A prayer, repeated
is encouraging, but nowhere near enough. Time to repeat the prayer for complete reform:
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Polistra and Happystar are saying a prayer in the form of a cheer. Since nobody in the Gaian Occupation Government understands the truth, maybe Allah or Jehovah will have mercy on this unfortunate land and force the truth to be visible in the only way that the idiots will understand.
Most likely Allah, since his economic system
is exactly the right medicine for our terminal illness.
Closed caption for cartoon-impaired:Gimme a Z! Z!Gimme a E! E!Gimme a R! R!Gimme a O! O!Whatsat spell? Zero!Where do we wannit? DOW!When do we wannit? NOW!
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And why is this necessary? Another repeat:
For the last 5 years we've been operating in strict defiance of the oldest law of economics, pretending that we can hold the price of borrowing at zero (for some people!) without creating problems. Real economists have known since 300 AD
that price control always creates shortages, hoarding and black markets. And predictably, we have shortages, hoarding and black markets in capital. These bad things bring great profit to a few evil people, and those evil people pay all the 'economists' to be goddamn liars. If interest rates can rise to meet genuine risk, the whole banking system will return to a true free-market setup. When governments realize they have to pay actual interest on their bonds, they will be much slower to borrow. (I suppose Capo Bugsy Bernanke will invent some new criminal trick to get around it, but China's own economy is slowing down now, so they can't be the same kind of sugar daddy from now on.)
Same with stock prices. This is a longer-lasting problem, running back to 1980 or so. Companies that use profit as their pivot point are motivated to satisfy their customers and their employees. Companies that use share price as their goal don't care about quality of product or service; share price can be manipulated easily by insider tricks (acquisitions, buying back own stock) without any actual product or service at all.
Clearly the 2008 crash wasn't enough. Suckers are still going into the market, giving the evil players lots of material to play with. A great big resounding crash will drive the suckers out once and for all, and the share-dependent companies and traders will be unable to function. Only 'privately held' companies that operate without trading, and some steady dividend-payers, will survive. Profit will dominate again.
LOW INTEREST AND HIGH STOCKS ARE THE PROBLEM.
HIGH INTEREST AND LOW STOCKS ARE THE SOLUTION.
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