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Well, if we follow the body of evidence leading from September of '08 all the way to now and asked one simple question, this is what we would come up with:
Banks are closing, Chrysler is bankrupt, we've taken huge losses in retail, we have no manufacturing, 401k's are still at risk and many are losing value. China is waging a very intelligent and strategic attack on our finances by attempting to debase the dollar. All but 3 States are going broke, and bond markets are not looking good in the future as debt begins to mount.
Where's the money coming from?
The only money flowing is from the Federal government who is propping these industries up, and paying for the continuing of failed foreign policy in IOUs. Of course this is manipulation. One would have to be an idiot to believe that negative production can produce profits. This is a short term spike and it will not last, especially when inflation gets out of hand.
You're not the only one who has posed this question. There's alot of high profile people who are having the same basic problem. The profits are somehow there but the production and recovery are most certainly not...If recovery is no longer a prerequisite to profits then I have no idea what planet I'm on that math like this makes sense.
I've honestly dismissed this entire game as idiocy the second I started talking to car people--that only occurred to me this morning, which is either really super-enigmatic to you or you're starting to feel the bandaid come off.
I'm gonna make one last stab at this: who knows! I dismissed bank of America as lunatics about eight months ago and I seem to understand the world then, but now, either lunatics are in the game, I don't know where they're playing. I've tried for the last three hours to communicate with Bank of America on the TV because apparently either I've gotten off the bus in Crazy Town, but I'm much happier just trying to get them to speak to me in five words or less.