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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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June 26, 2014

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BLOWING BUBBLES
By John Rubino

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It was just six years ago that soaring consumer spending, massive trade deficits and generally excessive debt caused the biggest crisis since the Great Depression, and here we are back at it. The details are slightly different but the net effect is the same: inflated asset prices, growing instability and rising risk of a systemic failure capable of pulling down pretty much the whole show.

All of which creates a fascinating economic landscape in which families are making no more money than they did last year but are borrowing to buy things they don’t need, while corporations sell bonds to pump up their stock prices and by implication their executives’ year-end bonuses. It is, in short, another debt-fueled orgy in which the most vulnerable individuals are being suckered by governments and corporations into mortgaging their futures.

Household holdings of financial assets have surged by $22 trillion in just four years... But it’s also exasperating because the same thing happened just six years ago and should still be fresh in the memories of the adults doing the borrowing and spending. The people using credit cards to buy Chinese-made junk really have no excuse. For now, the bubble is the story, and the fact that it’s hitting its stride with stocks and bonds already at record levels is a new twist.