30 Stats Proving the Destruction of the Middle Class

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: 
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Alasdair Macleod: No Escape From the Dollar As the Currency Standard

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.

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Gold and Silver – From Manipulation to Hyperinflation

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.

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Silver Pyramid Power

Size comparison:  silver pyramid and the great pyramid of EgyptGlobal annual silver production is approximately 820,000,000 ounces or a bit more than 25,000 metric tons.  What does that mean in terms that we can more easily understand?
If the global annual mine production of silver were cast into one large silver pyramid, it would be approximately – wait for it – only 65 feet high on a base of only 65 feet square.  Rather tiny!  For future reference, this is one “silver pyramid.”
The Federal Reserve was conjuring up enough dollars for QE to buy the equivalent of one silver pyramid every 6 days in the Bernanke era.
In that context silver seems inexpensive and dollars seem overvalued.
The US military spends the equivalent of one silver pyramid about every 8 days and the official US national debt increases by one silver pyramid every 7 days.  Borrowing and “printing” this many dollars cannot continue forever.  Silver and gold will remain valuable long after the dollar has been inflated to near worthlessness.

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Ron Paul: Gold Could Go To Infinity!

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.” 
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Clear and Present Danger Zone

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. [Read more...]

The Rot Within, Part II: Inflation Is Not “Growth”

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. [Read more...]

Jim Willie: End of the U.S. Dollar Regime!

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: 
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The Almighty Dollar Is In Peril As The Global ‘De-Dollarization’ Trend Accelerates

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.  [Read more...]

Hyperinflation Dead Ahead? US Monetary Base Goes Parabolic

If the economy is hunky dory, then why is the money supply going parabolic? [Read more...]

Is the US Dollar Under Direct Attack Now?

dollarIn just a little over a week the BRIC summit will take place in Brazil. A couple of key topics at the summit will be the promotion of two major projects, the BRIC Development Bank and the establisment of an emergency reserve fund for the BRIC nations.   While these events are US dollar negative, we can expect not much will be said at the summit about the dollar. In fact, the talk leading into the summit is that the BRIC bank is still 1-2 years from lending money.
But if you look elsewhere, a direct attack on the US Dollar appears to be underway right now.  [Read more...]

Gold Prices Benefit From Economic Sins

Gold VaultGold has been a store of value for 5,000 years.   It has protected people from inflation, wars, and irresponsible governments during the last several thousand years. Gold has not always and forever been a good investment – the price of gold declined between 1980 and 2000.
But gold is currently excellent insurance against counter-party risk, consumer price inflation, central bank “money printing” and the consequences of the economic sins committed by irresponsible governments and central banks.
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The U.S. Dollar Had To Use The Rest Room Today…

SeptDXWhile gold, silver and mining shares catapulted from overnight and early attempts to manipulate them lower…
The U.S. dollar has lost the psychologically important 80-handle, it lost its 200 day moving average on Friday and its 50 dma today.  [Read more...]

What Crude Oil Says About Silver

Crude Oil and Silver ComparisonIf you want to know where silver prices are going, ask crude oil!  Crude oil prices have many reasons to explode higher and few to drop lower. The trend has been up for more than a decade.  Central banks will print, politicians will instigate more wars and invasions, and each euro, yen, and dollar will purchase even less crude oil and gasoline. It is business as usual, but with an extra dollop of chaos, war, and price inflation tossed into the mix…. [Read more...]

Betting on Silver: “Keys to the Game”

betBetting on investments is not that different than betting on football games.   You identify one or two “keys to the game.”
Long bets vs. short bets …
For three years now I’ve been betting on silver as a smart investment.
My “key to the game” – and the reason I’ve made these bets – is simple enough: America, I’m betting, is effectively broke and must print money to stay in business. This assessment tells me that, at some point, the purchasing power of the dollar will decline precipitously and that demand for gold and silver will become much greater.
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