Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Is This One of These Life As We Know It Would Not Exist Moments?

As I wrote several weeks ago, be on the look out for those "life as we know it would not exist" moments especially since QE2 is winding down and the debt ceiling needs to be raised.  And lo and behold, here it comes as we can see in this letter from the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee to the Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.  

These too big to fail banks and hedge fund titans are recommending raising the debt ceiling as "any delay in making an interest or principal payment by Treasury even for a very short period of time would put the U.S. Treasury and overall financial markets in uncharted territory, and could trigger another catastrophic financial crisis."  That is, "life as we know it would not exist".  

Read the letter and note how in every paragraph that the world is somehow going to end if Congress doesn't acquiesce.  Failure to raise the debt ceiling would be "catastrophic", "could lead to a downgrade of the U.S. sovereign credit rating", "could trigger a run on money market funds", "would spark a severe crisis", could lead to "a sharp drop in lending", "would have damaging consequences", and "would adversely impact economic growth, potentially pushing the U.S. economy back into recession".  

No doubt the debt ceiling will be raised, and "life as we know it" will continue and the status quo will be preserved.  And the free markets will be a little less free. 

The Honorable Timothy Geithner


bmbull said...

Paul O'Neill joins in, and says that people who won't raise the debt ceiling are "terrorists". Yeesh.

Guy M. Lerner said...

they will be my next post!

I saw that and thought the same thing

WE are doomed!

hettygreen said...

I haven't succumbed to the 'ravages' of inflation yet being a shrewd and minimalist buyer of essentials and sans any debt so I'm going with cash in the Sealy, wine and (home) canned goods in the cellar and a well stocked library of second hand books. These are my 'investments.'

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