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Anyone With Half A Brain Should See That A Gigantic Economic Collapse Is Coming (INDEXSP:.INX, GLD, SLV)

April 16th, 2012

Michael Snyder:  Is there one thing that Tony Robbins, Ron Paul and Ben Bernanke can all agree on?  Yes, there actually is.  Recently they have all come forward with warnings that the national debt crisis could destroy America if something is not done.  Unfortunately, our politicians continue to spend us into oblivion as if there will never be any consequences.  When Barack Obama took office, the U.S. national debt was 10.6 trillion dollars.  Today, it is 15.6 trillion dollars and it is rising at the rate of about 150 million dollars an hour.  During the Obama administration so far, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from 1776 to 1995.  The United States now has a debt to GDP ratio of over 100 percent, and another credit rating agency downgraded U.S. debt earlier this month.  Any talk of a positive economic future is utter nonsense as long as we are bleeding red ink as a nation far faster than we ever have before.  It is absolutely immoral to wreck the financial future of our children and our grandchildren and to leave them with a bill for the greatest mountain of debt in the history of the world, but that is exactly what we are doing.  Unless our current debt-based financial system is thrown out, there are only two ways that this game is going to play out.  One would involve absolutely bitter austerity and deflation unlike anything ever seen before, and the other would involve nightmarish hyperinflation.  Either path would be hellish beyond what most Americans could possibly imagine.

Unfortunately, we are running out of time as a nation.  You know that things are late in the game when the head of the Federal Reserve starts using apocalyptic language to talk about the national debt.  The following is what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress recently….

Having a large and increasing level of government debt relative to national income runs the risk of serious economic consequences. Over the longer term, the current trajectory of federal debt threatens to crowd out private capital formation and thus reduce productivity growth. To the extent that increasing debt is financed by borrowing from abroad, a growing share of our future income would be devoted to interest payments on foreign-held federal debt. High levels of debt also impair the ability of policymakers to respond effectively to future economic shocks and other adverse events.

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Even the prospect of unsustainable deficits has costs, including an increased possibility of a sudden fiscal crisis. As we have seen in a number of countries recently, interest rates can soar quickly if investors lose confidence in the ability of a government to manage its fiscal policy. Although historical experience and economic theory do not indicate the exact threshold at which the perceived risks associated with the U.S. public debt would increase markedly, we can be sure that, without corrective action, our fiscal trajectory will move the nation ever closer to that point.

The sick thing about this is that the Federal Reserve system is actually designed to generate government debt.  The U.S. national debt is now more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was created back in 1913.  So it is kind of ironic that the head of the organization that was designed to perpetually generate U.S. government debt is now warning that there is too much of it.

But Ben Bernanke is far from alone in warning about the danger of our exploding national debt.

For example, world famous motivational speaker Tony Robbins is also warning that the national debt crisis could destroy our future.

These days, most people throw around the phrase “a trillion dollars” without ever really grasping what it means.

In the video posted below, Tony Robbins uses a fun illustration to help put in perspective how large a “trillion dollars” really is.

If you had a million seconds to do something, would you consider that to be a long time?

Well, it turns out that a million seconds is only about 12 days.

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Well, yes, a billion seconds is close to 32 years.  So that is definitely a lot longer than a million seconds.

What about a trillion seconds?

How long do you think that is?

Well, a trillion seconds is about 31,688 years.

So when we talk about how the U.S. government is stealing more than a trillion dollars from future generations every single year, we are talking about an absolutely massive amount of money.

The Tony Robbins video about the national debt crisis posted below has started to go viral all over the Internet.  If you have not seen it yet, I definitely recommend taking a few minutes to watch it….

So why are our politicians not doing anything about the U.S. debt crisis?

Well, it is because most of them value getting elected over and over again above doing what is right for future generations.

For the past four decades, the United States has been enjoying a 15 trillion dollar party.  All of this borrowed money has enabled us to live far, far beyond our means.

If our politicians voted to severely cut spending or to raise taxes dramatically at this point, our economy would suddenly readjust to a more realistic standard of living.  But that would be extremely painful and most Americans voters would be absolutely furious.  They would demand that someone “fix” the economy immediately.  But the truth is that what we have been enjoying all these years has not been real.  It has been bought with trillions of dollars stolen from future generations.  But most of our politicians just want to keep the party rolling as long as humanly possible so that they can keep getting voted back into office.

Fortunately, there are a few politicians that are willing to stand up and tell the truth about our national debt crisis.  For example, in the video posted below Ron Paul scolds the rest of Congress for continuing to vote for debt limit increase after debt limit increase….

Unfortunately, the American people seem to prefer politicians that endlessly lie to them about how bad things really are.

For example, back at the beginning of the Bush administration we were promised that we would be swimming in gigantic surpluses by now.

That didn’t exactly work out, now did it?

Barack Obama promised us that he would cut the size of the federal budget deficit in half by the end of his first term.

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He lied too.

Things just continue to get worse and worse.

Since 1975, we have added more than 15 trillion dollars to the national debt.  In fact, the U.S. national debt is now more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

A lot of talking heads on television continue to assure us that everything is going to be okay, but the truth is that we are about to experience some absolutely devastating consequences for decades of really bad decisions.

For example, the rest of the world is rapidly losing faith in our currency and the reign of the U.S. dollar as the primary world reserve currency is in serious danger of coming to an end.  When that happens, gasoline, food and just about everything else that you buy is going to be a lot more expensive.

Already, there are very ominous signs that the rest of the world is getting tired of financing our endless spending.  In 2011, the Federal Reserve bought approximately 61 percent of all new government debt issued by the U.S. Treasury Department.  This is not supposed to happen.  The Federal Reserve is not supposed to be monetizing our debt and this is something that Congress should be looking into.

Also, at this time of the year people love to complain about the outrageous amount of taxes that most hard working Americans have to pay, but the truth is that eventually it will likely get a whole lot worse.

Just look at Greece.  Taxes in Greece have been raised to suffocating levels, government spending has been slashed to the bone and yet they are still running up more debt.

That is going to happen in the United States at some point too, especially if our leaders choose the path of austerity and deflation.

You can’t hide from debt forever.

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A lot of us did that when we were young and foolish, and it can be a lot of fun on the way up.

But eventually a day of reckoning comes and it is extremely painful to find yourself drowning in credit card debt.

Well, we are rapidly approaching our credit limit as a nation.

Some hard choices will have to be made, and there will be a lot of pain.

The false prosperity that we are enjoying now is going to disappear.

Now is the time to prepare for the massive economic shift that is coming.  In the coming economic environment, those that are currently living month to month and those that are 100% dependent on the system are going to be in a huge amount of trouble.

Instead of wildly spending money as if the good times will never end like most Americans are, now is the time to get out of debt, to become more self-sufficient and to set aside the money, resources and supplies you will need to weather the storm that is rapidly approaching.

Anyone with half a brain should be able to see that a gigantic economic collapse is coming.

Use the time that you still have left to prepare the best that you can.

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Written By Michael Snyder From The Economic Collapse

Michael has an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Florida law school.   He also has an LLM from the University of Florida law school. Michael has worked for some of the largest law firms in Washington D.C., but now is mostly focus on trying to make a difference in the world.


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  1. Doubting Thomas
    February 15th, 2014 at 16:09 | #1

    Feb 2014, and still no catastrophic meltdown. You guys are like the Christians who claim that Jesus is coming “soon”. We may be on the way to a Euro-type society. Heck, maybe we’ll become PART of the Euro, and Germany will bail US out, too! WOuld sort of pay us back for the Marshall plan… they DO owe us a favor!

    I agree with the analysis of the mushrooming Federal debt, just not with the timing of a doomsday collapse. The Fed CAN, and may very well decide to, keep printing money to buy Federal debt. There’s NO WAY that we can afford to pay market rates on the bonds in the future. If they can manage to keep a bunch of the reserves tied up, they may very well manage to avoid a roaring inflation problem; but then, we’ll get the type of “recovery” that we have now, one that has lots of trouble gaining traction.

    Drastic words and headlines gather a lot of attention, just like the zealots who run about screaming about the Lord’s return. But, it sure takes a lot longer to get here, than they claim.

  2. Ace
    October 21st, 2013 at 11:58 | #2

    Hello from future! Guys, I am coming from October 21th – year 2013. A year and half after this article was published. Until now, there has NOT been a gigantic economic collapse. The world is functioning as always. Remember authors of this article – they were lying to you.

  3. Jc
    October 2nd, 2013 at 08:56 | #3

    Well said, Tony Robbins is a fraud.

  4. flower
    February 27th, 2013 at 06:06 | #4

    @DeBee Corley
    very pleasant comment. . thanx for the perspective

  5. ascot7
    August 10th, 2012 at 01:08 | #5

    The USA is in trouble because they had the oportunity to stay with the WORD of GOD. When the Preacher and Prophet was alive in the sixties. W, Branham: God will make sure that America pays her debt to GOD ! mark my words. Their is no turning back, At the moment only two areas have money or gold, that is one, the Vatican, and also China. And China will fire at America, and possibly Russia. for domination, but nuclear war is not the answer, is it ? Though it is mentioned as the 3rd woe in Generations.

  6. Publius
    June 12th, 2012 at 10:34 | #6

    The debt-based financial system has run its course. Debt levels are now unsustainable. There is no real way to pay it all back because so much of it never existed as real wealth to begin with, so the only choice left is one big reset. Debt forgiveness. Just wipe it all away. The crisis was man-made and is psychological. Just change the system. The Big Money elite wants to preserve the current failed system because it keeps them on top. That’s why you’re seeing all this talk of austerity measures instead of starting over again. It is ALL psychological. New banks can be created issuing new credit. It’s literally that simple. Other countries will either get on board or see their nations descend into chaos from trying to preserve the old system (which is happening right now). We’re on the cusp of a paradigm change, the death rattle of a banking system that blew itself out because of the human behavior of the irrational love of money. This is THE lesson of our lifetimes, folks.

  7. DeBee Corley
    June 11th, 2012 at 11:44 | #7

    This is all nonsense. When I go to the grocery store, there is food on the shelves.

    When I plant a tomato plant in the garden, it grows.

    Do I care if Bill Gates is worth 9 zillion dollars? I bet he is not allowed out of the house, ’cause something might happen to him.

    All of the “elites” have phalanxes of bodyguards.

    I get to go outside every day and play. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  8. bozo
    June 9th, 2012 at 00:01 | #8

    At least Madoff paid existing investors with real money from new investors.

  9. fred mertz
    April 18th, 2012 at 14:08 | #9

    tony said “we’ve taken all the holdings of the rich…” no, you didn. you said you would take the money they made that year. you didnt say expropriate their assets. someone is owed that 16 trillion. can you say default?

  10. Hey You
    April 18th, 2012 at 10:51 | #10

    Let’s be more charitable. These guys don’t really “lie”. Sociopaths really believe the stuff they put out simply because they can’t discern between what’s true and what’s false.

  11. Neo1
    April 18th, 2012 at 09:26 | #11

    @albert flower
    A Banksters defeatism nightmare, Being forced to Return to Real Money=United States Note=Lawful Money. The real reason you pay an income tax, is for the privilege of using a private currency. Also known As A: Federal Reserve Note, Demand from your bank or brokerage, lawful money and the tax goes away, with a tax exemption on lawful money, all of your money is yours. Use the Remedy within the Federal Reserve Act. Stop being a Slave!!!!!!

    Tax Exemption: Web search these four different phrases: Redeemed in Lawful Money or United States Note or Redeemed in Lawful Money Pursuant to Title 12 USC §411 or deposited for credit on account or exchanged for non-negotiable federal reserve notes of face value

  12. TimeTraveler
    April 17th, 2012 at 12:59 | #12

    Your article Michael is about truth, and is accurate, but there is an is an added ingredient that no one seems to think about that will have far more reaching consequences than the coming economic implosion not only in the US, but the whole world.

    Time is marching on at an ever increasing speed as this cycle for humanity and this planet draws to an end. It is inevitable that this economy will crash, how soon, nobody knows the exact time, but it will crash. But the one ingredient that no one will acknowledges is the destiny of the human race, and the Earth changes already happening, and will increase as we come to the end of a 26,000 year great cycle.

    This planet, your solar system, are entering the galactic plane, and the planet alighnments will be set for an energy source from the center of the Milky Way to the Sun, and then to the center of Mother Earth. You are going to see the Earth trembling with such force that it won’t matter what the economic system is doing, it will end, and the way of life on Earth will end, as the cycle ends. But it is not the end, but the beginning of a new age, for this planet is rebirthing itself and humanity.

    It is human destiny. This system of greed and corruption will end. It is meant to be. One should look inside of ones self, and believe in the one place that will lead you to true freedom, and that is the human heart, and the light, or Love.

    Prepare, for the time is at hand. Not to fear, but to embrace what is coming forth!

    God Bless

  13. albert flower
    April 17th, 2012 at 08:31 | #13

    This article makes alot of fantastic points and is informative. However, nothing short of eliminating legal tender irredeemable paper ticket or electronic money will do the trick. You see since 1933, America as we know it has been a giant FRAUD. The FED was created 20 years prior to “stabilize the banks”. Isn’t it funny, 20 years after the founding of the FED to “stabilize the banks” every bank in this country was SHUT DOWN/BANKRUPT. Great job huh? Than they stole, by Executive Order all privately held gold bullion, than they passed the Maternity Act, which was used to PLEDGE all newborn children as collateral for endless loans from the FED. We are a bankrupt nation. Bankrupt of TRUTH, Knowledge, and power. WAKE UP!

  14. Nishi
    April 16th, 2012 at 17:17 | #14

    I agree with what you say about the national debt but who gives a shit what Tony Robbins says.

  15. The last Patriot
    April 16th, 2012 at 16:17 | #15

    Those of us with a full brain know what scare tactics are.

  16. jdg
    April 16th, 2012 at 10:28 | #16

    @Steve

    zimbabwe and other hyperinflation happened due to political reasons.

    First off, the wealth destruction is only in the 2nd innning. The debt monster has to gobble up and purge the debt before big ben could print. Do you understand that all the printing since 2008, and the money supply is still lower than it was prior? Why, because that money is never hitting the street. It’s being gobbled up by banks to cover their losses and to be solvent.

    Secondly, even after the debt monster gobbles up the debt, do you really think big ben and the financial elite would allow a destruction of their currency before they force the govt to gut the military and entitlements? ummm…no.

    THis is their perfect plan to separate an even larger gap between the classes. Nobody has their social security anymore, medicare, unemployment, welfare, food stamps, and nobody as their state and local pensions cause you know that is defunct too, etc etc

    But the big boys get paid.

  17. Steve
    April 16th, 2012 at 01:17 | #17

    Absolutely spot on article. I only wish that more americans would wakeup and think, unfortunately it appears its just not going to happen.

    Goooood morning Zimbabwe.

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