Zero Government Blog http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ Rational Refreshing Reflections on What's Happening Now en-en Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:20:38 +0000 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/recent.gif http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html 18A008.htm   18A008 How to Repay a $20T Loan by Jim Davies, 2/20/2018       Actually it's $20.6 trillion today, and by the time you read this, a bit more yet. But who's counting? The question is, how can it ever be repaid; and in fact, need it ever be repaid? It's the FedGov's debt, often disguised as the "National" debt; and is the sum total of all the overspending it has committed since the racket began. A hefty portion of the loan was made by the government's own Federal Reserve Bank, which exists to obey orders just as if it were a central bank, which in fact it is in all but name; but other lenders include large pension funds, several foreign governments including China, companies and some wealthy individuals needing to park their money for a while. All those folk loaned money to the FedGov because it was as safe as houses. Safer, some say, for its security rests on the FedGov's power to tax. And that power is as basic as its power to go on existing. A great power, for sure; but it rests on the willingness of people to work for it. And that's where we ZGBloggers come in; for we intend to show everyone, via TOLFA, why they should quit all government employ. So in the last analysis, those loans are not really safe at all. Houses will last far longer. In a recent forum post, I suggested it's impossible for the FedGov to repay this $20.6 trillion. My reason was that to do so would mean slashing the rest of what it spends by a large fraction and that voters would not tolerate such a wholesale removal of goodies from what they expect for their votes. But, later I wondered. Perhaps it can be done! Method #1 would be to treat it like a home mortgage, and set about paying down the principal and interest. Interest rates have somehow been forced down since 2008 to close to zero; presently the lenders of that $20.6T are being paid only $283B a year, or 1.4%. Let's assume that over a 30-year period that un-natural rate is raised (by worldwide competition among borrowers) to 3% in real terms or, say, 5% to include a 2% inflation rate. In that case the annual cost would be $1.33 trillion, which is a third of all the present FedGov's spending. Would voters tolerate a 33% cut in all the benefits they expect, just so that the books can be rightly balanced? I don't think so, but could be wrong. Voters tolerate all manner of fraud and deprivation today, so who can be sure of what they will stomach tomorrow? Hear H L Mencken: "No one... has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby." Provided their eyes can be kept from the TOLFA site, that crass stupidity may continue. Then, this massive debt could indeed be retired. Method #2 would be simply to abrogate the debt. If you or I were to do that with a home mortgage, we'd soon be out on the street; the lender would repo the house and have us ejected. But who, exactly, would eject the FedGov from its comfy lair? There are some positive things to say about this option. The debt would vanish, along with the interest payments. T Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:20:38 +0000 12A011: What's To Be Done?, 2/29/2012 Vital question. 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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:20:38 +0000 17A039: Market Deniers, 11/7/2017 Government, fully described http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/17A039.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/17A039.htm Read more about '17A039: Market Deniers, 11/7/2017 Government, fully described ' on the Zero Government blog... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:20:38 +0000 17A038: Warm Weather, 10/31/2017 If this is Global Warming, make it welcome http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/17A038.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/17A038.htm Read more about '17A038: Warm Weather, 10/31/2017 If this is Global Warming, make it welcome ' on the Zero Government blog... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:20:38 +0000 17A037: Inherited Wealth, 10/24/2017 Rich kids, absent government http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/17A037.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/17A037.htm Read more about '17A037: Inherited Wealth, 10/24/2017 Rich kids, absent government ' on the Zero Government blog... 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