The Decline & Fall of the United States on Schedule


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong;

I read your essay on the 224 year cycle and the peak in the United States would occur April 22, 2013. That was the start of Obama’s Syrian invasion argument. I must say, I am blown away with the accuracy of your work. I read an article in the newspaper here that highlighted this event as the decline of America as a world power. Can you explain how or why your models are so refined? From that target all you read about now outside the United States is how America is collapsing as a world power on every front from China, Europe, and Russia.

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Anyone That Believes That Collapsing Oil Prices Are Good For The Economy Is Crazy

Are much lower oil prices good news for the U.S. economy?  Only if you like collapsing capital expenditures, rising unemployment and a potential financial implosion on Wall Street.  Yes, lower gasoline prices are good news for the middle class.  I certainly would rather pay two dollars for a gallon of gas than four dollars.  But in order to have money to fill up your vehicle you have got to have an income first.  And since the last recession, the energy sector has been the number one creator of good jobs in the U.S. economy by far.  Barack Obama loves to stand up and take credit for the fact that the employment picture in this country has been improving slightly, but without the energy industry boom, unemployment would be through the roof.  And now that the “energy boom” is rapidly becoming an “energy bust”, what will happen to the struggling U.S. economy as we head into 2015?

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More Americans Stashing Cash in Home Safes

Pessimists like precious metals collector Don Magnus, though, aren’t looking for toys; they want their safes to be simple, bulky and Armageddon-ready. “I’m worried about the banks crashing,” says Magnus, who’s keeping his stash of gold and silver bullion in a $200 home safe, bolted to the concrete floor of his basement. By his estimate, gold will climb to $5,000 an ounce, and in a financial panic, consumers won’t get access to their bank accounts for a “long period of time, if ever.” After a nasty one-two punch in recent years — a bad hurricane near his home, then the financial crisis — North Carolina contractor Pat Brabble spent $9,500 on two plain but very large safes, including one “you could fit five people in,” he says. The safes hold gold, silver and cash totaling about $7,000 in value, Brabble says. He’s also holding on to about 50 bottles of Jack Daniels. “I don’t drink,” he says, but “if things do fall apart, I’ve got something I can trade with.”

That said, the pros in the field generally agree that you’re better off safe than sorry — and that many folks are more likely to use a safe if it’s attractive. Which is precisely the way Zani, the safe collector and dealer, feels about the vault in which he stores his “mad money” (about equal to a house payment or two). It’s a safe he considers a true work of art: an 1867 model with a hand-painted exterior covered in 22-karat gold leaf. Zani estimates the safe is worth $10,000. But it’s also a mini-fortress, protecting his stuff behind nine layers of steel plate. (The door alone weighs 500 pounds.) “It’s the difference,” he says, “between buying a Lexus and buying a Dodge Dart.”

Full article: More Americans Stashing Cash in Home Safes (Smart Money)