“Over the last century, government’s fiscal machinery has been mostly gas pedal, little brake. In 1913, the 16th Amendment gave Washington open-ended power to tax income and borrow against it, with no offsetting restraint on spending or debt,” writes, David Malpass in The Wall Street Journal. The bond buying operation by the Fed is simply creating money out of thin air. It is buying expensive bonds, lining the pockets of the crooks on Wall Street with short-term IOUs. This should be front and center in the debt ceiling talks. But no one in Washington seems to care about long-term issues other than getting re-elected or semi-retirement with a fat consulting job. As Malpass points out, “Without appropriate controls in the debt limit—such as a five-year floor on the effective maturity of the national debt that also takes into account floating-rate debt and the Fed’s debt—Washington will be tempted to expand these practices rapidly. That would lower current interest expense at the risk of future deficits and debt, precisely the concern the debt limit is meant to address.”
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E.J. Smith is Managing Director at Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd., a Managing Editor of Richardcyoung.com, and Editor-in-Chief of Youngresearch.com. E.J. graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with a B.S. in finance and investments. In 1995, E.J. began his investment career at Fidelity Investments in Boston before joining Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd. in 1998. E.J. has trained at Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH, where he completed course-work in Practical and Defensive Handgun, Conceal Carry Pistol, Shotguns, Precision Scope Rifle and Kidnapping Prevention. E.J. plays a Yamaha Recording Custom drum set with Zilldjian cymbals. His first drum set was a 5-piece Slingerland with Zilldjians. He grew-up worshiping Neil Peart of the band Rush, and loves the song Tom Sawyer—the name of his family’s boat, a Grady-White Canyon 306. He grew up in Mattapoisett, MA, an idyllic small town on the water near Cape Cod. He spends time in Newport, RI and Bartlett, NH—both as far away from Wall Street as one could mentally get. The Newport office is on a quiet, tree lined street not far from the harbor and the log cabin in Bartlett, NH, the “Live Free or Die” state, sits on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. He enjoys spending time in Key West and Paris. Please get in touch with E.J. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up here to receive all the best content from Richardcyoung.com each week.