The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. Those, who do not understand Monetary Sovereignty, do not understand economics. If you understand the following, simple statement, you are ahead of most economists, politicians and media writers in America: Our government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has the unlimited ability to create the dollars to pay its bills.
Peter Schiff, who is running for one of Connecticut’s Senate seats and is president of Euro Pacific Capital, writes: “Almost every dictionary defines inflation as an expansion of the money supply, not rising prices.”
Untrue. I have no idea what dictionary this guy is using, but he probably is using the libertarian “inflation is monetary inflation,” meaning supply = inflation.
Money is a commodity. It is a surrogate in what otherwise would be a barter transaction.
Inflation is the loss of money’s value compared with the value of goods and services. Like all commodities, the value of money is based on supply and demand. Increasing the supply does not cause inflation if the demand (interest rates) increases proportionately.
[Note: Schiff may be influenced by the widely discredited and essentially worthless Austrian school of economics definition for inflation, a definition that has no real-world value, in that it does not include actual price changes.]
Schiff also says, “Although more money may not immediately translate into rising prices, over time the correlation is extremely reliable.”
There is no historical relationship between M3 (green) or M2 (red) growth and inflation (blue). The reason: Money supply is only half the demand/supply story.
When the Fed gets a whiff of inflation it raises interest rates, which by increasing the demand for money, increases the value of money (i.e. prevents/cures inflation).
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. It’s been 40 years since the U.S. became Monetary Sovereign, , and neither Congress, nor the President, nor the Fed, nor the vast majority of economists and economics bloggers, nor the preponderance of the media, nor the most famous educational institutions, nor the Nobel committee, nor the International Monetary Fund have yet acquired even the slightest notion of what that means.
Remember that the next time you’re tempted to ask a dopey teenager, “What were you thinking?” He’s liable to respond, “Pretty much what your generation was thinking when it screwed up my future.”