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Ron Paul & Jim Rogers: Chaos Up Ahead

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Hard to argue with common sense especially from 2 heavyweights like Ron Paul and Jim Rogers in this 3 minute clip.

These are clear warnings signs that a rational person simply cannot ignore.

Bottom line, Nations are going bust. And the worse things get, the more desperate their tactics become. This isn’t the first time that the world has been in this position. This time is not different. History shows that there are serious, serious consequences to running unsustainably high debts and deficits. And those consequences have almost invariably involved pillaging people’s wealth, savings, livelihoods and liberties… either directly or indirectly.

What’s happening right now is playing out in textbook fashion. More taxes, more debt, more printing, more confiscation, less freedom. I’m not talking about the end of the world here, I’m talking about difficult times ahead, and the things that go beyond economics. It’s time to face facts and look at how society will change (and has already changed).

Many people will resist the change and instead cling desperately to the old system – the cycle of debt and consumption that provided jobs, stability, and prosperity. These people will have their lives turned upside down because that system is gone forever. And in case it still weren’t obvious, here is three minutes of clarity from Ron Paul and Jim Rogers…”I would expect that there is going to be a lot more chaos still to come.” – Ron Paul; “They won’t take our bank accounts…they will take our retirement accounts.” – Jim Rogers

Via Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

The world is truly an enormous place… and, despite the dearth of good news and positive trends out there, I still see a lot of amazing opportunities in my travelsBut it’s really important to remain grounded about the challenges that face us. As I pen this letter to you, in fact,

– The NSA’s Utah data center, which will intercept every phone call, email, and tweet sent across the Internet, is nearing completion.

– The Marketplace Fairness Act, which will create additional sales taxes on US-based Internet transactions, is set to pass the Senate next week.

– The government of Cyprus just passed the final bail-in measures, officially authorizing the direct confiscation of people’s savings in that country’s banking system.

– The Bank of Japan recently announced its intentions to double down on their already unprecedented money printing operations.

– Not to be outdone, the US Federal Reserve just announced that they will maintain their Quantitative Easing program, which dilutes the existing money supply by more than $1 trillion annually.

– At $16.83 trillion, the US federal debt is at a record high and set to breach $17 trillion early this summer.

– President Obama recently proposed to cap the tax deferral benefit on Individual Retirement Accounts in the Land of the Free

These are clear warnings signs that a rational person simply cannot ignore.

Bottom line, nations are going bust. And the worse things get, the more desperate their tactics become.

This isn’t the first time that the world has been in this position. This time is not different.

History shows that there are serious, serious consequences to running unsustainably high debts and deficits. And those consequences have almost invariably involved pillaging people’s wealth, savings, livelihoods and liberties… either directly or indirectly.

What’s happening right now is playing out in textbook fashion. More taxes, more debt, more printing, more confiscation, less freedom.

I’m not talking about the end of the world here, I’m talking about difficult times ahead, and the things that go beyond economics. It’s time to face facts and look at how society will change (and has already changed).

Many people will resist the change and instead cling desperately to the old system– the cycle of debt and consumption that provided jobs, stability, and prosperity. These people will have their lives turned upside down because that system is gone forever.

And in case it still weren’t obvious, I’d like to present Ron Paul and Jim Rogers, speaking together at our event in Chile a few weeks ago, with their own views on the situation.

“They won’t take our bank accounts…they will take our retirement accounts.” – Jim Rogers

“We are going to have a calamity in economics and political crises as economies worldwide are a lot weaker than they tell us.” – Ron Paul

“I would expect that there is going to be a lot more chaos still to come.” – Ron Paul

“There are so many distortions because we disobeyed economic law – no matter what Bernanke tell’s you.” – Ron Paul


“Bernanke’s whole intellectual career has been dedicated to the study of printing money.” – Jim Rogers

 


“I don’t doubt [the confiscation] at all; and they will use force and they’ll use intimidation.” – Ron Paul

Source: ZeroHedgeSovereignMan

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Jim Rickards – Texas Wants Its Gold Back

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Jim Rickards interview on Bloomberg regarding bi-partisan support for bill in Texas to take its gold back from the NY Fed.

Some key points:

  • Prudent move in light of all the confiscation going on, most notably Cyprus.
  • When all else fails, you deflate against gold (gold never changes in value, it’s just currencies go up and down)
  • The US Government has a history of gold seizures, Texas doesn’t.
  • 13 states have pending legislation to make gold legal tender in the US.
  • With physical gold on deposit you can tell the Federal state get lost.
  • There is a global re-monetization of gold ongoing.

Precious Metal Purchasing Act – SB3341

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The Precious Metals Purchasing Actis a very disturbing move which is recently introduced by Illinois to keep a close eye on precious metal buyers and sellers.

So let me get this straight.  First they want gun registration and now precious metal registration?  I’m sure the government would only use such information in our best interests, because as we all know: Your Government Loves You.  Sounds reasonable, after all, only “terrorists” buy guns and gold anyway.

Meet the ” Precious Metal Purchasing Act” or SB3341, brought to you by the lovely folks at the Illinois 97th General Assembly:

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Precious Metal Purchasing Act. Provides that a person who is in the business of purchasing precious metal shall obtain a proof of ownership, create a record of the sale, and verify the identity of the seller. Provides that a person who is in the business of purchasing precious metal shall not pay for the precious metal in cash and shall record the method of payment. Requires the purchaser to keep a record of the sale for one year or, if the purchase amount is over $500, for 5 years.

Read more on the bill here.

Click here to get Rick Santelli’s reaction (always interesting).

Source: libertyblitzkrieg.com

Vietnam Gold Confiscation By Stealth

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You need to be a bit crafty to steal someones gold but as usual the banks found a way. In Vietnam its been reported that banks who paid dividends to people who lent them their gold, sold the gold without their consent. While banks had attempted to buy back gold to boost operating capital,  the Vietnam Central Bank now plans to ban banks soon from being involved in gold trading operations.

From ZeroHedge

However, as we subsequently warned, any time a bank, and especially an entire banking sector, is willing to pay you paper “dividends” for your gold, run, because all this kind of (s)quid pro quo usually ends up as a confiscation ploy. Sure enough, as Dow Jones reports today, the gold, which did not belong to the banks and was merely being warehoused there (or so the fine print said), was promptly sold by these same institutions to generate cash proceeds and to boost liquidity reserves using other people’s gold, obtained under false pretenses.

And now, it is time for the forced sellers to become forced buyers, as “the State Bank of Vietnam, the country’s central bank, may allow local banks to buy up to 20 metric tons of gold over the next two months to improve their liquidity ahead of a ban soon on their use of gold as a means of boosting their operating capital.” What they mean is that having been caught engaging in an illegal reserve boosting operating, the banks are now “allowed” to undo their transgressions ahead of a “ban” on what inherently was not a permitted practice. What is left unsaid, of course, is that any gold anywhere in the world, that is not in one’s physical possession, and has been handed over to an insolvent bank (virtually all of them) for “safekeeping”, is currently being sold, lent out, rehypothecated and otherwise traded with, in a way that any demand for full delivery will generally be met with silence, blank stares and phone calls going straight to voicemail.

From Dow Jones:

Banks have bought more than 60 tons of gold during the past six months and still need to buy more to meet their liquidity needs, Deputy Central Bank Governor Le Minh Hung said in the statement, posted on the central bank’s website.

Local banks received gold deposits from the public in previous years and sold the gold in the local market for cash. Now they will have to buy gold to pay back their depositors at a time when global gold prices have been rising sharply. The central bank wants to prevent banks from this kind of risky operation, so it plans to ban banks soon from being involved in gold trading operations.

 

This is called being “caught with your pants down” while you are selling gold bricks…

“Demand for capital is usually strong in the fourth quarter. It’s risky for the banking system if banks are forced to buy gold to meet their needs,” Mr. Hung said.

The central bank will closely monitor and stabilize the domestic gold market and will soon ban banks from using gold as a way to boost their operating capital, he added.

This however begs the question: if the local banks can’t fool the gullible public into handing over truly valuable assets in exchange for a “dividend” that is literally being created out of thin air, and then monetize said assets to appear solvent, just how will they appear solvent? Crickets…

Finally:

Though the central bank’s gold management policy is making retail gold prices in the local market higher than global prices, there has been no smuggling of gold and therefore no increased demand for the U.S. Dollar so far this year, Mr. Hung said, adding that this has helped keep the exchange rate between Vietnam’s dong the U.S. Dollar stable so far.

 

In other words, not only is gold money, it is better than money. But first you need: i) inflation; ii) collapsing currency and iii) insolvent banks. Luckily, the developed world has neither of these…

1933 Gold Confiscation Never To Happen Again

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Many gold bugs will be aware of Roosevelt’s confiscation of gold in 1933 and there has been speculation by some writers of a similar future move. In an interview with Daily News & Analysis, the anonymous blogger FOFOA says this will not happen and addresses the question as follows:

Franklin Roosevelt had confiscated all the gold that Americans had in 1933. Do you see something similar happening in days to come?

 Not at all!The purpose of the confiscation was to stop the bank run epidemic at that time. There’s no need to do it again. The dollar is no longer defined as a fixed weight of gold, so the reason for the last confiscation—and subsequent devaluation—no longer exists. Gold that’s still in the ground is a different story, however. Gold mines will likely be considered strategically important national assets after the revaluation, and will therefore fall under tight government control.

One of the lines in the interview was a classic..

The dollar is as safe as a bomb shelter that’s rigged to blow up once everyone is “safely” inside.

The full interview is worth the read, click here to read.

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