Friday, June 3, 2011

At the End of the Day, Everyone Knew This Was Coming

With the 8:30 am release of the May Non-farm Payroll date from the Bureau of labor Statistics, the bad news - for which everyone in the world had been pre-conditioned by NBC, CNBC and any other reliable propagandist sources - was finally revealed.

Only 54,000 new jobs had been created by the great ponzi scheme, the unimaginative artificial stimulus and $600 trillion in fresh buckeroos since last September from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

The Keynesian experiment can now be exposed as the colossal failure that it is, though already the talking heads, left-wing politicians and idiotic economists from the Ivy League's ivory towers are already suggesting that the slowness in job creation is merely a "soft patch" in the recovery.

It is nothing of the sort. The US economy is closer to a complete shutdown and recession than at any time since the grand collapse in the fall of 2008. Not only were the NFP numbers off by grotesque magnitudes of scale, any suggestion that conditions will improve over the summer - while the worst congress in the history of our nation idly postures over the debt ceiling and enormous deficits - is nothing short of hot, gaseous, noxious air, the kind most prevalent inside Washington DC's beltway.

Rather than belabor the obvious: that the economy is stuck in first gear, if not simply idling, it is time for Americans to come to grip with what we have. And that is an aging population living on borrowed time, borrowed money, false hope and remembrances of things past, without an industrial base, energy policy, sound money, honest markets nor anyone even remotely willing or able to fix them.

We are a hollow shell of a formerly great nation, put on its collective knees by a cabal of bankers and politicians whose only purpose has been personal gain and control, a control which they are rapidly losing. 17% of the country receives food stamps. More than half the country depends on some form of government check for their basic needs. The middle class has been relegated to numb consumers of foreign goods, many without jobs and those that have them living in abject fear of losing them.

Nobody except bankers get raises, educational standards have been lowers persistently over the past forty years, though that's hardly a problem since there is no steady employment for engineers, chemists, biologists, and a raft of other high-skilled fields of endeavor.

All of the economic numbers for the past month have been dismal, despite the government's best efforts to fudge, obfuscate or otherwise obscure the truth that we, as a nation, are smack dab in the middle of the worst depression in the country's history.

People are living in houses without paying mortgages for two, three and four years because the banks can't produce clear titles, the courts are overwhelmed even when they dispense justice properly, which is seldom, and the number of weeks spent on unemployment is now at an all-time high.

Housing values have plummeted to levels worst than during the Great Depression, gas is more than ten times as expensive as it was 40 years ago, new car sales, retail sales, industrial production, capacity utilization, factory orders and durable orders are beginning to fall off a cliff. Municipalities everywhere are struggling to close budget deficits, while pensions are underfunded and tax receipts are falling. About the only thing that isn't falling apart the amount of outright lying and deception delivered daily from the various mainstream news outlets, politicians and business leaders, some of whom have already jumped ship and are oopenly saying that another recession is on its way (considering the first one ever ended).

And that's the good news.

It's good news that all of this is finally getting to see the light of day, so that Americans can outrightly reject any and all new proposals, taxes, regulations, elections and instead stand for change.


because the jobs data and all the other bad data from the past three weeks show that central planning doesn't work. Bailouts of insolvent banks don't work. Giving taxpayer money to the richest people and foreign financial institutions doesn't work. Mark this day down because it is the date upon which Wall Street, the Fed and the federal government (throw in the mainstream media for good measure) are shown to be complete frauds, liars and cheats, absolutely unfit to serve the good people of America in any capacity.

America can and will survive. Watch for more of the following, strictly from the private sector:



rent parties

barn raisings

barter clubs

independent contractors

tax evasion

home business

cottage industry

buy American!

back yard garden

handymen (and women)

underground economy

black markets

and forget the following:

mortgage payment

property tax increase (or any tax increase for that matter)

bank loans

TBTF (at least two of the big four BAC, JPM, WFC, C) will fail within a year

minimum wage

health insurance

The restructuring of America can begin apace! Get the insurance companies out of health care and let doctors earn their livings like they should, treating their patients individually.

National banks will become much smaller.

The Fed has to go.

Back to the gold standard or some semblance of sound money.

We can also repeal the minimum wage, along with severely limiting all the other employment regulations, like unemployment benefits, worker's comp, Social Security and medicare deductions, etc.

Start putting up WE WIN! signs and people will first think you're nuts, until they start seeing you living better than them by rejecting the status quo.

It's time to put away the idea that government can fix problems, because they simply create more of them, along with wars, fear, famine and homelessness and time for Americans to do what they have always done in times of crisis: stand up individually and take control of your lives.

Stocks tumbled again, on low volume, but it could have been worse. Since the poor jobs number was telegraphed by the ADP report, much of the selling was already well underway on Wednesday. Today's figures were mostly priced in, though since there's almost no participation by individual investors at this point, the big, controlling interests can hold a while longer and take stocks down as they please. Wall Street has been and now is completely irrelevant. One could do better stuffing dollars into mattresses than taking a flyer on the various stock offerings being kicked about.

Th Dow Jones Industrial Average fell for the fifth consecutive week, the largest expanse of time for continuous losses since 2004, and it doesn't look like it's going to end any time soon. Stocks are probably 30-40% overvalued at this juncture, and a crash is dead ahead.

Dow 12,151.26, -97.29 (0.79%)
NASDAQ 2,732.78, -40.53 (1.46%)
S&P 500 1,300.16, -12.78 (0.97%)
NYSE Composite 8,222.15, -55.61 (0.67%)

Declining issues buried advancers, 4809-1792. NASDAQ new highs totaled 31, while there were 82 new lows. ON the NYSE, 37 new highs did not measure up to 48 new lows. Combined, there were 68 new highs and 130 new lows. The most reliable leading long-term trend indicator - highs-lows - has been flashing signs of reversal for months. This should be the tipping point after which the direction will be identified undeniably as straight down. As long as new lows outweigh new highs for a period of more than about six to eight trading days, there is virtually no way to reverse the trend. It also will be telling if the gap between the highs and lows continues to widen. Even as such, the Dow has already shed 657 points from its nominal high, reached exactly one month ago today. The turnover in the highs-lows is just now confirming the trend despite desperate pumping, dumping and priming by manipulative stock insiders.

NASDAQ Volume 1,908,014,125
NYSE Volume 4,028,291,000

The commodities markets were a tragi-comedy of denial that global deflation has ensued. All manner of commodities fell sharply in the morning, only to be ramped back up in the afternoon. Crude oil fell by a laughable eleven cents! to close at an abysmally-overpriced and speculatively-inflated $100.22.

Gold could not be held back, gaining $9.20, to $1543.00. Silver, despite being pushed down to near $35 early on, ended up 17 cents, at $36.32.

At least the weather is better. This is by no means over. Rather, a collapse worse than 2008 is already in the cards, though not represented in prices. The sum of all fears is on its way and it will be deflationary, desperate and lasting for more than a generation.

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