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LEAP 2020 - USA 2012/2016: An insolvent and ungovernable country

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posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 12:34 PM
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I've been reading along with the european site, so far pretty accurate in calling out in advance what is to come. Some of what they forecast is the obvious, but the US Media stubbornly focuses on stories that are hopey-changey.

Here are a few select extracts:

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- Public announcement GEAB N°60 (December 16, 2011)

As announced in previous GEABs, in this issue our team presents its anticipations on the changes in the United States for the period 2012-2016. This country, the epicentre of the global systemic crisis and pillar of the international system since 1945, will go through a particularly tragic in its history during these five years. Already insolvent it will become ungovernable bringing about, for Americans and those who depend on the United States violent and destructive economic, financial, monetary, geopolitical and social shocks. If the United States today is already very different from the "super-power" of 2006, the year the first GEAB was published, announcing the global systemic crisis and the end of the all-powerful US, the changes we anticipate for the 2012-2016 period are even more important, and will radically transform the country's institutional system, its social fabric and its economic and financial weight.
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...The future of the USA - 2012-2016: An insolvent and ungovernable United States

In this issue, our team therefore gives its anticipations regarding the future of the United States for the 2012-2016 period. We recall that since 2006 and the first GEAB issues, LEAP/E2020 described the global systemic crisis as a phenomenon characterizing the end of the world as we know it since 1945, marking the collapse of the American pillar on which this world order has rested for nearly seven decades. Since 2006, we had identified the period 2011-2013 as that during which the “Dollar Wall” on which the power of the United States sits would fall apart. Summer 2011, with the cut in the United States’ credit rating by S & P, marked an historic turning point and confirmed that the “impossible” (27) was indeed in the process of coming true. Therefore today, it seems essential to provide our subscribers with a clear anticipatory vision of what awaits the “pillar” of the world before the crisis at the point when the crisis moved into “top gear” in summer 2011 (28).

Thus, according to LEAP/E2020, the 2012 election year, which opens against the backdrop of economic and social depression, complete paralysis of the federal system (29), strong rejection of the traditional two-party system and a growing questioning of the relevance of the Constitution, inaugurates a crucial period in the history of the United States. Over the next four years, the country will be subjected to political, economic, financial and social upheaval such as it has not known since the end of the Civil War which, by an accident of history, started exactly 150 years ago in 1861. During this period, the US will be simultaneously insolvent and ungovernable, turning that which was the “flagship” of the world in recent decades into a “drunken boat”.

To make the complexity of the current process understandable, our team has chosen to organize its anticipations around three key areas:

  • US institutional deadlock and the break-up of the traditional two-party system
  • The unstoppable spiral of recession/depression/inflation
  • The breakdown of the US socio-political fabric
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    In fact, the United States ends 2011 in a state of weakness unmatched since the Civil War. They practice no significant leadership at international level. The confrontation between geopolitical blocs is sharpening and they find themselves confronted by almost all the world’s major players: China, Russia, Brazil (and in general almost all of South America) and now Euroland (30). Meanwhile, they cannot control unemployment where the true rate stagnates at around 20% against the backdrop of an unabated and unprecedented reduction in the labour force (which has now fallen to its 2001 level (31)).

    Real estate, the foundation of US household wealth along with the stock market, continues to see prices drop year after year despite desperate attempts by the Fed (32) to facilitate lending to the economy through its zero interest rate policy. The stock market has resumed its downward path artificially interrupted by two Quantitative Easings in 2009 and 2010. US banks, whose balance sheets are much more heavily loaded with financial derivative products than their European counterparts (33), are dangerously approaching a new series of bankruptcies of which MF Global is a but a precursor, indicating the absence of procedural controls or alarms three years after the collapse of Wall Street in 2008 (34).

    Poverty is gradually increasing in the country every day, where one in six Americans now depend on food stamps (35) and one in five children has experienced periods of living on the streets (36). Public services (education, social, police, highways...) have been significantly reduced across the country to avoid city, county, or state bankruptcies. The success with which the revolt of the middle class and the young (TP and OWS) has met is explained by these objective developments. And the coming years will see these trends get worse.

    The weakness of the 2011 US economy and society is, paradoxically, the result of the “rescue” attempts carried out in 2009/2010 (stimulus plans, QE ...) and the worsening of a pre-2008 “normal” situation. 2012 will mark the first year of deterioration from an already badly impaired situation (37).

    SMEs, households, local authorities (38), public services,... have no more “padding” to soften the blow of the recession into which the country has fallen again (39). We anticipated that 2012 would see a 30% drop in the Dollar against major world currencies. In this economy, which imports the bulk of its consumer goods, this will result in a corresponding decrease in US household purchasing power against a backdrop of double-digit inflation.

    The TP and OWS have, therefore, a bright future ahead of them since the wrath of 2011 will become the rage in 2012/2013.


    It's worth getting on their free mailing list.
    edit on 19-12-2011 by Dbriefed because: (no reason given)




    posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 12:46 PM
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    The weakness of the 2011 US economy and society is, paradoxically, the result of the “rescue” attempts carried out in 2009/2010 (stimulus plans, QE ...) and the worsening of a pre-2008 “normal” situation. 2012 will mark the first year of deterioration from an already badly impaired situation (37)


    The robbery of the century. 14 trillions dollars given to institutions billed 'too big to fail" (regardless of the pennies that were paid back), while ignoring the real too big to fail institution - our country. 14 trillion is a gross amount of money that could have been used in a variety of different things that would have actually been a true investment in tax payer money.



    posted on Dec, 29 2011 @ 04:35 PM
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    This is a worthy OP, but most people are not in the mood to consider it. It's too frightening.
    I feel in my gut that we (the US) are headed for worse times. The corporate media cannot be trusted for real news. They only tell us what they want us to know -- much is distorted or entirely hidden.



    posted on Dec, 29 2011 @ 07:58 PM
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    I agree. It's puzzling to watch news reports that people are saying 'good riddance' to 2011 and looking forward to a better economy in 2012.

    We are going to wish for 'good old days of 2011' next year.

    Coming events in 2012 that didn't yet disrupt the economy in 2011
  • Western countries will be in austerity mode
  • Europe is near 'Plan B' of reverting back to old currencies
  • China is looking at a hard landing.

    Coming events in 2012 that didn't yet burden the economy in 2011
  • Saber rattling in the Strait of Hormuz = higher energy prices
  • Governments will need more revenue = higher taxes
  • OWS will demand the 1% pay more tax = higher taxes will trickle down on the poor
  • Obama will ask for repeated $1.7 Trillion debt ceiling increases = No desire for solution to debt crisis, US on the same decision path Greece took



  • posted on Jan, 1 2012 @ 03:57 AM
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    I wouldn't trust the Europeans. They are the ones who have been robbing America blind these last few decades. And sending agents into the US to subvert the Republic.

    If anything I predict by 2020 an alliance between China, Russia and the USA will be at war with a EU, India and UK alliance.

    As a Ron Paul presidency would actually bring the US closer to Russia(and move us away from the EU and the UK), and by proxy even closer to China economically.

    Also the EU and UK seem to be leaning back into their Imperial, rape and pillage weaker nations way's.

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    Well India is the real unknown factor. India could lean into the Ameri-Chinese-Russo sphere, or it could fall into temptation and seek to wiggle into Africa. Then again China might align more closely with the EU and UK as China seems to be pushing more into Africa, but it is usually the late comers who resort to greater violence to acquire land and resources.

    Either way we are probably 8-10 years away from another world war.
    edit on 1-1-2012 by korathin because: (no reason given)




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