Mish Shedlock Comes Out Swinging on: State of Illinois, Public Pensions and Greece

By: Gordon Long & Mike Shedlock | Thu, Jun 18, 2015
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30 Minute VIDEO

Financial Repression


State of Illinois & City of Chicago - Never Ending Financial Obfuscation

Unfunded pension Liabilities for Illionois Public retirement Systems

From Seven Illinois cities, to the City of Chicago, to the State of Illinois, Public Pensions are bringing the proud 'Land of Lincoln' to its "financial knees"!

Decades of politically expedient l promises and over generous Public Pension concessions to appease powerful public unions have left all levels of government with few financial alternatives. Many are now be forced to consider bankruptcy.

The Fourth Financial Repression Pillar of "Obfuscation" has been the practiced tactic for some time which has camouflaged this cancer. This obfuscation involved many clever accounting games which according to Mish Shedlock:

"Illinois' Pension Plans are funded on average something like 39% and of course that creates a conflict of interest after judges have ruled on Pension Plans. The courts ruled that a bill Governor Rauner signed is unconstitutional and now sends things back to the drawing board. That (the bill) was supposed to save Illinois about $2B per year. Judges were in on it, Actuaries were in on it, the Rating Agencies - everyone was in on it."

"Moody's cut Chicago's rating to junk. The City of Chicago promptly removed Moody's from rating its bonds and instead hired another third party to rate its bonds. This is "rate shop whoring" and that is what I call it! The same process goes on with "actuarial whoring" because no city wants to admit that their pensions are as underfunded as they are!"

"Many of the pensions allow workers to retire at 50 after putting in 20 years of service, or whatever the requirement was. What do they do? They retire, collect their pension and then go to work for another government agencies and accrue benefits for yet another pension! - The whole system is untenable!"

"The taxpayers in Cook County are paying 50% of the tax revenues - not for services - instead it goes towards interest and pension obligations!"

... and it's Steadily Getting Worse!

Chicago Pension Payments


Soaring State Taxes - Sacrosanct Public Pensions Are Forcing Increased State Taxes

State Taxes

Local Property Rax Increases

"To shore up Chicago's Pension System they would have to hike Illinois property taxes by approximately 50%. - My (Mish's) property taxes are already $14K/year!"

City, Local & Town Taxes in America are about Property Taxes. We can expect to see and explosion going forward in property taxes to pay unfunded public pensions.

Property Taxes by State

Could this be a potential Death Knell For Real Estate Prices?

Could this trigger a collapse in 'Tax Free' Muni Bond Values?


Greek Crisis has Come to a head - Public Service Pensions A Major Sticking Point

"You have to actually wonder if the Greek Government is giving Greeks time to get their money out of the banks - only the dumb money is now left?"

....and much, much more in this fast paced 30 minute Video.

 


 

Gordon Long

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Gordon T. Long has been publically offering his financial and economic writing since 2010, following a career internationally in technology, senior management & investment finance. He brings a unique perspective to macroeconomic analysis because of his broad background, which is not typically found or available to the public.

Mr. Long was a senior group executive with IBM and Motorola for over 20 years. Earlier in his career he was involved in Sales, Marketing & Service of computing and network communications solutions across an extensive array of industries. He subsequently held senior positions, which included: VP & General Manager, Four Phase (Canada); Vice President Operations, Motorola (MISL - Canada); Vice President Engineering & Officer, Motorola (Codex - USA).

After a career with Fortune 500 corporations, he became a senior officer of Cambex, a highly successful high tech start-up and public company (Nasdaq: CBEX), where he spearheaded global expansion as Executive VP & General Manager.

In 1995, he founded the LCM Groupe in Paris, France to specialize in the rapidly emerging Internet Venture Capital and Private Equity industry. A focus in the technology research field of Chaos Theory and Mandelbrot Generators lead in the early 2000's to the development of advanced Technical Analysis and Market Analytics platforms. The LCM Groupe is a recognized source for the most advanced technical analysis techniques employed in market trading pattern recognition.

Mr. Long presently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, continuing the expansion of the LCM Groupe's International Private Equity opportunities in addition to their core financial market trading platforms expertise. GordonTLong.com is a wholly owned operating unit of the LCM Groupe.

Gordon T. Long is a graduate Engineer, University of Waterloo (Canada) in Thermodynamics-Fluid Mechanics (Aerodynamics). On graduation from an intensive 5 year specialized Co-operative Engineering program he pursued graduate business studies at the prestigious Ivy Business School, University of Western Ontario (Canada) on a Northern & Central Gas Corporation Scholarship. He was subsequently selected to attend advanced one year training with the IBM Corporation in New York prior to starting his career with IBM.

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