Our politicians in Washington (especially the Obama administration) are following the economic policies of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who made these economic predictions over the past four years (YouTube Video):

California state capitolOn July 14 California's bond ratings, already the lowest in the nation, took another hit. Moody's Investors Service downgraded $72 billion of the state's general obligation bonds by two steps, from A2 to Baa1. The new rating, just two steps above junk grade, will increase the costs of California's borrowing and deepen the state's financial distress. A few day earlier, Fitch Investors downgraded the state's general obligation bonds from A- to BBB, also two steps above junk grade in its rating system.

house“U.S. officials are weighing a plan to let borrowers who have fallen behind on mortgage payments avoid eviction by renting their home instead,” Reuters Wire Service reported July 14.

ElmendorfCongressional Budget Office Director Douglas W. Elmendorf gave a fiscal wake-up call to Senate Budget Committee members in testimony on July 16, noting that “the federal budget is on an unsustainable path — meaning that federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run.”

Ron PaulCongressman Ron Paul’s H.R. 1207, calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve, has attracted 270 cosponsors in less than five months. The Republican congressman's bill has received strong bipartican support, and approximately 100 of the bill's cosponsors are Democrats. Support for H.R. 1207 has frightened some of the Fed’s champions in the academic world, Fed officials themselves, and, of course, many of the Fed's friends in the financial world.