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US Debt Crisis – View of a Common Man

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I rarely write about non hypnosis things but this issue screams at me to write about it. ūüôā

I have recently been looking at the USA’s financial woes. It is a scary thing. 14+ trillion in debt which costs 40% of thier income to service aka pay the interest. They just borrowed 2 trillion more to get them by for a year or so…so by the start of 2013 the debt will be 16 trillion. They will not balance thier budget for 8-10 years. Lets assume in 2021 it is balanced, meanwhile to balance it and accumulated interest in that time, their national debt will be about 5 trillion more, so 21 trillion. That would mean to service their debt it will take about 60% of their revenue to do it.¬†

I see only three solutions and all either really tough or really scary.

My personal choice…

1) The USA has to cut spending and raise taxes but that will not be enough. They have to start manufacturing their own goods and stop relying on foreign imports, this will create more jobs than it will lose and it will be sustainable. They will only allow foreign raw materials and a few things they cannot make themselves, the rest, huge import taxes on. If they do this they also have to devalue their dollar to make their goods less expensive in other markets therefore more attractive to foreign buyers.

2) Devalue their dollar to such an extreme that thier debt is not worth the money its printed on, they may have to sell things, like Alaska and Hawaii.

3) This I hope does not happen but if history teaches us anything, is that it repeats itself.  GO TO WAR with your foreign debters. If you win, debt forgiven, if you lose your enemies may help to rebuild you..maybe. This is a worry some  scenario for all Canadians, we generally view the US an ally and friend but if the US puts themselves so deep in a corner, they may roll their military into Canada and have at our plentiful natural resourses. I doubt the rest of the world would do much except trade embargoes and sanctions.

This is how I see it, it goes from bad to worse. The silly thing about¬†some of the US¬†debt, which was spent for securing¬†future oil reserves in the middle east,¬†is they could of traded with Canada for our tar sands oil, spend twice the going rate per barrel, the excess money going to clean the water needed to proccess the tar sands(and anything else that got dirty)¬†save piles of money and not lost one human life¬†thru war and¬†violence. But that would mean they would want our “dirty” oil….oil not dirtied by blood.

 My $0.02 CDN


p.s. check out this debt clock link

  1. US Debt Crisis ‚Äď View of a Common Man | JayDee Hypnotist | Business News- Market News- tweets Says:

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  2. Allison Johns Says:

    Start with logistics and consider the tar sands themselves or, as the industry and its supporters in government prefer to call them, ‚Äúoil sands.‚ÄĚ Neither tar nor oil, the substance in question is a sludge-like mixture of sand, clay, water, and bitumen (a degraded, carbon-rich form of petroleum). Alberta has a colossal supply of the stuff — at least a trillion barrels in known reserves, or the equivalent of all the conventional oil burned by humans since the onset of commercial drilling in 1859. Even if you count only the reserves that are deemed extractible by existing technology, its tar sands reportedly are the equivalent of 170 billion barrels of conventional petroleum — more than the reserves of any nation except Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The availability of so much untapped energy in a country like Canada, which is private-enterprise-friendly and where the political dangers are few, has been a magnet for major international energy firms. Not surprisingly, many of them, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Royal Dutch Shell, have invested heavily in tar-sands operations.

  3. Irving F. Schmidt Says:

    Nuclear power has been mooted to fill this gap. Japan, of course, turned to nuclear power during the 1970s oil shocks to offset its dependence on foreign oil. Now, in an ironic twist, Canada is considering nuclear power so that it can expand its oil exports. Most of the tar sands oil is sold south of the border through a pipeline network to meet American demand, while Canada still imports foreign oil to its eastern provinces.

  4. Fran Justice Says:

    Another significant share of the world‚Äôs future petroleum supply is expected to come from Canadian tar sands (also called ‚Äúoil sands‚ÄĚ) and the extra-heavy oil of Venezuela. Neither of these is oil as normally understood. Not being liquid in their natural state, they cannot be extracted by traditional drilling materials, but they do exist in great abundance. According to the USGS, Canada‚Äôs tar sands contain the equivalent of 1.7 trillion barrels of conventional (liquid) oil, while Venezuela‚Äôs heavy oil deposits are said to harbor another trillion barrels of oil equivalent — although not all of this material is considered ‚Äúrecoverable‚ÄĚ with existing technology.