On 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.
“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.
The 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.”
Just 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.
The 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.
At a United Nations climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, world leaders proposed a levy on long-haul air travel as a way to raise money to supposedly help less developed countries adapt to alleged anthropogenic (human-caused) “climate change.” If the proposal were to become reality, the United Nations would be able to supplement “contributions” from member nations with its own international tax, something world-government promoters have dreamed about for decades.
President Barack Obama’s director of the National Economic Council, Larry Summers, spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations on June 12. At the time of this writing, a video and a transcript were both available at the CFR website. The stated purpose was to present his “Reflections on Economic Policy in Time of Crisis,” but the theme seemed to be saving the free market from having too much freedom. He even credited socialist economist John Maynard Keynes with the “great insight” that the free market will supposedly fail to achieve a natural balance between supply and demand “two or three times a century, perhaps a little more.”
By some estimates, the U.S. has lost 6 million jobs during the current economic recession began in December 2007. Now, President Obama is planning to tap into the $787-billion stimulus package to create what his administration believes will be 600,000 new job
Will the Obama spend-a-rama finish off the dollar as the world's reserve currency? It well may, and sooner than most people think. Any day now we may wake up to headlines announcing that the International Monetary Fund's SDR (Special Drawing Rights) is being adopted as the new global currency.
President Barack Obama, speaking from the White House's State Dining Room on May 11, hailed the healthcare industry's promise to cut $2 trillion in costs over 10 years as "a watershed event." The president hosted a meeting attended by health insurance, medical device, pharmaceutical, and hospital CEOs, three physicians (all officers of the American Medical Association), representatives of the Service Employees International Union, and administration officials.