to Citi instead. 
Specifically, Venezuela provided 1.4 million troy ounces of gold to Citi in exchange for cash. And while Venezuela would have to pay interest on the funds, it got the key benefit of being able to maintain the gold as part of its foreign currency reserves. After all, the gold was "merely rehypothecated", if only on paper, the actual physical gold would be transferred to an unknown vault of Citi's choosing where it would become an asset effectively controlled by the bailed out US ban (there was a brief scare last July when Citi warned it would close the account of the Venezuela Central Bank, which prompted us to ask if Citigroup was about to confiscate $1 billion in Venezuela gold). 
While it is still unknown if Citi did in fact confiscate a substantial chunk of Venezuela's sovereign gold, what is worth noting is that even just two years ago, Venezuela was in far better economic and social shape than it is currently, which ultimately prompted Maduro's choice of picking a swap instead of an outright sale of the country's gold. Now, however, with hyperinflation rampant, with daily protests, many of which turn violent and deadly, and with the opposition set to unleash the "mother of all protests" on Wednesday even as Maduro has ordered the army to take to the streets, the president has far fewer qualms about preserving even the illusion of stability at this point. What he does need, however, is access to dollars, be it to pay Venezuela's creditors, provide funds to the cash strapped state-owned energy company PDVSA, or simply to pay the army which is the only thing keeping the nation away from a revolution, and Maduro from facing a deadly endgame. 
Which is why Maduro is about to do what he did two years ago, only on a vastly greater scale, and perhaps simply sell Venezuela's gold outright. - Zerohedge
However, this news isn't the only economic calamity for Maduro to hit the wires today as Russia has chosen to seize a Venezuelan oil tanker to use as collateral for the $30 million the nation owes in delinquent port fees.

It is estimated that Venezuela has some of the largest oil reserves in the world, as well as untapped minerals that could save the country from its monetary hell.  But with Hugo Chavez having nationalized (stolen) corporate property and equipment from foreign entities several years ago, Venezuela no longer has the skills, resources, or cash to produce their way out of debt, and thus the Bus Driver in Chief is left with little options but to sell the nation's gold just so he can stay in power a little bit longer.

Friday, April 14, 2017

As consumers find themselves broke, a proposal to Congress would sacrifice social security for more money to spend

When 9/11 hit, the Bush administration saw that the terror event could have serious ramifications on the economy as people naturally would pull back on spending out of fear of further geo-political and domestic crises.  And in the wake of this the President not only went on the air encouraging people to spend using the guise of 'Don't let the terrorists win', but he also got Congress to approve a tax rebate to filter billions of dollars into consumer's pockets so they would prime the pump to keep spending.

Then following the 2008 Financial Crisis and subsequent Great Recession, that decade of spending that was additionally fueled by near zero interest rates and a housing bubble which gave homeowners a virtual 'equity checkbook' came to an abrupt halt as job losses, foreclosures, and the realization of massive consumer debt put the economy into its worst environment since the Great Depression.

So the Fed then embarked on a new program called Quantitative Easing where they pumped $10's of trillions of dollars onto Wall Street and the Federal Government to facilitate the creation of not just one asset bubble, but multiple ones in housing, stocks, student loans, automobile loans, and the bond market.  And this provided the illusion of recovery, but only sustainable as long as the increased printing of money did not reach the point of diminishing returns.

But alas, that happened during 2015 where it takes at least $4 new printed dollars to equal $1 new dollar in GDP growth.

As we reach the end of the first quarter of 2017, the data is signalling the tipping point of all of these bubbles, and an end to consumers being able to borrow and spend beyond their means.  Retailers are closing stores and filing for bankruptcies at accelerating rates, and earlier this month credit card debt for Americans crossed over $1 trillion for the first time since prior to the 2008 crash.

So with consumer and government spending making up 80-85% of the nation's GDP, what is left for Congress and/or the Fed to scheme up to keep the economy from 'officially' spinning back towards an ever greater recession than nine years ago?

One proposal suggested by a Congressional lobbyist to legislators would be to cut or eliminate the Social Security tax paid by workers and business owners in favor of getting that money into the pockets of consumers so they can keep the ponzi scheme going for a few more years.

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President Trump and his Republican colleagues are in a precarious position at the moment. They need to find ways to trim costs, yet not at the expensive of expanding the federal deficit. One idea being floated around Washington by a GOP lobbyist, according to Fox News, is one that would see the payroll tax drastically cut or eliminated entirely. 
In 2015, Social Security generated $920.2 billion in revenue, and the payroll tax accounted for 86.4% of that revenue. The payroll tax, which also funds Medicare, is a 15.3% aggregate tax on earned income. Overall, 12.4% goes to fund Social Security, and 2.9% funds Medicare. However, most workers are only responsible for half of this amount, with their employers covering the remainder. Thus, your responsibility as a worker is often 7.65% of your earned income (6.2% to Social Security and 1.45% to Medicare). Only the self-employed wind up paying the full 15.3%. 
Even then, Social Security's payroll tax has added exemptions. Earned income is taxed between $0.01 and $127,200, as of 2017. Any additional income above and beyond $127,200 is free and clear of taxation, which is a big benefit to the wealthy.
Under the Republican proposal, the payroll tax for Social Security (the aforementioned 12.4% tax) would be eliminated, while the Medicare tax of 2.9% would remain in place. 
Why eliminate this absolutely critical source of funding? Removing the Social Security payroll tax would add $3,100 to the pockets of the average Americans household earning $50,000 a year. Republican lawmakers have long believed that putting money back into the pockets of Americans is the best way to stimulate our consumption-driven economy. - Madison
With the government already borrowing over $1 trillion in deficit spending each year to simply make ends meet, the concept of borrowing the additional difference to cover Social Security payments should the tax be cut or removed from workers is not only in of the realm of possibiities, but has already been done back in the 1990's when President Bill Clinton replaced the $3 trillion cash surplus that was in the Social Security trust fund with U.S. Treasuries (debt) so they could spend the money elsewhere on the way to building the first great bubble, that of the Dot Com variety.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

As central banks lose control over inflation, and manipulation of metals slowly ends, what is the real price of gold and silver

In the late 1970's central banks lost control over inflation forcing New York Fed President Paul Volker to push for a boosting of interest rates beginning in 1978.  In fact, during a six month period in that year, rates were increased 2% to a level of 9%, only to find out that inflation still continued to climb.

A year later inflation was raging at a level of 13%, and following President Jimmy Carter's firing of several people in his cabinet, declining confidence in the dollar led to gold shooting up an unprecedented $300 an ounce in a short amount of time.

Gold of course would go on to reach a then historic high of around $850 per ounce until Volker, who would become the next Chairman of the Fed under President Ronald Reagan, took the ultimate step of raising rates from 9% to 20% between late 1979 and 1981.

The moral of this story is that once inflation gets away from central bankers, only a move of raising interest rates to extreme levels will have any chance of taming the inflation monster, but at a cost to the general economy, as well as the stock markets.

Fast forward to 2017...

On March 10 central bankers in Japan and Europe both hinted that they may now be forced to end their policies of ZIRP and could soon commence on monetary policies of raising rather than lowering interest rates because the inflation they have been masking for the past nine years has begun to rise precipitously similar to what occurred in the U.S. economy during the 1970's.  Added to this was what the market titled 'Bond King' Bill Gross said about the 10-year Treasury, that if it reaches and stays above 2.6% it will mean armageddon for almost everything.
Investors need to watch only one number in 2017 to figure out what returns are going to look like across the various markets, bond guru Bill Gross said Tuesday. 
Whether the 10-year Treasury yield crosses the 2.6 percent mark will be critical both to the bond market and to stock prices, the fund manager at Janus Capital wrote in his monthly report for clients. The yield was around 2.39 percent Tuesday morning. Higher yields reduce a bond's face value. 
"If 2.6 percent is broken on the upside ... a secular bear bond market has begun," Gross said. "Watch the 2.6 percent level. Much more important than Dow 20,000. Much more important than $60-a-barrel oil. Much more important than dollar/euro parity at 1.00. It is the key to interest rate levels and perhaps stock prices in 2017."
Gross said the 10-year yield has been in a downward trend line since 1987. If that channel is broken, look out. 
"Investment happiness and/or despair may lie ahead over the next 12 months depending on it," he said. - CNBC

This week will see at least two, if not three or more important financial, economic, and political events occur that will have tangible effects on interest rates, inflation, gold and silver, as well as the overall economy.  These include but are not limited to:  The debt ceiling vote, the Fed's FOMC meeting and announcement, and elections in the Netherlands which could bring another anti-euro and anti-EU candidate to a presidency.

All if this of course is almost meaningless in regards to the potential of inflation moving into a higher gear no matter what the central bank does monetarily, and the Congress does fiscally.  Because through our 100 year plus virtual fiat currency system, where the purchasing power of the dollar has lost over 97% of its value, what would the price of gold and silver be if that inflation completely disconnects from any chance of central bank or government control?

Earlier today on March 12, Matterhorn Capital Management head Egon Von Greyerz laid out a chart of what the actual price of gold and silver should be today using dollar terms if the cost of inflation had been, and was allowed to effect money and asset prices.  And in his charts going back 300 years of actual inflation (not reported or manipulated), then gold today would be around $14000 in 1980 dollars, and silver above $650.
The 300-year chart of gold adjusted for real inflation shows that gold is now at the bottom of the range. Even more interestingly, the $850 top in January 1980, adjusted for inflation, would be $14,463 today.
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The 300-year silver price chart, adjusted for real inflation confirms that the 1980 $50 top would be $669 today. - News.gold-eagle
300 year silver price

Many will say that these prices are absurd, and that central banks will always have the ability to control and manipulate gold and silver markets, as well as obfuscate the reporting of real inflation.  But all one has to do is look back to 2008 when they had to come hat in hand for a taxpayer bailout to save the entire global financial system, or in 1980 when it took extreme measures that are impossible for them to do today regarding interest rates because of how high the U.S. and global debt levels are, and you will see that if the scenario of out of control inflation is already set, then it is only a matter of time now before they lose control over all prices and assets, and gold and silver will very quickly spring back to their equilibrium true values that will not just leave the metals unaffordable, but damn well completely priceless.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Could millennial snowflakes be the catalyst to keep the U.S. from eliminating cash?

If there is one thing to be said about millennials it is that they are very emotional about their activism.  And all one has to do is look over the past couple of years at their push for 'safe spaces' on campuses, rabid protests over a myriad of different topics, and the rejection of many status quo policies that have been at the core of America's government over the past 20 years.

So with central banks, sovereign leaders, and elitist academics all pushing hard for the elimination of physical cash in the world's monetary systems, an interesting irony is coming to the surface where today's millennials could be the catalyst for protecting the economy from going 100% into a digital system.

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If millennials are supposed to be the first generation going mostly cashless, they are making the move halfheartedly.
Millennials still rely on cash — 80 percent of millennials carry greenbacks. And 42 percent still write checks, according to the Accel + Qualtrics Millennial Study 2017.
And that could be a good thing, as some advisors say a cash diet is the best way to pare down debt. 
The study corroborates other recent findings that technology is not overturning conventional ways to pay for things, even as millennials flock to mobile payment apps like Apple Pay and Venmo. 
Sophia Bera, a millennial who founded Gen Y Planning and is a member of the CNBC Digital Financial Advisor Council, said most of her friends carry some cash, but she rarely sees them using it as the first option to pay for things. It's mostly cash for emergency situations, or cash for tips.  
"When I use Venmo it feels like magical money," Bera said. "You forget that it is money, like any money, and that is bad." 
The financial advisor highly recommends cash to people trying to get out of credit card debt or for sticking to a budget. "A weekly cash amount is good," Bera said. "Take out $200 every Friday and when it is gone it is gone. ... It's a lot harder to drop six twenties on a dress than swiping a card. People don't buy flatscreen TVs with $20 bills."
Bera said switching to cash, even for just a few months, can help people reign in spending, and is especially helpful for those trying to get out of debt. - CNBC
Psychology has always played a huge role in how people see and respect money.  And all one has to do is look at a casino, which exchanges your currency for casino tokens (chips) because they know that gamblers are more than willing to spend these tokens in greater quantities than if they were playing a table game using real money.

Additionally, people became inured to accumulating high levels of debt when all they had to do is pay a paltry minimum amount which they could afford despite the fact they were actually increasing their debt levels through the interest compounding on that debt.

For a generation of Americans who suddenly had a wakeup call from the massive amounts of student loan debt they accumulated, recognizing the power of money by desiring to use cash instead of credit is a life-changing paradigm.  And even with America's youth being much more attuned towards using technology for nearly everything in today's society, their lagging in the transition to a cashless digital society because they realize that spending cash over credit is extremely beneficial to keeping oneself out of debt, could be a serious factor in hindering the establishment's agenda towards making all of finance one without physical money.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How Donald Trump can bailout the American consumer without costing the government a dime

When the government was suddenly faced with the possibility of the entire Western financial system collapsing during a weekend back in September of 2008, Congress approved a bailout measure that was dedicated only for Wall Street, and left the American people stuck with their own massive accumulation of debts.  And of course this bailout of the 1% by the U.S. government to the detriment of the 99% saw many Americans lose their homes in foreclosure to the same banks that received taxpayer money, making the public outrage two-fold.

Now nine years later, debt levels for both consumers and Wall Street have once again grown to dangerous levels, and are threatening the very fabric of the global financial system.

But unlike in 2008 when the U.S. government was run by bought and paid for establishment politicians like George Bush, Dick Cheney, Hank Paulson, and Chuck Schumer, there is now someone in the White House who not only understands debt, remediation, bankruptcy, and negotiation, but is a populist who appears to favor helping the American people over the bankers and shills working on Wall Street.

Which bears the question then of how exactly could President Trump bailout the tapped out consumer without it costing a single dime to the taxpayer, or the budget?

In an interview on Feb. 22 with USA Watchdog's Greg Hunter, Nobel Prize nominee Robert David Steele provided a scenario proposed from one of his contacts that could allow President Trump to act as the negotiator for the entire American populace regarding their debt, and force the banks to a choice... either cut the interest rates and outstanding debt held by the American consumer in each of their individual accounts, or he would promote their stopping payments altogether and backstop this through a mass Pardon which would wipe away their legal obligations to the debt entirely.

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Robert David Steele: Now let me point out a debt you haven't focused on, which is the three trillion that individuals owe to bloodsucking banks that have basically violated every biblical precept and with legalized crime are charging 29% interest rates. 
I have proposed, and this is not my idea... someone smarter than me came up with this idea but I think it's brilliant, if Donald Trump created a website, something that could easily be created overnight, and if 150 million people registered their student debt, their medical debt, their family credit card debt, and their small business debt and they authorized Donald Trump to renegotiate that debt on their behalf... and Donald Trump has one to two to three trillion dollars worth of debt that he is the authorized personally assigned agent of the American people, he can go to the banks and say folks, we're going to cut this debt by two-thirds, and if you don't do that... because the banks have already made back their money and are just sucking blood from a rock with interest rates, I am going to ask every American to stop paying these debt and I am going to give ever American a Presidential Pardon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Germany remains at the center of the new Greek financial crisis as minister demands Greeks provide gold to backstop bailout

As the German government continues to prove more and more that they are the real controllers over the European Union, on Feb. 21 a minister in Germany's government publicly called for Greece to start putting up collateral, including gold bullion, if they want to receive the next tranche of bailouts to help their beleaguered system.

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Bavaria's 50-year-old finance minister Markus Soeder was previously named by German weekly Der Spiegel as one of the Ten Most Dangerous European Politicians (defined as "every politician who is resorting to cheap populism in order to rack up domestic political points"). 
For the Greeks, this may well be true. 
According to an interview with Bild, the CSU politician said that: 
...new billions should only flow when Athens implemented all the reforms.  Even then however, aid should only be given against a pledge "in the form of cash, gold or real estate" - Zerohedge
For anyone who doesn't think gold is money, just ask the Germans who have not only repatriated much of their offshore reserves in recent weeks, but are now demanding that EU debtors put up their own gold holdings to continue the scheme of enslavement to the Troika printing press.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A MGTOW future: Could feminism have actually helped accelerate the destruction of Western economies?

Although it's been talked about before from a social and behavioral perspective, the gains earned by women through the Feminist movement over the past 50 years have also created a shift in masculine priorities that could actually lead to economic destruction in many Western countries.

How so you might ask?

Today's current debt based economic system that reigns in the U.S., Europe, and in Japan requires two very important activities to remain solvent, and keep their economies from collapsing.  First, the system needs to continuously create new debt just to sustain the already massive debt load that is 3.5 times the world's annual GDP, and with this debt try to avoid the consequence of deflation in asset prices.  And it was for this reason that the central banks implemented Quantitative Easing and Zero percent interest rates through which they could create a continuous inflow of newly created money that would keep asset prices high, even if doing so created bubbles and artificial prices.

Secondly these economies need consumers to spend as much money as possible, including using debt to aid in keeping the debt creation scheme going.  In fact, any slowdown in consumer spending would automatically trigger a deflationary spiral, and bankrupt the system similar to what happened in 2008 (liquidity and credit crisis).

So with this in mind how does feminism, and its growing consequence of MGTOW in the U.S. and Europe and Grass Eaters in Japan, have the potential to destroy Western economic systems?  By undermining, and in some cases even eliminating the very complex that supports, sustains, and feeds that system.

Marriage and family.

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Besides the obvious that the generation of millennials are buying fewer and fewer homes, cars, etc...,  and taking fewer and fewer relationships all the way to marriage, they are also having fewer children, making it a trifecta of negative consequences for Western economies.

So how does feminism come into this?

Feminism, and the government's supporting of this movement through the education systems, legislative systems, and judicial systems, have made marriage a completely unfair and economically unviable contract for men to enter into.  In fact, with close to 60% of all marriages ending in divorce, and 70% of those being initiated by women, the cost of entering into the institution of marriage is a losing proposition for the majority of men.

Thus we are seeing the rise of the Grass Eaters and the MGTOW's (Men Going Their Own Way) as a consequence of 50 years of the pendulum shifting way to far away from the old model of patriarchy, to now that of gyno-centrism.

But this doesn't explain yet why the decline of marriage and children in the West has the potential of destroying their economic systems.  It does however when you take a look at how much is put into that system by married families versus single individuals.

Men more often buy homes in accordance with having to support a wife and children, and they also work more hours at a job in pursuit of this financial support.  But in Japan today for example, the phenomenon of Grass Eating (men not marrying) has given rise to many of them actually working less, and dedicating their earnings to self-aggrandizement in the form of fashion, video games, and alternative forms of entertainment.
Something is happening to Japan's young men. Compared with the generation that came before, they are less optimistic, less ambitious and less willing to take risks. They are less likely to own a car, want a car, or drive fast if they get a car. They are less likely to pursue sex on the first date - or the third. They are, in general, less likely to spend money. - Washington Post
This trend is also being felt in the investment world, where fewer and fewer men are investing in 401K plans and other retirement vehicles.

The destruction of the family and marriage is also destroying the traditions normally performed as one progresses through life.  Without the need to purchase a home, to pay the costs of having children, and the fact that men no longer have to strive to be a bread winner in a household, money normally spent as a consumer is being used elsewhere, and without the need to go deeply in debt.

While this social and financial trend has not yet reached the point where it has created a 'vergence in the force' here in America or in Europe, it is already being highly felt over in Japan where there is not enough revenues being created to pay for the needs of the retiring generation there that are living on social security, investments, and in pensions.  And that will change here very soon as Baby Boomers are forced to have to sell off their assets to pay the taxman, with very few or no buyers to mop them up in the markets.

The nuclear family has throughout history been the core and most important institution for any given society and economy.  And with this now having been fundamentally changed almost in parallel to Western nations going to a debt based fiat economy since the early 1970's, the advent of Grass Eaters and Men Going Their Own Way because of the black swan consequence of feminism could be the catalyst to not only trigger the next financial crisis, but even to bring about a collapse of the entire system.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Got gold? War on Pensions is officially on as Treasury Department allows unprecedented cuts to benefits

2016 was known as the year for the War on Cash, where India, Venezuela, and even the European Union eliminated currency denominations in the hopes of forcing all their citizens into a cashless system run by the banks.

And despite the fact that here in the U.S. a scheme to ban and eliminate the $100 bill was pushed by two ivory tower economists using the guise of fighting the 'War on Terror', to date all dollar denominated currencies are still considered around the world to be legal tender.

Yet the problem in the U.S., and in many other parts of the world as well, is not money laundering, or citizens using physical cash for illegal means, but instead it is the massive amount of debt that sovereign governments, states, municipalities, and even central banks have that they can no longer afford to service, and which threatens to collapse the entire financial system at both the micro and macro levels.

Attempts to service this debt, and the refusal to allow failed assets and institutions to go bankrupt, has led central banks to destroy the very instruments that savers, retirees, and government pension funds relied upon to pay for promises made to workers in both the public and private sectors.  And as we saw cracks begin last year in the two largest pension funds in the U.S. (Calpers and Central States), 2017 appears here early on to be the year where a War on Pensions will be ratcheted up to maximum levels.

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On Dec. 16, the U.S. Treasury approved the proposal of Cleveland-based Ironworkers #17 Pension Fund to cut the benefits of its 2,000 members by an average of 20%. This is the first time the Treasury has allowed a private pension plan to cut benefits of its members. The Local’s members and retirees will vote on it Jan. 20. If approved, cuts could start Feb. 1. 
Five more pension plans are waiting for the Treasury Department’s decision to reduce pension benefits, Jonnelle Marte reports in the Jan. 5 Washington Post. The cuts proposed would affect tens of thousands of employees and retirees who earned pensions, such as bricklayers, furniture workers and autoworkers. - Larouchepub
The unprecedented move by the U.S. Treasury Department follows the drama Americans saw during the final months of 2016 where first responders from the City of Dallas raided their pension fund when it became known that it was underfunded by a good 40-70%, and where workers and retirees feared there would be no money left to pay out promised benefits.

Yet in addition to the Ironworkers Pension Fund out of Cleveland, OH, several other funds are planning severe cuts to their recipients in the coming weeks, which could begin a chain reaction of cuts around the country for those who paid into their retirements expecting them to be there during their golden years.

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On top of this, there are already talks in Congress regarding the cutting of pay, jobs, and pension benefits for Federal employees now that the Republicans have seized control over all branches of government.
Federal employees can expect attempts to cut their pay, benefits and rights in the new Congress, as the unified Republican government looks to finally deliver on many failed efforts from previous years. 
The 115th Congress wasted no time pursuing legislation with high impacts on the federal workforce; the first bill approved by the House would require the Veterans Affairs Department to permanently note all reprimands and admonishments on employee records, and a resolution setting the rules for the House this session will allow lawmakers to eliminate federal employees’ jobs and reduce their pay through the appropriations process. 
One likely early target for congressional Republicans, according to multiple sources familiar with their plans, is federal workers’ defined benefit pensions. Lawmakers are expected to address the reform first through the budget reconciliation process, which would allow Congress to institute the cuts without any Democratic support. The budget resolution will likely instruct the House Oversight and Government Reform committee to identify a certain amount of savings, a request committee members can fulfill by proposing significant cuts to federal employees’ retirement benefits. - Govexec
For years states, municipalities, and corporations promised extraordinary benefits that could only work if economic conditions were at their optimum.  But the moment growth and interest rates began to decline, so too did the financial vehicles capable of sustaining large returns to pension funds that needed 5-8% annual increases.  And after eight years of zero interest rates and less than 3% growth, the bugle is sounding to pay the piper, and the ones who will lose are the ones who rely upon it the most.

Got gold?

Friday, January 13, 2017

When the bond market crashes if just 1% of that money went into precious metals it would empty world supply

A few days ago, the market designated 'Bond King' spoke at an annual economic forum in Chicago and laid out a scenario that if the 10-year Treasury Bond reached and stayed above 2.60%, it would signal the end of the 30+ year bond rally and bring in a bear market that could crash domestic and global bonds around the world.

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If the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note moves above 2.60 percent, a secular bear bond market has begun, investor Bill Gross warned on Tuesday. 
"Watch the 2.6 percent level. Much more important than Dow 20,000. Much more important than $60-a-barrel oil. Much more important that the Dollar/Euro parity at 1.00.   
It is the key to interest rate levels and perhaps stock price levels in 2017," Gross wrote in his latest investment outlook to clients. 
The 10-year Treasury note yield was around 2.37 percent late on Monday. - Reuters
Yet in addition to the benchmark Treasury Bond potentially shifting into a bear market here in 2017, global bonds are running on the opposite end of the curve where nearly $16 trillion worth of them are priced at negative interest.  And back in June Bill Gross warned that this could lead to a consequence far greater than just a bear market, as it could create an environment in which the entire $82.2 trillion global market could collapse outright.
Gross: Global yields lowest in 500 years of recorded history. $10 trillion of neg. rate bonds. This is a supernova that will explode one day.
Thus 2017 has the potential for two real negative scenarios in a market that is much greater than that of the equity markets.  Because in this era of credit based finance, where nations and central banks must continually create new debt to pay for or roll over existing debt that has now reached a level of 325% of the world's annual GDP, any crack in the bond markets could easily lead to a collapse in the sovereign institutions themselves.

So if this year does see a crisis, or even outright collapse in the U.S. or world bond markets as being predicted by more and more analysts, what asset classes are available for investors, governments, central banks, and individuals to move their money into?

Stocks?  For sure, a large portion of money would rush from the bond market into stocks.  But with PE's now well over 20 since the market spike beginning in September of last year, this market is extremely over-valued even right now.

Real Estate?  Indeed, real estate at the high-end commercial and residential levels are still rising in price, but with overall prices back to the same 2006 levels that signaled the end of the first Housing Bubble, there is still too much risk to make it a good replacement.

So what does that leave for people to move tens of trillions of dollars into that would be of minimal risk and would protect their wealth?  The answer of course is gold, silver, and other precious metals.  But with so many purchasers still buying the metals at nearly all levels (central banks, governments, institutions, and individuals) since the 2008 financial crisis, and spikes in buying going on nearly all the time because of financial crises taking place in India, Venezuela, Britain following Brexit, and even China because of their currency woes, it would not take much money at all to completely wipe out the global supplies remaining in the open markets, and drive the price up to levels that might not even show a bid at all.

In other words, make gold and silver priceless.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

At the normal historic 10:1 ratio, gold should be at over $9000 and silver over $1000 to backstop current debt and money supply

As of Nov. 30, the U.S. Department of the Treasury claims in their monthly report that they have a total of 261,498, 926 ounces of gold contained in bullion, coins, blanks, and miscellaneous products.


In addition, the national debt for the United States is approximately $19.8 trillion as of Dec. 1, with $1.48 trillion of that being physical currency in circulation.

Yet the power of the U.S. dollar being the recognized global reserve currency is based upon its being backed by gold, as determined back in the 1940's during the Bretton Woods conference.  And despite the fact that the U.S. Treasury closed the ability for other nations to exchange dollars for gold when former President Richard Nixon closed the 'gold window', it did not stop the caveat that the dollar must be tied to gold in some capacity.

Ie... this is why the Federal Reserve holds reserves in gold even today despite the deception that Fed Chairmen such as Ben Bernanke gave to Congress and the American people that gold is no longer money.

So with this in mind, what should the real price of gold in dollars be today to backstop the current debt and monetary expansion that exists in the global economy?  And just as important, what should the price of silver be if allowed to reside at its historic 10:1 ratio to gold when the manipulation of the metals finally ceases.

For the reported amount of gold the U.S. is believed to hold, the current dollar price to backstop $19.8 trillion in debt would set the price at $75,717.  However, as most of the debt held domestically and offshore is in Treasury Bonds rather than physical cash, let's break it down instead to what the value of gold should be for the amount of actual currency in circulation.

$1.48 trillion / 261,498,926 = $5659 per ounce.

Yet these number are also limited as they reflect simply the bare amount of currency in circulation, but not representing all money used in financial transactions (electronic banking).  So for that we need to look at an approximate number, which is calculated to a relative degree of accuracy by the Debt Clock website, which estimates the current monetary base as being over $3.6 trillion.

$3.61 trillion / 261,498,926 = $13,820 per ounce.

Over time the expansion of the dollar monetary base has become extremely convoluted since its recognition as the global reserve currency.  And this is due to the fact that not only are dollar denominations used as currency, but also bonds and derivatives are considered by many to be as good as money.  So with that in mind we could probably safely put the true price of gold to be somewhere in between the reported amount of dollars in circulation, and the estimated total amount of dollars used between cash and fractional electronic banking.

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The invisible hand of the markets will always eventually push asset prices back to their true value, as manipulations can only be done for a finite period of time before they cause distortions elsewhere that lead to financial calamities... as we are seeing right now in the monetary distortions occurring in both India and Venezuela.

So how long can the government suppress gold and silver prices to protect their dollar expansion, and keep the true price from breaking through in the markets?  No one really has an answer to this but historically, no fiat currency system has ever survived to 50 years of use, and we are now within the final five years of that mean.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

30 years later the Dow is at the same ratio to debt as it was in late 1987

Following the 1987 stock market crash, the Federal Reserve began a new course of monetary policy in which they would use a combination of debt and manipulated interest rates... not to protect the bond markets or inflation, but to boost up the stock markets.  And in the just over 29 years since this policy started under Alan Greenspan, an interesting parallel has occurred.

The ratio of the national debt is virtually the same as the increase in the Dow Jones average.

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Dow

In 1987 the United States ended the year with a national debt of $2.35 trillion, and the Dow ended the year at 1927.31.  However, before the Oct. 19 crash it was at 2246.73, or a ratio of 1:.956 Debt to Dow.  This ratio of nearly 1:1 is significant because it is the starting point for a trend where the Dow would begin to rise either in tandem, or in the same multiples as the debt.

When Bill Clinton took office in January of 1993, the debt was at $4.064 trillion and the Dow was at 3301.  And the increase of debt from 1987 to 1993 was virtually the exact same increase the Dow experienced (42% vs. 41.6%) during the same period.

Most mainstream pundits and economic analysts love to tout how Bill Clinton 'balanced the budget' and added few deficits that led to increases in the national debt.  But what they willingly or unwillingly fail to mention is how the Clinton administration raided the Social Security Trust of over $3 trillion and replaced the cash with Treasuries (debt).  And instead of borrowing the money from the Federal Reserve, which would have officially been added to the National debt number, he instead robbed Peter to pay Paul, and his total increase to the debt was over $4.6 trillion to finish out his term with the real debt between $8.6 and $9 trillion.

But there was a caveat that needs to be added to this era as it was also a time when Alan Greenspan lowered interest rates from 7.25% in late 1987 to a low of 3.25% when Clinton took office in 1993.  And because of this near doubling of overall debt coupled with the halving of interest rates, the Dow subsequently more than tripled during this era known as the Dot Com Boom.

Real debt increase from Jan. 1992 to Dec. 31 1999: 120%.  Dow increase from Jan. 1992 to Dec. 31 1999: 348%.  Interest rates halved from 7.25 to 3.25%.

Over the course of the fiscally irresponsible years from 2000 to 2016, where the national debt doubled first under George W. Bush to $9.5 trillion and again under Barack Obama to its current level of $19.8 trillion, the stock markets climbed nearly in tandem to the rise in debt outside the stock market crash and declines of 2008-2009.  And most astonishing is that as of Dec. 9, 2016, the ratio of Debt to the Dow is back where it began nearly 30 years ago at a virtual 1:1 equivalent.

Dec. 9:  Dow close:


Dec. 9: National Debt


$19.87 trillion to 19,756     Ratio 1:.994

Coincidence?  Now imagine what the stock markets would look like if the government had not borrowed so much money... or if they decide to finally shut off the spigot... or the spigot is shut off for them.

Are you willing to put your retirement trust in the hands of entities that will not grow or survive without more and more borrowed debt?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

What should the real price of gold and silver be with all the paper contracts sold for each bullion ounce

With the rise of the Shanghai Gold Exchange over in Asia, there are now three primary gold markets functioning globally.  But only one is an actual physical gold market since both London (LBMA) and New York (Comex) are paper gold based derivative markets.

For years organizations like GATA have sought to prove price manipulation and the use of bullion banks by the Fed and the U.S. Treasury to keep down the paper spot price to protect these derivative contracts.  And this proof of manipulation was finally validated earlier this year with a public mia culpa by Deutsche Bank that they and others have been purposely manipulating gold prices through the use of naked shorts dumped periodically onto the gold markets.

So even with these new disclosures of price fixing and illegal market trades, one has to ask why are the central banks and government finance agencies still continuing to manipulate markets without a care that they would be prosecuted, and most importantly, is there an underlying purpose behind such mechanisms?

The answer may lie in a new interview discussing data derived from GATA analyst Adrian Douglas who suggests that the real gold price should be well over $50,000 per ounce to backstop the $14 trillion in foreign held debt, and that the 40 -100:1 paper contract to physical gold ratio currently used in the Comex is a means to keep the paper price down while protecting the debt held by foreigners, which are using held gold as collateral denominated at its true value.

Silver Doctors: GATA's Adrian Douglas has done extensive research into the paper manipulation of gold and silver.  But the precious metals world changed overnight when Jeffrey Christian from CPM Group made this startling admission at the CFTC hearing in March. 
Jeffrey Christian: And you've heard people out there saying it today, that there is just not that much physical metal out there.  There isn't.  But as the physical market uses that term, there is much more metal that that... there is a 100 times more metal (paper metal).
Precious metals are financial assets, and like currencies and T-Bills and T-Bonds, they trade in multiples of 100 times the underlying physical. 
Silver Doctors:  Adrian Douglas's research leads him to conclude that the outstanding paper metals manipulation in gold is 45:1.  Meaning there are 45 paper ounces of gold sold for every one ounce of physical gold in the vault.
Which multiplies the 'apparent' gold supply 45 times.  Therefore suppressing price to what we see today. 
Adrian Douglas:  The Supply of gold is artificially increased by this paper gold about 45 times the actual supply.  So that means when that is exposed, and people are asking for gold that isn't there, the potential is that gold's purchasing power will be multiplied by 45 times. 
Silver Doctors:  There are 45 times the amount of gold sold as there is in the bullion banks, so what is the price of gold for the bullion banker?  $56,000 an ounce.
That is because they sold 45 ounces total (at approx. $1245 per ounce) for every physical ounce they owned.  In essence, they received $56,000 for every physical ounce sold.
Now the U.S. government claims they have 261.5 million ounces of gold held in reserves, so let's take them at face value and assume the gold isn't encumbered.  People say the dollar is backed by nothing, but it actually is backed by the gold reserves they claim they have. 
Now let's consider the dollar.  We've issued $14 trillion in (debt held by foreigners) against 261.5 million ounces.  If you do the division ($14 trillion / 261.5 million) the price comes out to... 
Approximately between $53,500 - $56,000 per ounce.  The exact same amount as the LBMA and Comex selling 45 times in paper gold the number of actual physical gold held in their vaults.
It appears that the paper gold manipulation is purposely being done to protect the dollar during this era of massive money expansion, and increase in debt.  And they are using the paper derivatives markets of the Comex and LBMA to suppress the TRUE VALUE of physical gold since if it were to run free to achieve its actual value it would collapse the dollar as well as the rest of the world's fiat currency mechanisms.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The window is closing for the chance to make your own decisions on your retirement accounts and to buy gold at affordable prices

Back during the 2008 Credit Crisis, one of the first things they did was to freeze money market accounts in the wake of bank failures and a liquidity collapse.  For most people, the money market arena is a playing field that only their brokers deal with, but it is important to retirees who have 401K's, IRA's, and mutual funds because this is where your money goes when you are temporarily out of stocks, bonds, or other paper assets.

Back on June 30, an interesting announcement was made to one sector of the retirement industry as Paychex, a third party company that provides HR, business, and financial services to thousands of companies, reported that they were no longer using money markets as a conduit for individuals and businesses to hold their cash in between payments made towards a worker's chosen retirement account, and similarly, when a worker/customer moves out of equities and into cash within their accounts.  And in this policy change, where is Paychex now going to move money to store on a temporary basis?

U.S. government bonds.
I received a document from Paychex today which is the administrator of one of my 401K accounts… and they informed me that they are going to move all cash in NON-government ‘Federated CASH Obligation’ money market accounts to ‘Federated Government Obligations‘… 
Since my 401K money is invested in three different precious metals funds this announcement does not affect me, however it will impact many other unsuspecting would-be retirees who falsely believe that their money is “safe” and “liquid” in a money market account. This is the slippery slope into government forcing account holders to invest in government debt (Treasuries), and it’s exactly what we’ve been warning about. As for me, I’m going to roll that particular account over and away from the control of Paychex. - Silver Doctors via SGT Report

The Federal government has been planning to try to confiscate Americans retirement accounts for some time now, and move them directly into U.S. Treasuries similar to what they did to the Social Security Trust Fund.  And this has already taken place in the pensions of Federal employees, which are secured by government debt (Treasuries), and in the Obama created program known as MyRA.

For over a decade, and in particular since the financial system nearly collapsed back in 2008, many in the alternative financial media have been trying to warn people of the coming death of their established retirement system, and the moves being made to cut promised benefits due to the insolvencies now being seen at the Federal and State levels.  And in 2016, where the U.S. Treasury is at its lowest yield in history, and much of the rest of the world languishes in negative interest rates, the window is closing for Americans to be able to make a choice... and that choice is whether to see your retirement accounts liquidated to fund U.S. government debt, or to take the proactive position and move into gold and silver before the price of each becomes unaffordable.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Western debt based economics: It now takes $10 of debt to create $1 of GDP growth

When central banks embark on fiscally irresponsible monetary policies, they tend to create anomalies that lead to economic crashes, bubbles, and as we are seeing in places like Greece and Japan, eternal deflationary growth.
But the United States for the time being is different, and this is because they still remain the sole keeper of the global reserve currency.  And this means that they can print endless money without thought, at least until the consequences of ignoring reality comes to bear.
Following endless zero interest rates and four different quantitative easing programs, a number of anomalies have arisen that are becoming impossible to ignore, and even more difficult to counter.  The first is that they have created so much debt that it requires the creation of new credit simply to remain static within the current economy.  And secondly, that debt creation has completely wiped out the concept of capital, where a new report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that it now takes $10 of new debt just to create $1 of new GDP growth.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Payday loans: American workers can now owe their souls to the company store

A classic American song that originated in 1946, but was made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford nine years later, speaks on American workers in the mining industry who were forced to use their wages in the mining company’s store, leaving them eternally in debt and eternally slaves to their jobs.  And while this song’s origins come from a real time in America’s history, as usual that same history is coming back today in a whole new rhyme.
That is because due to the decline in overall wages since the late 1970’s, more American workers are being forced to borrow from ‘payday’ lenders just to make it from check to check.  And rather than see their employees borrow money from a third party agency, companies are now giving workers their own version of ‘payday’ loans at a modicum interest of only 6-18%.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Gold is not just a check and balance against bad currencies but also in reining in corrupt politicians

Few people today know that when the Federal Reserve was forged a little over 100 years ago, the central bank had many important restrictions that kept it in check from becoming the debt and inflation creating behemoth it is today.  One thing in particular that the private bank was restricted from doing was in purchasing sovereign bonds such as the U.S. Treasury.

But with the advent of a World War rushing towards American shores in 1916-17, the same politicians who voted in the Fed suddenly saw an opportunity to increase their coffers and passed new legislation which allowed the central bank to buy U.S. debt, and this began the cycle which would eventually see the dollar lose over 98% of its purchasing power a century later.

Fast forward to 1964...

The powers that be running the U.S. government following World War II (ie... the Military Industrial Complex) desperately wanted a new war after the Korean quagmire so they chose Vietnam as their next area of aggression.  But to do so would require massive amounts of money the government didn't have, so they coaxed the Fed to begin buying more debt to fund the campaign.

This of course led to a devaluation of the currency which culminated in our exporting inflation to other countries since the dollar was the global reserve currency, and those nations were forced to buy and use the dollar in international trade.  As a result, nations like France said ENOUGH, and began to demand gold for their dollars, which in turn led to a monetary crisis in which President Nixon was forced to remove gold from out money supply to stave off insolvency.

In the end, gold was never the cause for recessions, depressions, or stagnating economic growth, but rather it was the corrupt nature of men who demanded more than was necessary to run the government who destroyed the value of the dollar for consumers and producers alike.

Which brings us to an interesting dichotomy in the 2016 Presidential election cycle.  Of the remaining three primary candidates vying for the White House, one is a bought and paid for shill of the banks and the debt based system, one has a basic understanding of the corporatism that has taken over the government, but his solution is simply to create more debt, and the last one has a vast understanding of debt probably more than any candidate in recent history, and that candidate understands money better than all of them.

And that individual is also being recognized by the World Gold Council as being good for gold and the future of gold prices.

Donald Trump is great for gold. 
Or, at least, the possibility of his winning the presidential election in November is, according to Greg Collett, the World Gold Council's director of investment products.
The council sponsors the SPDR Gold Trust, the largest exchange-traded fund in the world that is backed by gold. 
The possibility that the presumptive Republican nominee will win the general election could heighten the type of concern that drives investors to invest in the metal as a haven.
"He's very unclear in his policies, and uncertainty tends to make people say, 'Maybe I should have something a little bit in gold,'" Collett told Business Insider on Wednesday. 
He continued: 
If he's elected, this time next year, what does the country look like? Who knows? Who knows if companies can do business with China or Mexico, [or] if we're like rounding up people and deporting them, who knows? 
That sort of weighs on people's investments, except for gold. It helps gold. 
Trump has come out in support of the gold standard, which effectively pegs the value of currency to gold. - Business Insider
The bottom line is that besides the voting booth and the 2nd amendment, gold as money was one of the most important articles the founding fathers put into our system of government to act as a check and balance against a corrupt and tyrannical government.  And it is why the powers that be desperately want to suppress its price, and why for the common man it is the most important solution to bringing about a return to both limited government, and prosperity.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Welfare to the world: Illegals receive more in benefits than U.S. citizens do

During Barack Obama’s tenure in office, Americans on welfare have ballooned to a massive 1/3 of the total populace, with more than 100 million receiving some form of government benefit.  And in the final year of his Presidency, the expansion of the welfare system appears to not have gone far enough for Obama.
That is because in the midst of his agenda to bring in tens of millions of more illegals on top of the estimated 30 million already undocumented in the country, a new report out shows that illegals receive more in taxpayer benefits via welfare than actual American citizens do.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Millennials partying on taxpayer money long before the rise of Bernie Sanders

Before there was Bernie Sanders there was Barack Obama, who throughout his eight years in office has been the benefactor of free stuff long before the current Presidential candidate for the Democratic party began running on a platform of cradle to grave welfare.  And whether it was free Obama phones or free Obamacare to the poorest in the land, perhaps the biggest ‘free’ gift the commander-inf-chief gave to millennials was access to unlimited debt.
The current 18-30 generation in just eight years has compiled more than $1 trillion in student loan debt.  And perhaps the most devious thing behind this is that access to hundreds of thousands per person in student loans was done with the knowledge that there were going to be no real jobs created during his tenure, and as a side effect the system helped create new debt which was absolutely necessary to keep the financial system from imploding.