I think I like the loop quantum idea but without the quantum part. I can't believe inflation any more than I believe quantum (sub-atomic) particles can defy general relativity. Nothing moves faster than the speed of light... but it is not a constant. The speed of light was initially infinite at the moment of the big bang. It has gradually slowed EQUALLY across the visible universe to the speed it appears to us now. Check again in a million years and it will be slower than it is now, but since our reference of existence is dependant of what we see it would in fact appear the same as time would slow at the same rate. Only an omnipotent immortal being could discern the variation. This does not mean that light which has been travelling for millions of years has slowed in relation to light emitted today, it means that all light is slowing down in a uniform manner. Space-time is not expanding, but rather the time factor is slowing, causing space to appear larger over time, hence the misunderstanding that the universe is expanding faster. Just keep one simple fact in mind... it's all relative.