The financial policy of the bipartisan “uniparty” has been an abysmal failure. In fact, Bidenomics and Trump-O-Nomics are just 2 sides of the same deficient coin. They amount to the inflationary accommodation of effective constituencies which have actually recorded control of policy—Wall Street for the GOP, domestic costs constituencies for the Dems and the military/industrial/intelligence complex for both.
The bottom line does not lie, however. Real economic growth throughout the uniparty routine of Trump/Biden has actually balanced barely 2.0% per annum– notwithstanding an outpouring of monetary and fiscal stimulus that had never ever prior to even been pictured. Still, the economic growth rate because 2016 is simply a portion of the 5.0% average during the Kennedy-Johnson era and 3.5% under Ronald Reagan.
And, yes, these figures are more than reasonable contrasts because the results for the Trump/Biden period of borrow, borrow and obtain some more are presently overstated. That’s owing to the truth that there is still another recessionary shoe to fall.
So average in the impending six quarters ahead of unfavorable GDP development and/or stagflation and the uniparty will have attained 8 years of the weakest economic growth since WWII. And by a long shot at that when compared to the typical development of 3.2% for all presidents– excellent, bad and indifferent– throughout the seven years in between 1947 and 2016.
The reason for the problem is not mystical. The Washington uniparty has become addicted to loaning and printing. Between them, Trump and Biden have actually raised the national financial obligation by almost $13 trillion. That’s 40% of all the money that’s ever been borrowed by presidents because George Washington.
Similarly, the money-printing story at the Fed is really worse, and neither POTUS has actually uttered even a cross word about the tsunami of fiat credit toppling off the digital printing presses in the Eccles Building. Accordingly, during the last six and one-half years of uniparty guideline the Fed’s balance sheet has inflamed by $4 trillion. That’s 48% of all the cash that’s ever been printed by the Fed since it opened its doors for business in the fall of 1914.
Needless to state, all of this egregious loaning and money-printing has hit middle class America right in the economic solar plexus. Considering that December 2016 the smoothed CPI (16% cut mean CPI) is up by 24%. However where it truly hurts primary street is at the supermarket, with costs up by 27%, and at the gas pump and energy meter, with energy prices higher by 37%.
In daily family budget plan terms, in fact, food and energy prices have actually risen more in the last 6 years than they did throughout the prior 12 years. Owing to all this cumulative inflation, therefore, genuine average hourly earnings have increased by hardly 3.5% since December 2016.
Inflation-Adjusted Average Per Hour Wage, December 2016 to June 2023
Needless to say, the above depicted stagnancy of United States employee incomes did not apply to the wealth of the leading 0.1% of families. During the same 6 and one-half year duration, the inflation-adjusted net worth of the 130,000 families at the tippy-top of the economic ladder has actually gotten 30% or nearly ten-times more than typical genuine wage gains.
That is to state, the unhinged stimulus bacchanalia carried out by the Washington uniparty has actually showered the currently abundant with unearned possession inflation, buried future generations in offensive public debts and left the large bulk of the electorate rushing to maintain their standard of life in the face of the most virulent inflation in forty years.
Inflation-Adjusted Net Worth of the Top 0.1% of US Households, 2016 to 2022
Self-evidently, the time to abandon the inflationary and inequitable economics of the uniparty has long passed. Yet these baleful policies are rooted in the fact that both celebrations have actually been recorded by powerful interest groups that are not ready to part with the costs, borrowing and unpaid for tax cuts that have cultivated the present financial mess. Nor is the Fed’s capture by the Wall Street bettors and Washington spenders alike going to give way to sound cash on the watch of the uniparty, either.
Needless to say, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the only candidate on the 2024 horizon who has both the capability to believe independently and to act courageously in opposition to the uniparty agreement. So the question recurs: Exists any possible financial platform that he could plausibly welcome that would make a decisive break with the status quo, but also have even a remote opportunity of being embraced by a historical Kennedy Democrat, who needs to remain a viable contender in the Democrat primaries– with all the political restraints that suggests– if his candidacy is to make any difference at all.
Well, that’s a high order. To wit, sweeping modification in national financial policy yet not merely a blueprint teeming with scholastic idealism that wouldn’t have a snowball’s opportunity in the hot location of acquiring traction on the nationwide political phase.
We ‘d recommend that the only way to thread that needle is with a set of sound planks on core financial policy matters that have present day political resonance owing to affiliation with historical verities of the 2 celebrations and/or association with man-on-the-street common sense. Our prospects for such exacting requirements are summarized listed below.
- Repair Of The Carter Glass Plan For Central Banking: The Fed is captive to both Wall Street and Washington spenders due to the fact that it erroneously attempts to manipulate the primary street economy via low rates of interest and stock exchange price supports. The option is to get the Fed out of Wall Street on a day-to-day basis by eliminating so-called “free market operations” and returning to the plan of its original author, Congressman Carter Glass, who was later the co-author of Glass-Steagall.
- Rep. Glass was a champ of the main street economy and sound cash; did not desire the Fed collecting and monetizing the general public debt; and firmly insisted that the reserve bank run through market-based discount rate windows at 12 local banks, running as far from Wall Street’s influence as possible.
- The necessary function of the Glassian central bank was to keep the commercial banking system liquid by methods of discounting (advancing money) against industrial bank loans collateralized by finished inventory and receivables. Crucially, the Fed was not licensed to peg rates of interest at arbitrary levels ordained by a little financial politburo, but was to charge market-based interest rates plus a charge spread for the privilege of utilizing the discount window.
- The plan imagined by Congressman Glass and his colleagues might not create financial bubbles or main street inflation. That’s due to the fact that it might only release reserve bank credit (i.e. print cash) based on items already produced, consequently instantly keeping supply and demand in balance, and because the bank credit it allowed needed to be convertible into gold money on demand.
- Reinstatement of President Eisenhower’s Financial Policy Concepts. Ike thought that budget plans needed to be balanced over the long-haul and that the demands of the military-industrial complex required to be dramatically curtailed. He for that reason lowered defense costs in real terms by nearly 40% during his early years in office and firmly insisted that GOP-proposed tax cuts had to be earned through enacted laws action to cut spending or otherwise replace the lost earnings. Deficits balanced just about 0.4% of GDP during his tenure, the lowest level for any president in contemporary history.
- Adoption of a 21st Century Supply-Side Model. America is experiencing “stagflation” in part due to a severe labor scarcity, coming from underlying demographics which are baked into the population cake. Appropriately, the labor force from American born moms and dads will actually be diminishing for numerous years into the future, meaning that a big scale “Guest Worker” program is important to support the 50% of economic growth which has traditionally been attributable to increased labor supply.
- Increased supplies of labor and the products and services they produce will assist completely liquidate the existing inflation wave, however additional aid could be accomplished by removing the misguided Trump tariffs on goods from China and in other places. Much of the $75 billion annually import tax on these goods is being passed through into higher prices in markets that have become inflationary owing to stimulus swollen need and household cash reserves that were developed throughout the duration of Covid lockdowns and almost $6 trillion of unhinged “stimulus” spending in Washington.
- Dismantle The American Empire And Roll-Back The Defense Budget to the 1960 Eisenhower Requirement. When he warned about the baseless impact of the military-industrial complex in his 1961 farewell address, President Eisenhower also verified that the then extant defense budget plan was completely sufficient to safeguard the security of the American homeland at the peak of the industrial and military might of the old Soviet Union. In today’s dollars of acquiring power this “Eisenhower standard” defense budget plan would total $500 billion or barely 55% of the $900 billion now being invested.
- There are no remotely comparable threats to the 1960s Soviet Empire in today’s world– so the defense budget might securely be cut to $500 billion each year based on eschewing Washington’s Forever Wars, bringing home the large worldwide military establishment and repairing to a Fortress America defense of the homeland as promoted by both Joe Kennedy and Mr. Republican Politician, Senator Robert Taft, in the early days of the cold war. Diminishing the defense budget plan to the Eisenhower requirement would save upwards of $4 trillion over the next decade.
- Bring Back Fiscal Balance Through a Long-Term “Quarters Plan” for the Next Years. If nothing is done about Washington’s huge structural deficit, the added public debt according to CBO’s latest (optimistic) projections will amount to $20 trillion over the next years (on top of the $33 trillion we currently have). However that torrent of red ink, which would bury future generations in difficult financial obligations and trigger rate of interest to skyrocket, might be lowered by 75% by coupling the $4 trillion of Fortress America defense cuts with $4 trillion each of domestic costs reductions, enhanced revenues and lowered interest expense. The needed domestic spending and earnings increases would each total up to just 7% of standard figures for each component and the $4 trillion of interest savings would automatically flow from the first three “Quarters”.
- Additionally, the 7% domestic costs cut would be accomplished through means-testing all privileges and devolving some Federal functions to state and regional levels of government.
- Achieve The majority of The $4 Trillion Revenue Gain Through A Modest Tax on Wall Street Speculation and Trading. The net worth of the top 1% of families has been inflated by more than $30 trillion given that the Great Financial Crisis, much of it due to the Fed-fueled inflation of financial possession costs. Recoupment of just one-tenth of these ill-gotten gains over a decade would be neither unjust nor a deterrent to the revival of American financial investment, business and strong economic development.
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