This Popular Money Idea Makes as Much Sense as Communism
Andy Snyder|December 2, 2020
The dollar falls.
And stocks keep climbing to the sky.
Where will it all end? A big market crash? Everybody gets rich?
The Dow hit 30,000 last week. It surged 11% in November.
Then again, Bitcoin was up four times as much.
But the real story is about the poor dollars just sitting in your bank account. Their value plunged nearly 2.5% in November.
That number’s much smaller. It doesn’t get many headlines. But like a tsunami that’s a mere ripple in the waves far out at sea, the power behind the move is enormous.
After all, as all cryptocurrency fans love to tout, there are far more dollars in the world than Bitcoin.
A plunge in the dollar could move mountains.
There’s a good reason we’re seeing such wild action.
Some say stocks are moving higher because “once this vaccine hits, it’ll be like the Roaring ’20s again.”
We hope they’re right.
But they’re not.
You see, we’ve been diving deep into our research on a horrendous idea that’s getting too much attention these days.
If you follow the news, you’ve surely heard money wonks talking about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). It’s infiltrating the halls of Congress. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a big fan, for instance. It’s how big spenders on things like free healthcare and college can justify their math.
It’s like communism, though. It makes sense… until you think about it.
MMT centers on the idea that the government should run the economy (a popular idea these days, but certainly not one the nation was founded on). When things get too bad, Washington injects cash. When things get too good, it pulls it right back out.
In the perfect idea of the theory, there’s no borrowing or national debt. The government simply prints whatever it needs. It leaves the bonds and the banking for the smart folks in the real world.
Again… that’s when times are tough.
The idea should sound familiar these days. If you got a stimulus check last spring… you’ve seen it firsthand.
But what most MMT fans don’t talk about and where things really start to break down is what happens when times are good.
The Other Side…
How in the world does Uncle Sam soak all that money back up before inflation slashes even more from the value of our dollar?
The answer is painful… taxes.
If your eyebrows just went up, the MMT crowd has done its job.
It likes to keep this part under the covers.
We don’t. So here’s the rub.
Under MMT’s “tightening” policy, tax money is received and destroyed. In other words, when you cut that check to Uncle Sam for 35% of what you earned that year, he doesn’t put it in a fund to pay for roads or help build a new hospital. Nope, he walks out back and burns it.
Again… that’s the way the theory says things are supposed to go.
The government prints all the cash it needs… and eradicates anything it receives.
Done right, it gives the government ultimate control over the economy. There’s no more interest rate craziness. The government is either dumping cash out of helicopters or vacuuming it up in the form of taxes.
But theory and practice are two different beasts.
That’s why we have what we have right now – a bastardized version of whatever the politicians think will get them reelected.
On one side of the ledger, the government is printing trillions in cash to keep voters afloat.
But it will never have the guts to burn it when the stock market gets out of hand. Washington will never say thanks for the tax dollars and toss ’em on the bonfire out back.
No. It will spend more… because it has more.
Like the green trees in the forest, that’s the way it’s been and always will be.
Again… theory is very different from practice.
Just ask the East Germans.
If you’re worried about the Dow at 30K… don’t be.
Let’s talk when it hits 100K.
It’s coming sooner than it should.
Do you have questions on how we get to Dow 100K? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Snyder is the founder of Manward Press, the nation’s premier source of unfiltered, unorthodox views on money and what it means for a free society. An American author, investor and serial entrepreneur, Andy cut his teeth at an esteemed financial firm with nearly $100 billion in assets under management. Andy and his ideas have been featured on Fox News, on countless radio stations, and in numerous print and online outlets. He’s been a keynote speaker and panelist at events all over the world, from four-star ballrooms to Senate hearing rooms. Today, Andy’s dissident thoughts on life, liberty and investing can be found in his popular daily newsletter, Manward Financial Digest.