On Monday May 7, 2012, Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain, was a guest on the Real Estate 360 Live radio show on The Big Talker 1580 WHFS AM, hosted by Ryan Sloper.
Listen to the show.
Part 1 (14:54)
Ryan discusses the issues in Europe relating to the Euro and austerity plans. Louis notes that austerity is always difficult and notes the Austrian economists make the analogy that liquidating debt is painful and is like withdrawal from heroin but it needs to be done.
Politicians and populations given the choice will avoid the pain of austerity and kick the can down the road. Louis notes that the US is in a similar situation with politicians not advocating spending cuts but rather just a slow down in the rate of growth of spending. Louis notes that Ron Paul is the exception and has proposed $1 trillion worth of cuts in the first year of his administration.
Louis notes that Ron Paul is only promising freedom and liberty and is not promising benefits or increased government support which get politicians votes. Louis notes that a majority of the population is a recipient of government spending. Louis notes that Ron Paul will be holding hearings to End The Fed this week.
Louis notes that the bulk of US spending doesn’t come from tax receipts but from the issuance of debt that the Fed buys. Ending the fed would not be popular with big government types because it would mean that money would not be available to fund government programs. Ryan notes when there is trouble in Europe there is a “flight to safety” in US securities which drives interest rates down.
Louis doesn’t think there will be any discussion in the US to cut spending, unless Ron Paul ends up in the limelight challenging Romney. Louis does not think QE3 will happen prior to the election. Louis and Ryan discuss how the unemployment rate is calculated.