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More reasons to keep pandemic fear levels high

We cannot allow good news to flourish:

Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new forecast that the U.S. economy will recover “rapidly” due to coronavirus vaccine rollout and the passage of new legislation. It predicted GDP will reach its previous peak in mid-2021, and that the labor force will return to pre-pandemic levels in 2022.

Source: Dow Rallies As Republicans Offer Biden Stimulus Bargain; Microsoft Surges As GameStop Falls | Investor’s Business Daily

The $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal is harder to pass if cases are in sharp decline and hospitalizations are plummeting unless we keep the fear levels high.

Yesterday, one of the media’s frequently quoted experts said he expects to see a “hurricane” of cases to arrive in the next 6-14 weeks based on “variants”. We do not know what the future will bring but such quotes keep fear levels high. And fear is one of the most powerful tools of persuasion.

There is a chance that once a stimulus package is passed the government will assure us that the pandemic appears to be under control.

Sec of Treasury-elect says cryptocurrencies used mainly for “illicit financing”

Janet Yellen on Tuesday suggested lawmakers “curtail” the use of Bitcoin amid terrorism concerns.Yellen said cryptocurrency transactions were used “mainly for illicit financing.”

Source: Janet Yellen suggests ‘curtailing’ cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, saying they are mainly used for illegal financing | Currency News | Financial and Business News | Markets Insider

Government will loan you your future income: “Americans call slimmed down $600 stimulus checks a ‘disgrace'”

Not saying this is good or bad – only that few seem to understand that “stimulus” checks are the government borrowing your future income, which you will then pay back in the future through taxes – or devalued dollars caused by inflation. (Governments use inflation to deflate the value of dollars used to pay off past debt. Inflation is a flat tax on everyone. Printing money – or borrowing debt you never plan to pay back – basically the same thing – leads to inflation.)

Source: Americans call slimmed down $600 stimulus checks a ‘disgrace’

Federal Reserve to embrace inflation; easy way to inflate our way out of the debt caused by printing trillions of $s

The Federal Reserve announced a significant change in how it manages interest rates by saying it plans to keep rates near zero even after inflation has exceeded the Fed’s 2% target level.

Source: Fed: Rates to Stay Ultra-Low Even After Inflation Picks Up | Business News | US News

Having done the virtual equivalent of printing a few trillion $s to paper over the pandemic policy induced recession, apparently this will be paid off via inflation.

Inflation causes the devaluation of the currency you hold – and in effect, taxes everyone that is holding cash.

This means that today’s debts will be paid off with future cheaper dollars. Inflation is good for those who have debts such as the U.S. government and bad for those holding cash.

During inflation (reducing the value of dollars), holding real assets is preferable to holding cash. Because the value of those assets will rise proportional to the devaluation of the currency, all else being equal.