Friday, October 4, 2013

The Crisis Is The Debt, Not The Debt Ceiling

"I don’t see the debt ceiling as the crisis, that’s part of the solution. The crisis is the debt, and the crisis is that we’re going to raise the debt ceiling. We’re going to keep raising the ceiling so we’re going to keep piling more debt on top of the debt that we have.

And, eventually, the crisis comes not because we don’t raise the debt ceiling, but because lenders don’t raise the lending ceiling because they recognize that we’re broke. They won’t want to throw good money after bad, they don’t want to keep lending money to a country that can’t pay back what has already been loaned to it.

That’s when we have a real crisis—interest rates go up; the dollar collapses. The debt ceiling is just politics. We’d be better off if the debt ceiling couldn’t be raised, because then we’d actually have to deal with the problem instead of kicking the can down the road." - in Index Universe 

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Peter David Schiff is an investment broker, author and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc. Schiff is known for his bearish views on the US economy and US dollar, and his bullish views on commodities, foreign stocks and foreign currencies