Washington’s Blog
August 11, 2011

Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham (co-founder and chief investment strategist of Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo – one of the largest fund managers in the world, having more than US $107 billion in assets under management as of December 2010) writes:

So now (July 30), the U.S. – with a dysfunctional Congress – has to decide between two of the ugliest choices seen in a long time. Should they cut government expenditures and therefore cut aggregate demand at a time of a critically weak economy on the cusp, perhaps, of a double dip? Or should they do nothing and allow a technical default, compromising the integrity of the dollar and sending a powerful signal to the world that the U.S., at least for now, is not a serious country and is probably past its prime. Ouch! Nobly trying to resolve this impasse, a small chunk of Republicans has seized the mantle of blackmailers and turned out to be very good at it. Certainly too good for President No-Show. Come to think of it, the choice was between technical default and looking like a Banana Republic and technical blackmail and looking like a Banana Republic! Just different bananas perhaps?

He’s right … the U.S. has become a banana republic with no bananas.

Previous Grantham quotes:

“The Fed Has Spent Most of the Last 15, 20 Years Manipulating the Stock Market, Whenever They Feel the Economy Needs a Bit of a Kick”

“All In All It Appears That Eisenhower’s Worst Fears Have Been Realized And His Remarkable And Unique Warnings Given For Naught”


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