Monday, August 8, 2011

CNBC Hysterics

This morning's CNBC features Jim Cramer, of all people, calling for "bold" action by the ECB (European Central Bank). This is so absurb, it makes you wonder if Cramer is paying attention.

The world is drowning in sovereign debt and Cramer wants the ECB to step up and buy debt, effectively print money, and permit the current absurdity to continue unabated.

It's time for these countries to take their medicine. Yes, it will be painful, but not nearly as painful as it will become if nothing is done. Ditto for the US.

Forget about the immediate impact upon the stock market. That is totally irrelevant.

It is time to face the facts. The government spending in the western economies cannot be sustained. Period. Blame Standard and Poor. Blame the ECB. Blame the Tea Party. Blame whoever you want.

But, facts are facts. The western economies will ultimately default one way or another. The sooner they begin to do workouts and reduce their government spending, the sooner their economies can begin the process of real economic recovery.

Don't listen to the silly folks who are focused on where stocks may or may not trade today, this week, this month, or this year. That doesn't matter.

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