Economist John Williams claims that even if an agreement is reached by lawmakers in Washington DC, the government will continue on its path of printing more money and essentially helping gold and other commodity prices go higher.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Source: JT Long- From The Gold Report
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From The Gold Report:
ShadowStats Editor John Williams advises legislators to stop fooling around with the country's credit rating. Regardless of the deal reached, he predicts that the Treasury and Fed will continue to print money to meet obligations and add liquidity to the economy. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, he explains how that will have the effect of pushing the price of gold and other commodities even higher.
The Gold Report: Unless Congress approves and President Obama signs an increase in the $14.29 trillion debt ceiling, the U.S. Treasury is set to begin defaulting on payments starting August 2. That threat launched months of competing big deals to cut spending and/or raise taxes. To add to the pressure, in mid-July the credit rating agencies Moody's and Standard & Poor's threatened to downgrade the U.S. credit rating from its historic AAA status if the debt limit isn't raised in time to avoid defaulting on interest and bond payments. That could raise interest rates for the government and trickle down to consumer mortgage loan and credit card payments. John, what kind of deal would be good enough to satisfy bond rating agencies and avoid a double-dip recession?
John Williams: First of all, the chances are nil that the government actually will default. There is some talk that if the debt ceiling were not raised by the August 2 deadline, the government could avoid default for a while by playing games with its payments—pay interest and debt first instead of paying other obligations. That could trigger a rating downgrade, if one had not occurred otherwise. Also, I don't think global investors would view non-payment of general obligations as a plus and could engage in dumping the dollar. I think Congress will agree, however, to..
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