Home prices are plummeting again nationwide, as there are few qualified buyers. Commercial real estate is being given away for any creative deal that unloads the seller. Yet, a crappy non-biodegradable fast food meal is $10-15 after the raft of national, state and local taxes. A decent car is $50-80K, a high end SUV will run you $75-$100K, and rolling coffin econoboxes are $30-40K. Gas is creeping back up as massive new national and state gas tax hikes bring it to $4-5/gallon even at $60 oil, $8-10/gallon if oil creeps back to $100.
The Dow is down 70% from year 2000 as measured in gold oz, or buying power.
This is typical pre-cataclysm price action. The United States of America is in its death throws.
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Part of that is down to politics and the mantra that only the Treasury speaks about the dollar. Because, without mentioning the dollar, the Fed pretty well describes what has happened.“Inflation continued to run below the Committee’s longer-run objective, partly reflecting earlier declines in energy prices and decreasing prices of non-energy imports,” the Fed said.
That doesn’t sound like much, but look carefully at the back part of that sentence — the reference to “decreasing prices of non-energy imports.” That’s another way to say that consumers and businesses can buy more stuff and services from abroad for less.
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And, why is that? Because the dollar is up 26% against the euro over the last 52 weeks, and about 17% vs. a broader set of currencies as measured by the WSJ dollar index BUXX, +0.03% .
The White House allusion to the dollar is even more subtle. Written by Jason Furman, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, the White House statement does note that volumes of U.S. exports are sensitive to foreign GDP growth. This weak growth has of course helped the dollar to rise.
"THE U.S. ECONOMY IS DOING JUST FINE … WE STILL HAVE PAPER AND LOTS OF INK … AND THE PRESSES ARE ALL RUNNING JUST FINE!"
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