Officially screwed by real inflation
By The Mogambo Guru
Pittsburghlive.com posted the headline "Queen Elizabeth's Question Answered"
atop an article by John Browne, which delighted me, as I naively assumed that
her question was along the lines of, "Who in the hell suggested that we make a
knight out of the odious Alan Greenspan, the biggest piece of central banking
crap that the world has ever known and who had the Federal Reserve create all
the stinking money and credit to create the bubbles that are now financially
killing all of us as they collapse in what The Mogambo calls a Big Stinking
Well, I should have known that this was not her real question, and it wasn't,
but "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this month asked a simple but fundamental
question posed by many millions of Americans and people around the world.
Visiting the London
School of Economics, the queen asked why it was, if the looming economic crisis
was so large, that no one saw it coming."
If I had been there, you can bet your sweet butt that I would have said, "Hey,
Queenie! I saw it coming, and everybody who is even passingly familiar with the
Austrian school of economics saw it coming, and everybody with any familiarity
with math or history saw it coming, too, and in fact the only people who did
NOT see it coming were lowlife poseurs like these London School of Economics
halfwits and most university professors of economics around the world, all of
whom share an economic theory made of some bizarre mishmash of unbounded
equations based on neo-Keynesian gibberish! Hahaha!"
Of course, nobody at the LSE mentioned this embarrassing fact, but instead gave
her the old blah blah blah, but Mr Browne says that the reality is that we are
"facing a crisis born out of deception at the highest level", with such stunts
as off-balance sheet accounting and deception, and the "falsity of the US
government inflation figures", which I figure he brings up because he knows
that inflation in prices is the thing that scares the hell out of me.
In fact, I can feel the marrow chill in my bones when he said, "The real
inflation rate for families - who ate food, drove cars, heated their homes and
used medical services - was about 20%. The 'official' inflation rate? About
Naturally, I think to myself, "Screw the 'official' inflation rate! But let's
not dwell on an inflation rate of 20%, which means that prices will double in
about three and a half years, because that kind of inflationary mayhem is the
stuff of which revolutions, economic ruination and Embarrassing Mogambo
Episodes (EME) are made! Yikes!"
So I forced myself to keep reading, and I am glad that I did because one of the
interesting things that I did not know was that it was possible (as they say)
to "put every dollar of equity to work" using a trick used by Fannie Mae, which
was to "include tax credits as equity", which he thinks was "effectively a
fraud", but one that "allowed Fannie to engage in 100 times leverage while
reporting leverage of only 50 times." Hahahaha! He's right! What a scam!
But this is the kind of mindless, greedy, misshapen, corruption and economic
distortion that you get at the end of long booms, and we are coming off of one
that began a long, long 40 years ago, in the mid-'60s, which is one of the main
reasons why there is so much pressure on government to keep providing lots and
lots of money!
And with so much money being created, prices will rise; and so there I was,
arguing with this stupid woman in the checkout line at the grocery store, and I
am saying that the prices of food will rise as all of this immense creation of
money, and all the future creations of money to come, diffuses through the
She is arguing right back, her main point being that she doesn't understand
anything I am saying and she just wants me to be quiet so that she can read the
scandalous headlines of the tabloids in peace while she waits to get her
groceries checked out, and all the other hateful people around us are cheering
Usually, of course, I would politely inform them, "You people are morons!" and
launch into how they are stupid to let their stupid government get in cahoots
with the Federal Reserve to create, and then spend, so much money that bubble
after bubble and misbegotten distortion in the economy after misbegotten
distortion in the economy grew and festered, mostly the enormous growth of
government, until everything is so bloated and cancerous that it's all now
infected, oozing green and yellow pus tinged with streaks of blood, to be just
as graphically horrific and disgusting as I can manage because that is The True
Mogambo Way (TTMW), especially when it comes to this monetary crap.
But I could have saved my breath, because a report by Bloomberg.com is that
"Food Prices Will Rise, Causing Export Bans, Riots". The article starts right
out with scaring the living hell out of me by saying, "Food prices will rise
next year, prompting a revival of protectionism from food-growing nations and
risking a renewed bout of rioting, according to Jochen Hitzfeld, an analyst at
UniCredit SpA in Munich".
When I saw that he was in Munich, I knew I would have to take this with a grain
of salt, because I've been to a couple of Oktoberfests in Munich, and with so
much polka music, sausages and beer around, I was not thinking too clearly by
the end, either, I can tell you! Hahaha!
But if this "food prices causing riots" is even partially true, then things are
REALLY going to get bad, as already the Washington Post is reporting that
"Fueled by rising unemployment and food prices, the number of Americans on food
stamps is poised to exceed 30 million for the first time this month", which
will be "the most food stamps recipients in the history of our country."
So, it all just keeps getting worse, and it just keeps getting more and more
imperative to get more gold and silver, but like most people, the need comes at
just the wrong time; I don't have any money to buy any gold and silver since
prices have risen so much and I am about to lose my job and they raised the
greens fees at the golf course and I am hitting a lot of golf balls into the
water and those damned balls are expensive! Damn!
Richard Daughty is general partner and COO for Smith Consultant Group,
serving the financial and medical communities, and the editor of The Mogambo
Guru economic newsletter - an avocational exercise to heap disrespect on those
who desperately deserve it.