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In the Good Old Days

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standing in line at the grocery store, generously donating my Precious Mogambo Time (PMT) to everyone within earshot by telling them that they are idiots if they are not Buying Gold, silver and oil, writes the Mogambo Guru for The Daily Reckoning.

They were all telling me that I was the idiot, and so I told them, no, they were the idiots, and they responded that, no, I was the idiot, and then there was a spontaneous lopsided debate (me against all of them) about who was the most idiotic.

Yet my argument was simple: Buy Gold, silver and oil to protect yourselves against the incredible fiscal insanity of the federal government, which is proposing a budget for fiscal year 2010 costing a whopping, I-cannot-believe-my-freaking eyes, $3.8 trillion.

And this in a $14 trillion US economy! And of that $3.8 trillion, a slightly less than whopping but I-still-can't-believe-my-freaking-eyes $1.6 trillion would be deficit-spending!!

The astute Junior Mogambo Ranger (JMR) will have made note of the two exclamation points above as being redundant, since long-time students of the Mighty Mogambo immediately comprehend and shudder in horror at the knowledge that $1.6 trillion in deficit spending means that the always-repellent, usually slimy, mostly corrupt, sometimes idiotic and sometimes actually insane federal government will have to borrow the aforementioned slightly-less-than-whopping, but still in the "I-can't-believe-my-freaking-eyes" zone, $1.6 trillion from somebody.

In the good old days, the government would have to borrow their deficit-spending money like everyone else, turning to people who had saved up some money, and this competition for funds would drive interest rates up, which caused a big problem, as people who also needed to borrow money rioted in the streets and hung deficit-spending elected officials from lampposts.

Thus the federal government was, as you would expect, not prone to borrowing money, and prices did not go up, which pleased everybody, especially the poor, who actually get poorer when prices go up.

Then (and you might want to note that the soundtrack has turned all gloomy, best described as "discordant horns over muted kettle drums played with an irregular beat, accompanied by the howling wolves of inflation that will soon be eating you alive"), the Federal Reserve stepped into the scene, now with the horrid Alan Greenspan at the helm, and who began a deliberate campaign, beginning with his appointment in 1987, to creating monstrous amounts of credit in the banks, which was, literally, a free gift from the Federal Reserve.

And so, with all this credit just sitting there on the books at the banks, the banks could drop interest rates to almost nothing, and still make a profit by loaning money, which was again created by the banks literally out of thin air, to people and businesses.

The money supply boomed! And naturally, with all this new money floating around, prices zoomed, and the prices of stocks, bonds, houses and size of government also grew, and grew, and grew, matched only by the desperate wailing of The Mogambo, whose despair is to be seemingly marooned on this stupid planet of stupid people who actually believe that you can borrow yourself into prosperity, and that banks can increase the money supply without any ill effects whatsoever like inflation, which is the thing that destroys people and destroys currency and destroys countries.

And – even worse! – the dimwitted denizens of this planet actually believe that their governments can borrow ridiculous amounts of money – ad infinitum! – to provide more and more money, and more and more benefits, to more and more people, with not only no, not only zero, not only nada, nil, and el squat-o adverse effects of any kind, but will that some fabulous benefit would be permanently achieved!


Thus, I thought I would easily win the debate with my fellow shoppers, proving conclusively that they were, just like I said, idiots for not Buying Gold, silver and oil in response to such governmental deficit-spending insanity, since their only line of argument was in the boring "Shut up and go away!" and "We hate you!" category, whilst I had the entire history of the last 4,500 years of what happens when one idiot country after another deficit-spends themselves into bankruptcy, and especially the truly-stupid countries that tried using a fiat currency to finance deficit-spending!

Alas, my dreams of victory were not to be, and instead of saying "Thank you, Wise and Wonderful Mogambo (WAWM) for showing us how stupid we are!" they laughed at me.

Yes, they actually laughed!

But like the scheming little vengeful rat that I am, I am soon back to pleasantly dreaming and plotting sweet revenge against a long list of people – now a little longer! – all of them guilty of a whole host of insults against me, both real and imagined, for which they must pay.

And as for laughing, it will be I who will has the last laugh, as Gold, silver and oil zoom in the raging inflation in prices that is sure to befall us from such insane increases in the money supply, and my laugh will be both cold and chilling, perhaps echoing eerily hollow with a subtle undertone of crushing doom and despair, and it will sound a little like this:


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The angriest guy in economics, the Mogambo Guru is Richard Daughty, general partner and COO for Smith Consultant Group, serving the financial and medical communities. The Mogambo Guru economic newsletter – an avocational exercise to heap disrespect on those who desperately deserve it – has been quoted frequently in Barron's, The Daily Reckoning and other fine publications.

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