May 12, 2010
The Western financial world is officially in full panic mode. A nearly $1 trillion bailout of Greece confirms that fact. Our very own Federal Reserve is providing billions to the effort, but this is much more than a bailout for Greece. It is a bailout for banks holding Greek debt and the debt of other European nations teetering on default.
This bailout is not a fix or a cure for too much debt. People on both sides of the pond are simply spending more than they earn. The “fix” is a long painful road of consuming less and saving more, but that is not what this bailout represents. What the leaders of the Western World chose was the short painless path of money printing. You have to ask yourself where did they come up with nearly a trillion dollars in such a short amount of time?
If real assets were used for this bailout, it would not be done. Think about this for a minute. Let’s say for the American part of this rescue we had to put up half of New York State for collateral. Does the thought of that much prime land frittered away make you squeamish? How about putting up 500 million barrels of oil out of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve? Too valuable you say? Then maybe a couple thousand tons of gold out of Fort Knox would be okay to use, after all, it’s just sitting there (I hope). Doesn’t this sound absurd? It sure does because these are real assets and printed money is not. This is why the U.S. Fed is using dollars created out of thin air to help bail out its banking buddies in Europe. It is the easy way out, at least at the beginning.
This article was posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 11:58 am