PETER SCHIFF

PETER SCHIFF

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Peter Schiff's Quotes and Analogies

Peter Schiff Blog Quotes for Senate money Bomb


Here are some of Peter Schiff's Quotes , Please feel free to post more , and I'll make sure to add them to this list ...let's make it a huge database of Peter schiff's Quotes ..I myself will be adding from time to time as soon as I remember one or two of his famous quotes and analogies ...

"The problem with our deficit is that we import consumer goods we cannot afford to pay for with either exports or foreign earnings. As such we accumulate external liabilities that we will never be able to repay and our nation's future productive capacity continues to deteriorate. We are de-industrializing and are condemning ourselves and future generations to falling standards of living."


"The whole science of economics, as I see it, is how do you satisfy unlimited demand with limited resources?"

"I don't see a way for the U.S. economy to avoid a major retrenchment. There's no way that U.S. assets are not going to be marked down relative to foreign assets. Therefore, I would rather invest in the rest of the world."


“First of all the main problem the past number of years is we spent a lot of money we didn’t have to buy foreign products we can’t afford. We have run up an enormous debt to the rest of the world and have nothing to show for it. It’s analogous to an individual loses his job and instead of getting another job he buys everything on his credit card, and he shows his wife his credit card bills and says “Look honey, look how great we are doing”.

“WE have just been going on a consumption binge where we borrow money like drunken sailors from the rest of the world and blow it.” “You know we are are selling off our cows and our chickens to buy milk, you know were mortgaging the farm and foreigners are repossessing these assets which is how nations bankrupt themselves. We’re selling off productive income producing assets to enjoy current consumption.” “You know rather than the recession being resisted, it should be embraced. Because the disease is all this debt financed consumption, and the cure is we stop consuming and start saving and producing again, and that’s a recession. You know sometimes medicine taste bad but you got to swallow it.”

”To explain business cycles and how they work, the boom is the problem, the bust is the solution. The boom is like an artificial high, like you take heroin, you shoot up and it makes you feel good, it’s artificial. You want to get healthy, then you have to go to rehab, detox. You go cold turkey, you go though withdrawal. The withdrawal symptoms are very unpleasant, painful but it’s necessary if you want to remove these toxins from your system and become healthy again. The same thing happens in the business cycle, when you have a central bank, same as the 1920s(cause of great depression) , you have monetary policy that is too inflationary and you create an asset bubble, you create mal-investments. And the mal-investments need to be purged. The economy needs to be rebalanced”

"Printing money is merely taxation in another form. Rather than robbing citizens of their money, government robs their money of its purchasing power."

"You don’t drive an economy by consuming – the consumer is not the engine, the consumer is the caboose."

"Bankruptcy is like when a body has an infection. It fights it off, and that's what the free market is doing by trying to kill off noncompetitive companies. Bankruptcy is a positive force in an economy. Maybe it's not positive for the entity going bankrupt, but it is positive for the economy as a whole because it's purging from the body of the economy nonviable companies that are squandering our resources."

"We need companies to fail so that more prosperous companies can succeed. By keeping certain businesses around, the government is preventing others from coming into existence that would have been more productive".

From There´s No Pain-Free Cure Recession

“Governments cannot create but merely redirect. When the government spends, the money has to come from somewhere. If the government doesn´t have a surplus, then it must come from taxes. If taxes don´t go up, then it must come from increased borrowing. If lender won´t lend, then it must come from the printing press, which is where all these bailouts are headed. But each additional dollar printed diminishes the value those already in circulation. Something cannot be effortlessly created from nothing”.

“It would be irresponsible in the extreme for an individual to forestall a personal recession by taking out newer, bigger loans when the old loans can´t be repaid. However, this is precisely what we are planning on a national level. I believe these ideas hold sway largely because they promise happy, pain-free solutions. They are the economic equivalent of miracle weight-loss programs that require no dieting or exercise. The theories permit economists to claim mystic wisdom, governments to pretend that they have the power to dispel hardship with the whir of a printing press, and voters to believe that they can have recovery without sacrifice”.


From the Humpty Dumpty Economy

“Before the current economic crisis became apparent to all, the most popular fable used to describe America´s uncanny economic resiliency was the story of Goldilocks. It was argued that our economy was skipping down a sunny path of moderate growth, low inflation and rising asset prices. However, a much better parable for our economy over the last decade would have been the story of Humpty Dumpty: a bloated, fragile shell perched on the top of a dangerously high stone wall”.

“As I have long said, the business model of importing cheap goods for Americans to buy with credit cards was unsustainable. We were told to “Shop till we dropped,” and we did”.


From the Tales Get Taller

“The main lesson our creditors will learn from this crisis is not to lend American consumers any more money. Once the lending stops, our “cart before the horse” borrow to spend economy will crumble. While the rest of the world absorbs their losses and moves on, we will be digging our way out of the rubble for years to come”.


From A Nightmare Before Christmas

“In the end, rather than filling our stockings with Christmas goodies, our foreign creditors will likely substitute lumps of coal. Of course given how high coal prices will ultimately rise as a result of all this inflation, in Christmas Future perhaps our stockings will be stuffed with nothing but our own worthless currency. It might not burn as well as coal, but at least we will have plenty of it”.


“Some people that got stranded on an island, and I think it was 6 or 7 were Asians and there was one American and as soon as they were on the island they had to divide up the jobs. And one Asian was given the job of fishing, the other one was hunting, one of them got the job of gathering fire wood. So they all had jobs, and the American was assigned the job of eating. And so at the end of the day, they would all gather around and prepare this feast and the American would sit there and eat it. But he would´nt eat it all, he´d just leave enough crumbs so he could give to the 6 Asians so they could go on and repeat it again tomorrow, spend all day preparing a meal for the American to eat. Now, the way modern economists would look at it, they would say “Well, this American is vital to the whole island economy. Without him nobody would have to fish, nobody would have to hunt, nobody would have to gather fire wood. He is creating all this employment on the island”. But the reality is, every Asian on that island, his lot in life would be dramatically improved if they kicked the American off the island because now they would have a lot more to eat or maybe they wouldn´t have to spend all day hunting and fishing and they can lay on the beach a little bit”.

"The U.S. thinks it is the engine of economic growth in the world, when really it's the caboose. If the rest of the world lets the caboose go, the rest of the train will be able to move faster."

"The American consumer, like the proverbial Emperor, truly has no clothes (unless, of course he imports them). It will not be long before the non-American producer finally acknowledges his nudity, and the dollar bubble will finally burst. When that happens U.S. consumer prices and interest rates will spiral upward, stock and real estate prices will collapse, unemployment will soar, and the U.S. economy will enter a prolonged recession as it enters a new era of savings, self-sacrifice and under-consumptions, and begins a long and painful process of re-industrialization".
"We have just been going on a consumption binge where we borrow money like drunken sailors from the rest of the world and BLOW IT!!"

"Contrary to what most people think, the boom is the problem, the bust is the solution. A boom is like an artificial high, like if you take heroin and you shoot yourself up with heroin and it feels really great, at least that is what they tell me. But anyway, that is artificial! You want to get healthy, right? Then you´ve got to go to rehab or detox, and you go cold turkey and you go through withdrawal. The withdrawal symptom is very unpleasant, very painful, again, that is what I hear. But it´s necessary if you want to remove these toxins from your system and get healthy. The same thing happens in the business cycle. When you have a central bank, and the central banks made the same mistakes in the 1920´s, when you have monetary policy too inflationary and you create an asset bubble, you create malinvestments. The malinvestments need to be purged, the economy needs to be rebalanced. But the government solution is "shoot up with more heroin", so that we can delay the withdrawal. But of course, they risk killing the economy with an overdose, which is what we might get, and an overdose, as far as monetary stimulus is hyperinflation, and believe me, that is a real possibility and we do not want to live through that!"

"A kid tells his teacher he has a straight A policy but he skips class and he doesn´t study. He is not going to get A´s just by saying he has a policy. The treasury can say they got a strong dollar policy all they want, but if we got Ben Bernanke debasing the money, it´s going to go down".

"Remember, this wasn´t created by the free market, all this excess leverage is there because of the government, it´s there because of the Fed, they did this, they infected us with this disease! The fact that all these companies are now dying, they provided Wells Fargo and all these companies with free money, and they let them go out and leverage it up. And it´s like I use the analogy, if a kinder garden school teacher passes out pixie sticks and soda pops and then leaves the classroom and she comes back and the kinder garden have wrecked the place, who do you blame?"

"The reason we have a flood is because Alan Greenspan blew up the dam!"

"The problems is that our pilot and copilot Bernanke and Paulson don´t know how to fly, they are blind, they are drunk. They are going to crash this plane even faster. They said we have to do this, they said we had to go into Iraq because they had weapons of mass destruction, they were wrong! This plan is a weapon of mass destruction to destroy our economy and to destroy our currency".

"This crisis can´t be managed, we need the free market. You´ve got these cronies in Washington, they are like little kids with a chemistry set, and they keep on throwing these chemicals together, trying one thing after an other, they hope they are going to stumble on a miracle, but they are going to blow us all up!"

"It´s a disaster, not just down the road but right now. Everybody is sugar coating this and glossing over it. Look at what President Bush said today, he said all the evidence points to a soft landing in housing. I don´t know how he can say that with a straight face, I mean the evidence points to a crash landing. This is the Hindenburg".

"Every time I turn on the TV there is Paulson reassuring the American public that the underlaying economy is sound. You know, it´s like you go to your doctor and he tells you you are in excellent health but I just want to perform open heart surgery, just in case".

"What we are really doing is the equivalent of selling our financial souls to the devil. It´s Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke, they are the pipe pipers that led us down this path. Now they are going to lead us over a cliff".

"It almost reminds me a lot of this book, Tom Sawyer, where Tom is able to convince all of his friends to white wash his fence for him, and to not only to do that, but to pay him for the privilege. Because Tom Sawyer got his friends so convinced that there was so much joy in this toil that it was worth paying him, and so he got the world to do his chores. Little did Samuel Clemens realize that that little passage in that book would one day form the basis of the global economy, where America convinced a billion Chinese to paint our fence and to pay us for the privilege. That is going to end!"

"We are selling off our cows and our chickens to buy milk. We are mortgaging the farm, and foreigners are repossessing these assets, this is how nations bankrupt themselves. We are selling off productive income producing assets to enjoy current consumption".

"Because there would be nothing to rescue, but under a gold standard, if politicians want to spend money they have to have the gold, they just can´t print it. So that is why politicians don´t like the gold standard, because it keeps them honest. Just like if you go out on a date, if a high school kid goes on a date he doesn´t want a chaperon there. They don´t want a chaperon at the party but they are there anyways. So gold is like a chaperon making sure that the politicians are honest"

It feels like a recession because we are in one. I´m not going to go by the government numbers if the government weather man tells me it is sunny outside and I look out the window and it´s raining, I am going to take an umbrella.

There was just in the news that the post office reported losses of 7 or 8 billion $ and they want to eliminate Saturday mail delivery. I mean, the post office has been around for I don´t know how many hundreds of years or whatever plus years, and they still can´t make a profit. The government can´t even deliver the mail and make a profit. How are they going to run AIG or any of these industries? It´s ludicy!


And there is no checks and balances if the government is wrong. If a private entrepreneur makes a mistake, he goes bankrupt. The losses are cut. If he bets wrong, he looses. If the government bets wrong, they just get bigger, they just appropriate more money. It´s a bottomless pit, because they either get it of the tax payers or they run it of a printing press.

And in one of the speeches that George Bush made before he left office, I talk about a lot. He said that it´s Wall St.´s fault, Wall St. got drunk. Well what everybody forgets is, sure, yeah, Wall St. was drunk, they were stinking drunk on Wall St.. Everybody on Main St. was drunk, the whole country was drunk.The question is, WHY? How did they all get drunk? Where did they get the alcohol? Well it all came from the FED. The FED liquored everybody up. And now they are surprised at the way we acted and the decisions that were made, about the risks that were taken? The Federal Reserve was behind all of it!

If we hadn´t bailed AIG out, this wouldn´t even be an issue, because these people would be out of work, they wouldn´t be getting bonuses. There´d be no money to be paid. People are talking about these contracts, there would be no contracts, the company would be in bankruptcy. But, first the government gives them all the money and now we are upset at what they do with it? What do we expect? I mean, it´s like if you give your teenage kid car keys and alcohol and then he crashes the car, what do you expect is going to happen? You don´t think these guys are going to pay some of the money they got to themselves in bonuses? What do you think they are going to do with it?

We have got reversed Darwinism, we´ve got survival of the unfittest.

They are worried of people going to the bank and not having money there. What I am worried about is people going to the bank, taking out their money but they can´t buy anything.

And Hilary Clinton was just over there couple of weeks ago, trying to convince the Chinese we are all in this together. That they have to lend us this money so that we can spend it and so that their people can have jobs, and this is all nonsense. You know, what good is it doing the Chinese to have jobs when we get all their stuff? I mean, the whole point of jobs is so that you can have stuff. Well, if the Chinese just told us to take a hike, the Chinese could let their citizens keep their money and now their citizens would have their jobs and their stuff, because they could buy it themselves. You know, just having a job is no big deal, I mean, all the slaves had jobs but they didn´t get to enjoy the fruits of their labor, that´s what made them slaves. Well, that is what we are trying to do, we are trying to enslave the Chinese and tell them, you need to work so that we can consume products. That is not the way it works. We need to produce products, so that we can consume them.

They just passed this the other day to give you a tax break if you go buy a new car. Why the hell would they want us to buy new cars? I mean, we are broke. You´ve got an American that can barely afford his mortgage, he´s got credit card debt and Barack Obama wants him going out and buying a new car and taking on even more debt. I mean, how can anybody look around at the United States and say the problem of the United States economy is that we don´t have enough cars? We´ve got cars all over the place, we´ve got too many cars. We´ve got two or three cars per household. We don´t need new cars. We need to make cars, we need to manufacture cars, we need to export cars. But we really don´t need to buy more cars, especially if we can´t afford it.
We have to start saving but you know, people say “no, no, we can´t save”. They talk about this paradox of thrift, that if people start saving then the recession is going to get worse. Well, maybe it will get worse, but the recession is the cure, remember?

And this is basically my entire scenario playing out exactly the way I wrote about it in Crash Proof and The Little Book and what I have been saying all along. That our economic collapse would be accompanied by falling bonds which means rising interest rates, increasing commodity prices, higher inflation, a weakening dollar and decoupling, where foreign economies and foreign markets did well relative to the US, that is exactly what is happening. You know, I took a lot of heat again late last year when it appeared that that wasn´t going to happen or at least that´s the conclusion that a lot of people prematurely jumped to. But actually everything is happening the way I said. There was that little head fake and I described it that way when it was happening. I mean, it is basically like a football player running back, he wants to run right so he fakes left, and by faking left he throws of the defense and they run one way and then he goes the other way. And basically what happened is that the market faked deflation and now it is running inflation. Meanwhile the defense that bought into that head fake is now caught flat footed. They are looking back and they are watching, they are running towards the end zone and they are scrambling to catch him. Which means everybody has got to get rid of their deflation trades and get into the inflation trades. The deflation trades are the dollar and bonds. The inflation trades are foreign currencies, commodities, gold, foreign stocks. Everything that people sold in late 2008 because they got fooled by the deflation, now they are rushing to buy all that stuff back.


If we keep pursuing the policies that we are pursuing now we are going to have a depression that is going to last a long time. These stress tests are a joke, they were reverse engineered, there is no stress. I said it`s like letting a bunch of gerbils run on a bridge and then say "Aha, the bridge is sound!"I mean, there is no stress in these tests.

20 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 03, 2009

    "Printing money is merely taxation in another form. Rather than robbing citizens of their money, government robs their money of its purchasing power."

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  2. OK I will add that one ...thank you Anonymous ....

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  3. I love Peter´s analogies, he even makes economics fun to learn!

    I have my own file with many of his quotes, here are some

    "You don’t drive an economy by consuming – the consumer is not the engine, the consumer is the caboose."

    "Bankruptcy is like when a body has an infection. It fights it off, and that's what the free market is doing by trying to kill off noncompetitive companies. Bankruptcy is a positive force in an economy. Maybe it's not positive for the entity going bankrupt, but it is positive for the economy as a whole because it's purging from the body of the economy nonviable companies that are squandering our resources.

    We need companies to fail so that more prosperous companies can succeed. By keeping certain businesses around, the government is preventing others from coming into existence that would have been more productive".

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  4. Here are a few more from articles Peter wrote, nice photo by the way.


    From There´s No Pain-Free Cure Recession

    “Governments cannot create but merely redirect. When the government spends, the money has to come from somewhere. If the government doesn´t have a surplus, then it must come from taxes. If taxes don´t go up, then it must come from increased borrowing. If lender won´t lend, then it must come from the printing press, which is where all these bailouts are headed. But each additional dollar printed diminishes the value those already in circulation. Something cannot be effortlessly created from nothing”.

    “It would be irresponsible in the extreme for an individual to forestall a personal recession by taking out newer, bigger loans when the old loans can´t be repaid. However, this is precisely what we are planning on a national level. I believe these ideas hold sway largely because they promise happy, pain-free solutions. They are the economic equivalent of miracle weight-loss programs that require no dieting or exercise. The theories permit economists to claim mystic wisdom, governments to pretend that they have the power to dispel hardship with the whir of a printing press, and voters to believe that they can have recovery without sacrifice”.


    From the Humpty Dumpty Economy

    “Before the current economic crisis became apparent to all, the most popular fable used to describe America´s uncanny economic resiliency was the story of Goldilocks. It was argued that our economy was skipping down a sunny path of moderate growth, low inflation and rising asset prices. However, a much better parable for our economy over the last decade would have been the story of Humpty Dumpty: a bloated, fragile shell perched on the top of a dangerously high stone wall”.

    “As I have long said, the business model of importing cheap goods for Americans to buy with credit cards was unsustainable. We were told to “Shop till we dropped,” and we did”.


    From the Tales Get Taller

    “The main lesson our creditors will learn from this crisis is not to lend American consumers any more money. Once the lending stops, our “cart before the horse” borrow to spend economy will crumble. While the rest of the world absorbs their losses and moves on, we will be digging our way out of the rubble for years to come”.


    From A Nightmare Before Christmas

    “In the end, rather than filling our stockings with Christmas goodies, our foreign creditors will likely substitute lumps of coal. Of course given how high coal prices will ultimately rise as a result of all this inflation, in Christmas Future perhaps our stockings will be stuffed with nothing but our own worthless currency. It might not burn as well as coal, but at least we will have plenty of it”.

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  5. Thank you Saphira I will add those ...please keep adding to the list

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  6. From his latest blog, I found the explanation on the Burden and Proof excellent, important and worth saving!

    Peter Schiff Report Video Blog May 4 2009

    “One thing in particular that I am watching and is very, very concerning to me has to do with individuals. Part of this new plan by the government or of president Obama is to go after tax cheats or off shore tax havens or in these shelters, is the government is now changing or Barack Obama is proposing to change what has been law in this country for hundred of years with respect to Burden Of Proof. Up until now, or the way the current law is, if the government wants to claim that a foreign bank account, a numbered foreign bank account belongs to a particular American citizen,the IRS needs to prove it. The government needs to have evidence linking an individual to an account, they have to have records of bank wires, of deposits, maybe some trips to that particular jurisdiction or that bank. Maybe eye witnesses who worked on the account, who saw a particular individual making deposits into the account or helping set up the account. There had to be a chain of evidence, the government had to prove it. What the government is proposing now is that that changes. They want to shift the Burden Of Proof to the tax payer. So if Barack Obama gets his way, and let´s hope that he doesn´t, it would be amazing if he did, is that, what the government would simply be able to do is allege. They´ll be able to state “We think that this bank account belongs to a tax payer and we are going to fine him for having an undisclosed foreign bank account and we are going to tax him on the income of this account”. And now it is up to the individual to prove that that is not his account. Well, that is an impossible thing to do! You can´t prove a negative, you can only prove a positive. So that means basically the government can just claim anybody owns a foreign account and tax them on it and it´s impossible to prove that is not your account.You see, it is like if the government asks me to prove that I have never eaten a ham sandwich. Well, how can I prove that? How can I prove I have never eaten a ham sandwich in my entire life, even if I never had one? Now, if the government had to prove that I ate a ham sandwich, well, they could do that, they could find a witness that saw me eat a ham sandwich. They could get a guy from a delicatessen say “yes, I served him ham, I watched him eat that ham sandwich”. You can prove a positive, but there is no way that I can prove that I have never done something. So the government can try to submit evidence that I have a foreign bank account, but I can´t submit any evidence that that´s not my account.

    And what is very troubling, even if they don´t pass it, THIS is the mind set of our current administration. Theoretically Barack Obama was a law professor, he studied law, yet he thinks that the government should do this. He thinks that the government has the ability to do this, that American citizens should be guilty until they can prove their innocence and the government should be able to allege whatever it wants, and take whatever it wants from American citizens, and force American citizens into an impossible Burden Of Proof.

    Anyways, we´ll see how this story drags on, I haven´t heard much of it in the main stream media. I just happened to read about it in one of the Bloomberg articles that was reporting on it and we talked to the reporter”.

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  7. AnonymousMay 06, 2009

    I like when he said the stress tests were so easy they were laughable. He said it would be similar to stress testing a bridge by running a couple of gerbils on it.

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  8. A favorite of mine!

    Six Asians and one American on an Island

    “Some people that got stranded on an island, and I think it was 6 or 7 were Asians and there was one American and as soon as they were on the island they had to divide up the jobs. And one Asian was given the job of fishing, the other one was hunting, one of them got the job of gathering fire wood. So they all had jobs, and the American was assigned the job of eating. And so at the end of the day, they would all gather around and prepare this feast and the American would sit there and eat it. But he would´nt eat it all, he´d just leave enough crumbs so he could give to the 6 Asians so they could go on and repeat it again tomorrow, spend all day preparing a meal for the American to eat. Now, the way modern economists would look at it, they would say “Well, this American is vital to the whole island economy. Without him nobody would have to fish, nobody would have to hunt, nobody would have to gather fire wood. He is creating all this employment on the island”. But the reality is, every Asian on that island, his lot in life would be dramatically improved if they kicked the American off the island because now they would have a lot more to eat or maybe they wouldn´t have to spend all day hunting and fishing and they can lay on the beach a little bit”.


    From this video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n3g5lUgkWk&NR=1

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  9. I don't know if this is an exact quote, if it's not feel free to correct it.

    "The U.S. thinks it is the engine of economic growth in the world, when really it's the caboose. If the rest of the world lets the caboose go, the rest of the train will be able to move faster."

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  10. Thank you maria I will add that one

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  11. "The American consumer, like the proverbial Emperor, truly has no clothes (unless, of course he imports them). It will not be long before the non-American producer finally acknowledges his nudity, and the dollar bubble will finally burst. When that happens U.S. consumer prices and interest rates will spiral upward, stock and real estate prices will collapse, unemployment will soar, and the U.S. economy will enter a prolonged recession as it enters a new era of savings, self-sacrifice and under-consumptions, and begins a long and painful process of re-industrialization".

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  12. Thanks Saphira added to the list of quotes

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  13. Thank you to who ever did that great new video on Peter´s analogies.


    "We have just been going on a consumption binge where we borrow money like drunken sailors from the rest of the world and BLOW IT!!"

    "Contrary to what most people think, the boom is the problem, the bust is the solution. A boom is like an artificial high, like if you take heroin and you shoot yourself up with heroin and it feels really great, at least that is what they tell me. But anyway, that is artificial! You want to get healthy, right? Then you´ve got to go to rehab or detox, and you go cold turkey and you go through withdrawal. The withdrawal symptom is very unpleasant, very painful, again, that is what I hear. But it´s necessary if you want to remove these toxins from your system and get healthy. The same thing happens in the business cycle. When you have a central bank, and the central banks made the same mistakes in the 1920´s, when you have monetary policy too inflationary and you create an asset bubble, you create malinvestments. The malinvestments need to be purged, the economy needs to be rebalanced. But the government solution is "shoot up with more heroin", so that we can delay the withdrawal. But of course, they risk killing the economy with an overdose, which is what we might get, and an overdose, as far as monetary stimulus is hyperinflation, and believe me, that is a real possibility and we do not want to live through that!"

    "A kid tells his teacher he has a straight A policy but he skips class and he doesn´t study. He is not going to get A´s just by saying he has a policy. The treasury can say they got a strong dollar policy all they want, but if we got Ben Bernanke debasing the money, it´s going to go down".

    "Remember, this wasn´t created by the free market, all this excess leverage is there because of the government, it´s there because of the Fed, they did this, they infected us with this disease! The fact that all these companies are now dying, they provided Wells Fargo and all these companies with free money, and they let them go out and leverage it up. And it´s like I use the analogy, if a kinder garden school teacher passes out pixie sticks and soda pops and then leaves the classroom and she comes back and the kinder garden have wrecked the place, who do you blame?"

    "The reason we have a flood is because Alan Greenspan blew up the dam!"

    "The problems is that our pilot and copilot Bernanke and Paulson don´t know how to fly, they are blind, they are drunk. They are going to crash this plane even faster. They said we have to do this, they said we had to go into Iraq because they had weapons of mass destruction, they were wrong! This plan is a weapon of mass destruction to destroy our economy and to destroy our currency".

    "This crisis can´t be managed, we need the free market. You´ve got these cronies in Washington, they are like little kids with a chemistry set, and they keep on throwing these chemicals together, trying one thing after an other, they hope they are going to stumble on a miracle, but they are going to blow us all up!"

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  14. "It´s a disaster, not just down the road but right now. Everybody is sugar coating this and glossing over it. Look at what President Bush said today, he said all the evidence points to a soft landing in housing. I don´t know how he can say that with a straight face, I mean the evidence points to a crash landing. This is the Hindenburg".

    "Every time I turn on the TV there is Paulson reassuring the American public that the underlaying economy is sound. You know, it´s like you go to your doctor and he tells you you are in excellent health but I just want to perform open heart surgery, just in case".

    "What we are really doing is the equivalent of selling our financial souls to the devil. It´s Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke, they are the pipe pipers that led us down this path. Now they are going to lead us over a cliff".

    "It almost reminds me a lot of this book, Tom Sawyer, where Tom is able to convince all of his friends to white wash his fence for him, and to not only to do that, but to pay him for the privilege. Because Tom Sawyer got his friends so convinced that there was so much joy in this toil that it was worth paying him, and so he got the world to do his chores. Little did Samuel Clemens realize that that little passage in that book would one day form the basis of the global economy, where America convinced a billion Chinese to paint our fence and to pay us for the privilege. That is going to end!"

    "We are selling off our cows and our chickens to buy milk. We are mortgaging the farm, and foreigners are repossessing these assets, this is how nations bankrupt themselves. We are selling off productive income producing assets to enjoy current consumption".

    "Because there would be nothing to rescue, but under a gold standard, if politicians want to spend money they have to have the gold, they just can´t print it. So that is why politicians don´t like the gold standard, because it keeps them honest. Just like if you go out on a date, if a high school kid goes on a date he doesn´t want a chaperon there. They don´t want a chaperon at the party but they are there anyways. So gold is like a chaperon making sure that the politicians are honest".

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  15. Thank you Saphira , I will add your contribution asap..

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  16. It feels like a recession because we are in one. I´m not going to go by the government numbers if the government weather man tells me it is sunny outside and I look out the window and it´s raining, I am going to take an umbrella.

    There was just in the news that the post office reported losses of 7 or 8 billion $ and they want to eliminate Saturday mail delivery. I mean, the post office has been around for I don´t know how many hundreds of years or whatever plus years, and they still can´t make a profit. The government can´t even deliver the mail and make a profit. How are they going to run AIG or any of these industries? It´s ludicy!


    And there is no checks and balances if the government is wrong. If a private entrepreneur makes a mistake, he goes bankrupt. The losses are cut. If he bets wrong, he looses. If the government bets wrong, they just get bigger, they just appropriate more money. It´s a bottomless pit, because they either get it of the tax payers or they run it of a printing press.

    And in one of the speeches that George Bush made before he left office, I talk about a lot. He said that it´s Wall St.´s fault, Wall St. got drunk. Well what everybody forgets is, sure, yeah, Wall St. was drunk, they were stinking drunk on Wall St.. Everybody on Main St. was drunk, the whole country was drunk.The question is, WHY? How did they all get drunk? Where did they get the alcohol? Well it all came from the FED. The FED liquored everybody up. And now they are surprised at the way we acted and the decisions that were made, about the risks that were taken? The Federal Reserve was behind all of it!

    If we hadn´t bailed AIG out, this wouldn´t even be an issue, because these people would be out of work, they wouldn´t be getting bonuses. There´d be no money to be paid. People are talking about these contracts, there would be no contracts, the company would be in bankruptcy. But, first the government gives them all the money and now we are upset at what they do with it? What do we expect? I mean, it´s like if you give your teenage kid car keys and alcohol and then he crashes the car, what do you expect is going to happen? You don´t think these guys are going to pay some of the money they got to themselves in bonuses? What do you think they are going to do with it?

    We have got reversed Darwinism, we´ve got survival of the unfittest.

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  17. They are worried of people going to the bank and not having money there. What I am worried about is people going to the bank, taking out there money but they can´t buy anything.

    And Hilary Clinton was just over there couple of weeks ago, trying to convince the Chinese we are all in this together. That they have to lend us this money so that we can spend it and so that their people can have jobs, and this is all nonsense. You know, what good is it doing the Chinese to have jobs when we get all their stuff? I mean, the whole point of jobs is so that you can have stuff. Well, if the Chinese just told us to take a hike, the Chinese could let their citizens keep their money and now their citizens would have their jobs and their stuff, because they could buy it themselves. You know, just having a job is no big deal, I mean, all the slaves had jobs but they didn´t get to enjoy the fruits of their labor, that´s what made them slaves. Well, that is what we are trying to do, we are trying to enslave the Chinese and tell them, you need to work so that we can consume products. That is not the way it works. We need to produce products, so that we can consume them.

    They just passed this the other day to give you a tax break if you go buy a new car. Why the hell would they want us to buy new cars? I mean, we are broke. You´ve got an American that can barely afford his mortgage, he´s got credit card debt and Barack Obama wants him going out and buying a new car and taking on even more debt. I mean, how can anybody look around at the United States and say the problem of the United States economy is that we don´t have enough cars? We´ve got cars all over the place, we´ve got too many cars. We´ve got two or three cars per household. We don´t need new cars. We need to make cars, we need to manufacture cars, we need to export cars. But we really don´t need to buy more cars, especially if we can´t afford it.

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  18. We have to start saving but you know, people say “no, no, we can´t save”. They talk about this paradox of thrift, that if people start saving then the recession is going to get worse. Well, maybe it will get worse, but the recession is the cure, remember?

    And this is basically my entire scenario playing out exactly the way I wrote about it in Crash Proof and The Little Book and what I have been saying all along. That our economic collapse would be accompanied by falling bonds which means rising interest rates, increasing commodity prices, higher inflation, a weakening dollar and decoupling, where foreign economies and foreign markets did well relative to the US, that is exactly what is happening. You know, I took a lot of heat again late last year when it appeared that that wasn´t going to happen or at least that´s the conclusion that a lot of people prematurely jumped to. But actually everything is happening the way I said. There was that little head fake and I described it that way when it was happening. I mean, it is basically like a football player running back, he wants to run right so he fakes left, and by faking left he throws of the defense and they run one way and then he goes the other way. And basically what happened is that the market faked deflation and now it is running inflation. Meanwhile the defense that bought into that head fake is now caught flat footed. They are looking back and they are watching, they are running towards the end zone and they are scrambling to catch him. Which means everybody has got to get rid of their deflation trades and get into the inflation trades. The deflation trades are the dollar and bonds. The inflation trades are foreign currencies, commodities, gold, foreign stocks. Everything that people sold in late 2008 because they got fooled by the deflation, now they are rushing to buy all that stuff back.


    If we keep pursuing the policies that we are pursuing now we are going to have a depression that is going to last a long time. These stress tests are a joke, they were reverse engineered, there is no stress. I said it`s like letting a bunch of gerbils run on a bridge and then say "Aha, the bridge is sound!"I mean, there is no stress in these tests.

    I had to post this in three sections, would not take in one go, too long. By the way, I just noticed a misspelling, should be their money not there money in the first quote from the previous post.

    Do you want me to keep adding or is it enough for you Mr.Administrator?

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  19. Thank you Saphira keep them coming , I will add those too asap...

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