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Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by inzone, May 7, 2012.

  1. inzone


    Aug 20, 2009
    harbinger of things to come in U.S.?...... Europe aint lookin so good, I reckon U.S. may be headed down that same primrose path, I read somewhere that only about 47% of American adults pay any net income taxes and that we have over 50% of the population receiving some kinda transfer payments from govt..... even if some of that was earned, it still means a lot of outflow and not enuf inflow.... But I aint no Harvard economist!
  2. nightwolf1974


    May 20, 2006
    first let me say, i have no quotable opinion about people getting some sort of check from Uncle Sam.

    BUT i do see troubling times coming. anyone remember what happened in October 1929? the american people as a whole need to stop listening to elected leaders talking about "change", and see that the only change that is happening the country is spiraling down into a drain that ends in China!

    our dependance on foriegn oil, foriegn finance, and foriegn commodities is weaking a fine country that once was not only the arsenal of freedom during two world wars, but a beacon of light and hope for the avearge person. :whistling:
    Last edited: May 7, 2012

  3. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    The US has been printing money and trying to spend its way out of the recession. Printing money makes your goods cheaper relative to other monies where governments live within their means. Printing money means you retire existing debt with soft money.

    When other countries do the same, the US will not be able to spend its way out of the recession, even if it tried.

    Arsenal of democracy reflections. Everything was sold. The US even sold old destroyers. With the exception of the Soviet debt, I believe that most of the borrowed money used to pay for military goods sold to other countries was repaid.

    You can[t be self sufficient in every commodity and it isn't wise to try to do so. You generate misallocations of resources when you insist on being self sufficient.

    If you don't want coffee from Brazil, orange juice from Brazil, mahogany from South east Asia, pepper from Indonesia, fresh vegetables and fruits from Mexico, dress shoes from South Korea, sneakers from Taiwan, Ipads and Ipods from Red China, then you had better be prepared to pay more and have a lower standard of living.
  4. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    It is a ticking bomb... tic tic tic... and it won't be that long before it goes boom and out of the ashes will arise a new world order.
  5. Lockback

    Lockback Polymerlicious!

    Nov 23, 2009
    I agree...and I'm posting this from an iPad.
  6. sourdough44


    Jul 23, 2007
    The class warfare is astounding, the money is long gone & the takers just keep saying 'it's the bankers fault' & 'tax the rich'. The new pres of France tries to act like he has a new thought by calling for "growth". It's as if nobody thought of that before.

    It seems any consensus is totally unworkable, brace for impact.
  7. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA

    We can tell. One of the facts you didn't state is that most of the income from taxes is mismanaged by the government. ie:

    Overpaid politicians
    Overpaid government contracts
    Foreign aid to countries that give nothing in return.
    Military occupations on foreign soil.
    "Bridge to nowhere" projects
    No oversight on welfare(fraud)

    Just to name a few.
  8. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

    Aug 8, 2004
    The new guy's "plan" is going to fail. The EU allowes people to move between countries with ease. Those that will be impacted by the higher taxes will simply move accross the border and not have to worry.
    Having said that, if this increased socialism spreads beyond France (and it might) then those with money will be squeezed into fewer and fewer countries. Which could cause the ignorant liberals to begin resenting other countries in the union , and we all know what resentment in europe causes...
  9. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    Very astute observations!
  10. Devans0


    Oct 26, 2011
    I would be shocked if France had voted for austerity. Since the French revolution, the national identity is egalitarian. I also am an outlier to this forum in that IMO that French are right. Austerity after a global economic crisis causes double dips/extended malaise. Government finances are NOT the same as family finances, but instead, a MegaCorp.

    Counter cyclical spending gives more bang for the buck, seeds a recovery by getting money moving, and positions a company to buy assets at fire-sale prices to cash in on, when the recovery is underway. I really want to buy some bug-out land at these prices. The time for austerity is when money is fast and loose. Much of our current deficits come from servicing debt from overspending policies under so-called conservative administrations. Track spending from the walk, not the talk. MegaCorp bought the horse and the whole stable in the current race in America. ObamaCare is renamed RomneyCare.

    I am more worried about Greece/Turkey/Spain..etc. A population of many radical young without jobs is a recipe for war. Look at the crazies from Iran 10-20 years ago.
  11. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

    Aug 8, 2004
    The problem is, they were spending "fast and loose" during the economic boom times as well. They gave more and more to the citizens without regard to long term consequences (sound familiar?). Now they have no money and they have massive debt. The new president's plan is just as stupid as Obama's plan to tax the rich.

    I have little knowledge of France's demographics, but I'm guessing that thir population / wealth distributiuon is similar to what we have in this country. Assuming that is the case, even if this dolt taxes "the rich" at 100% (and the rich are stupid enough to stay in France) that still will not even dent their debt. The new guy's "plan" is just another form of class warfare, like Obama is trying to do.

    These "plans" do nothing to solve the problem they pretend to, they only create scapegoats.

    The problem in France (as well as this country) is SPENDING it is not revenue. France needs to end many of their govenment programs and allow the market to take over certain things... much like we need to do here.

    As for Greece, Turkey and Spain? Exactly.
    Last edited: May 8, 2012
  12. Andy W

    Andy W

    Dec 4, 2006
    I don't think the European nations will go to war again, if that's what you're hinting at. Besides the fact that they are so economically co-dependent, are their militaries even big enough to attack each other? It would just be France and Germany goign at at with maybe Turkey and Greece getting involved for a short time but I don't think they'd last long. They have enough problems at home.
  13. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    When a country spends at a significant deficit rate, the amount of money in circulation increases. The money buys less (called inflation). However, the "value" of old fixed borrowing by the government goes down.

    It is somewhat harder to understand, but when you devalue a currency, it makes the country's goods "cheaper".

    The US has largely "paid" for the foreign wars in the last 15 years by borrowing and repaying loans with cheaper money.

    Exports have been encouraged by devaluing the dollar.

    So, what happens when France under the new government spends even more money that it doesn't have? It generates inflation and makes its goods cheaper.

    To some extent, the US plan has been to inflate so that real property values don't appear to go down, so that old mortgages can be paid off with cheap money and "profits" can be higher and taxes collected on "profits" increase.

    When France starts doing the same thing, then you have no "advantage" in trade and you stop exporting and producing as many goods. So, your unemployment goes up, the recession continues.
  14. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
    The EU is a failure.I hope Germany bails.'08.
  15. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

    Aug 8, 2004
    Actually, I was referring more to the major riots they have had recently involving the austerity, budget cutting and even the racially motivated riots.
  16. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008

    I would say yes.

    I have been creeped out recently by some who siad they are voting for Obama in 2012. When you ask them why, it comes down to that person's real or imaginary fear of losing some sort of government program benefit.

    The 2012 election, just like in Europe is a vote for or against austerity. Hopefully when Obama loses, I honestly don't know how the other side is going to respond. will it be like every other US election in the past, or will it get ugly.
    Last edited: May 9, 2012
  17. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    The EU experiment is collapsing and the powers that be are fighting tooth and nail to save it because if they don't they lose their cushy jobs and powers.

    Greece will be out of the Euro within two years and more will follow and that will be that, as they say.
  18. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

    Aug 8, 2004
    While I agree that it should fail, there are too many people making money with the regulatory aspect of the eurozone for it to fail.

    EU is going to act like a socialist government, throwing bones and gimees to states that are contemplating leaving until the entire system collapses on its own. BUt that will take a lot longer than a couple years.
  19. Ruble Noon

    Ruble Noon "Cracker"

    Feb 18, 2009
    You might like this.

    Bill Black: Austerity During a Serious Recession Is Economically Insane - A Warning From History
  20. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005