Geithner's Delusional Recovery

Bill Bonner here at The Daily Reckoning writes that Tim Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America, is the author of the now-infamous “Welcome to the Recovery” piece he wrote for The New York Times, which I meant to read, and tried to read, but I could only get part way through it before getting visibly upset with such self-serving, lying, sophomoric qualitative excuse-mongering.

I also think I remember quickly scanning the article, but it was just, “Bah! More of the Same Old Crap (SOC)” about how the brave, handsome and beautiful brilliant Obama people (like Mr. Geithner himself) and the brave, handsome and beautiful geniuses in Congress courageously worked together in a glorious heroic effort to “save us” from the terrible fate of booms caused by inflationary increases in the money supply and the cancer of deficit-spending governments grown to grotesque proportions, by (oddly enough) providing more government grotesqueries by dint of outrageously more deficit-spending and even outrageously more money created by the outrageous Federal Reserve! Outrageous! How could I continue reading such crap?

Anyway, Mr. Bonner thankfully does not mention how I seem to be working myself into a Raging Mogambo Snit (RMS) about this stuff right in front of his eyes, like some kind of weird Jekyll and Hyde monster, or how I am so angry that little specks of spittle are flying out of my mouth at high rates of speed as I speak, which I do, loudly, so that even the furthermost disinterested passerby will hear me and think to him or herself, “Gee! The Federal Reserve is a monster that has destroyed us with their stupid neo-Keynesian econometric inanities, which apparently translates as ‘Mathematical reasons why the money supply should be increased all the time, only varying between more and a lot more, depending upon, you know, the current whim as to arrangements of formulae and computer models!’”

Instead, he apparently intuits that it would calm me down to note that Geithner mentions “that households were paying down their debts,” which he somehow sees as “a sign of recovery.”

And you know what? He was right! Whereas I was angry, now I am laughing! Hahaha! I am laughing the Bitter Laugh Of Scorn (BLOS) at Tim Geithner and that anyone else would see good news in massive leveraging of a depreciating fiat currency to amass suffocating, bankrupting, un-payable debt levels in every part of the economy, leading to less consumption, leading to losses, declining sales revenues to retailers, credit card companies, and taxing authorities. Hahaha! Bitter Laugh Of Scorn (BLOS)! BLOS! Hahaha!

Apparently, I was too detailed in my explanation of how Tim Geithner is an idiot, and I was immediately bombarded with questions like “Did you say something that was not stupid?” and, “Could you explain that, please, or are you too stupid?” and, “What is wrong with you that you sound so stupid?”

So I was soon busy with explaining to the media nerds how a consumer-driven society, especially one where total government spending is half of GDP, is the Shining Path To Doom (SPTD), and Mr. Bonner shows not only real insight into the problem, but with the brevity that is, so they say, the soul of wit, which explains with crystal clarity that debt repayment is not, as Mr. Geithner believes, a sign of recovery, as, in a consumerist, debt-driven currency and economy, “it is actually the source of the slump.”

Paradoxically, it is also the sign of a boom in gold, silver and oil which, because they are so cheap right now, makes you gloat, “Whee! This investing stuff is easy!”

The Mogambo Guru
for The Daily Reckoning