Insanity: Doing anything the Fed suggests and expecting a different result

Radio personality Michael Savage is famous for saying, “liberalism is a mental disorder”.  And for those of us in the U.S. who have watched the central bank churn out one bubble after another since the 1990’s and expected that THIS TIME would be different, it appears we can add Keynesianism as well to Savage’s list of mental illnesses.

Artificially low interest rates and cheap money led to both a housing bubble, and massive Wall Street fraud that nearly cratered the global financial system just eight years ago.  And this lack of frugality unfortunately also expanded into the private sector, where individuals indebted themselves to the point that it created the largest foreclosure event since the Great Depression.

Yet with the Fed choosing to go down a path of ‘if some debt isn’t working, then we must create even more debt’, to try to bring about an economic recovery, the pendulum has now swung back to 2008 where consumers are completely tapped out, and new economic bubbles have been maxed out in the equity, bond, and housing markets.

Thus we should probably find it of no surprise that as GDP growth starts to falter, and consumer spending grinds to an abrupt halt, the head of the most important regional Fed bank is calling for stimulus to expand the housing bubble to even greater heights so that individuals can borrow on their artificial equity and keep the party going.

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In general, most people would agree that the housing collapse of 2008/2009 was a negative event in U.S. history.  A combination of misinformed regulations from Washington D.C., low interest rates, poor underwriting standards that allowed for, among other things, the idiotic “cash out” mortgage, and an insatiable demand for securitizations drove one of the biggest asset bubbles in history which almost brought down the entire global financial system.

But, at least one person, namely New York Fed President Bill Dudley, thinks that a repeat of the 2008 mortgage crisis is exactly the cure for America’s stagnant retail sales.  Speaking at the National Retail Federation’s annual convention in New York, which was undoubtedly full of perplexed retailers wondering why their store traffic remained so weak amid Obama’s stunning “economic recovery”, Dudley intimated that the cure for weak retail sales was a return to 2006 practices in which debt thirsty Americans repeatedly withdrew every dollar of equity in their homes to fund their trips to the mall.

“The good news is that, while the current expansion is quite old in chronological terms, it is still relatively young in terms of the health of household finances,” Dudley said in a speech to the National Retail Federation.

“Whatever the timing, a return to a reasonable pattern of home equity extraction would be a positive development for retailers, and would provide a boost to economic growth,” Dudley said.

Homeowners may have overlearned the lessons from the housing boom and bust, the New York Fed President said.

Even though home values have risen over 40% since 2012, housing debt has stayed virtually flat, he said.

“The previous behavior of using housing debt to finance other kinds of consumption seems to have completely disappeared,” and people are leaving the wealth generated by rising home prices “locked up” in their homes he said. – Zerohedge

It is this type of ignorance and insanity that led to the financial collapse in 2008, and the subsequent Great Recession that followed.  And rather than allowing the toxic debt of a decade’s worth of greed dissolve itself down the drain, the Fed instead chose to build it up even more to the point where the next collapse will be impossible to bandage.

It is perhaps fortunate that we have a new fiscally minded individual moving into the White House starting today, who would rather deal with a bankruptcy head on than to mask the symptoms of failed central bank policies.  Because if Donald Trump truly wants to drain the swamp, all he has to do is get the mentally ill patients who call themselves Fed Presidents out of office, and just that alone would start the economy’s healing process.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.comRoguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.

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