The idea of the U.S. dollar collapsing in the way it's being thought of today, would have been unheard of in times past. Sure, we've had times of steep inflation where it was dollar was devalued, but nothing like the perfect storm approaching us now.
We have everything from the many variables connected to the economy, foreign governments eyeing the dollar suspiciously for the first time, low interest rates, U.S. Treasury bonds about to burst, China slowly moving out of U.S. dollars (selling bonds), out of control government bailouts, more government bailouts, increased socialization of American economy, and finally, the misguided idea of the dollar printing presses running day and night to provide the money to deal with all of this.
This doesn't include the bloated budgets needed to handle the ongoing policies of FDR - which President Barack Obama foolishly has asserted he's going to continue and expand - like social security and medicare, which will skyrocket even more on a yearly basis as baby boomers swarm into their retirement years.
We have to understand the U.S. dollar can collapse in a number of ways, and it's not always obvious that it has, especially with its ultimate enemy: inflation. But there's no way inflation isn't going to come, as the promises and misguided policies of politicians hoping to hold on to their government positions, ensures the printing presses will continue to run, and also ensures the dollar will buy much less. This is the type of collapse that hides what's really happening and the cause, as most people don't understand the direct correlation between printing hoards of money and the consequential devaluing of the dollar ... or any currency for that matter.
The reason America's been able to get away with pushing the limits with this has primarily been the acquisition of U.S. Treasury bonds by China. China is now abandoning that strategy and moving its money elsewhere. That means with China no longer financing the U.S. economy, America will have to look for financing elsewhere. Where would that be, as no other country is going to buy up an asset like the U.S. dollar when it could be on the verge of collapse.
There is no other recourse for the Federal Reserve (in their minds) but to keep the printing presses running. It doesn't occur to government leaders that they have no power in these affairs, and the real answer should be to downsize government, along with its unrealistic programs it offers citizens to buy their votes and generate dependence upon them.
One unfortunate side effect of this is people could remain in the dark if they don't understand that printing money will weaken the dollar and push the prices of goods and services up. If they don't understand this, we'll be doomed to repeat the fiasco again and again, as we continue to follow the same strategies and make the same mistakes.
China Using Yuan instead of Dollars in Transactions
China has already said it will allow its yuan to be used internally for settlement in some of its riches provinces:
"China will allow the yuan to be used for settlement between Guangdong Province and the Yangtze River Delta, China's two economic powerhouses, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, according to the central bank.
"Meanwhile, exporters in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province in southwestern China will be allowed to use the yuan to settle trade payments with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
"Those moves are expected to facilitate overseas trade, as Chinese exporters might face losses if they continue to be paid in US dollars..."
Putting the inevitable inflation scenario aside (which will happen, it's only a matter of degree) we could have a more robust slaughter of the dollar, based on the other numerous factors we've mentioned above.
If China decided to take drasic measures and sell a lot of their Treasurys, that would put tremendous downward pressure on the value of the dollar, while there's also the real possibility of OPEC, and others, deciding to get out of US securities as well, again, making America's only choice to print more money to pay off its debts and faulty social programs.
Another important part of the economic puzzle is that China has obviously been the primary provider of inexpensive goods to American consumers. So even though the U.S. has pressured China to increase the value of the yuan, the result would be higher prices of goods for Americans, which would end up causing even more pain. A perfect storm ending with the collapse of the U.S dollar?
Many financial and economic experts have told government officials they needed to stay out of the economy and just let things run their course. Past experience has shown that government interference makes things worse, not better, for the economy.
So will the U.S dollar collapse in 2009? It's a very real possibility. We have a perfect storm of variables that could together bring the dollar down to emerging markets status.