January 27, 2014
To: Mary Jo White Chairwoman
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549
From: John W. White
2804 Fenwick Lane
Plano, TX 75093
This is a followup to my whistleblower letter dated January 8, 2014 which I include within this letter. I have not heard back so I have created a further commentary that details the "devastating distortion" that has occurred in our U.S. Financial System by the use of inappropriate accounting. This commentary, titled "Chaos in the U.S. Financial System" which is attached to this email quantifies the distortion caused by the use of Cash Accounting versus the more appropriate GAAP Accounting and Fiscal GAAP Accounting. This commentary is also posted on my www.usaponzi.com website as Financial System Chaos.
I respectfully request that the SEC take action to insure that we start using an appropriate accounting methodology for our Federal Government financial reporting.
Original whistleblower letter dated January 8, 2014
I am a Whistleblower!
I contend that the fiscal policy of the Government of the United States of America is corrupt and fraudulent! By using Cash Accounting to assess and report our financial condition the Federal Government has been able to conceal from most people in the U.S. and the rest of the world just how much in debt we truly are. We must begin using an accounting system that reflects our true financial health.
I contend that every Member of Congress and every senior member of the Administration should be indicted on fraud and corruption charges if they vote for or support any financial budget that is based on our current Cash Accounting methodology.
I contend that the U.S. Government has been using this fraudulent accounting since Fiscal Year 1969 to assess and report the financial condition of the U.S. Government. By using simple Cash Accounting to report our annual deficit and our financial liabilities the U.S. Government is misleading anyone that chooses to invest in U.S. Treasuries. Further, this fraudulent accounting is misleading the U.S. citizenry that is counting on receiving the social benefits and pension payments that the Federal Government is promising. Further many individuals and corporate entities are making their own financial commitments based on the assumption that the United States Government will be able to meet these currently promised financial commitments.
It is clear to me that the Government has made commitments to citizens and to corporate entities that cannot possibly be met with the current flow of funds from tax revenues and is concealing this by using Cash Accounting. Ever since the U.S. Government converted to the “Unified Budget” for Fiscal Year 1969 and made the choice to continue to use Cash Accounting, the Government has been operating a massive Ponzi scheme that has, according to most reasonable assessments, created Unfunded Liabilities (based on GAAP Accounting) on the order of $76 Trillion in addition to the currently reported Cash Debt of $17.2 Trillion.
I would like to get an explanation from the Federal Government as to how the Government plans to meet the commitments that are represented by this total Obligation of $93.2 Trillion.
Debt $17.2 Trillion
Unfunded Liabilities $76 Trillion
Obligation $93.2 Trillion
(As of January 1, 2014)
I have created a website www.usaponzi.com that analyzes this Ponzi scheme and makes projections as to what might happen when this Ponzi scheme implodes. This website provides a spreadsheet model of the U.S. Government financials for the next ten years that includes both Cash Accounting and GAAP Accounting assessments of our financial health.
This GAAP Accounting assessment of our financial condition uses the accounting methodology that the Government itself requires that companies use to report their financial condition and shows our GAAP deficit to be over $6 Trillion when our Government reported Cash deficit is about $700 Billion.
How is it possible that arguably the most important entity in the world can continue to utilize this inappropriate accounting methodology to represent its financial condition and do so for now over 45 years?
It is further my contention that we will see a cascade of personal and corporate crises when the Federal Government finally acknowledges that it is unable to meet the financial commitments and subsidies that the Government is currently promising. This could be a catastrophe of epic proportions that could be mitigated to some degree by prompt action by the Congress to reduce these promises to sustainable levels. It will be traumatic at the very least but continuing to perpetrate this Ponzi scheme will only make the implosion, when it does happen, even that much more traumatic.
To address the impact of this problem on future generations, there is now an effort underway to bring a bipartisan bill (The INFORM ACT) to Congress that proposes the use of fiscal gap and generational accounting for assessing and reporting our fiscal health.
The INFORM ACT is a bipartisan bill introduced, in the Senate, by Senator Kaine (Democrat from Virginia) and Senator Thune (Republican from South Dakota) and co-sponsored by Senator Coons (Democrat from Delaware) and Senator Portman (Republican from Ohio). Congressman Cooper (Democrat from Tennessee) and Congressman Shock (Republican from Illinois) have introduced the bill in the House.
The INFORM ACT requires the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the General Accountability Office (GAO), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to do fiscal gap and generational accounting on an annual basis to assess the sustainability of fiscal policy and measure, on a comprehensive basis, the fiscal obligations facing our children and future generations. The ACT also permits Congress to request fiscal gap accounting and generational accounting to evaluate major proposed changes to fiscal policy.
The website www.theinformact.org provides information regarding this act.
Making a change of this magnitude in our financial reporting will require significant endorsement of the need for the change by distinguished stakeholders and a thorough education of the U.S. citizenry. This website has already started that process by getting the endorsement of over 1000 economists including 15 Nobel Laureates in Economics.
We have a U.S. Economy that is riding on the full faith and credit of the Federal Government and we are essentially in debt by $93 Trillion (GAAP basis) and by $205 Trillion (Fiscal Gap basis) with an income stream of currently about $2.8 Trillion per year to both pay our current bills and to service this debt. Our current Cash Accounting methodology does not appropriately reflect the magnitude of this current liability. As is evident by this Fiscal Gap assessment the "virtual interest" on our "virtual debt" is more than twice as big as our "real" income.
The further complication will be that by taking the actions necessary to resolve this issue we will dramatically reduce our economic activity which will in turn reduce that real income stream. But we really have no choice as we must assess and report properly before we can truly fix the problem.
This problem must be communally accepted by Congress and the U.S. citizenry but prompt action by Congress to consider and approve the INFORM ACT is essential to getting the United States of America on a sustainable fiscal path.
I feel that it is incumbent on the Securities and Exchange Commission to treat the U.S. Government just as it would any other entity and require that the U.S. Government use an appropriate accounting methodology.
Do you agree?
Will you support The INFORM Act?
Will you take the appropriate action in your role as Chairperson of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to seek the necessary changes in our Government's accounting to accurately reflect our financial condition?
John W. White
Retired Information Technology Executive
2804 Fenwick Lane
Plano, TX 75093