Peter Schiff, commentatore economico e presidente di un’azienda broker del Connecticut, aveva predetto tutto. La crisi dei subprime. La bolla finanziaria. La recessione. Sin dal 2006.
In an August 2006 interview Schiff generated much controversy when he repeated his long-held investment thesis: “The United States economy is like the Titanic and I am here with the lifeboat trying to get people to leave the ship. I see a real financial crisis coming for the United States.” On May 16, 2006 in debate on Fox News, Schiff accurately forecast that the U.S. housing market was a bubble that would soon burst. On December 13, 2007 in a Bloomberg interview on the show Open Exchange, Schiff further added that he felt that the crisis would extend to the credit card lending industry.
Il video (dieci min ben spesi) mostra alcuni dei suoi interventi e le facce divertite degli altri commentatori, che lo ritengono, probabilmente, un folle. E cosa pensa Schiff del futuro?
In his January 14, 2009 radio show, Schiff discussed moving out of cities in anticipation of rising crime rates, food shortages, fuel shortages, and rolling blackouts. He also mentioned the need for families to stock up on guns and ammunition as a part of what he expects. This quasi-survivalist stance demonstrates how serious he expects the unfolding economic downturn will be.
Anche qui in Italia parecchi illustri commentatori ci misero in guardia dalla follia di un uomo. Ma gli Italiani, ahimè, non diedero loro (sufficiente) retta.