It’s Not Biden’s Inflation

Analyst, Author, and Owner of Kelsey's Gold Facts
September 2, 2021

You wouldn’t know that by listening to current commentary about inflation. Casual observers, economists, investors and analysts seem to agree that “higher inflation is being generated by abnormally huge amounts of government spending”.

The supposition, however, is incorrect. No amount of government spending causes inflation. 

It is also true that abnormally higher spending by consumers does not cause inflation.

Most people think that the term ‘inflation’ is synonymous with ‘higher prices’.

The rising prices, however,  are not inflation. The inflation has already been created.

DEFINITION OF INFLATION

Inflation is the debasement of money by governments and central banks.

The inflation is accomplished by expansion of the supply of money and credit. All governments and central banks inflate and destroy their own currencies intentionally.

The inflation leads to a loss in purchasing power of the currency which in turn shows up in the form of increases in prices for most goods and services.

Inflation is not created, or caused, by companies raising prices. It is not triggered by escalating wage demand, hoarding or supply shortages.

Changes in economic demand, hoarding, and bottlenecks in the supply chain for goods and services have nothing to do with inflation.

When someone says “inflation is back”, they are referring to rising prices. They are wrong on two counts.

First, the portion of rising prices resulting from the loss in purchasing power are the effects of inflation.

The current share of rising prices resulting from changes in economic demand, such as supply chain bottlenecks, pent-up demand, etc. have nothing to do with inflation or its effects and are a totally separate factor in price changes for various goods and services.

Second, the inflation isn’t back; because it never went away.

Inflation is an ongoing cancer for all currencies of the world and its effects are unpredictable. Governments and central banks never stop expanding the supply of money and credit.

This means, of course, that all currencies continue to lose purchasing power. The US dollar today is worth one penny compared to its purchasing power of a century ago 

ROLE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE

The Federal Reserve is a banker’s bank. Its purpose is to create and maintain a financial system that allow banks to lend money in perpetuity.

We are bombarded daily with commentary and analysis regarding the Fed and their actions. We are treated to continual rehashing of the same topics – tapering, interest rates, inflation – over and over.

Fed actions, especially including the inflation that they create, are damaging and destructive. Their purpose is not aligned with ours and never will be.

Today the Fed is restricted by necessity to a policy of containment and reaction regarding the negative, implosive effects of their own making. (see The Federal Reserve – Purpose And Motivation)

THE FED IS THE PROBLEM 

One of the self-proclaimed objectives of the Federal Reserve is to manage the stages of the economic cycle so as to 1) avoid recessions and depressions and 2) extend the prosperity phase of the cycle.

How well have they done? Not very well.

In their initial attempt to avoid and defer the natural corrections associated with economic recession, the Fed ushered in the most severe depression in our country’s history beginning with the stock market crash in 1929. Even former Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke agrees:

“Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal  Reserve. I would like to say to Milton and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.”…Remarks by Governor Ben S. Bernanke (At the Conference to Honor Milton Friedman, University of Chicago -Chicago, Illinois November 8, 2002) 

But they did do it again.

Six years after his speech, Governor Bernanke presided over another catastrophe in the financial markets. Cheap credit and ‘monopoly’ money had blown bubbles in the debt markets that popped. 

Alan Greenspan was Chairman of the Federal Reserve at the time Bernanke made the above statement. When testifying before Congress after the credit implosion of 2007-08 and after he had been replaced by Mr. Bernanke, Greenspan had this to say: 

“I discovered a flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works. I had been going for 40 years with considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.”

And lets not forget the Fed induced bubble surrounding stocks in the late nineties which was pricked in early 2000. Greenspan was at the helm then, too. 

But is this really any wonder? What can you expect after reading what Danielle DiMartino Booth says…

“The economists were satisfied parsing backward-looking data to predict future events using their mathematical models. Financial data in real time were useless to them until it had been “seasonally adjusted,” codified, and extruded into charts.  Fed employees had no interest in financial news.” 

IT WILL BE MUCH WORSE NEXT TIME

Similar events today would bring about a price collapse in all markets as well as usher in deflation and a full-scale depression. All of this would be resisted on every front by government and the Federal Reserve.

They would launch an all-out financial war (and maybe another real war, too) by opening the money and credit spigots full force in a futile attempt to reverse the credit implosion and negative price action of all assets.

The depression would also last much longer than needed. And the price declines which are necessary to correct the excesses of the past and cleanse the system would be countered every step of the way by regulations and programs of dubious value.

The efforts of government would actually worsen things and prolong the suffering; and the results would be much worse than anything we could imagine. 

It will be quite a ride.  (also see Federal Reserve And Market Risk; see here for ThinkMarkets review)

Kelsey Williams is the author of two books: INFLATION, WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT ISN’T, AND WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR IT and ALL HAIL THE FED!

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Kelsey Williams has more than forty years experience in the financial services industry, including fourteen years as a full-service financial planner. His website, Kelsey's Gold Facts, contains self-authored articles written for the purpose of educating and informing others about gold within a historical context. In addition to gold, he writes about inflation and the Federal Reserve.

Kelsey is the author of two books: INFLATION, WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT ISN'T, AND WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR IT and ALL HAIL THE FED! 

Kelsey Williams is available for private consultations, public speaking, and interviews at [email protected]

In 1934 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt devalued the dollar by raising the price of gold to $35 per ounce.

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