Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bush's America Busted The World

Hantu Laut

As I have said earlier in my article 'American Get Screwed' it is still a big question mark whether the US$700 billion is sufficient to bail out the sick US economy and predicted that the shock waves would hit the shores of other countries soon.It has begun and is only the beginning.The real tsunamis have not started yet.

The domino effect will certainly take place as many of the markets are indirectly links through many of the huge hedge funds that placed their portfolios in the global baskets. Wall Street has always, for some unknown reasons, been the barometer for other markets to follow. It's the triggering mechanism for boom or bust.

It is not the collapse of the stocks markets that is most worrying and one that could cause major catastrophe, it is the banking system that would decide whether we would go into a major financial disaster or not.As long as the banking system is sufficiently liquid the world major economies would be safe.If it is not than a major catastrophe is not a figment of one's imagination.

The collapse of Lehman Brothers was most unexpected and the US government has allowed it to be the sacrificial lamb and sent it to the grave to save some other bigger monsters. The unprecedented major equity taking in AIG by the US government could be a trend of things to come as it implements it rescue plan.The government could end up becoming reluctant shareholders in many major corporations.

In 1979 when the US Congress agreed to bailout Chrysler there were major outcry, protest and objection from the business community and Lee Iacocca ridiculed by the press for his effort to convince Congress.The rescue package was only US$1.5 billion then, not in cash or equity, but in loan guarantees and was paid back by Chrysler ahead of schedule. Today the enormity of the rescue package and the number of companies to be rescued is mind-boggling and nobody blamed or ridiculed George, his Treasury and Federal Reserve for the failure to regulate the banking system.Because they all wanted George Bust to get the money for them so they wouldn't go bust.

The man who now handles the rescue package is Henry Paulson the Treasury Secretary who gave the US$700 billion to a 35-year old wiz-kid from Wall Street to head and manage the rescue plan.

The de-regulation of the of the financial system was the biggest culprit to this messy affairs for which the Bush Administration and his financial regulating arms should take full responsibility.As President he had failed to take action to reverse the laissez-faire and take immediate action to regulate and stop the greed and excesses in the system.

Although it may be too late to lay the blame, the American people should be made to know that they have a President who are more prepared to show the world the military might of the nation by going to wars at the expense of the American taxpayers and the innocent lives of non-American people abroad.

The next US President that carry on the same policy would also fail to arrest the economic problems as what had happened under Bush's policies.He spent more time with the generals than with the economists and failed to see the even bigger danger than Osama Bin Laden and his band of terrorists, the internal threat of a failed economy that can bankrupt the nation.

With banking failures occurring in almost every major economies the doom scenario could only be averted if those governments took immediate measures to save the financial system from breaking down.

The financial meltdown in the West may not necessary affect the Asian financial markets in the presence but would certainly affect the GDP growth in most Asian countries that have huge export bills to the West.The problem that can eventually affect Asian major economies is if the West is unable to recover and its recession turned to depression.

A loss of confidence in the banking system and attempts to taking money out of it by panicky depositors causing serious run on banks in any of the major economies could contagiously spread panic and run on the entire banking system of the world.

By then,the US Government can keep on printing the worthless 'greenback' and bankrupt every nation on this earth.

When that happened, only God and Robert Mugabe can help us.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your phrase 'American Get Screwed' , should be more appropriately rephrase as
" American Screwing the WORLD ".

For any decent American, you ought to be ashamed for democratically chosen a government that practises financial policies which are driving the rest of the world towards monetary anarchism !

The rest of the world are literally BUSHwhacked, and in days to come, poor folks in the developing and the third world would be famished due to American excesses....

Ivan Yong said...

Dear Hantu,

I deeply value your independent and objective thinking.

As far I can understand , US is still the major consumer in the world. And all of us will depend on the US getting their acts right until China become the next biggest consumer in the world. That will take time.

However, on the other hand, I can't help but to say this. Americans deserve it. This has been long overdue.

What is your thought if I say other major power house such as China and Russia will take over and dominate and no longer the US.

Hantu Laut said...

anonymus,

The economy will bounce back but this time maybe the recession will be longer.

Hantu Laut said...

ivan yong,
That is very true.America is very thirsty and hungry nation.It is the biggest consumer of energy and many other things.

I think China would be the next economic power,it could become bigger than the US.Russia may take a while.Much of its wealth are through oil not so much industrial production.

Ivan Yong said...

I on the other hand don't believe there will be a recession.

But definitely a slow down. The Americans will do all they can, and if they can't they will cajole, threatened and all sorts of antics to get the rest of the world to prop them up until they come back.

Malaysia has shown how this can work. As much as people dislike Mahathir, I am proud to say Mahathir did things way ahead of his time.

Malaysia got to where we are because of him.

However, a slow down nonetheless, a protracted slow down of minimal growth if any.

Going to be a while before the good times start rolling again.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts of the Chinese being the replacement for the US as consumers of our goods to keep our factories humming is unrealistic. The US build up too much debt in a consumption binge which kept the world economy going. Ever since the 9/11 attack China was the greatest beneficiary of this policy. I do not think there is any other nation except the US which can put its people in so much debt and yet remain politically viable.

The rest of the world benefited greatly from this game while it lasted. NO ONE wants to be the next engine of growth for the world economy because it means putting your people through much economic hardship when the bubble burst. I do not think China nor India with their huge population base will be mature enough to handle an economic crises on the scale we are seeing in the US.

Most of the people who benefited greatly from selling to the US are now bitching the most. This is particularly true of China. The Chinese had ample time to develop their own local consumer base but they did not. They kept clinging onto the US market until it was too late for many of their manufacturers. On top of that they plowed the money they earn into US Treasury bonds. I am very sure the economist in China knew a long time ago that the consumption game in the US was not sustainable. Dire warnings of the US current account and trade deficits were issued even during Bush's first term in office. No one in Asia was listening. Now, who do you blame here?

It is easy to bash the Yanks when things go wrong and to blame the current economic crises on their consumption binge and the wars they fight. Oh! yes even Malaysia benefits when the US goes to war. We are host to many US electronic firms which manufacture the chips to keep the US forces fighting. All I am saying is the world is now too intertwined for us to point our finger at any one party as the cause of the financial crises we are in today. Will you keep selling to someone who keeps writing cheques to pay for the goods you sell him or her knowing the person has no immediate means of honouring the cheques? Being less of a hypocrite will help us attend to our own weaknesses.