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Why Our Credit Crunch Mirrors the Weimar Hyperinflation from 1919-1923

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Why Our Credit Crunch Mirrors the Weimar Hyperinflation from 1919-1923




I am an amateur economist. But, one doesn't need years of schooling to be a better "economist" than Ben Bernanke. One merely needs to take the blinders off and release common sense. A broad background in law, economics and history helps, but it is not absolutely necessary. Economics is the study of human nature as it applies to money. So, it is precisely those who are narrowly educated, like some professional economists who don't study enough history, take an intensely academic viewpoint on things, and who don't understand fundamental human nature, who get things wrong. A narrowness of outlook and training may be blinding people like Ben Bernanke from reality, but, if they are operating knowingly and intentionally, as some claim, the situation is even more frightening.


Unfortunately, Ben Bernanke has been wrong on almost all his predictions concerning the course of this crisis. That has been true since the beginning. Where, then, can we obtain the confidence that he knows what he is doing, or, frankly, that he knows more than we do, as he should? Many wrong-headed people seem to believe that we must throw away common sense and listen to him, and the others who think like him, even though we have been consistently correct, over the past 4 years, and he has been consistently wrong. The American people understandably have little confidence in the Washington crowd. Is this surprising in light of the events? What assurance is there that they know how to address this situation, when they first failed to regulate the financial madness, and, then, afterward, were completely wrong on almost all economic projections, one after another?


One must reach the inevitable conclusion that neither Bernanke, nor his comrades, such as Timothy Geithner, actually "know" what they are doing. Instead, that crowd in Washington DC, think that if they throw money around, it will land somewhere, and help things. They are wrong. But, to partly achieve this goal, they have forced changes in accounting standards, legalizing misrepresentation of bank bookkeeping, and removed "mark to market" standards, replacing those standards with a system of "mark to fantasy" that is remarkably similar to that which previously existed and caused this crisis. "Mark to fantasy" accounting, now the order of the day once again, will allow insolvent banks to present the false appearance of big profits this quarter, even as they are really on the brink of failing. The end result will be more economic imbalances, as investors unknowingly misallocate their investment dollars to buy into the fraud.


In truth, there is only one way to save the zombie banks, and it is not through faked-up accounting books. The only way is to inflate their obligations away, while increasing the value of their assets at the expense of the rest of us. That appears to be the plan, if there is any plan. But, if Ben Bernanke and that crowd do know what they are doing, the most nefarious heist against the American people, as well as other innocent folks all over the world, is being planned. The upcoming massive inflation is going to be a stealth tax upon millions of innocent people, all for the benefit of a few still wealthy bank executives, who made huge mistakes, and should be forced to pay for those mistakes themselves. I will give Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner the benefit of the doubt and conclude, until presented with more evidence, that they simply don't know what they are doing.


The mass "throwing of money" has already resulted in a stealthy transfer of wealth, from those who earned it, to those who have political clout. This process is inherently destructive to the long term health of the economy, and it will get worse. This is the same insidious series of events that occured in post World War I Germany. Hyperinflation is a greater evil than economic depression. It is evil in nature, insidiously immoral in that it rewards misbehavior and is fundamentally destructive of our economy and the fabric of our society. It will eventually wipe out the American middle class.


So far, due to various external events, the U.S. Treasury has been able to borrow the money used. The final bill has not arrived. But, when it does, it will be left at the doorstep of the American people, and every other person, around the world, who once believed in America and the American dollar. The deep and sudden devaluation of the U.S. dollar, which is coming, will steal money from innocent pensioners, savers, and good people of all types and kinds, both here and abroad. Unfortunately, after having spent and wasted trillions of dollars for the benefit of those closely connected to the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, there will be a massive dollar devaluation. Indeed, were that not to happen, there would be an overt legal default.


The intent to transfer wealth is the key to understanding all economic catastrophes. It is also the key to understanding why this particular crisis more closely mirrors that of the German hyperinflation 1919-23, rather than the early years of the Great Depression in 1930s America. To fixate on the Great Depression, as Ben Bernanke is doing, ignores the true problem, and sets us off into wrong directions. Let me point out some comparisons:



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