The 30 statistics that you are about to read prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed.  Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a staggering pace.
Yes, the stock market has soared to unprecedented heights this year and there are a few isolated areas of the country that are doing rather well for the moment. 
But overall, the long-term trends that are eviscerating the middle class just continue to accelerate
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In this economy, you don’t even have to lose your job to fall out of the middle class.
The following are 30 stats demonstrating the destruction of the US Middle Class: 

The existing dollar-centric system is not in the favor of most of the new powers of the world…and they are rapidly moving to reduce their dependence on the dollar.
If $12+ trillion is no longer needed as reserves for international settlement – where does that money go?  Well, a relatively small reduction in dollar trade replaced by Yuan, Ruble, Real, etc. (say 5%-10% over 2014) would free up $600 B to $1.2 T to move where dollars are still readily accepted…the US of A.    Typically, these dollars would be levered up (say conservatively 5x’s)…and voila, $3 trillion to $6 trillion of purchasing power is introduced to America in 2014.  Things like stocks, bonds, and Real Estate would be very positively pushed higher and higher (rents, insurance, etc. would also be unwelcomingly pushed higher as wages remain flat due to structural unemployment issues.
But let’s say in 2015 the pace of BRICS non-dollar trade continues expanding and international settlement in non-dollars grows by 10% to 20%…and 10% to 20% of dollars are no longer needed as reserves to buy oil, wheat, finance trade, etc.   This is about $1.2 trillion to $2.4 trillion formerly held reserves cleared to go looking for their home…the US$1.2 trillion to $2.4 trillion levered again very conservatively @ 5x’s is $6 trillion to $12 trillion in “hot” money looking for assets.  With just a fraction of all the inflation the US exported over the ’71-present period coming home…this creates what amounts to a hyperinflationary-monetary dollar overdose in America.
Once these things start, they create a momentum of their own and eventually a likely counter by the administration to freeze out these dollars and the likely panic this ensues both domestically and internationally.

dollarAll commodities and near-commodities are priced internationally in dollars, and the dollar is used for over 80% of cross-border trade settlements. Consequently the dollar is the base currency for all countries’ foreign reserves, giving it its reserve status.
However, there are now challenges to the dollar’s hegemony, with Russia, China as well as the other members, dialog-partners and associates of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), taking deliberate steps towards doing away with the dollar entirely for pan-Asian trade.
Recent developments setting up a rival to the IMF by the BRICS nations is part of this challenge.
If you follow the geopolitics, you might reasonably conclude that the dollar’s dominance has peaked and is now declining.
The SCO appears to believe there can be a transition away from the dollar, an idea that could turn out to be dangerously wrong at a time of great but generally unrecognised currency fragility.
At the heart of the issue there is a worrying lack of distinction between the dollar’s reserve function and its function as the monetary standard from when it replaced gold in 1971.
To fully appreciate the importance of the dollar as the standard for all other currencies, we must review the monetary history behind how and why the dollar replaced gold, and the implications for today.

launch rocket verticalThe precious metals are lynch pins.  They are nagging and persistent counter-parties to money printing gone wild.
The US currently has a Debt to GDP well north of 100%.  That’s always a part of each hyperinflation.
Real (GAAP-derived) accounting puts ($6 Trillion) deficits at least five times tax revenue in the U.S.
Most modern hyperinflations started with only 2x deficit revenue.
Jobs, energy use, and real inflation are major (misery) indicators that we are in massive decline.
The only variable left to ignite is money velocity.
When prices begin to fly, the point of no return will be long since passed.

June’s FMQ components have now been released by the St Louis Fed, and it stands at a record $13.132 trillion. As can be seen in the chart above, it is $5.48 trillion more than an extension of the pre-Lehman crisis exponential growth trend.
The chart confirms that tapering seems to be having little or no effect on money markets and therefore the growth rate of fiat currency.
Still believe the Fed is really tapering QE?

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The world’s leading silver expert David Morgan joins The Doc & Eric Dubin this week to discuss: 

  • The Fed tapers official QE another $10 billion- gold & silver whacked the day after the FOMC statement yet again
  • David breaks down gold and silver trading over the first half of 2014:  Gold & Silver still base building a Major Bottom
  • Is the next banking crisis beginning? Banco Espírito Santo’s share price halved on  Thursday
  • Be right and sit tight?  David explains why the PM markets will scare you out or wear you out
  • We ask David how he sees the end-game for the dollar playing out- will we see a deflationary crash, or a hyper-inflation monetary collapse,  and how will PMs protect wealth against both?
  • On the Brink?  Washington driving West towards direct conflict with Russia

The SD Weekly Metals & Markets With The Doc, Eric Dubin, and David Morgan is below:

Dr Ron Paul, the popular Presidential candidate and America and the world’s most popular libertarian voice, told CNBC yesterday that he “still believes in gold” and that “gold could go to infinity.”
Paul informed the MSM host why the long term case for gold remains intact (while Jackie DeAngelis stated gold’s 8% performance year to date is disappointing):
“Timing is the only thing.   I remember watching gold when it was 35 dollars an ounce and we thought if it ever hit a hundred dollars, the world would come to an end.   And then a thousand dollars, so; no, it’s good as long as we continues to do this [print money] , you know, it could go to infinity because when people just leave the dollar, who knows what.” 

dangerDing, Ding, Ding!
The bell tolls, not for the 1%, but for the remaining 99% in Europe, the UK, Japan, and the US.
What Danger Zone?  The powers-that-be must find a way to keep the masses under control, raise taxes, enrich themselves and monetize the debt.
The result will be currency devaluations, blood, inflation, distractions (such as downed airliners and new wars), banker bonuses, continued payoffs to politicians, and so much more.

hyperinflationThe official policy of the Central Bank (Federal Reserve)/government is: inflation is necessary for “growth,” i.e. economic expansion. The unstated reason for this official support of inflation is that it’s easier for borrowers to service their debts as their income inflates.
Just as the Federal Reserve cannot directly force you to stick the needle of monetary heroin (debt) into your arm, it also can’t force employers to pay employees more.

jim willieIn this MUST WATCH interview with Finance & Liberty’s Elijah Johnson, Jim Willie breaks down his explosive prediction that Germany is in the process of pivoting east to join the Russian/Chinese/ BRIC alliance, and abandoning the fiat US dollar currency regime.
Willie states that WE HAVE REACHED THE END OF THE US DOLLAR REGIME!
The dollar is going to be rejected on the global stage, and the majority of Americans won’t even know it!

Jim Willie’s full interview on the end of the Petro-Dollar Regime is below: 

Austria has already picked sides, with Russia, for the economic writing is on the wall.
Germany also is not about to jeopardize its long-established business ties with Russia.  At least 3,000 businesses are linked to Russia, and they are not being quiet in their displeasure about any sanctions against Russia by the US.  Further, Deutschland is increasing its economic ties to and with China.  Between these three powerhouse nations, it is all about business and economic growth.  With the US, it is all about fiat debt and war with little to no concern about which country[s] the US alienates in order to support its flailing and failing debt addiction.
Throw in the NSA spying scandal the US has and continues to wage against Germany, add the you-will-get-your-[non-existent]- gold when we say you can have it, and the clock it ticking as to when Germany says, “Genug ist genug!”  Many measures have been taken that demonstrate a growing rift between these once-solid allies, and the only thing standing in the way of a complete breakaway is Chancellor Merkel, whose days are numbered.

It is finally happening in full view, in unmistakable manner, in a way that the awake, the aware, and the conscious can perceive in alarming stunning terms.
The central force of Europe, the industrial juggernaut, the stable core, has begun to pivot East.
The Germans have had enough, fed up with destructive US activities of all kinds.   For the last few months, they have been laying out their indictment, their justification, their reasons to abandon the corrupt US-UK crowd.   The bank wreckage, the market rigging, the endless wars, the sanctions which backfire, the sham monetary policy, the economic sabotage, the spying, the gold gimmicks, it has finally reached a critical level. 

Germany has begun to move East in full view.   Only the deaf dumb and blind cannot notice, and they will probably never notice. They are fodder. 
The awaited signals seen by the Jackass have finally arrived.
Berlin is outraged by clear USGovt spying, and in process of conducting a Gold audit among their population. Germany is building motives to split from the Euro Monetary Union (common Euro currency) by forging stronger open ties with Russia & China. The justification is becoming plainly laid out, in four perceived indictment charges. 
Germany will break from US/UK and its USDollar fiat currency regime over four primary thorny issues:

When scientists start using phrases such as “the worst drought” and “as bad as you can imagine” to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad.  Thanks to an epic drought that never seems to end, we are witnessing the beginning of a water crisis that most people never even dreamed was possible in this day and age.  The state of California is getting ready to ban people from watering their lawns and washing their cars, but if this drought persists we will eventually see far more extreme water conservation measures than that.  And the fact that nearly half of all of the produce in America comes out of the state of California means that ultimately this drought is going to deeply affect all of us.  Food prices have already been rising at an alarming rate, and the longer this drought goes on the higher they will go.
Let us hope and pray that this drought is permanently broken at some point, because otherwise we could very well be entering an era of extreme water rationing, gigantic dust storms and crippling food prices.
The following are 20 signs that the epic drought in the western half of the United States is starting to become apocalyptic…

cliff fall coyotePM Fund Manager Dave Kranzler joins the SGTReport to discuss the details of the collapse, which is in already progress — as Jim Willie says, it started in 2008 — however the sad reality for most Americans is that they won’t wake up until it’s too late.
Dave says, “The majority of people won’t pick up their pitchforks until something really bad and painful happens.  It might actually not happen until the Dollar collapses and people see that our country is essentially a third world country masquerading behind debt, printed money and FRAUD.”
Kranzler’s full MUST LISTEN interview is below:

As the Obama administration continues to alienate almost everyone else around the entire planet, an increasing number of prominent international voices are starting to question why the U.S. dollar should be so overwhelmingly dominant in global trade.  Gazprom is now asking their large customers to start paying in currencies other than the dollar But this is not just a story about Russia any longer.  As you will read about below, China and South Korea have just signed a major agreement to facilitate trade with one another using their own national currencies, and even prominent French officials are now talking about the need to use the dollar less and the euro more.  John Williams of shadowstats.com recently said that things have never “been more negative” for the U.S. dollar, and he was right on the mark.  The power of the almighty dollar has allowed all of us living in the United States to enjoy an extremely high standard of living for decades, but as that power now fades it is going to have profound implications for the U.S. economy.