- KINGSTON, NY -- The
financial fields replete with sprouting "green shoots" should
be viewed with suspicion, if not alarm, warns Gerald Celente, The Trends
Research Institute Director. "They are not a mirage, but they are
- Field Marshall Ben Bernanke and his Green Shoot Brigade
have fertilized the economic landscape with trillions of sweat equity dollars
extorted from today's public and the public of generations to come. Regardless
of how depleted the land, heavy doses of dollars spread so thickly over
the financial and government territories, will force "green shoots"
to grow. But the fundamentals of the economy remain unsound. They will
not be corrected by forced fertilizing barren acreage.
- "'Green shoots' may sprout," said Celente,
"but they will not flower. The economy cannot be coerced back into
growth with tons of money manure." As the ancient parable puts it:
- "A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed,
some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the
air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung
up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns;
and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good
ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said
these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
-- Luke 8:4-8
- Now here this: it is inconceivable that the "green
shoots" are signs of sustained economic recovery.
- Celente said no one could have forecast that the government
would not only intervene in the markets by pouring unprecedented trillions
into bailout schemes, but that they would commandeer the whole free enterprise
- "The 800-pound gorilla has ridden the elephant into
the Oval Office, and are there for all to see. But few will call a spade
a spade," declared Celente. "Benito Mussolini described Fascism
as 'The merger of state and corporate power.' He suggested that, more
appropriately, it should be called 'Corporatism.' By whatever name, Corporatism
or Fascism, what it's not is Free Market Capitalism, much less Democracy,"
- "Green shoots" can only be brought to harvest
through real productivity. Pumping gigantic sums of money into too-big-to-fail
financial institutions to jump-start the lending/borrowing cycle is to
perpetuate a failed economic model. (See "The Greatest Depression,"
Trends Journal, Winter 2009.)
- "We can extrapolate creatively from data, but cannot
prophesize wild cards, such as acts of God, acts of nature, or acts of
man that can only be described as 'schemes undreamed of.' While there
have been warnings since the founding of the United States, no one, but
no one, could have predicted the mega-merger of Wall Street and Washington
that is now a fait accompli," said The Trends Research Institute Director.
- Trendpost: With so much money being dumped into the system,
there will be money to made ... and lost. The agile and the knowledgeable
may be able to reap "green shoots" while they're sprouted. But
- "The Greatest Depression" -- that we forecast
would begin to set in by the end of this year -- may have been postponed,
but it has not been averted. When it does set in, it will do so with enhanced
intensity and at a pace accelerated by complex financial finagling ...
all under the guise of nation-saving action. Rather than let the failing
industries fail and the failed banks go bankrupt, the government is deliberately
bankrupting the nation.
- The lesson to be learned from the financial crisis that
began in the summer of 2007, is that nothing succeeds like failure. The
greater their failure, the bolder they become. The more they lose, the
more they take. The greater the chaos, the more control they exact. The
bigger they fail, the harder we fall.
- No act is too unthinkable or measure too draconian for
the Washington-Wall Street Mob to concoct in order to maintain power, make
money and cover their losses. While it is impossible to second-guess what
the government will do next, it is absolutely certain that they will stop
- The "green shoots" will wither and conditions
will deteriorate. Those who are prepared for the worst will not have been
taken by surprise.
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