Even though we all know this already, it is still a great read. Certainly an excellent primer for those who just don;t "get it"

http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/a...lit-fuse/47589

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By choosing the path of money printing (instead of austerity like the UK), the Fed has decidedly placed the US on a very risky course. I see the outcomes are almost binary: either this works or it doesn't.
If this gamble works, business will pick up, unemployment will drop, tax revenues will flow again to the states and federal government, the sun will continue to rise in the east and roses will bloom in the spring.
If the gamble fails? There we can envision an enormous devaluation event for the US dollar and the Fed having to choose between defending the dollar (via rising interest rates) or preventing the federal government from a fiscal emergency brought about as a consequence of rising interest rates. And by "fiscal emergency" I mean being forced to slash expenditures by as much as 50% in order to service rapidly escalating interest carrying costs on the short term portion of the fiscal debt load. But that's a death spiral because cutting government spending is the same as cutting GDP (it's practically 1:1) and every cut to GDP leads to lower revenues which will necessitate more expenditure cutting, et cetera and so on until 'the bottom' is reached.
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