Pat Buchanan’s recent attempt to diagnose the sinking dollar demonstrates that ignorance of basic economics is not limited to the Left.
Buchanan points out the plummeting value of the dollar relative to other currencies and major commodities such as gold (up 24% this year) and oil (up over 50% in 12 months). He then declares that “the prime suspect in the death of the dollar is the massive trade deficits America has run up” to “maintain her standard of living and to sustain the American Imperium.” This diagnosis offers a tantalizing glimpse of the truth, yet shatters it with protectionist bromides.
The primary reason for the growth of the $9 trillion federal debt is the so-called “War on Terror,” including the spending on Homeland Security, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Unless you believe these funds averted an economic meltdown due to terrorism, these funds represent a near-total loss. Tanks, bombs, and bureaucratic paper pushers consume vast funds, yet they contribute nothing to the economy, aside from benefiting military contractors. This economic destruction is one of the biggest reasons for the declining dollar. FULL ARTICLE