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Catherine's Fiscal Cliff Analysis is Finally Here!

"Information is the hardest currency."
-- Andrew Vachss

Imagine that your Government, your Economy, and your World was a house. Imagine that it was an historical mansion in a large, privileged family on a fine property - rich with good land, good water and natural resources that your ancestors originally acquired through surreptitious means.

Imagine that the mansion and estate has serious structural problems that accumulated over many years. The reasons are complex.

There is enormous distrust within the family. As the vigor of the generations dissipated, expenses rose and numerous members have turned to activities that are unproductive at best, or fraudulent and criminal at worst.

Those in charge of family finances were highly distrustful of the collective family intelligence and wisdom, and have mortgaged the estate and cut reinvestment in infrastructure to liquidate as much capital as possible to reinvest abroad - albeit in hidden legal forms. They have engaged in numerous criminal activities, including ones that had significantly harmed the neighborhood economy.

Almost no one in the family objected as allowances continued to be funded, even increased and promises continued to be made. As long as everyone was getting his or her check, most everyone was willing to ignore the deterioration of the real human and physical assets and equity on the family balance sheet. They were also willing to ignore the harm done to their neighbors.

The occasional relative who demanded a financial accounting of what was happening, or was not satisfied with petty bribes of various kinds, was sent packing or to work abroad, or even occasionally dealt with in a way that we pretend never happens - they developed diseases, were admitted to mental institutes, were said to have committed suicide or just disappeared.

So now the day has come when the deterioration in the management of the estate, the growing debt, the structural problems in the mansion and the diminution of the family trusts has necessitated a dramatic reduction in allowances.

The house, the assets, the wealth is slowly burning away. Find out where it all began, where we are now, and where the Fiscal Cliff is leading us here.

 

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