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The Madness of Barack Obama: Why Free Money Is Destroying America By Porter Stansberry
The Madness of Barack Obama: Why Free Money Is Destroying America
By Porter Stansberry
Last week, I wrote one of the most important reports in my 12 years as
an investment analyst. It explains the terrible consequences of
Washington D.C.'s interference in the capital markets right now.
And as common sense as my analysis was, it infuriated a lot of people.
It's sad so many brainwashed citizens believe government is the
solution to all of life's problems. But for those who take a moment to
think about it, knowing what's going on will make you a fortune, rather
than bankrupt you...
You see, good intentions – along with her handmaidens, hypocrisy and
envy – are the most rightfully despised of all human characteristics.
Liars are, usually, interesting. Fools can be quite entertaining. A
greedy man might make you rich, even if only by chance or mistake. But
the do-gooder is always a bore and sometimes a tyrant.
Unfortunately, we have had one of history's all-time do-gooders foisted
upon us, like an obese man trying to ride an unwilling horse.
The president is determined to "save" the housing market by paying for
private citizens' mortgage debts and forcing creditors to shave
principal from fully collateralized loans.
Nowhere in history will you ever discover a market whose efficiency was
improved by the government interference. Likewise, history is bereft of
even a single example where government control of the capital markets
led to prosperity. As my friend Rick Rule likes to say, the
government's track record is "unblemished by success."
And yet Barack Obama seems eager to pour an unrivaled amount of resources into his good intentions. Never
mind the idea that unilaterally abridging mortgage contracts violates
the essence of capitalism, common law, and decades of tradition in the
United States. Not even bankruptcy judges have been allowed to
abridge mortgage contracts. And never mind the truly astronomical
expense of paying for one in nine homeowners' obligations! (We had
better hope renters don't organize...)
We, in the land of the free and the home of the world's reserve
currency, with the world's largest and most powerful capital markets,
have decided to finance our entire economy through a process that could
accurately be called "Stalinist." To each according to his needs, from each according to his means.
It's a do-gooder's dream gone mad. And this federalized giant of good
intentions is about to destroy what's left of our economy, as Obama
throws what little credit remains in the United States into the endless
black hole of the real estate market.
Let me explain...
Right now, the Federal Home Loan Bank will lend money to community
banks for 10 years for around 200 basis points (2%) less
than you can earn holding a matching duration Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac
note. Thus, smart entrepreneurs are now borrowing money from Obama and
then lending it back to him, risk free, all while earning 2% on the
spread. (This, by the way, is almost exactly what mortgage REIT Annaly
does.) Considering where interest rates are and the low cost of
acquiring FDIC insurance, it's hard to imagine why anyone would buy any
interference in the capital markets has warped both the pricing and the
availability of credit. In short, very little credit is available that isn't backed by the government
– and none at a reasonable price. Rather than jump-starting the capital
markets, the government's involvement has created an enormous
impediment to a real recovery. And I can show you the real-world
consequences of these actions.
In the December 2008 issue of my investment advisory, I highlighted a
dozen companies whose highly leveraged balance sheets left them at the
mercy of the capital markets. In every case, the firm's debt exceeded
the value of its equity. And in most cases, the interest obligations of
these firms would overwhelm their operating income in anything but a
robust economic environment. As I explained in December, without
additional credit at low interest rates, these firms are heading toward
a bankruptcy filing in 2009 or 2010.
In tomorrow's issue, I'm going to show you what has happened to these
credit-dependent companies in the last three months. With the feds
making it criminally negligent for financiers to buy anything but
government-backed paper, you can guess the results... and you'll
realize what's going on in this country right now is absolute madness.