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You Might be a Socialist if…

3/5/2012 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

Nearly 20 years ago, Jeff Foxworthy topped the comedy charts when he released his now famous album “You Might be a Redneck if…”  While we have no illusions that today’s musings will attain the fame that Mr. Foxworthy’s have, today’s Mint is an entirely accidental homage to Mr. Foxworthy in which we present a series of one-liners which we hope will provide an invaluable service to the American public.

Namely, we aim to provide the public with comical assistance in helping one properly identify whether or not they are a Socialist.  It is a handy, self convicting exercise which is meant to help all of us to identify and perhaps deal with our latent Socialist tendencies.

In other words, you may laugh heartily, knowing that the laughter, like the accumulated loss of capital in a Socialist society, is at the expense of the proletariat.  Enjoy:

You might be a Socialist if… (with apologies to Mr. Foxworthy):

You default to the government when asked who should solve a social problem

You get a measure of self righteous gratification when passing through a body scanner

You believe in economic equality

You have attempted to define economic equality

You make special exceptions for yourself when defining your concept of economic equality

You still believe in economic equality after attempting to define it

You are a member of a labor union

You wish you were a member of a labor union

You wish you were an unemployed member of a labor union

You believe that tariffs save jobs

You believe that limitations on immigration save jobs

You believe that taxes create jobs

You believe that regulations create jobs

You vote for tax increases

You vote for a representative government which asserts authority over those who are not permitted to vote

You are entirely comfortable living in a world where the “end justifies the means”

You regularly give unsolicited advice to strangers

You get angry when such advice is ignored

You use a central bank issued currency as a savings instrument

You have attempted to describe the economic benefit of homogenized interest rates

You prefer a higher national GDP to a higher personal income

You believe that certain projects are so big that only the government is qualified to do them

You can say “government efficiency” with a straight face

You have ever defended TARP on the grounds that a nebulous “greater disaster” was averted

You’ve referred to “Cash for Clunkers” as good for the environment

You’ve referred to “Cash for Clunkers” as good for the economy

You’ve referred to war as good for the economy

You’ve referred to a natural disaster as good for the economy

You believe that there is a universally fair price for certain goods or services

You believe that said universally fair price should be a dictated by the government

You would feel guilty paying less than said universally fair price

You think you are saving money because an expense is tax deductible

You have uttered the words “necessary evil” as an explanation for a moral contradiction

You have uttered the words “the lesser of two evils” to explain an unpopular decision

You use the words “quality” and “equality” interchangeably

And finally, the last one we can think of for today, which, as you can see, if far from qualifying as a punch line:

Your list of inalienable rights extends beyond or excludes life, liberty, and property

If you have said “that’s me” to one or more of the above, you might be a socialist.  If you find that you truly are a Socialist, take comfort in the fact that you form part of a large and vocal majority.  The most logical response, if this is the case, is to fully embrace one’s socialist identity and to leave behind the inherent contradictions of calling oneself a “liberal” or “conservative.”

There is absolutely no shame in identifying as a Socialist.  As Polonius urged his son so we urge you, fellow taxpayer, “To thine own self be true.”

However, if it disturbs you to have identified with any of the above statements, please continue to peruse The Mint, as all of us can aspire towards embracing True Capitalism, and move towards creating a future full of the blessings of real freedom for our children.

Stay tuned and Trust Jesus.

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email: davidminteconomics@gmail.com


Key Indicators for March 5, 2012

Copper Price per Lb: $3.84

Oil Price per Barrel:  $106.97

Corn Price per Bushel:  $6.66

10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  2.01%


Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,705

MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  1.00% AWAY WE GO!

Unemployment Rate:  8.3%

Inflation Rate (CPI):  0.2%

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 12,964

M1 Monetary Base:  $2,199,000,000,000

M2 Monetary Base:  $9,759,800,000,000

Don’t be Fooled! June Unemployment Numbers cooked to keep interest rates and wages down

7/8/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

Sound the alarms!  The today the BLS took the pulse of the labor market today and market observers jumped back, aghast that the patient, the US labor market, should be so weak.  According to the charts, he was well on his way to recovery.  After being in a coma for the past three years, it appeared that he would be back to his old self and dancing in the halls in a matter of months.

Now, the prognosis has taken a turn, albeit a small one, for the worse.

Here at the Mint, we take numbers with a grain of salt.  We have nothing against numbers; on the contrary, we are rather fond of them.  They give one the ability to appear to make sense of extremely complex phenomena.  They make mankind appear intelligent, cunning, even clairvoyant at times.

It should come as no surprise, then, that mankind, specifically those bent on “improving the world,” should place so much faith in them.  To understand and interpret numbers and then act on the data gives man a power rush that is exhilarating.

It is a fatal conceit.

It is illogical, perhaps insane, to think that something as complex as creation and the countless phenomena that occur every nanosecond can be adequately expressed (much less understood) in numbers.

On a small scale, such as a family farm, a small town, or even a remote island, numbers can prove very useful.  They can provide accurate, timely information about productivity and relative scarcity.  In these instances, numbers can be invaluable.

Begin to aggregate theses numbers and try to use them to understand phenomena on a large scale and they become not only devoid of meaning but dangerous.

Why does this happen?  Simply because the farther removed that the decision maker reviewing the number is from the processes on the ground, both in space and time, the less able he or she is to react in a coherent manner.  This, in a nutshell, is why Socialism, Communism, and any other form of Centralized planning or “world improvement” does not work on a large scale.

With this in mind, we will interpret today’s BLS unemployment numbers for you.  Economic observers have been trained to understand that 9.2% unemployment is bad for the economy.  Why it is bad, few stop to wonder, but that is a rant for another day.

It is simply understood to be bad, and since the economy needs to be “good,” the world improvers must do something.  What will they do?  First, they will use this as an excuse for the FED to keep the short term rates insanely low for a longer period of time.  This will not create employment but will create hyperinflation.

Second, the US Congress will raise the debt ceiling and resort to the Bush era style of stimulus, they type where every taxpayer gets a check in the mail from the Treasury.

Third, and most importantly, this announcement is a desperate attempt to keep domestic inflation in check.  Inflation, and then hyperinflation, will begin once wages increase.  The rise in unemployment sends the subliminal message to the working classes that they cannot demand raises because they are just “lucky to have a job.”

Are you really lucky to have a job?  The not so subliminal truth is that YOU ARE IRREPLACEABLE AND ARE WORTH MUCH MORE THAN YOU ARE CURRENTLY MAKING!

Lives and economies were never meant to be measured in numbers.  Numbers used to make large scale policies generally do more harm than good.  Numbers produced by a central authority often are done so either with the intent to deceive or are so untimely and incompetently compiled that they become deceptive as they do not accurately reflect present circumstances.

“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows!”

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email: davidminteconomics@gmail.com

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Key Indicators for July 8, 2011

Copper Price per Lb: $4.36
Oil Price per Barrel:  $96.20

Corn Price per Bushel:  $6.72
10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  3.02%
FED Target Rate:  0.07% JAPAN HERE WE COME!

Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,544 PERMANENT UNCERTAINTY

MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  2.00%
Unemployment Rate:  9.2%
Inflation Rate (CPI):  0.2%
Dow Jones Industrial Average:  12,657 TO THE MOON!!!
M1 Monetary Base:  $2,020,000,000,000 RED ALERT!!!
M2 Monetary Base:  $9,112,300,000,000 YIKES!!!!!!!

*See the MINT Perceived target Rate Chart.  This rate is the FED Target rate with a 39 month lag, representing the time it takes for the FED Target rate changes to affect the real economy.  This is a 39 months head start that the FED member banks have on the rest of us on using the new money that is created.

What is so Complex about a Default? The Greek Bailout Highlights The Shortcomings of Debt as Money

7/5/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

Another day, another Euro.  It appears that it is still all systems go for the Greek bailout.  Athens will get another shot of hot money in mid July and the charade will keep going on.

In the old communist days, the joke went “we pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.”  In the current socialized monetary system, the joke goes “we pretend to cut back and they pretend we will pay them back.”

As our astute fellow taxpayers are already aware, the Greeks have no intention of changing their ways.  Parliamentary promises and austerity measures are of little value when 90% of the population is against them.  It is doubtful that the money lenders in Germany and France will step out of their high rises to come repossess the Parthenon.

No, they will leave that to foreign militaries as they march on Palestine.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves.  Our topic of the day is why the Euro/IMF and now, reluctantly, the private sector are “thrashing” (which must be somewhat harsher than mere hashing) out an aid plan for Greece tomorrow in France.  From Reuters:

International banks and insurers will meet on Wednesday to thrash out a plan for the private sector to contribute to Greece’s bailout effort as fears grow that the proposal will be derailed.

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) lobby group said it will chair the meeting of private-sector creditors.

It needs to resolve how a deal can get past credit rating agencies without it being termed a default, and how accountants will deal with it.

A lot of work remains to be done and Wednesday’s meeting will not be decisive, several sources said.

“It’s a process. The new French finance minister said today it will take weeks, over the summer. It’s complex. It can’t be settled overnight,” a French private sector source involved in the talks said.

He said there was unlikely to be a single “one-size-fits-all solution” but rather several options, given the number of different bondholders and stakeholders involved.

“The issue is so complex that we need more time,” a German banking industry source added.

Of course, the issue is not complex.  The Greeks have promised more than they can deliver.  Anyone can do this for a time but if too much time passes, actions (overspending) speak louder than words (austerity measures).

Besides, for a socialist tax collecting entity such as the Greek government, austerity measures starve its customer base of revenue, lowering its own tax revenues, which in turn demand’s more austerity, etc.

For a generally unproductive country that has made the mistake of outsourcing its money printing operations like Greece, austerity is collective suicide.  Even credit ratings agencies and accountants can no longer ignore this dubious state of affairs.

Greece, Where the Euro pays tourist prices

Yet paradoxically, the international bankers seem intent on forcing the Greeks, against their collective will, to starve themselves.  Why?  Even in the parallel universe of our current monetary system this course of action makes absolutely no sense.

And that is precisely why it must be done.  Somehow, the banking cartel must put on the charade of solvency.  Most people, accountants and ratings agencies amongst them, have a vague understanding that saving money is equal to solvency.

How right they would be, if silver and gold were still money.  In the current insane “debt is money” socialist monetary system, savings remove the lifeblood of the currency regime.

Don’t be deceived by the Euro and IMF’s words, Greece is a lost cause.  It has problems that not even Christine Lagarde and her $550K pay package cannot solve.

But that won’t stop them from trying!  As the explanations become more and more ludicrous across the Atlantic and Mediterranean, keep your eye on The Mint’s Key Indicators, which are still pointing at raging inflation with no end in sight in dollar land.

The only protection for savings is anything real that is not a dollar (or a promise to pay a dollar in the future, such as dollar denominated bonds).  How is that for investing made simple?  So many options!

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email: davidminteconomics@gmail.com

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Key Indicators for July 5, 2011

Copper Price per Lb: $4.30
Oil Price per Barrel:  $96.83 A FAILURE TO INFLATE, WILL TREND LOWER

Corn Price per Bushel:  $6.80 MONETARY POLICY IS NOT WORKING
10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  3.14% WITH THE FED OUT, THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
FED Target Rate:  0.07% JAPAN HERE WE COME!


MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  2.00%
Unemployment Rate:  9.1%
Inflation Rate (CPI):  0.2%
Dow Jones Industrial Average:  12,570 WINDOW DRESSING FOR 401K PORTFOLIOS
M1 Monetary Base:  $1,954,300,000,000 RED ALERT!!!
M2 Monetary Base:  $9,098,400,000,000 YIKES!!!

*See the MINT Perceived target Rate Chart.  This rate is the FED Target rate with a 39 month lag, representing the time it takes for the FED Target rate changes to affect the real economy.  This is a 39 months head start that the FED member banks have on the rest of us on using the new money that is created.

Watch “Salvados 23 de enero 2 de 4. Entrevista al Alcalde Comunista de Marinaleda” on YouTube

An interview with a communist mayor on Spain.  While hilarious, the video shows the merits of small scale communism, which is simply a small function of cooperation within a broader capitalist world.

The house they tour is only 15€ per month and is private property of the inhabitants.

The point is that what people think of as communism/socialism works well on a small scale because it is akin to a well run capitalist company and subject to the same immutable economic laws that everyone is.

Communism/socialism breaks down on a large scale when it trys to operate outside of these laws.


The Chinese Socialist Experiment Begins to Unravel

It appears that the Chinese Socialist / Communist Experiment is beginning to rapidly unravel. From AP:

Rising prices are a political threat to China’s communist leaders and they have declared taming inflation their priority. But they suffered a setback in March, when a double-digit jump in food costs pushed inflation to a 32-month high of 5.4 percent. That was despite four interest rate hikes since October, curbs on bank lending and government orders to producers to hold down price increases.

Logically, this means price controls…

Attempts at price controls, subsidies for the poor and orders to local leaders to guarantee adequate vegetable supplies have had mixed results.

But price controls have nasty side effects…

In the southeast, export regions are suffering power shortages that force factories to suspend production every other day. Power companies are squeezed between low state-set rates and high gas and coal prices, so they have avoided adding more generating capacity despite double-digit annual increases in demand.

Enough said, right? But My favorite part is where the government promises to “manage” vegetable prices…

“I think you should have confidence in the Chinese government’s capability in managing vegetable prices well,” said a deputy commerce minister, Fu Ziying, at a news conference this week. He gave no time frame for when inflation might subside.

Centrally managing an economy is a futile and destructive exercise. Price controls of any kind inevitably lead to shortages. The Chinese are now taking a step backwards on their road to a Capitalist economic model.

Unfortunately, when you take a step backwards out of a high speed train going 400km per hour (which is what the Chinese economy essentially is), you can imagine that the results are not pretty. Unfortunately, the Chinese authorities are about to push the Chinese People off of the train.

Check out the full story here.

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