Friday, January 30, 2015

I beg to differ...

Re: CAT CEO says strong dollar bad for US economy

Here come US exporters, right on schedule, complaining that a strong national currency is bad for them and for the US economy. Not so. When a nation debases its currency in order to make its exports cheaper to foreigners, the result is not an increase in wealth but a transfer of wealth within a monopolized currency area. In the short run exporters are able to secure resources at current prices; however, the necessary increase in the nation's money supply causes prices to rise. Eventually the exporters' international market advantage vanishes, creating calls for another round of currency debasement. This is a sure path to capital destruction and overall impoverishment. No nation can make others subsidize its economy and increase its wealth by debasing its own currency.


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