Everyone has seen the 100-year US Dollar destruction chart; so here is the 200-year… a century without The Fed and a century with… which would you prefer?
Newton’s 3rd law states: To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. Sounds pretty simple right?
Except in Government, where for every action, the reaction seems to produce catastrophic consequences for such action. Yet inexplicably, the answer these days to everything seems to be more Government intervention and meddling. You would think that at this point we would have learned from our prior mistakes. Yet the meddling goes on and on and on….because it works so well.
Have you ever considered the true cost of all of this intervention? Think about it. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, we have been in perpetual warfare, we introduced the New Deal which birthed Government programs, we eliminated the gold standard, we flooded the market with massive credit expansion, we accumulated massive amounts of debt and have now seen the Government take over 20% of our economy through healthcare. As if all of the prior interventions were not enough, in just the last 5 years, we have had shovel ready, bank bailouts, trillion dollar stimulus, QE 1,2,3,4, operation twist, unemployment benefits extended, car bailouts and crony capitalism that threw good money after bad. What we have gotten is more of the same. More debt, more political posturing and the complete destruction of the dollar and the purchasing power of it. With it, no one is accountable. Not the Government, not the banks, not the private companies but the citizens whose burden it has become to fund all of this intervention.
With the backdrop of other Governement ventures like the USPS and Social Security Administration, what can possibly go wrong with our latest intervention Obamacare? Whether you are for or against it, you have to recognize that this is and will be the mother of all Government interventions. With a horrific rollout, low enthusiasm and a general public that is either unaware or just ignorant to what is truly coming down the pipe, we can only hope that this time it will be different. But consider, that for every word that defines Obamacare, there are 30 more words that enforce it. With 109 new regulations and counting, you have to wonder if this monstrosity of intervention will finally be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back. It surely has the making for it because we have never seen anything like it.
Cost since 1913? Well, the dollar has lost nearly 90% of its value and the purchasing power of that dollar has been eroded considerably.
Below is a chart that demonstrates the destructive quality of Government intervention to 1819: