money vice“Consumer prices shot up in June by the largest amount in 11 months,” the Washington Post reported June 15, “reflecting the biggest jump in gasoline prices in nearly five years.” The 0.7 percent June increase in the Consumer Price Index represents an annual rate of more than eight percent as well as the first consumer symptom of the hyper-inflation the Federal Reserve created over the past year.

currencyThe Ludwig von Mises Institute’s Howard S. Katz has revealed that the Federal Reserve Bank has inflated the U.S. currency to unprecedented levels since September 2008 and that it is hiding the fact. Katz cited a Federal Reserve letter he received in response to an inquiry where the Fed admitted that its Open Market Committee stated it “has increased the Fed balance sheet to levels never before seen.”

spending moneyJust days after Vice President Joe Biden told George Stephanopoulos that it was “premature” to push for another “stimulus” spending bill, Obama economic adviser Laura D’Andrea Tyson told a seminar in Singapore on July 7, "We should be planning on a contingency basis for a second round of stimulus." Though Tyson is a member of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, she said in the speech she was speaking for herself and not for the administration.

Opportunity Cost

President Barack Obama was recently called upon to defend his track record of predictions made while selling his “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (ARRA) “stimulus” package.

interest ratesThe Congressional Budget Office (CBO) informed Rep. Paul Ryan, ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, that President Obama’s budget under-reported (and the CBO itself) the national debt in Obama’s budget by trillions of dollars by predicting unrealistically low interest rates on the national debt in a June 30 letter. Obama’s budget planned to increase the deficit from the current $11 trillion to more than $23 trillion. The CBO letter admits that those estimates may be optimistic by as much as $5.6 trillion.