Skip to comments.Paul Krugman: Economy under Obama in a Depression
Posted on 06/11/2012 9:27:14 AM PDT by Nachum
Economist Paul Krugman had bad news for liberals Netroots Nation on Saturday. During his keynote speech the New York Times columnist admitted that the United States economy was suffering a depression. "We don't have a formal definition, I'd say that a Depression is when things are down, when things are terrible for an extended period of time," Krugman said, reminding them that were even "official" periods of recovery during the Great Depression. "So it is again today," he said. "It's not as bad as the Great Depression - there's a winning slogan," he added cynically.
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Been in a coma?....Just wake up, Paul?..........
Recession = when your neighbor is unemployed.
Depression = when you’re unemployed.
I have never believed a word Krugman said in the past, why should I start now?
I contend that the term “Nobel” in front of the word “prize” has the worth of a two-day old roadkill - if the prize is associated with something other than science.
My two prime examples: Kook Krugman and the Cretin-in-Chief have received prizes and both are demonstrably sub par in intelligence and achievement.
WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION... WE HAVE BEEN IN A DEPRESSION AND WE MAY NEVER CLIMB OUR WAY OUT OF DEPRESSION.
Don’t forget Mr. Chakra himself:
Algore has a Nobel too.
“’It’s not as bad as the great depression’ isn’t a great campaign slogan...”
Why isn’t it as bad as the great depression? What’s different this time around? Why, we didn’t let the market crash. We didn’t let things go down, we supported them, kept everything with it’s nose above water.
That’s great for those on the risky end of the curve for investments. We sneer sometimes at those in the pool of investment who have been lifted up to keep them from drowning.
Only problem is: They did it by flooding the market. The water’s rising for all of us, and there’s nothing left to ‘lift’ us up. We can’t ‘switch on the great works’ economy generator as we didn’t let all the inefficient companies die. We didn’t have wholesale culling of the union fed public employee unions - opening that market to lower wages and more employment, so that’s another anchor around our necks.
If Washington tomorrow decided to spend a trillion dollars to ‘bootstrap’ the economy, all that would happen is the same bad companies would get the same contracts they would have gotten before, only it’s being called stimulus now.
We have to let things get worse before they can have any hope of getting better. It means killing the beast called ‘public employee union’, it means culling out benefits, and returning welfare to where it belongs, a private social program run by service groups, including that embarrassment of standing in line for hours for free food.
We have to give people a reason to want to make things better. Or this slow flooding of the market will drown each and every one of us.
Who are your favorite Congressmen?
You may be giving up but not this Patriot!!
...and a recovery is when Obama loses his!!!
Go blind squirrel, go!
Worst is spousal benefits for retirement - hello? Can you be just a tiny bit less obvious in your embezzlement?
I'd love to see Congress actually reformed.
1) Members of Congress must maintain their primary residence in their home district or state. They are restricted from maintaining any type of ‘home’ outside of that primary residence.
2) Members of Congress are awarded a fixed salary, no matter what their position, no matter their numbers of years, no matter how many committees they run. That is the singular compensation - no retirement, no health benefits, etc. They can choose to purchase these out of their compensation.
3) All public airlines are required to provide (as available) seats on their aircraft for members of congress to travel from Washington DC to their home district, free of charge.
4) Conversion of one of the executive office buildings next to Congress into a hostel for members of congress to use while in session. They must return home each weekend and when the session ends.
5) Members of congress are forbidden from using any government vehicles, aircraft, etc for personal use. They may not skirt this rule by paying ‘fair market rates’ to use these publicly owned aircraft and cars. The exception is a motorpool at Congress where members of congress can check out vehicles for official business in and around the Washington DC area.
6) Lastly, all members of congress must use the same entry as the public does, going through the same checkpoints, searches and queues. Members of congress can think of this as a campaign opportunity to talk to the people they represent, or use the time to contemplate how stupid this whole security system is.
Recession = when your neighbor is unemployed.
Depression = when youre unemployed.
Recovery - 0bummer’s unemployed. You and the neighbor are back to work.
Perfect fit, m!
” Who are your favorite Congressmen? “
(He may be the last Congresscritter ever documented to have actually read the Constitution..)
(Of course, he wrote it - and I’m betting he *didn’t* say “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it..”)
It's a prize for keeping liberals as PC as possible. This year all non-science awards should go to Greece, Spain and Detroit - places that have marked the PC path of liberal perfection.
Obama: The private sector is doing fine.
But then, Obama’s perspective is one that compares the economy of the U.S. against the likes of countries which he is best familiar with, like those of Africa. In comparison, the U.S. is many times better than that of Venezuela or Cuba or Greece or Italy or Spain or Ireland or North Korea or Kenya or Somalia. And so, when Obama looks at our economy, we are “doing fine”, but, he’s not looking at what this country once was or could be.
“Why isnt it as bad as the great depression? Whats different this time around? Why, we didnt let the market crash. We didnt let things go down, we supported them, kept everything with its nose above water.”
No, actually, things would have been better then and now had we let things take their natural course. It wasn’t really a matter of letting the market crash back when. That was a surprise. We saw it coming more recently, and nevertheless allowed it to plummet—as if we could stop it—though not to the same low.
It is a falicy, anyway, that market crashes cause depressions. They don’t. They disrupt things, but the same capital, the same savings, in other words the same wealth is around before as after the crash. It only serves to change people’s thinking, and in many cases to change ownership of them. But the point is, even though it makes the ride bumpy it ultimately makes them better, not worse, because it clarifies the situation. It bursts bubbles, and so forth, so that you’re not wasting as much along unprofitable lines.
Had in 1929 and 2008 the U.S. government kept to its own business as it did in the 1890s and 1921 the economy would have corrected itself. It always does, and even now that’s what Washington is waiting around for it to do. How quickly it does so, however, depends upon how much it is messed with. During the Great Depression we messed with it more than we ever had before, what with the Smoot-Hawley tariff, the bank holiday, going off the domestic gold standard, and all the associated wonder falling under the term “new deal.” During this most recent recession we messed with it plenty; perhaps not so unprecedentedly, but in a sufficiently stupid manner.
Therein, though, lies the difference. What we’re doing now is old hat, and therefore leads to less regime uncertainty, the bain of the Roosevelt economy. Also, setting aside for the issue of savings, we are a vastly richer society now then we were then. Going from 50k a year to welfare...err, I mean unemployment “insurance” payments, is not so dramatic as going from a working family farm to starving to death. Also also, and relatedly, we redistribute more wealth than we did back then, and even if this makes for a fundamentally less free and sound economy it as well does make the drop-off less obvious. Oh, if only the nightly news had breadlines to broadcast (blaming Bush, of course, not the current administration).
To get back to savings for a moment, herein lies a big difference. Unlike back when both personal and government savings are at about zero, and we are only able to maintain our standard of living, such as it is, because the dollar for now is the world’s reserve currency. Back when, even after a decade of depression, people were able to dip into their pockets—largely involuntarily—to pay for WWII. We’d never be able to manage that now, though we do manage to pay for war-sized welfare. Bigger than that, actually, since our wars count for at most about 20 percent (that’s for all of defense, which, to be clear, the last few go-arounds included two wars and then some) of the budget compared to the nearly 80 percent spent on “social programs.”
All of which means there’s a depression bigger than ‘29-47 (or whatever it was, precisely) waiting in the vague future.