Common Sense

PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. -Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Common Sense, 1776

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Your comedian wasn't funny.

After recording theĀ  Peter Schiff vs James Galbraith interview on CNBC 4/26/10 , it seemed appropriate to post the following email to CNBC:

Subject: 4% interest rates for 20 years???? Your comedian wasn't funny.


It doesn't matter whether Prof. Galbraith is right about interest rates remaining at 4% for 20 years (like drawing 10 blackjacks in a row in Vegas. -- OK, 20), it's the "off balance sheet" unfunded liabilities that everyone so glibly dismisses with a single sentence.

The minimum estimates of the cost of those (Social "Security" and Medicare -- before Obamacare) was somewhere around $66 trillion.

The debt clock currently shows them at about $108 trillion.

Health, happiness, & long life,
L. Reichard White

P.S. OK, like drawing 100 blackjacks in a row. And as Prof. Galbraith suggested in a backhanded manner with his "U.S. controls its currency" comment, inflation is the nearly inevitable outcome.

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