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Dr. Bernankenstein Created a Monster, Not a Normal Economy

When a man is up to no good, it doesn’t help that he gets lucky.

A fellow goes to rob your house. He finds the door unlocked. He enters without breaking. He steals everything. Mission accomplished.

Later on, he is arrested for robbing a bank. He gets 10 years in the slammer.

He would have been better off if he had found the door locked tight… and gave up!

So the latest news from the Congressional Budget Office is not good, either.

Now the politicians can stop worrying about deficits…and continue to rob the future. Good news is bad news. From The New York Times:

Since the recession ended four years ago, the federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion every year. But now the government’s annual deficit is shrinking far faster than anyone in Washington expected, and perhaps even faster than many economists think is advisable for the health of the economy.

That is the thrust of a new report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, estimating that the deficit for this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, will fall to about $642 billion, or 4% of the nation’s annual economic output, about $200 billion lower than the agency estimated just three months ago.

Even dumbbell economists believe lower deficits are bad news…but for an entirely different reason. They believe lower deficits will reduce GDP and jobs. They think the only reason the economy is doing so well is that the feds have been willing to spend money they didn’t have on things they didn’t need.

And that’s another reason the budget news is bad news: It makes people think the Great Experiment is a success! Here’s US Trust bank with analysis:

We believe the policy response we call the Great Experiment is appropriate and has helped the economy heal and normalize. As gun-shy investors see the policies working they are returning to the risk markets and a secular bull market is beginning. Other countries have responded to this success by trying these bold initiatives with the Bank of Japan now the most prominent example…

Whoa! Did we hear that right? The Great Experiment helped the economy normalise?

Something funny about that. ‘Normal’ is what you get when you don’t experiment. Normal comes from…well…normal. If you want a normal outcome, you have to make sure you’re not doing anything too extraordinary, no?

So how can you get to normal from a Great Experiment?

We will leave that for the philosophers of tomorrow. Today, we’ll merely suggest that maybe this economy isn’t so normal. What’s normal about an economy in which the major financial institutions can borrow money at negative real interest rates?

What’s normal about an economy in which people who have run their businesses so recklessly that they had to be bailed out by the government are still running their businesses…and can now borrow at lower rates than good businesses?

And what’s normal about an economy in which the feds still spend $1.60 for every dollar they get in tax receipts…and make up most of the difference by printing money?

This is not a normal economy at all…but a strange and grotesque one…with wires going into its brains and tubes feeding into its veins. The Great Experiment in monetary policy has produced an experimental economy — just as you’d imagine.

The word ‘normal’ refers to what eventually happens to an economy no matter how hard the Federal Reserve try to stop it. It’s where you end up after the Great Experiment fails…and you realize that Dr. Bernankenstein has produced a monster…not a normal economy.

Regards,

Bill Bonner
for The Daily Reckoning Australia

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5 Comments

  1. Lachlan says:

    Don’t worry about those matrix economists Bill. We have a transitional economy. Pack your bags for nirvana dude.

  2. Jason says:

    Just another step closer to the Second Great Depression. Won’t be too long now.

  3. garry says:

    This is not a normal economy at all…but a strange and grotesque one…

    Yeh, thanks to the paper shufflers om Wall St who at their peak brought the US to within 24 hours of bankruptcy.

    Normal, forget it .. indeed, it might take a decade or more to unravel the mess. Meanwhile the, do this, do that commentary rolls on, as if somehow the current managers are misfits. Clearly they are not, given the mess they inherited.

  4. truth and integrity says:

    Great article.
    Who wants their money first!
    When people realize there is no return on equity in the stocks that are escalating, it will be too late to withdraw. Everyone in the stocks will lose. The Australian stock market has only 100 stocks out of 2500 that show a 20% return on equity required for sustainability and this is declining rapidly. The US must be twice as bad with the level of the DOW.
    There are no indexes or indicators that reflect any growth.
    The Baltic dry index is traveling at the bottom from the last ten years.
    US liabilities are $124T; assets are $94T; = -$30T equity = bankrupt
    The volume of gold in the world is limited and going down in value whereas worthless things are increasing in money terms!
    The amount of money printing is unlimited and the $US DXY is increasing!
    We have economists and banksters that think this is all going okay.
    We have extremely high unemployment and bureaucrats who only know how to employ people in public service while there is no production in private enterprise. The GDP includes NON productivity to keep the number positive with waste, expenditure and income of non productivity included.
    We have reached a point where analysis means nothing because nothing balances and we are in a time of extreme DEvolution.
    Many obviously think this IS normal! It may be normal in the fact that it will correct badly naturally back to normal and not as people falsely hope. This however is the major problem that the confusion amongst exploiters is so great that it makes the confusion of languages 4000 years ago look pale in comparison. The Tower of Babel is collapsing around us and there are no leaders able to discern or direct or know a path of truth and integrity.

  5. shortchanged says:

    Well said ‘truth’, there are no ‘statesmen’ around any more, at least not in a position of authority. Someone is needed to put things right but I am afraid that the mess is too far gone to remedy quickly. Politician’s are to scared to do the right thing. So we are left to muddle along till the next crisis, and the next, ad nauseum. (Ad nausem, A technical term meaning ‘screwed’)

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