If Larry Summers and Jamie Dimon are the voice of reason, you know something is dreadfully wrong in the current state of economic affairs. In fact, if Summers and Dimon are even making sense, the wheels have already come off.
Why aren’t these two sounding like the economic hitmen that they are? Because they are warning of the Biden Administration’s completely insane spending plans. Spending plans that will indeed cause inflation in the United States.
Joe’s recent equation adds up to an economic disaster
To be clear, it isn’t necessarily the numbers as much as it is the method. In other words, the Biden Administration is not considering credit stimulus but a mix of buying bonds, borrowing, and printing. Combined with the plan to spend drastic amounts, this is a recipe for economic disaster.
The White House is digging in its heels defending President Biden’s $4 trillion spending plan. Meanwhile, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon warns that this unprecedented amount of stimulus could lead to runaway inflation.
When testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, Dimon raised his concerns over the future inflation. Insisting the Federal Reserve may need to raise interest rates sooner to clamp down on rising prices. He said that he expects inflation to climb “considerably higher” than 1.6%, thanks to spending and federal monetary policies.
You know, because Americans aren’t already struggling enough with their personal finances.
U.S. debt, already at record-high levels, set to hit $30 trillion
CBS News Reported:
The Congressional Budget Office projects the federal debt will exceed the economy’s size by the end of the year and will balloon to 202% of gross domestic product over the next 30 years. And that’s their outlook without factoring in President Joe Biden’s, which is making its way through the Senate this week.
According to the nonpartisan office, by the end of this year, the federal debt will be 102% of GDP, a proportion that will nearly double by 2051. The CBO warns this increases the risk of a fiscal crisis and higher inflation moving forward.
According to the report by CBS the pandemic triggered the deepest economic downturn since World War II:
The White House and congressional Democrats warn the United States is far from out of the woods in its efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic and revitalize the economy. On Thursday, the Labor Department weekly report showed more than 1.1 million people last week, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. More than 18 million people remain on some form of unemployment benefits.
Congress has already approved around $6 trillion in COVID relief, including $4 trillion under President Trump.
Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda includes a $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and a $1.8 trillion American Families Plan. All of these measures would reshape the social safety net and allegedly address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
“If that money is wasted, it is not productively spent, we will have more inflation, less productivity, slower growth and the American democracy you will have lost even more credibility eyes in the world,” Dimon said.
You can bet that money will be wasted.
Powell denies any signs of persistent inflation
The Labor Department reported earlier this month that U.S. consumer prices for goods and services surged 0.8% in April, the most significant monthly increase in over a decade. It’s also the fastest year-over-year jump since 2008.
Core inflation, excluding food and energy data, rose 0.9% in April and 3% over the past 12 months.
According to CNN Business:
Prices have risen sharply on everything from used cars and lumber to steel and food. The return of inflation is especially costly to low-income families, who are most likely to have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
The Federal Reserve, led by Chairman Jerome Powell, has held interest rates near zero since March 2020. The Reserve maintains that it will continue to do so until “labor market conditions have reached levels consistent with the Committee’s assessments of maximum employment and inflation has risen to 2% and is on track to moderately exceed 2% for some time.”
Woah there, Joe, you might want to think this through
Even Larry Summers is calling on the Federal government to put on the brakes:
“I think policy is rather overdoing it,” Summers said in comments at the CoinDesk conference that were released Wednesday. “The sense of serenity and complacency being projected by the economic policymakers, that this is all something that can easily be managed is misplaced.”
“We’re taking very substantial risks on the inflation side,” Summers said in remarks made initially May 18.
“The Fed’s idea used to be that it removed the punchbowl before the party got good,” Summer said. “Now, the Fed’s doctrine is that it will only remove the punchbowl after it sees some people staggering around drunk.”
“Joe Biden has a historic opportunity to be a great president,” Summer said. “But I think they should learn the lesson of the Johnson administration’s errors that elected Richard Nixon and the Carter administration’s errors that elected Ronald Reagan.”
“When you’re surprised, you’re supposed to consider changing your mind,” Summers said.
Summers stated that it might be too early to know for sure that inflation is a problem. But that uncertainty is what raises questions about the Fed’s outlook.
“Then why on God’s Earth are we projecting that we are going to hold interest rates at zero for three years?” Summer said, saying he is not suggesting that the Fed “lurch” into raising interest rates.
Now you know inflation is not looming. It is here
Anyone not working in government or academia is now aware inflation is currently taking place across the U.S., not threatening to appear in the future. Essential and nonessential commodities are steadily rising, and that includes food and energy. (None of this is news to the poor, working, and middle classes.)
It appears the Biden Administration’s main task is to accelerate the collapse of the United States, with Academia, as is typical, acting as its gatekeeper.
I would suggest preparing for two financial and monetary crises: First, an inflationary crisis. Second, a deflationary one. (I highly recommend visiting our sister site The Frugalite for real-deal advice on how to live large on a tiny budget. We are all going to need to know how soon.)
But more on that in another article.
Have you noticed inflation in your area?
Have you noticed inflation starting in your area? Are there any particular items you’re seeing hit the hardest? What do you think of this economic strategy? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Robert Wheeler has been quietly researching world events for two decades. After witnessing the global network of NGOs and several ‘Revolutions’ they engineered in a number of different countries, Wheeler began analyzing current events through these lenses.