3 responses to “Ron Paul on Obama’s New Bubble”

  1. Dfens

    China’s State Reserves Bureau (SRB) has instead been buying copper and other industrial metals over recent months on a scale that appears to go beyond the usual rebuilding of stocks for commercial reasons.

    Nobu Su, head of Taiwan’s TMT group, which ships commodities to China, said Beijing is trying to extricate itself from dollar dependency as fast as it can.

    “China has woken up. The West is a black hole with all this money being printed. The Chinese are buying raw materials because it is a much better way to use their $1.9 trillion of reserves. They get ten times the impact, and can cover their infrastructure for 50 years.”

    “The next industrial revolution is going to be led by hybrid cars, and that needs copper. You can see the subtle way that China is moving into 30 or 40 countries with resources,” he said.

    The SRB has also been accumulating aluminium, zinc, nickel, and rarer metals such as titanium, indium (thin-film technology), rhodium (catalytic converters) and praseodymium (glass).

    While it makes sense for China to take advantage of last year’s commodity crash to restock cheaply, there is clearly more behind the move. “They are definitely buying metals to diversify out of US Treasuries and dollar holdings,” said Jim Lennon, head of commodities at Macquarie Bank.

    John Reade, metals chief at UBS, said Beijing may have a made strategic decision to stockpile metal as an alternative to foreign bonds. “We’re very surprised by Chinese demand. They are buying much more copper than they will need this year. If this is strategic, there may be no effective limit on the purchases as China’s pockets are deep.”

    Zhou Xiaochuan, the central bank governor, piqued the interest of metal buffs last month by calling for a world currency modelled on the “Bancor”, floated by John Maynard Keynes at Bretton Woods in 1944. – Telegraph

    But the Chinese are going to the Moon for national prestige, right? Definitely not for the natural resources. In the mean time, we sit here with our thumbs up our butts waiting for the inevitable collapse of the dollar and resulting hyperinflation. While I hate to provide the current crop of political idiots with an out, there is one. It is within our technological grasp. All we need is the will to go after it.

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  2. Phil Allender

    This interview points out clearly that one of the biggest problems is that just when we have begun a dialogue about solutions, suddenly the interviewers have run out of time (alloted) and the implication is that they will revisit the issue at another time. The reality is that they don’t or can’t find a sponsor.

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  3. Oscar_DeGrouch

    “The worst thing that we could do in a recession is to try to cut government spending at the same time as families and business around the world are cutting back on their spending.” -Obama

    How can you begin to even argue with someone who says this and believes it? So when should we cut back on government spending? When things are good? When people are overextending themselves? Didn’t see too much of that in the recent past.

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