Saturday, March 07, 2009

If you think about it, a working engine is a much simpler thing than a broken one

Nobody understood the economy when it was working -- so why should they understand it better when it is broken?
If the New York Times is right, and what we are seeing is a necessary restructuring of the economy, then the high unemployment rate is indicative of out-sized opportunities. As the economy restructures, talented people are released and are now able to help the visionaries who can see the future.

If we can just silence those creeps who keep whispering about inevitable currency revaluations -- which would require a constitutional amendment anyway -- we can focus on the fact that the United States is the wealthiest country in the world, and capital's favorite haven.

But what if we are selling our sound dollars in exchange for soon-to-be-revalued foreign currencies? Currency revaluations are quite contagious.

New economic policy

Rather than having the government control the "commanding heights of capitalism", we need to structure things so there aren't any natural monopolies and no commanding heights at all. With interchangeable standards, there could be one hundred thousand different car companies rather than three.

What we need is a strong government with a deep faith in capitalism

Choose a number -- say $250,000 -- and then let each person convert up to that number from the old currency to the new currency.

There is a mad shuffle, plenty of black market opportunities -- assets switch hands and as many people as possible get the full subsidy.

However, once the currency revaluation is over, you have effectively taxed all wealth over a certain sum. Like a jubilee, but a little less frequent.

With the whiff of a currency revaluation in the air, the prices of real assets skyrocket (because, of course, they are being paid for with soon-to-be-worthless money). That should at least resuscitate the real estate market.

Once money has been reestablished and equitably distributed and the future can be clearly assessed, capitalism will do its magic -- people will organize, et cetera. Foreign countries might be marginally less willing to export to us -- but we have been very forgiving of their currency revaluations, so fairness demands that they should give us at least one pass -- and we will be forced to come up with innovative domestic solutions if they are really such sore losers to boycott us. Win win.

So why is everyone so upset about all the trillions of dollars being spent to "save" the financial system? When we fail, we will need a currency revaluation, anyway.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Coincidence? I don't think so.

So, 2 days after the assault of political robocalls that were the price of living in Illinois' fifth congressional district during the recent special primary should have ended, I received a robocall telling me "Don't hang up! You've won a fabulous Caribean vaca --". Of course I'm on the don't call list, and this is the very first time I've gotten this blatant a robocall -- it is doubtless because discount firm used by O'Connor, Fritchey or Feigenholtz for their dinner-interrupting harrassments had archived the number to sell other unscrupulous customers. Now -- as a result of their carelessness -- residents of the fifth can expect quasi-illegal phone calls for many months in the future.