Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Federal Reserve Openly Targets Dollar Demise

The collapse of the global stock markets was something that was supposed to happen if the debt ceiling wasn’t raised.  But here we are, seeing a sudden correction even after the debt ceiling was raised.  The Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury are actively trying to crush the U.S. dollar so the debts of their banking allies will get cheaper as the years go by and the quality of life for most Americans continues to erode like a tide washing away a sand castle.  Of course it will be expected that at some point some other archaic form of quantitative easing part three will be brought to the table but the Federal Reserve is a faith based system.  Suddenly people are having less and less faith from a central bank that has sat idly by for the working and middle class while allowing the wealthiest in this country to become even wealthier simply by gaming the current financial system.  The markets are not pleased with raising the debt ceiling without actually looking for new revenue streams.  This is like getting a credit card line increase without your income rising.  The Fed is targeting the dollar not because it is good for America, but for the specific reason that it will allow banking allies to hide the ill bets of the 2000s.

National debt jumps $238 billion in one day
us treasury debt
Source:  U.S. Treasury
The national debt went up an incredible $238 billion in one day after the debt ceiling was raised.  You don’t need to live a life like a Hollywood superstar to spend on a gigantic scale.  Most Americans are wondering why so much money is being spent with such little results in the real economy.  The underlying reality is the Federal Reserve is focused on fixing the balance sheet of member banks and if this helps Americans as a secondary result, so be it.  Yet the opposite is occurring.  Those connected to the financial sector are becoming wealthier while the other 90 percent of Americans witness their quality of life collapsing.
The phony recovery
The vast majority wouldn’t realize we are in an “official” recovery but that is what we are told from key people in the Federal Reserve.  In fact, we’ve been in recovery since the summer of 2009 if you can believe it.  Of course the recovery is for those in the banking and financial sectors because most Americans are not seeing any of this massive spending and bailout growth.  Quantitative easing is not supposed to be a common way of fixing an economy.  In fact, take a look at this chart of QE actions from the Federal Reserve:
Source:  Info Wars
Since the above chart was printed, another $300+ billion has been added to the Fed balance sheet.  What is this money being used for?  It is being used to secretively bail out horrible bets placed by banks during the go-go days of the real estate bubble.  It is being used to exchange junk loans for Treasuries to banks to help them stay afloat while they kick out millions of Americans from homes and charge them onerous over draft fees.  It should come as no surprise because of these actions that the U.S. dollar has taken a hit over the last few decades.  We have been on a giant spending binge but a large portion of that has been to finance a toxic banking system.
Government debt and GDP
fed govt debt and gdp
It is normal for a government to expand if the underlying economy is expanding.  More success usually will demand more services on a growingly prosperous nation.  Yet in the last decade we seemed to expand debt with very little growth in GDP.  Keep in mind that it was our former head chief at the Treasury begging Congress for a $700 billion no questions asked bailout package.  From that we went on to quantitative easing.  What has that accomplished many years later?  Bailout after bailout to the financial sector yet no solid reforms have been put in place.
With all this spending in place this is the path of the U.S. dollar:
us dollar
The danger that we are now witnessing is the global markets are losing faith in a system that simply allows constant spending to support a banking system that simply acts as a leech on the entire economy.  People forget that the underlying mission of the Federal Reserve is to protect member banks.  It holds no allegiance to the United States and isn’t part of the government.  It lives in an odd quasi-governmental world where it can digitally print money yet is not answerable to Congress.  As time moves forward, we are starting to realize that the government and the financial powers are starting to blend into one and the people are suffering for it.

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