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  • Robbing the Old to pay the Rich 0 comments
    Mar 5, 2010 4:12 PM | about stocks: USO, FCG, GDX, GLD, SLV, CUT, KOL, MWE, MOO
    People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.

    James Baldwin,1924-1987, American Author
    The senate boldly and blatantly refused to give 57 million elderly individuals $250 more. The story below highlights this point.
     
    A measure to give some 57 million elderly people, veterans and persons with disabilities a $250 check was rejected by the Senate on Wednesday, a setback for the powerful seniors' lobby.
    Social Security payments for the elderly and disabled will stay flat this year for the first time since 1975 because they are tied to consumer prices, which decreased amid the worst economic recession in 70 years.
    That follows a year in which payments rose by 5.8 percent, largely due to a spike in gasoline prices."It is wrong to turn our backs on seniors in this moment of economic difficulty," said Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who sponsored the amendment.
    But Republican Senator Judd Gregg pointed out that the bill would defeat the purpose of indexing Social Security payments to inflation. "The law says it shouldn't be given," Gregg said. At least 10 Democrats agreed with Gregg and joined 40 Republicans to defeat the proposal. Full Story
     
    Under normal circumstances, I would have just ignored this story and moved along, but when I read the statement that is boldfaced above I felt I had to say something. These morons and retards in Washington would not know what inflation was if it hit them right in the face and then drove over them.
    The real and only definition of inflation is an increase the supply of money. It is not defined as in an increase in price as so many economists love to falsely proclaim.   The money supply has gone ballistic, our national debt has doubled in the last 10 years, and we continue to create more money and a mind boggling rate. Therefore, inflation has not gone down it has only increased; based on this simple fact these individuals should not be getting $250, they should be getting between 600-1000. The masses are being blindly robbed via this silent Killer tax, otherwise known as inflation.
    If Senator Judd and everyone who voted against this bill feel that we have no inflation, why are they are not lowering their salaries to compensate for this so called low inflationary environment? It will be a cold day in hell when anyone in congress voluntarily takes a pay cut. Senator Bayh was right, every incumbent needs to be kicked out and replaced with new blood; while not the perfect solution, it will send a message to these guys that it’s time to do something. When you bite the hand that feeds you, you are doomed to lick the boot that kicks you.   
    To add insult to injury this money is lent out to bankers all of which played a huge part in making a bad situation even worse. The Feds inflate the money supply and then freely give this money out to individuals who really don’t need but those who really need it have a hard time even getting $250 bucks.
    We can see the effects of inflation everywhere;
    Higher gas prices, higher heating prices, higher rents, cost of basic staples increasing, etc., etc
    Gold one of the best measures of inflation is up roughly 400% from its lows. If we were in a low inflationary environment the price of Gold would not have risen so much. Oil is up over 800% from its lows and not too long ago was up almost 1400% from its lows. The average person’s salary has in no way kept pace with this torrid rise in the price of commodities.
    We spend money defending other nations and trying to promote peace and justice in the world. Why can’t we spend some of this money on individuals that really need it? Where is the justice there?
    What will congress have to say when Gold eventually trades past the 2000 mark and then hits the $3000 mark? They are now projecting that our national debt will hit 20 trillion in the next 10 years; at the rate we are spending, we would hit this mark well before the decade is over.
    While we could provide reams of data illustrating how inflation has robbed and sent millions to the poor house, this time would be better spent on dealing on some of the basic measures one can implement to protect oneself.
    The best hedge against an inflationary environment is to be in hard assets. That means anything that cannot be mass produced or just created; basically almost anything to do with the commodity's sector. Some of the easiest ways to hedge oneself are to buy Gold and Silver bullion. The best way to protect yourself from the evil effects of inflation is to live 1-2 standards below your means and use all this extra money to put it investments that will hold their value over time such as Gold or silver. Over 100 years ago one gold Coin purchased a very good handmade suite, 100 years later one Gold coin can still purchase the best handmade suite and if you go to Asia it will purchase even more. Can one say the same for 1 dollar?
    Other means of hedging oneself involve purchasing shares in the companies that produce these essential commodities or dealing in ETF’s that track these commodities, some examples are, USO, FCG, GDX, GLD, SLV, CUT, KOL, MWE, MOO, etc.  
    In a follow up article we up article we will spend more time dealing with the specific measures one can utilize to hedge oneself against inflation.
     
    Nothing in the world is more haughty than a man of moderate capacity when once raised to power.

    Baron Wessenberg


     



    Disclosure: we have positions in Gold and Silver bullion and will be looking to open up new positions in several of the mentioend ETFS and Commodites based stocks when the time is right
    Themes: effects of inflation Stocks: USO, FCG, GDX, GLD, SLV, CUT, KOL, MWE, MOO
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