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When will the madness end?
There is an article on Yahoo Finance today citing Larry Summers’ and Paul Krugman’s assertions that the US economy isn’t slow to recover, it’s in a “permanent slump”. They define this as a state where high unemployment and slow growth are the norm.
GorT almost blew a gasket. We have people trying to change science to “post-normal science” where facts are uncertain and now economists defining slow recoveries as “permanent slumps” due to “inadequate demand”. Let’s track through some of the article:
In other words, the main engines of economic spending and growth — consumers, companies, and the government — aren’t spending as much as they could.Krugman highlights one reason for inadequate demand — a slowdown in population growth. Each new American creates both spending power and productive capacity, so the rate of population growth affects the growth rate of the economy. As Krugman points out, population growth has slowed in recent years, in part because of the country’s immigration policies.
Another reason for slack demand is that American consumers, who account for about 70% of the spending in the economy, are now reducing the amount they borrow instead of increasing it as they did for the three decades leading up to the financial crisis.
The answer, Krugman and Summers suggest, is to somehow persuade consumers, businesses, and the government to start spending more aggressively.
Right, because that helped in the early 2000’s. Let me break that apart a bit. Consumers don’t want to spend more aggressively right now because the country’s economic future is uncertain. Jobs are not as stable as they once were, prices for gas are high, returns on safer investments are down (what’s your interest rate?), and they saw what happened to their friends and neighbors who entered more risky lending scenarios for homes. Furthermore, how much is their healthcare insurance going to cost next year? Can you answer that? Businesses are being conservative for similar reasons – get solid footing, get lean and more productive with the people we have, avoid increasing debt, and trry and guess what’s coming next from the government. The government can’t spend more aggressively – it is already borrowing over 46% of its expenditures.
Redefining a problem into a “new normal” doesn’t make it any less of a problem. In fact, all it is doing is drawing attention to the fact that you’d like to avoid the problem and sweep it away. By not focusing on this issue and confronting it head-on, liberals like Krugman aren’t helping. It’s time they got out of the way, shut up, and start bagging groceries for a living instead of spouting off this kind of nonsense.
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