SGS is correct to identify the dollar's increasing weakness. I have considered foreign investors selling dollars in the currency markets or foreign central banks selling US Treasuries as likely triggers for hyperinflation, regardless of any change in policy from Washington. A collapse in the dollar's confidence abroad would make asset deflation and dollar hyperinflation occur nearly simultaneously in the US, but I still expect at least a minimal time lag as a panicked policy response attempts to reflate asset markets. The window available for bargain US asset purchases may be as short as a few weeks or as long as a few months.
The lackluster performance of US stock indexes so far in 2014 may be a mere statistical blip, or they may be the latent realization that the Fed's asset pumping has reached its natural limits. I have no confidence in reports of political deals that continue federal deficit spending, because they cannot and will not avoid the fiscal train wreck from unfunded entitlement spending.
I do not share doomsayers' infatuation with gold as the sole textbook hedge against hyperinflation, although I recognize how my continued position in GDX may benefit during the onset of hyperinflation. I continue to examine hard asset hedges for my portfolio. I know what I want to buy and I await desirable prices in the capital markets.