British Chancellor of the Exchequer Iain MacLeod invented the term, “stagflation,” to describe a combination of economic stagnation, high unemployment, and inflation.
Today, we’re well on our way. We already have economic stagnation and unemployment, and because of the inept way Congress and the President are operating, we soon will have inflation.
Americans on Cusp of Meat Shortage With Food Chain Breaking
By Michael Hirtzer and Jen Skerritt, Bloomberg, April 27, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is pushing the food supply chain to its limits.
Plant shutdowns are leaving Americans dangerously close to seeing meat shortages at grocery stores. Meanwhile, farmers are facing the likely culling of millions of animalsand mass burial graves could soon be dug across the heartland.
“The food supply chain is breaking,” said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meat company.
Outbreaks are forcing the closure of some of the country’s biggest slaughterhouses, where tens of thousands of animals are processed daily.
As the plants shutter, producers are left with nowhere to sell their livestock. It’s forcing farmers to make gut-wrenching decisions to dispose of their animals.
The situation is so severe that the U.S. government is setting up a center partly to assist on “depopulation and disposal methods.”
Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s No. 1 pork producer, and JBS SA, the biggest global meat company, say that consumers are likely to see meat shortfalls.
“It’s absolutely unprecedented,” said Brett Stuart, president of Denver-based consulting firm Global AgriTrends. “It’s a lose-lose situation where we have producers at the risk of losing everything and consumers at the risk of paying higher prices. Restaurants in a week could be out of fresh ground beef.”
Meat prices are surging on the supply disruptions. U.S. wholesale beef has surged to a record, and wholesale pork soared almost 30% last week.
And these shutdowns are happening at a time when global meat supplies were already tight. China, the world’s top hog producer, has been battling an outbreak of African swine fever, which destroyed millions of the country’s pigs. Plus the virus is hitting production after some meat companies had already taken steps to slow output because of the closure of restaurants around the world.
Meanwhile, plants are also facing a labor crunch as employees fall ill. It’s been reported that a large chicken-processing company was forced to kill 2 million of its birds earlier this month because of worker shortages.
And speaking of worker shortages:
Here is what you can foresee as the greatest danger to America since the Civil War:
1. Meat prices will first fall because of oversupply; then prices will rise dramatically as animals are culled and shortages begin.
2. When the Fed sees the resultant inflation, it will increase interest rates, which the stock markets will perceive as a negative signal, and act accordingly.
3. Congress will see inflation and falsely attribute it to “excessive” federal stimulus spending, so it will institute austerity by cutting spending and raising taxes.
4. The resultant lack of federal financial support for businesses and consumers will exacerbate the current massive unemployment and a recession, the first two legs of stagflation.
5. The recession will cause economists, politicians, and the media to demand further austerity — tax increases and a reduction in federal spending — which will drive us down into a depression.
5. With each drop in GDP, demands for greater austerity will be issued.
6. Meanwhile, a strongman will emerge to claim that the situation calls for laws giving him the power to cure the depression, which he will not do.
7. Instead, he will use those new powers to enrich himself and his family, which he will appoint to unassailable positions of political, monetary, and military power.
6. The depression will widen the Gap between the rich and the rest, leading to an American autocracy, obliterating the results of the Revolutionary War.
7. Ultimately, America will turn into a shadow North Korea or Cuba where a single family wields ultimate power for decades.
And it all will have begun with five myths:
Myth I. Federal deficit spending is unsustainable.
(Fact: The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, can sustain any amount of deficit spending. It never can run short of dollars, and does not need or use tax dollars to fund spending.)
Myth II. Federal deficit spending leads to inflation.
(Fact: Food and/or energy shortages, not deficit spending, cause inflations. Thus inflations actually can be cured by deficit spending to create or obtain and distribute the scarce products.)
Myth III. Austerity, which takes money from the economy, is fiscally prudent.
(Fact: The lack of federal deficit spending leads to recessions and depressions.)
Myth IV. During financial emergencies, the protections afforded by the Constitution must temporarily end until the crisis passes.
(Fact: The Constitution was written during a time of financial crisis. Crisis is what the Constitution was designed to cope with, but the Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court will agree with ending Constitutional protections, as they often have during crises.)
Myth V. During a financial crisis, the nation must come together behind a strong leader.
(Fact: The single greatest financial crisis facing America is the immoral and widening Gap between the very rich and the rest. The nation must come together, not behind a strong man but behind strong morals, to lift up the poor and downtrodden. Narrowing the Gap will make America Great, Again.)
That is our America, the America who built the most admired nation in the world, the America who created the Bill of Rights, the America who displays the Statue of Liberty on its shore, upon which are inscribed the immortal words:
“. . . Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
. . . “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me . . .”
When we speak of “the American dream,” that is the dream. When we speak of the American way, that is the way.
And it all is possible if we reject the myths promulgated by cold-hearted, mean-spirited, ignorant rich men, whose only wish is to climb by stepping on the backs of the rest of us.
We have a federal government with the power to eliminate poverty, not exploit it. That could be our strength. That could be who we are.
That, not raw, exclusionary power, could really be what makes America great, again.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.
The most important problems in economics involve:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.
Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)
The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.