ECB: Cheap Oil Is the Problem, Not Iran’s Nukes

If the European Central Bank (ECB) is to be believed, the biggest threat from the Middle East is not Iran getting nukes, it’s Saudi oil.

What’s the big deal?  Saudis have had a cushy lifestyle for decades, thanks to their oil production, but U.S. fracking is making the U.S. practically oil independent and that’s cramping the Saudis’ lifestyle, so the country has turned on the tap, producing more oil, which lowers prices, which makes it less profitable for American companies to use fracking techniques to drill for oil.

Unfortunately, lower oil prices have made it difficult for central bankers to increase the rate of inflation, which has this goal-oriented group in a snit.  OMG!!!

Not to worry.  Oil prices jumped a whopping 27% last week, in spite of Saudi vows to continue current production levels, in part based on the announcement that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet this week with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to discuss “possible mutual steps” to stabilize oil prices.

Apparently, central bankers missed that news, because when the ECB met last week, inflation was the focus. 

Low Inflation Is the Problem

How many people do you know who are worried that the rate of inflation is too low?

If you know anyone who thinks the most important step forward for today’s tepid economy is to raise the inflation rate to 2%, there’s about a 100% chance that person is a central banker.

Central bankers are the folks who have been running the economy in recent years and, based on their logic (or, more accurately, illogic), it’s a wonder there still is an economy.

Everything wrong with the U.S. economy today is even worse in Europe.  Unemployment has been so high, it’s as if every month is August.  For the Eurozone as a whole, the Read more