Chapter 10 Cheating the Common Man!
November 22, 2015
The U.S. Government is lying to and cheating the middle and lower class U.S. citizens, the Common Man!
Because the U.S. Government (the ruling class) is lying to and cheating the Common Man the people in the ruling class are living comfortable and even opulent lifestyles and the people in the upper class are living opulent and super opulent lifestyles and have become wealthy and super wealthy with counterfeit money.
The U.S. Government is lying to the Common Man by telling them that the U.S. Government will pay them social benefits that the U.S. taxpayer cannot afford. The U.S. Government is cheating the Common Man by making the decision in FY1969 that it would not collect the tax revenue necessary to pay for these promised but unaffordable social benefits. The U.S. Government is cheating the Common Man by paying themselves, their direct and indirect employees, and U.S. Government related businesses much more than the U.S. taxpayer can afford. The U.S. Government attempts to conceal this lying and cheating by using a corrupt and fraudulent accounting system that does not expose the magnitude of the U.S. Government's financial obligations. The U.S. Government is using Cash Accounting rather than the proper GAAP Accounting.
Because the U.S. Government is using an inappropriate accounting system, it is not clear to the Common Man just what social benefits he/she can count on. As a result, many people are relying on promises that the U.S. Government cannot keep; like Social Security and healthcare. Because the U.S. Government has made the decision to not fund any future period social benefits, nearly half of the U.S. population is headed toward financial devastation.
David Walker, the former Comptroller of the United States from 1998 until 2008, has been warning politicians, the media, and the American public for over a decade that we are off course and headed for disaster. In August 2007, before the financial system meltdown of 2008, Mr. Walker declared:
The US government is on a “burning platform” of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon.
The U.S. Government has not taken a single constructive action to address this threatening crisis. Neither the ruling class nor the upper class wants to expose this fraud and corruption because they are each living wonderful lifestyles and some of them are getting filthy rich with counterfeit money by lying to and cheating the middle class and the lower class. Exposing this fraud will ruin their 47-year-long party.
The ruling class is not willing to take any move toward resolving this stalemate because it will shrink the Government, cut economic activity nominally in half, cut government pay, reduce social benefit payments, increase taxes on U.S. citizens and businesses, and reduce the apparent net worth of the upper class by 84%. None of these is desirable but we must face the fact that we have all been living beyond our means since FY1969 when LBJ launched USAPonzi and take the tough actions that financial reality dictates.
The United States is facing precisely the same kind of fiscal crisis as Greece but on a much, much larger scale. Also the U.S. Government does not have a big brother/parent like Greece has with the European Union to demand that we take corrective action. There is even irony in that relationship since the U.S. Government requires that states be fiscally responsible. With these comments I am assuming that the EU will stick to their guns and hold Greece to a policy of fiscal responsibility. The whole planet seems to have become confused with the difference between austerity and reality. Austerity is when you have a choice. Reality is when you do not have a choice.
The U.S. Government is using an accounting system, Cash Accounting, that reports the difference between the current year expenditures and current year tax revenues as our deficit. This is more precisely referred to as our Cash Deficit. But by promising to pay future social benefits, the U.S. Government should also be collecting enough additional tax revenue to adequately fund the social benefit trust fund so the U.S. Government can continue to fulfill these future social benefit promises. The accounting methodology that performs this assessment is called GAAP Accounting (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
Our GAAP Deficit is therefore our Cash Deficit plus any current year shortfall (surplus) we might have in properly funding the social benefit trust fund. The cumulative effect of our Cash Deficit is our Cash Debt. The cumulative effect of the annual shortfall in the funding of our social benefit trust fund is called our Unfunded Future Liabilities. The sum of our Cash Debt and our Unfunded Future Liabilities is called our US Unfunded Liabilities (GAAP). Our US Unfunded Liabilities (GAAP) is therefore our "virtual debt" meaning that it is our real Cash Debt plus the debt that we will incur in the future as these now Unfunded Future Liabilities transition to the actual payment of social benefits. The cumulative effect of our GAAP Deficit is our US Unfunded Liabilities (GAAP).
Because of this use of an improper accounting system, the U.S. Government reports a Cash Deficit of $0.433 Trillion when our "real" deficit is a GAAP Deficit of $5.9 Trillion for FY2016 and reports a Cash Debt of $18.7 Trillion when our "real" public liabilities are now $99.8 Trillion which are reported on usdebtclock.org Nov 22, 2015 as US Unfunded Liabilities (GAAP).
According to proper GAAP accounting, the U.S. Government should have $81.1 Trillion (our Unfunded Future Liabilities) in the social benefit trust fund to pay the currently promised social benefits. By not funding the social benefit trust fund there is not one penny available pay these future commitments. The U.S. Government can only pay these social benefits with current period tax revenues or by borrowing the money. The U.S. Government is lying by $81.1 Trillion. That is not a small lie; that is a "BIG LIE".
The U.S. Government is also overpaying itself, its direct and indirect employees, and its support businesses by another $18.7 Trillion which is now our National Debt.
The U.S. Government has therefore undertaxed the U.S. citizens and businesses by $99.8 Trillion over the last 47 years. The only people that have the kind of money to pay these taxes are the upper class citizens and businesses. With the current fiscal policy, the U.S. Government is making these upper class citizens and businesses even richer by undertaxing them by $99.8 Trillion. The U.S. Government is creating counterfeit money and apparent private wealth by assuming these massive and unpayable public liabilities as quantified by US Unfunded Liabilities (GAAP).
This is how Warren Buffett got so rich! Warren Buffett's net worth is estimated to be $66.7 Billion and $56.0 Billion of that came from the U.S. Government's corrupt and fraudulent fiscal policy. He did not have to pay his portion of the taxes to cover the Government's GAAP basis deficit spending (see Buffett makes $9 Million a day from U.S. Government Fraud).
But the same can be said about everyone in the upper class, as they are getting rich or super rich and living opulent to super opulent lifestyles because of the U.S. Government's corrupt and fraudulent fiscal policy.
This is how most businesses continue to show strong profit performance even though the Common Man is not seeing material wage increases. This is how most businesses have accumulated a lot of cash on their balance sheets. This is how many businesses can now afford to pay dividends. This is how many businesses can buy back their own stock. These prosperous businesses are more profitable, collecting cash on their balance sheets, paying dividends, and buying back stock because they do not have to pay the taxes to cover the Government's GAAP basis deficit spending.
This is why the stock market has been the best place to make money over the last 47 years. This is why the Stock Market continues to set new record highs. Warren Buffett knew about this corrupt and fraudulent accounting in 1975. Maybe even earlier. With the current fiscal policy, the stock market will go to infinity.
Price to Earnings ratios are totally meaningless in today's stock market because the U.S. Government is handing out $5.9 Trillion of counterfeit money in FY2016 ($16.1 Billion a day) to U.S. citizens and businesses. Companies that cannot make great and ever increasing profits with that kind of tail wind have a serious problem with their business models.
If U.S. citizens do not have to pay for all the Government spending and promises to spend, they can appear to be much richer. If U.S. businesses do not have to pay for all the Government spending and promises to spend, they can appear to be much more profitable. When they can avoid paying $99.8 Trillion in taxes it helps them both a whole hell of a lot.
By undertaxing the upper class citizens and businesses the U.S. Government has been incurring massive GAAP basis deficit spending which stimulates the U.S. economy and in fact the global economy. I estimate that this stimulus is causing the U.S. GDP is 1.6X what it would be with honest accounting and a balanced budget (see Creating Counterfeit Prosperity).
USAPonzi, so far, has created $99.8 Trillion of counterfeit money by passing these liabilities forward to the future U.S. taxpayers. The money that was given to the upper class citizens and businesses by undertaxing them will not be worth anything if the future U.S. taxpayers cannot pay the social benefits and pay off the debt that the U.S. Government has deferred to the future taxpayers. Our US Unfunded Liabilities are obviously unpayable since we are already running a significant Cash Deficit plus we have fewer and fewer people doing productive work and more and more people quitting work by counting on getting these unaffordable and unfunded social benefits from the U.S. Government. The U.S. economy and in fact the global economy is living on the open ended credit card of the future U.S. taxpayers.
USAPonzi stimulates not only the U.S. economy but also the global economy by creating massive buying power for the U.S. Consumer. USAPonzi creates this buying power by paying social benefits that far exceed what the U.S. taxpayer can afford, by paying the ruling class and Government related businesses more that the U.S. taxpayer can afford, and by undertaxing the U.S. citizens and businesses by not funding the future social benefit promises.
USAPonzi has created hundreds of phantom Billionaires and millions of phantom Millionaires with this $99.8 Trillion of counterfeit money.
USAPonzi has dramatically widened the "wealth gap" with this $99.8 Trillion of counterfeit money. When the U.S. Government takes $99.8 Trillion that is meant to pay our creditors and to pay benefits to the Common Man, the elderly, the poor, and the underprivileged and gives it to the upper class by undertaxing them, that is sure going to "WIDEN THE WEALTH GAP"!
It sure pays to be rich or to work for the U.S. Government in the United States of America!
USAPonzi is paying professional athletes and entertainers exorbitant salaries and endorsements with this counterfeit money. Multimillion-dollar compensation will be a thing of the past for most of these folks when USAPonzi implodes. Many people are amazed that movie, music, baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, NASCAR, and other stars are able to earn such remarkably high compensation. USAPonzi is the major contributor to this dramatic escalation of compensation for professional athletes and entertainers over the last 3 decades as the counterfeit money created by the U.S. Government's fiscal policy has exploded. Again, I say that this GAAP basis deficit spending produces counterfeit money since the payment of these deferred liabilities has been passed forward to the future U.S. taxpayers who will never be able to pay these massive liabilities. This is what makes a Ponzi scheme a Ponzi scheme.
USAPonzi stimulates not only the U.S. economy but also the global economy by creating massive buying power for the U.S. Consumer.
USAPonzi has helped in building major and still largely vacant cities in China with this counterfeit money.
USAPonzi has helped in building skyscraper cities in the Middle East with this counterfeit money.
USAPonzi has built many houses, yachts, resorts, colleges, stadiums, casinos, airplanes, cars, and smart phones that we could not afford without this counterfeit money.
The only way we could populate the world with 1.75 billion smart phones is with this counterfeit money (See How LBJ Financed the Smart Phone Phenomenon).
The only way that Apple could become a $665 Billion corporation is because of this $99.8 Trillion of counterfeit money. USAPonzi provides the counterfeit money to buy smart phones and the counterfeit money to buy Apple stock. The future U.S. taxpayers are expected to eventually pay for both of these purchases.
USAPonzi has made it possible for the USA to appear to be energy independent since with enough counterfeit money we can pay whatever price is required to buy oil. I predict that the price of oil will drop rather precipitously when USAPonzi implodes and this stash and stream of counterfeit money evaporates.
The U.S. Government is virtually printing $16.1 Billion more counterfeit money every day, at the rate of our GAAP basis deficit spending, and with the current fiscal policy will print an infinite amount of counterfeit money. As a corollary, the current fiscal policy will create infinite apparent net worth for the upper class U.S. citizens and businesses. Who in the ruling class or the upper class would want to try to stop this gravy train?
The U.S. Government has created this $99.8 Trillion of counterfeit money out of "thin air" with the corrupt and fraudulent accounting and fiscal policy that produced USAPonzi.
The Bottom Line
The current fiscal policy of the U.S. Government has
overpaid the Government workers and their supporting businesses by $18.7 Trillion,
undertaxed the upper class U.S. citizens and businesses by $99.8 Trillion,
underfunded the social benefit promises to the U.S. citizens by $81.1 Trillion,
and has borrowed and spent the $5.2 Trillion that has been paid into the social benefit trust fund.
The ruling class gets overpaid, the upper class gets filthy rich, and the middle and lower classes get cheated and are headed toward a financial disaster of epic proportions.
USAPonzi: A Counterfeit Money Machine
This is why I say that USAPonzi is A Counterfeit Money Machine. USAPonzi is creating counterfeit money at the rate of our GAAP basis deficit spending and stuffing it into the pockets of the upper class U.S. citizens and businesses. The U.S. Government is overpaying itself and is making absolutely no provisions for how it will continue to pay social benefits to the Common Man.
USAPonzi is a classic Ponzi scheme that is paying the early participants as promised, is providing the operators (the ruling class and the upper class) with very favorable to super opulent lifestyles, but has the late participants headed toward financial devastation.
USAPonzi is creating "Counterfeit Wealth and Prosperity" while "Cheating the Common Man".
Financial data sourced from usdebtclock.org Nov 22, 2015.
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