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This week, we are in the European Union, here to observe the European economic crisis from a front row seat. What we found was even more disturbing than we expected.


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The Olympics are in full swing, but you get the sense they are like the Roman Circuses of old. The purposes of the games are to distract the citizenry from the misery of their governance.

One Englishman explained their predicament to me like this: “First they told us this was the worst recession since the early 1980′s, and then they told us that it was the worst recession since the 1970′s, and then they told us it was the worst recession since World War II. Now they are telling us here in Britain that it is as bad as the Great Depression.”

He then went on to explain, “We feel fortunate here in Britain because in the Ireland, Spain, and Greece, people are starting to go hungry.” We could hardly believe our ears. On the continent of Europe, the economic crisis is so difficult that hunger is the result for the first time since World War II.

The economic problems we face are beyond the ability of politicians to solve. Since the economic crisis began in 2008, every three months on average, the political establishment in America and Europe has announced some type of bailout or economic rescue operation. What the politicians fail to recognize is that each successive bailout is like the heroin that lures and destroys the addict. At first, a small amount of heroin can provide the fix, but with each successive high, the addict needs more of the drug. It is the same with the bailouts. Each one is bigger than the next, and none ever heal the patient but end up making him worse. Instead, the economy has become hooked on the drug of lower interest rates and greater injections of liquidity. But in 2012, the finances of the governments involved, the Central Banks engaged, and finally the banks considered too big to fail only have continued to deteriorate.

It is never pleasant to say we told you so, but regular readers of this column know that we have been predicting the failure of the bailouts since the entire first endeavor to fix the problem was announced in 2008 by George W. Bush.

In America (as in Europe), our elected leaders (Republican or Democrat) are powerless against the storms that are buffeting our economy. We find ourselves astonished that any individual (be he Ben Bernanke, Barack Obama, or European Central Bank President Mario Draghi) would be so arrogant as to believe their actions can solve the problems. The business cycle of boom and bust is largely created by governments and central banks, and only time will heal the pain these institutions created (and only after they cease their misguided attempts to control everything.) In his most excellent book titled Human Action, the greatest voice of Austrian Economic theory, Ludwig von Mises, sums it up this way: “there is no way to avoid the collapse of a credit boom — and that more credit expansion simply destroys the currency.”

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