By Bill Bonner – Bill Bonner’s Diary (USA)
“Hey, it says here it is a federal crime to accept a gift in exchange for your vote.”
Elizabeth was examining her absentee ballot as we drove down I-95.
“I thought half the population got some form of aid from the government. Shouldn’t they at least be disqualified from voting?”
Paying for the Grease
Yes, half the population gets a “gift” of sorts.
Food stamps, welfare, low-interest loans, subsidies, contracts, jobs – not direct Election Day bribes; these are indirect bribes, reminding the voters where their bread is buttered.
This is the big day, when the electorate… that great mass of delusional or suborned voters… must pay for its grease.
It has gotten the stolen goods already. And has been promised much more. Now, it must deliver its vote.
But to whom? The fool or the knave? The showman shyster… or the cool criminal?
Yesterday, the stock market surged and gold fell as investors recovered their confidence.
FBI Director James Comey gave Clinton a get-out-of-jail-free pass. Then it was clear: The fix would stay fixed.
The Dow rose 371 points. Bloomberg says there’s more where that came from. If Hillary wins, expect a continuation of the “relief” rally.
Cut Down to Size
You’ll recall that investors – like the rest of the zombies and cronies – owe half their fortunes to the fixers.
Eight years ago, the U.S. stock market was at less than one-third of today’s levels.
The excesses of the Fed’s low interest rate regime… and its fake money system… were being corrected by a terrific debt deflation. Houses, real estate, collectibles – all were being mercilessly sold off.
Wall Street was being cut down to size, too.
In September 2008, the big banks, trading houses, funds, and financial groups all seemed to be headed to the scrapyard of financial history. Anyone who could get his hands on his money was taking it off the table – fast.
But then the phones started ringing. Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner were on the horn with their friends on Wall Street. Within minutes, the deals were done and the fix was in. Paulson, Geithner, and Ben Bernanke, the new Fed chief, had given investors a “put” option… They had to make good on it.
(Later, Geithner went on to head Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm. And Ben Bernanke now collects $250,000 a pop for giving blah-blah speeches to finance companies.)
You’ll recall that a put option gives the owner the right to sell a stock at a predetermined “strike” price. This protects him from the risk of his stock falling below that floor.
And so it came to pass. The feds waded deeply into the markets, fake money spilling out of their pockets… waving around buy orders and bailouts… along with an emergency interest rate scheme.
They cut the Fed’s key lending rate to “effectively zero” and left it there, allowing all financial assets to reinflate themselves at the public’s expense.
Every dollar worth of resources that got shifted to the zombies and cronies had to come from somewhere.
Savers and honest workers lost wealth. The insiders gained it.