Today’s edition of The Daily Reckoning features a fascinating repartee between two witty, insightful and thought-provoking observers of the human condition…especially that portion of the human condition that involves dollar signs. Both of these individuals provide a refreshing alternative to the mainstream financial media blather. Both of them prefer Hayek to Keynes. Both of them light up a room with their charm. But only one of them owns a chateau in France; and only one of them slips well-toned legs into Manolo Blahniks…at least as far as we know.
See if you can tell which one is which!
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Excellent interview! Bill speaks common sense whereas the main stream pronosticators speak economic gobbled goop and confuse themselves with their own convoluted mental constructs.
the problem with the interview is that, regardless of any truism explained by Bill Bonner, the keynesian and other fraudulent advocates can never listen nor understand… they do not understand man, they cannot cope with the concepts of cause and consequence and worst, they sincerely believe they can tame the economy when history clearly proved this only leads to dead-ends.
Reasons why and how Pres. Obama may direct America out of this financial wilderness that was caused by the Republicans ( the church crowd from the South )
An energy revolution in supply thanks to NAFTA which the Republicans ( the church crowd from the South ) by and large opposed. The energy revolution would be in fracted shale-oil and gas from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Chihuahua, Sonora, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Coahuila, Durango,Nuevo Leon, Tamulipas, Baja California Norte, Nevada and California. There may also be coal from West Virginia and Pennsylvania, also Montana, Wyoming and Alberta. There may also be new hydro-electric dams on all major rivers such as the Colorado River, the Rio Grande River, and the Saskatchewan River. There may also be new atomic power plants. And shallow-water sea-floor drilling will continue for oil and gas.
Finally just to decorate this cake and make it into a memorable birthday cake: a few windmills and solar panels just for the laugh, planted into the chocolate frosting on the top. And the enemies of America would never try their $5 per gal. gasoline and 9/11 stunt ever again.
I see to-day, Nov 26, 2012 film of Black Friday shopping in America, and hoards of shoppers running into the stores and setting an all-time shopping sales record….. So, it would appear that the Great Recession is now over, and that the Federal Reserve Bank has finally used their old Alan Greenspan’s Keynsian economics to over-heat the economy. Here on the West Coast, where on Monday of Thanksgiving week, $65 would buy three adults food for one entire week including turkey and dessert, prices have now been raised again to former pre-holiday levels, and those levels were astronomic. In the housing market, houses are which were in foreclosure and sitting empty for months are now being flipped like hats in California, and something like the way they were flipped in the late 1970s…… Yes, things have changed just that fast.
So now comes the question: What is the Fed going to do next? Raise interest rates to 1% and invite the hyper-inflation to get worse even faster, or raise interest rates quickly now to a tolerable but serious 4% and put a stop to this hyper-inflation cancer signal, and fast? This serious inflation signal now in shopping and in housing is going to force Ben Bernanke’s hand real fast.
If Bernanke is Alan Greenspan, he will now sit and raise interest rates by 0.25% or do nothing at all. And then, things are going to get worse real fast. I saw in Felton, Calif to-day, a house sold a few months ago for $175,000 now placed back onto the Cal housing market for well over $400,000. Not that the house will sell at that price, but the owner will flip the home for double his purchase price and move on to the next….. And one would think the jack-asses at the Federal Reserve Bank would have learned from their 1970s mistake by now?
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Since the Internet boom of the 1990s, Internet infrastructure has not had a major upgrade in carrying capacity. Now, for the first time in more than a decade, an immense spending cycle is about to be set in motion, and it's aimed at upgrading those "old pipes." Josh Grasmick explains how you can get in on the ground floor of this investment trend...
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Taken individually, most people perform relatively well in their daily lives. They get up, drive to work and interact with various other people, largely without incident. But when big groups of people get together, they can be incredibly pig-headed, demanding "action" when the best course of action would simply be inaction. And before you know it, chaos ensues. Bill Bonner explains...