CBS: How Close Are We to Another Great Depression?

1936 Dust Bowl, South Dakota


CBS News reported the following:

17 July 2012

How close are we to a new Great Depression?

The risk of a new depression — a sustained, severe recession — has struck fear into the heart of markets and driven monetary policy in developed economies since the current financial crisis began.

“We’re in a very unfortunate position to be here,” Richard Duncan, author of The New Depression, warned on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” Monday.

“When we broke the link between money and gold, this removed all constraints on credit creation. This explosion of credit created the world we live in, but it now seems that credit cannot expand any further because the private sector is incapable of repaying the debt it has already, and if credit begins to contract, there’s a very real danger that we will collapse into a new Great Depression,” he argued.

“If this credit bubble pops, the depression could be so severe that I don’t think our civilization could survive it.”

The Great Depression started with a stock market crash in 1929 and then had complicating factors like the dust bowl problems that went from at least Oklahoma to the Dakotas.

The current recession essentially seemed to be triggered by a financial crisis in September 2008.  And now there are massive droughts in the USA and other parts of the world (actually, Southern Iraqis are blaming the USA and the West for the drought that they are having per

On the financial side, notice also the following:

IMF forecast: cloudy, risk of lightning

The world’s becoming a more dangerous place, including for emerging markets. That’s the view of the International Monetary Fund in its latest quarterly reports on the global economy and financial stability.Economic growth prospects have slowed while “risks to financial stability have increased” since the Fund’s last pronouncements…But after many years of rapid credit growth, watch out for bubbles and bad debt, says the IMF, although it uses somewhat more diplomatic language…Plenty of gloom and doom, then, in both reports.

Now while the above article used “weather-related” terms, it never mentioned the weather, mainly just debt.

The debt situations in Europe, the USA, and UK are serious. They are starting to result in changes in those societies, and many of those changes will ultimately not be good. Americans do not realize that for the last four decades that they have been spending their assets and getting into debt to finance their lifestyles–and that nation has even if not all individuals have. But as that nation continues to print currency, eventually all who continue to depend on the USA dollar will suffer when it becomes worthless; and the same can be said of the British pound. And the value of the euro is likely to continue to fluctuate as debt, austerity, and more civil unrest are likely to shake investors confidence in that partially fragile union (cf. Daniel 2:41-43).

Now, I would again like to mention weather.  Although the economic crisis of 2008 was not triggered by weather, weather problems have the potential to cause poverty, food shortages, and more serious problems than the financial issues that have been presented the past few years.  Weather problems, combined with soaring debt, have the potential to severely hurt the USA.  And as far as the weather goes, notice two headlines from the past few days: 2012 Drought Declared USA’s Largest Ever Natural Disaster and  Worst-in-generation drought dims U.S. farm economy hopes.

Weather problems, as well as economic ones, seem to be part of the “troubles” that Jesus predicted would be part of the beginning of sorrows (Mark 13:8)–a time that we now seem to be in (this is a time that precedes the Great Tribulation).

We in the genuine Philadelphia remnant of the Church of God believe that we must strive to fulfill Jesus’ statements He made about gospel proclamation in scriptural passages such as Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20. And now is the time for people to take spiritual and physical action as time is getting shorter.

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