Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hard to believe.

Illinois has promised $166 billion in retiree health insurance benefits to public-sector workers over the next 38 years. Actuaries say the state should have $73 billion invested today so it can safely make those payments in the future. The problem is, the state hasn’t set aside anything at all.
"Illinois' Other Debt Disaster: $73 Billion Unfunded State Retiree Health Benefits." By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, ZeroHedge, 12/5/18.



Why does my early essay come to mind?

The crash. It can't be stopped. The question is not IF, but WHEN, HOW BAD, and HOW LONG? And, in parallel, what other actors in the world will take advantage?

Col. B. Bunny said...

That's a great essay. No one seems to want to understand the seriousness of the problem. When theft is your top priority rather than providing real political leadership based on dealing with facts you can assume that all is lost. The very LATEST federal spending bill (certainly not a "budget" measure) involved huge new spending. State of the art insanity. Ryan was supposed to be this tremendous expert on spending but as far as I can tell he was most interested in experimenting with growing a beard.

Oh WELL. Solzhenitsyn spoke of the "pitiless crowbar of events" in store for people who won't deal with reality. We must all brace ourselves because blind fate will provide our new direction, not political leadership.



Thank you. Been kicking around a second one... amongst others. (And juggling trying to start a business as a SJW princess cost me my last job.)

People ask me when I think I'll retire. The truth is: never. The economy will crash before I get to that age (even assuming I can put money away to do it).

There's a terrible thing here: people don't WANT to believe it can happen. They REJECT, a priori, any suggestion that it can. When I say that the federal budget ENDS in 2027 or earlier, they're like "What do you mean?" as though it never crosses their minds that our debt load could get so large BAD THINGS can happen.

My late father collected paper money; I sold off most of it but had framed a 50,000,000 Deutche Mark - Weimar era - as a reminder of what happens when the government runs the presses.

It's coming.