I kind of doubt that. They decidedly have come to overrely on him and completely neglected raising other potential leadership profiles, but Obama doesn't seem to have seized the chance to rise to the top. At least not publicly. He has pretty much vanished after he stepped down. If he's pulling strings, he's doing it form the shadows. Me, I think no one is quite is pulling strings. This neglect regarding new personalities is crippling them, and losing to a literal retard seems to have sent them into tailspin, they completely lack focus. Losing this year's election just might kill the party, even if only to be reborn in a different name.
Maybe it's their new way to poomp? I suppose it might allow for the stonks prices to remain disguised without actually growing like they were with the repo madness. A more sensible way to hide the economic collapse, I guess.
>the real question what will get OPEC to drop the dollar in favor of some other currency. What has to happen for the petrodollar system to break down?
Extremely unlikely. OPEC and America's symbiosis is essential for the latter's dominance and virtually essential for the continued survival of the loathsome Gulf monarchies -- the petrodollar agreements includes their military protection -- and I can't even imagine what it would take for either side to break the deal. Like >>613767
said, it would be a doomsday scenario.