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    Today, 10:09 AM
    I think it's funny that the federal reserve claims their previous QE had nothing to do with current price inflation, but they need to do QT to cure current price inflation.
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    Yesterday, 03:46 PM
    I'm just getting annoyed that no one seems to know where inflation is coming from. It's caused by printing money, period. In fact the proper definition for inflation is the expansion of the money supply. Rising prices is just an effect of inflation, not the inflation itself. And money printing is caused by excessive govt spending. It seemed like there was a brief window when people were starting to get the concept, maybe 6 months ago. But now the democrats are pushing the idea that it's Putin and Greedy Big Business and republicans the idea that it's an oil supply problem so now I'm constantly reading articles and posts, even on this website, about what is causing inflation, and they don't even mention the printing of money and the govt spending.
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    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    If the south seceded they would have eventually freed the slaves and there would be a much better chance that the federal government wouldn't be enslaving people with 50% tax rates like they are now.
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    06-24-2022, 01:27 PM
    The Fed increased its balance sheet again for the 3rd week in a row. I think I'm the only person in the world who's noticed this. I think something is going on, they may be losing control of short term rates again like in the fall of 2019. They're going to have a problem if they hit 9 trillion, that'll get noticed, even by clueless financial reporters.
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    06-24-2022, 01:21 PM
    The supply of oil is only a tiny part of the problem. The major problem is the supply of money, that's by far the biggest reason oil is going up along with everything else. We increased the money supply from 1 trillion to 9 trillion since 2009. We need to massively cut govt spending, it's the only way to reduce price inflation. I'm not saying we shouldn't free up the oil companies and let them produce oil, that's a good thing. I'm just saying it's not going to make a big difference in the price of gas.
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    06-24-2022, 12:26 PM
    Madison320 replied to a thread roe GONE in U.S. Political News
    I lean pro choice, but this is the way it should be. It's a state issue.
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    06-22-2022, 02:31 PM
    There's not going to be a perfect system but allowing one state to protest the results of another state seems way worse to me than just accepting the results unconditionally. I can see all kinds of bad things happening. For example suppose Trump barely wins in 2024 and then California protests that Texas was suppressing votes of minorities. So the federal government overturns Texas election results and Biden wins. It sounds like you're suggesting that all 50 states should approve of the results? Ok, what if Trumps wins then California, NY, and NJ protest the Texas results. So by default until everyone agrees Biden stays in power. The only way that you can give a state the power to overturn another state's results is to involve the federal government. I don't think it's Texas's business how California votes or vice versa. Of course even better would be to just allow Texas to secede ...
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    06-22-2022, 01:52 PM
    So according to you secession should only be "permitted" if the entity trying to secede is "right"? You do see the problem there don't you? I think you're missing the overall point of the right of secession. In general, guaranteeing right of secession helps keeps governments more free. Do you disagree?
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    06-21-2022, 04:10 PM
    I think it's a dangerous path to go down, this is federalizing the election. I think the states should have the right to tally up their votes any way they want.
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    06-21-2022, 02:44 PM
    All that crap is stupid but that's only a tiny cause of inflation. By far and away government spending is the actual cause of inflation and neither party wants to touch that.
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    06-20-2022, 04:55 PM
    I'd rather be earning a dividend at 5% in a solid company that makes a profit or buy some gold rather than sitting in cash or a bond. I think when the Fed pivots back to easy money the price moves could be massive. I bought a bunch of oil stocks when it was almost nothing a year or two back, now I'm wondering when to sell some. I think oil is going to at least $200 a barrel when the Fed pivots but I'm afraid of what the govt will do, oil companies are pretty much public enemy number one. There might be draconian stuff going down. Even on this forum there's a lot of people who think oil is somehow community property and therefore the govt should control it, like force US oil companies to only sell within the US. My thought is that farming may be safer, it's not as hated of an industry.
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    06-20-2022, 04:38 PM
    It sure took a long time but all that borrowing and printing over the last 10 years finally caused consumer prices to rise. That's what finally caused the Fed to have to tighten monetary policy. At some point the recession is going to be more politically unpopular than the inflation and the Fed is going to reverse course, set rates to zero and resume printing.
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    06-20-2022, 04:17 PM
    The Cleveland Guardians will never win a World Series as long as they are named the Guardians. If you have a name for my curse, then I will entertain suggestions. The Billy Goat Curse is already taken. :radioactive:
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    06-17-2022, 12:37 PM
    Sitting in cash you're losing at least 10% a year due to inflation. And you might miss the boat when the Fed pivots. I totally agree about the solid dividend stocks, that's like 75% of what I own, mostly foreign companies.
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    06-17-2022, 10:49 AM
    I don't think this is like anything we've experienced in the past, at least not the US. That's because this time we have so much accumulated debt that we CAN'T fight price inflation without sending the economy into depression. Debt is an accumulation of mistakes made in the past. You can't just wish it away. I think the best case scenario is that we live with double digit inflation for 20 years or so until prices normalize to the fed's balance sheet. But that assumes no wars or disasters and that the govt slows spending dramatically. The last 2 weeks the Fed has been expanding the balance sheet. It went up almost 20 billion this week. I've been reading that this might happen, the Fed may try to raise rates but also restart QE. I think that's because it's the only way to finance the debt without defaulting.
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    06-17-2022, 10:38 AM
    I'm sure Pelosi is using inside information to buy and sell specific stocks but I don't see how she's driving any of this collapse. Besides, where would she put her money? I saw this collapse coming a mile away, just check my posts over the last year. But I'm still taking a bath, just not as bad as most people. But as I've been saying I expect the Fed to reverse course, that's when I think the value stocks will go way up.
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    06-16-2022, 03:47 PM
    I'm kinda thinking the opposite. I think Pelosi and friends net worth are getting decimated along with everyone else. Which is why I think the Fed is going to pivot from tight to easy at some point. At some point the pain of recession is going to surpass the pain of inflation and the Fed is going to start easing again. Also people with large amounts in equities, like congressmen, are going to get hit harder by a collapsing stock market then by inflation. I'd almost guarantee they're going to put pressure on the Fed behind the scenes. Probably some really serious pressure if you know what I mean.
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    06-15-2022, 01:22 PM
    Powell: "No sign of broad slowdown in economy" LOL!!!
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    06-14-2022, 02:18 PM
    I agree that that Biden's policies limiting oil supply have made it worse, but I don't think it makes that much difference. Oil is a global commodity, plus it takes awhile for Biden's policies to take effect. If Trump were still president we'd still be having the same problem. Maybe oil would be 118 instead of 120. The root cause of the problem is government spending, which leads to printing, which leads to price increases. We're close to our all time peak in oil production. https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=MCRFPUS2&f=M
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    06-14-2022, 01:19 PM
    Well since I didn't attend the 2030 Great Reset Meeting I'm just going to assume oil is actually not going up, the dollar is actually going down because we increased the money supply by 9 times in the last 12 years.
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    06-14-2022, 11:19 AM
    I think at some point inflation and the economy will be bad enough that spending cuts will be back on the table. I just don't think we've hit that point yet. I think we need actual inflation rates of maybe 20-30% and high unemployment before everyone is miserable enough to cut spending. There's that expression, "change happens when making a change is less painful than staying the same". I think we're getting close to the Fed pivoting back to easy money. Another few months or so. Also I read somewhere that the new thing may be for central banks to keep doing QE but raise rates. I think that may be a possibility because I think they can survive higher rates but can't go without QE. Like a person can live for awhile without food but they absolutely need water.
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    06-14-2022, 10:10 AM
    The main driver of rising oil prices is the printing and borrowing over the last 12 years and neither party wants to fix that because it would require massive cuts in government spending.
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    06-14-2022, 07:56 AM
    I had been arguing that it would actually be a good thing if Biden won the election because then the inflationary collapse we are experiencing could be blamed correctly on socialism. If Trump had won, the collapse would be blamed on capitalism which is ironic because Trump was objectively more of a socialist than a capitalist. It's looking like the republicans are going to do well in the midterms, especially since I think things will be much worse by then. Maybe we'll get an actual free market guy for president, maybe Rand Paul will have a chance considering how bad the economy is going to be by then.
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    06-14-2022, 07:45 AM
    If we raised rates to 6% the interest on our debt would soon be 2 trillion.
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    06-13-2022, 07:48 AM
    I swear I was going to post yesterday that I had a feeling that bitcoin was going to crash today. Damn, I should've posted it. It was hanging around 30k for a long time and I felt it was getting overdue for a crash.
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    06-11-2022, 05:11 PM
    Yeah, you're right. I looked back and spending was even doubling back then. The printing didn't really start until the very end of Bush's term.
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    06-11-2022, 09:39 AM
    If that was true he wouldn't be releasing oil from the emergency reserves. Politicians number one priority is to get re-elected and right now he needs to lower gas prices to help that. This is why I was happy that Trump lost. We were already overdue for price inflation followed by an economic collapse either way based on 12 years of borrowing and spending. At least now we can blame it correctly on socialism and maybe get someone like Rand Paul for president. If Trump was still in office it would be blamed on capitalism and we'd be looking at Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or AOC. Biden is making it worse but he's not the primary cause of inflation. Bush, Obama and Trump were all big spenders and money printers leading us down the path of socialism. This was just the inevitable result.
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    06-10-2022, 10:28 AM
    So there's no downside to raising the balance sheet from 1 trillion to 9 trillion? That 8 trillion created out of thin air does no harm?
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    06-09-2022, 10:59 AM
    I agree and yeah, there's a lot of confusion as to what fractional reserve banking actually is. It's been awhile since I've thought about it, I just remember no one seemed to agree on the definition.
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