The Federal Government Has Devalued The Dollar Since 1971

Inflation is always and everywhere a rip-off.

– Bill Bonner

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – The nice thing about inflation, at least from the feds’ point of view, is that it doesn’t leave fingerprints.

Today’s dollar, for example, is worth only three cents of the pre-1971 dollar. But who dunnit? Who stole 97 cents out of every dollar?

New-Buck Scam

People thought the switch to a new buck in 1971 was just a “technical” move. Still do. But there was a big difference. The old dollar was a killjoy. The feds just couldn’t have much fun with it. But the new one was like an inflatable sex toy – it would go along with anything.

And when the first wave of consumer price inflation hit in the ’70s, few people understood what had happened. They thought the Arabs had pulled a fast one. But as we saw last week (catch up here and here), the First Oil Shock only returned the real price to where it had been before the feds’ funny-money printing began.

Investors didn’t notice their pockets were being picked either. In new dollars, the Dow barely moved throughout the ’70s. But it lost 92% of its real value.

And still today, only you… and we… seem to realize how the Federal Reserve’s money-printing and ultralow interest rate policies (from 2009 to 2015) put $20-some trillion into the pockets of the richest people in the country.

Most people got nothing from it. And relatively, the poor got poorer as the rich got richer. The bottom 50% of the population are actually 30% poorer today than they were in 1999 – even using the feds’ phony inflation calculator.

But does anyone blame the real culprits? Nope. They blame the Mexicans and the Chinese. Do they vote for someone who pledges to end inflation? Or someone who calls for more of it?

It doesn’t matter whether the inflation goes into the capital markets or the consumer economy… it works the same way, like a thief in the night. And now underway is probably the biggest heist in history…

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