Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Where is the Change?

You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” Albert Einstein

I would love to see the economic crisis end. I think we all would. However, I have little faith in President Obama’s economic leaders because they come from the same mindset that caused the problem. They are the consummate insiders trying to restart their broken system.

I believe the root cause can be traced back to Wall Street and financial speculation. As I’ve written before, the solution resides on Main Street, not Wall Street.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is a fairly traditional economist whose thoughts, beliefs and training have all been from the consciousness that created the problem. The same is true of Secretary Timothy Geithner. Both come from the world of banking that is at the core of this mess and because of their history, have mental models that can only see a solution in that arena. I believe it would be impossible for them to envision a world without our current monetary system (private bank that creates and controls money) or the behemoth financial sector from where they emerged.

As I’ve stated before, much of our financial services sector does little to add real value to our economy. Trading paper is not economic output despite what we’ve been led to believe.

I wonder where we’d be if we stopped focusing on the banks and instead focused on the American people. How far would $9 trillion go towards fixing our economic problems if we targeted that money towards Main Street instead of Wall Street?

I suspect their solution (buying worthless assets with taxpayer money) will cause as many problems as it might solve. I have a real fear of hyperinflation as the government floods the economy with more money to purchase worthless assets from private banks and investors. They’ll get the money, we’ll get the bill and in the end, will have nothing real and tangible to show for it except little pieces of paper.

“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting article and blog. The larger issue which you are remiss in not addressing, that is, why we don't have (or need to fight tooth and nail via protesting) a sustainable and "living" planet is found in the very system under which we toil. Capitalism is at its best when others are exploited. Why do you think it took 10 years for a snippet of an increase in the minimum wage...while those in power during that layover made billions upon billions upon billions? Our largest workforce toils for a corporation that uses unconsciounable (excuse me, legal) practices at the very core of their "business policy". And yet when I mention to people who go to Walmart that it is our largest private employer, they shake their shoulders as if to say "so what?" Oh, so you'd love for your child to work for WalMart?
When I ask that question, I get a resounding "No!".
Interesting. and yet thems the facts, man.
How can a system that, by design, operates at full efficiency by exploiting workers, the environment, and our social fabric, be blamed for unsustainability?
Isn't that ironic?