Five years ago, when QE first started, we blasted the Fed’s “Plan Z” systemic rescue “policy” – which was merely a tried and true dilutive fallback plan used by every collapsing monetary regime starting with the Romans – stating it does absolutely nothing to resolve the biggest underlying threat to the economy and the western way of life, namely the epic accumulation of debt (most of it bad), courtesy of a Fed which has now unleashed a perpetual “buyer of only resort” QE (as we predicted months before QEternity was revealed), which instead only redistributes wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest 0.01%, while providing scraps to the poorest to keep them occupied and away from very violent thoughts.
We were quickly branded as conspiracy theorists, with the confused legacy media promptly resorting to ad hominem attacks: after all, that is what it really knows how to do when all else fails.
Five years, and 20 million Americans on foodstamps later, such conspiratorial thinking has permeated such bastions of the status quo as Citigroup, whose Matt King in a recent expose about the biggest debt bubble ever, showed that not only does record-er debt not fix a record debt problem, but that the “slate has not been wiped clean.” At least not yet: it will eventually, in a monetary supernova that has been only delayed, following which the Fed will, finally, be forever out of the picture. A welcome development.
So it is with great amusement that we watch how one after another vehicles of legacy, conventional thought turn, and confirm that Zero Hedge was hardly conspiratorial with our assessment back in 2009. We were just about 5 years ahead of the curve.
Enter the FT, which in an Op-Ed today titled “QE has stigmatised the well-off” says that “despite it being entirely justified as a save-the-world policy in its first round, it is still at best an unfair and at worst an evil policy. Why? Because of the way in which it redistributes wealth. Very low interest rates and the ongoing purchase of government bonds were supposed to lead to a huge investment boom as people put money into capital projects and new business that would yield a better return than they could get on cash or sovereign bonds.”
Some more amusing, if very overdue revelations:…
- A Corrupt System that Rewards Stupidity (dailyreckoning.com)
- Straight forward explanation of Monetary Policy and QE (simonedwards1915.wordpress.com)
- Janet Yellen’s Nomination Means Perpetual QE (realclearmarkets.com)
- Deepcaster: Preparing for The Big One (silverdoctors.com)