BALTIMORE – Nothing much happening in the stock market yesterday.
So, we take this occasion to turn back to the seamy side of life… to the grit and tumble… to the dog eat dog… and red in tooth and claw world of U.S. presidential politics.
But uncharacteristically, we rise not to talk smack about the candidates but to defend them. Yes, we always take the part of underdogs, diehards, and lost causes.
And today, we take the part of Trump, Sanders, and Cruz – against their critics and calumniers.
A stopped clock, they say (too often referring to your editor), is right twice a day.
Candidates for the highest office in the United States are right less often. Still, occasionally – whether by accident or insight, we don’t know – they have a good idea.
And today, we congratulate them for it.
Good on You, Trump…
First up, Donald J. Trump.
Most of his ideas are incredibly bad. Example: He and his arch-rival, Hillary Clinton, were in the news yesterday for criticizing the maker of Oreos for moving the plant where the iconic cookies are made to Mexico.
Neither seemed interested in why the cookie maker was leaving. They were too busy shamelessly pandering to people worried about losing their jobs.
They are not for “free trade,” they say. They are for “fair trade.” But the only “fair” trade is free trade.
“Fair” can be whatever you want it to be. Which is why “fair trade” restrictions are nothing more than disguised payoffs to cronies and special interests.
If they had bothered to look at why the Oreos were rolling south, they would have seen the entire confectionary industry is fleeing along with them.
Because the feds put up the price of their main ingredient – sugar – to two to three times the world price.
Why did they do that?
Because they are “protecting” a handful of millionaire crony sugar growers who give big contributions to the politicians.
But let’s not get caught up in The Donald’s bad proposals. Our destination today is one of his good ones: He wants to pull out of NATO.
The entire MBA-ed, bonused-up, chardonnay-sipping Establishment gasped.
But it’s a good idea.
And pull out of the U.N. while you’re at it. And every other blood-sucking alliance, NGO, and institution – especially the World Bank and the IMF.
These groups take money from honest workers and use it on high salaries, conferences, first-class airline tickets, and dead-end programs.
Good on you, Donald, for proposing to cut them off.
We also read Bernie Sanders’ written speech (he was the major candidate who dared not to appear in person) to the powerful pro-Israel lobby group the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC).
Perhaps, as the only Jewish candidate and surely the only one to live in a kibbutz, Bernie thought he could get away with snubbing the group.
I am here to tell the American people that, if elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel.
But to be successful, we have also got to be a friend not only to Israel but to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza, unemployment today is 44%, and we have there a poverty rate which is almost as high.
The other candidates – including Trump and Hillary – told AIPAC what it wanted to hear. But not Sanders. He used the speech to call on Israel to end “disproportionate responses” to attacks… specifically the “Israeli counter-attacks that killed nearly 1,500 civilians and wounded thousands more” in 2014.
The conservative Breitbart News Network – with offices in London, Texas, California, and Jerusalem – was quick to condemn the “five outrages” it found in Bernie’s speech.
Practically every other candidate and opinion maker saw the speech as more evidence that Bernie was unfit to be president.
We didn’t care for it much, either.
If ever, by mistake or mischief, we are elected president, our foreign policy will be simply: “It’s none of our business.”
That was okay for Washington and Jefferson… “Avoid foreign entanglements,” warned Washington.
Bernie came close. But neutrality would be asking too much of any real U.S. politician today. The U.S. is an empire. Everyone knows it. No sparrow can fall from a tree anywhere on any of the seven continents without setting off an alarm in Washington.
Still, it’s a delight to see a candidate for president using a speech to one of the largest sources of financing to say critical things about the organization in front of him.
As far as we know, no candidate made a speech to the American Task Force on Palestine, which lobbies for an independent Palestinian state.
Bravo, Mr. Cruz
And now, on to our third, and most sincere, act of appreciation.
Believe it or not, Ted Cruz has made a “return to the gold standard” campaign promise.
Yes, distinguished voice of the Deep State Martin Wolf on the pages of London’s Financial Times could barely spit out the words. He regards the gold standard as a priest might view the devil’s tail…
The Establishment – great and good as it is – can live without NATO. It can survive without Israel, for that matter. But the gold standard would be a stake driven right through its black heart.
In a podcast interview with Chris Lowe yesterday for lifetime subscribers of The Bill Bonner Letter, we explained:
The whole world’s financial system is built on a corrupt dollar. Gold-backed money is very different. It has real value. Because you can’t increase the quantity of gold at will. And you can’t provide unlimited phony credit to the world economy.
Somebody’s got to earn… and save… every dollar you lend out. So, you can’t artificially jack up Japan’s economy in the 1980s… or China’s economy in the 1990s and 2000s. In a sound economy, each dollar represents real resources… real savings… real wealth… that has been set aside so it can be invested to create more wealth.
At least, that’s the way it is supposed to work.
But that’s not the way it does work. And the Deep State… the cronies… the zombies… governments, NGOs… Wall Street, and big business – all depend on this credit-based, corrupt dollar system.
Bravo to Ted Cruz for proposing to end it.
Like the other good ideas from Trump and Sanders, there is little chance it will be implemented any time soon.
Still, we are grateful to Mr. Cruz for bringing it up.
Further Reading: Bill’s old friend and commodities expert Doug Casey says now is the time to buy gold stocks. He and his team of researchers just came across something that’s only occurred a handful of times in the last 40 years.
But this is a short-lived gold investment opportunity. When this window closes, we may not see conditions this ripe for another five years or more. To learn more, read on here before market conditions change again.
BY CHRIS LOWE, EDITOR AT LARGE
Investors who sold their gold stocks last year must be kicking themselves…
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GDX is up 42% so far this year. That compares with a 0.3% drop for the S&P 500.
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We’ve got a ton of great responses to our question in Wednesday’s mailbag: Is it fair to say Bill has a “fetish with Hitler”? Or is he just using a powerful analogy to illustrate his point?
(Catch up on the issue that prompted this question here.)
I have followed Bill for the past 30 years. I found him very courageous, honest, and witty.
No way he has a "fetish with Hitler.” He is using it metaphorically.
He has a great grasp and insight of what’s happening in America and around the world. At times, he is not quite accurate, but then nobody can be, given the high complexity of various factors.
Bill, please keep up the fantastic work. This world badly needs people like you. Best and warmest wishes to your family and you.– Habib Q.
The Donald is, as someone put it, "an intersection of celebrity culture and neo-fascism.”
Celebrity culture: obsession with adulation and narcissism; minimal substance. Neo-fascism: authoritarian, demagogic post of view, intimidation, brainwashing through repetition of lies and memes.
No, there is no "obsession with Hitler," just a warranted waving of a big red flag.– Ilona S.
Criticism thrown at you has no merit. You know you do a good job providing a voice for us that is desperately needed. Blowback from the indoctrinated is a constant. Be tough and hang in there, perseverance pays. Your steadfast supporter,– Mike D.
Perhaps it’s because I agree with damn near everything he writes, I happen to think Bill is a complete bad-ass. I am grateful for him sharing his thoughts and knowledge on current economic and political affairs.
Maybe I have it all wrong, but there seem to be so many haters in this country right now. At the age of 48, I have concluded that the real world is not much different than grade school or high school.
The guys who couldn’t earn decent grades, throw a football, or get the girl are still pissed. Now, they are stuck in dead-end jobs and filled with nothing but unfulfilled dreams. The weak are still preying on the strong… and it will probably always be that way.– Ben S.
Hitler, schmitler. Keep on writing. I wonder if any of the complainers, who made some good points against you, might not be aware of the concept of tongue in cheek.
Where the writer can, all at the same time, make light of a subject, be sarcastic, be witty, give good and bad advice, tell the truth, stretch the truth, etc. etc. etc. said the King and I.
Bill, you’re a light in a cottage in a deep dark forest, please keep writing.– Jerry C.
Cynical is anti-American? WHAT? Last I checked, we vote for our politicians. Not just to vote them in… but also to vote them out.
It IS American to do so… and being cynical when called for is just part of it when it is time to vote people out.
Not saying I agree with everything Bill states. But I certainly listen and respect his opinions of which many I find thought provoking. Either way, though, if you find agreement or not, I would venture to say it is anti-American if you are asking him to sit down and shut up.– Cole D
Bill’s analogy to Hitler is both powerful and accurate. Hitler took a worn-down, beaten nation and appealed to its sense of pride. He rallied the German people to the cause of "making Germany great again."
Unfortunately, America’s pride never existed among a great many Americans who have perceived themselves as victims of various forms of discrimination.
Fortunately, many of the rest of us have the experience and the intellect to be alarmed at the prospect of a genuine demagogue taking over the Republic.
As Eric Cartman says on Southpark, "I am given the choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich."– Mark B.
In collage I chose pre-law, simply because it involved a lot of history. I have found since that true history of the United States is not what I was taught. Your version of U.S. history is much closer to the truth. Keep with the enlightenment.– William C.
Like so many others, I look forward every day to Bill’s daily missives, as well as those responses quoted at the bottom of the page.
Through it all, whether I agree or disagree with specific issues, I am reminded daily of the blessing of our freedom of expression which is still alive and well in America.
Yes, society is disintegrating, civility is going by the wayside, and the country may be going "to Hell in a hand basket," but we still have First Amendment rights from a Constitution… which is the envy of many.
To see those rights exercised in Bill’s Diary every day reminds me that America must be preserved at all costs… and that passionate, informed leadership must be sought by reasonable citizens.
Keep the dialog going; let rational thought prevail.– Jim B.
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