ECONOMIC RECOVERY: A Dozen Doses of Real Medicine for Sustainable Economic Recovery

ECONOMIC RECOVERY: A Dozen Doses of Real Medicine for Sustainable Economic Recovery by David Haggith for The Great Recession

I spend much time criticizing the outlandish economic foolishness I see throughout the global economy and especially in the US economy (because the US economy is the one I am familiar with as a direct participant). Those who criticize need to be able to offer solutions. I have real, sustainable economic recovery ideas, but I rarely present them because I know almost no one wants to hear them.

Until total economic collapse forces us to take painful medicine, we’re not going to go that route. Nevertheless, I have presented economic recovery solutions from time to time, so that when our circumstances become economically dire enough to force us to take our medicine and face our pain, maybe some of these will come to mind. I also share them from time to time to show I am not just a critic who has no better answers than those he criticizes. I share them now because the Federal Reserve has just reinstated its program of palliative care for a terminal economy. Once again, we are heading right back into the Fed’s old tired answers that have failed to accomplish anything other than dulling our pain for the pasts decade, just as I’ve said we would.

Because most people will not like my answers at all, I give them reluctantly. I’ll give criticism where it is not wanted because I have to suffer the lunacy created by the financial establishment’s wrong answers every day — answers that assure every day the gap between the top 1% and all the rest will grow. I am less inclined to give advise where it is not wanted.

My solutions require we bear the pain involved in correcting the numerous laws embedded throughout our systems. What the hoi polloi and politicians want is a quick and easy fix, which is exactly what the Fed has tried to deliver over the past decade. FedMed may not have seemed easy on the surface, given that it took a decade of effort, but it only took a decade of effort because it was not a solution to begin with. It was a temporary fix — a fix of drugs.

It was life support, and without corrective surgery, life support is just fake life. The patient remains dead, as in incapable of sustaining his or her own life as soon as life support is removed. We saw proof that the patient was still dead throughout the past two years as the Fed removed life support and the patient grew pale. Then Trump jumped in with tax-and-spend resuscitation (but, again, no surgery to remove our many cancers). That, too, failed to bring recovery. At the same time, the Fed started to actually suck the blood it had transfused into the patient back out, so the patient began to die. Last fall and again this September, we felt its death throes.

The Fed’s recovery program was never capable of delivering a sustainable recovery — just endless dependence on the Fed (which assures the Fed’s continued power unless people see through Fed fakery to recognize the Fed failed. FedMed wasted a full decade, doing nothing but re-inflating old bubbles with new money and creating new bubbles along the way due to spillover.

With that said, here are twelve real solutions for which the financial establishment has no stomach and neither does most of the rest of the citizenry of this world; but I think a few ready readers here will see the need for these tough measures that accomplish actual correction of chronic economic problems.

Real steps for sustainable economic recovery

My recommended solutions for economic recovery won’t trickle down to everyone by helping the rich get richer. They cannot be found in the Fed’s cheap and easy answers, nor in the equally cheap and easy answers of modern monetary theory, as espoused by socialist revolutionaries such as AOC, Sanders, Warren and some other Dems. Everyone wants to take a pill and get better. There are no easy answers.

The following are difficult surgeries that likely involve complications and certainly involve pain and a lot of therapy afterward, but they can bring durable recovery:

  1. Solid markets require that we curtail purely speculative stock trading that turns Wall Street from simply being a marketplace where one can buy and sell ownership in corporations into nothing but a casino for the rich and their expensive algorithms to out-game each other.
  2. We must also urtail the most speculative practices that turn commodities exchanges and foreign exchanges into nothing but casinos.
  3. Enduring economic recovery requires that we reform banking at its core and restore regulations — first of all Glass-Steagall, which created a firewall between banks and the stock market. We especially need to keep all central banks entirely out of the stock market and probably out of bond markets via major central bank reform. It is not their place to save markets or manipulate economies or to create jobs. Because they have infinite, nearly unrestrained capacity to manipulate any market they play in, they must be kept out of markets for markets to function as capitalist systems. The function of central banks should be creating stable money, nothing more.

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David Haggith

Knave Dave — vigilante against the false profits of The Great Recession Too many criminal CEOs still fill their porky bellies with the biggest taxpayer bailouts in the history of the world. These bailouts protect their reputations, saving them from the fall they should have taken. They continue to receive bonuses for having done an unparalleled job of destroying their companies! Many of their companies wouldn’t be making any profit at all if not for the interest they’re making off of nearly free government bailouts. Just this week Hewlett-Packard fired its CEO, but is still paying him a bonus of millions of dollars in exchange for a year of corporate wandering in the wilderness. Netflix’s CEO cost his company hundreds of thousands of subscribers and had to reverse his decision. Bank of America’s CEO launched a debit-card fee plan that was immediately stupid in the eyes of many, but greed an arrogance led him to think he could pass it by his customers, and he lost customers in droves and had to reverse his decision, as did the many major banks that followed him. Since these corporate leaders do things most of us can immediately see as being dumb, why are they rewarded with salaries a thousand times greater than many of us make?