An alternative to popular faith
Readers of this blog understand the difference between a monetarily sovereign nation (which has the unlimited ability to pay its bills, even without taxing or borrowing), such as the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, et al, vs. the European Union nations which have not had this ability, because of EU rules.
In previous posts I predicted the EU’s demise, and now that has been coming true. The PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) are the most indebted of the EU nations, and not having the unlimited ability to service debts, they are the most threatened. If nothing is done, all EU nations will go bankrupt.
But, if hints in the news media are correct, something may be done. Rumor has it that the European Central Bank (ECB), which does have the unlimited ability to create euros, may buy enough debt to keep members afloat. That would bring the ECB a step closer to the U.S. Treasury in function, and (without being overly dramatic) save the world.
The parallel continues. The fifty U.S. states are like the EU nations in that they too cannot create money at will (See: SAVE CALIFORNIA). They can survive, because the federal government pumps in money, via such federal payments as road building, military spending, etc. The same is true of U.S. counties and cities. All need money input in excess of taxes.
If indeed the ECB begins to function like the U.S. Treasury, the EU nations’ solvency problems instantly will disappear, depending upon how much aid the ECB provides. Sadly however, this will not end the debt-hawks tragic misunderstanding of money, so expect to see continuing cries for “austerity,” which will hamstring the EU’s economies, as the debt-hawks have hamstrung ours.
Suggested reading: MOSLER
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity