"People are not truly free when they can’t afford to go to the doctor when they are sick.  They are not truly free when they cannot afford to buy the prescription drugs they so desperately need.   People are not truly free when they are exhausted because they are working longer and longer hours for lower wages.   People are not truly free when they cannot afford a decent place in which to live.  People certainly are not free when they cannot afford to feed their families.

The reason that Congress isn’t doing what the overwhelming majority of Americans want has everything to do with the power of the monied interests.   Let us bring our people together to take on and defeat a ruling class whose greed is destroying our nation.  Our government belongs to each and every one of us, not just the few.”

Bernie Sanders, Response to the SOTU

The Dollar strengthened today and so gold and silver were off a bit.

Stocks were wobbly and finished slightly lower.

The gold analyst Koos Jansen is apparently still too ill to be able to write. His analysis is missed.  He has provided some of the best knowledge about the Asian gold market.  Please remember him in your prayers.   Those of us who seek to find a refuge from modern monetary madness in precious metals do not need to allow ourselves to become heartless and uncaring, without feeling or fellowship with others.   Alas, there is far too much of this uncaring bravado in the financial class. 

The Banks must be restrained, and balance restored to the economy, before there can be any sustainable recovery.

Have a pleasant evening.