Skip to comments.Need a Job? You May Have to Wait Until 2015 or Later, Says the Fed
Posted on 12/14/2012 7:09:52 AM PST by Kaslin
WASHINGTON - Everything you ever wanted to know about the Obama economy is in a single sentence about the Federal Reserve Board's latest attempts this week to deal with unacceptably high unemployment.
"Fed officials projected that the jobless rate, now at 7.7 percent, would not reach 6.5 percent until near the end of 2015 at the earliest," The Washington Post reported in its lead front page story Thursday morning.
If there's anyone out there -- besides Barack Obama's top advisers and diehard allies in Congress -- who think his economic policies, or lack thereof, will restore a weak economy to its full vigor in his second term, they've got a long wait.
Year after year over the course of Obama's impotent fiscal policies, the Fed has thrown everything it had at the economy, pumping trillions of dollars in printed money into U.S. Treasury bond purchases while reducing its interest rates to near zero -- without much to show for it.
Now, with the "fiscal cliff" looming more menacingly than ever before, and the economic and jobs data weakening month by month, the Fed is doubling down on monetary measures to breath some life back into the economy in the absence of any serious fiscal plan by the administration.
Yet with each long-term prognosis report, the Fed's target dates for a hope-for recovery recede deeper into the future.
What Fed officials are telling us now is that they do not expect to see a light at the end of this long jobless tunnel until nearly the end of Obama's second term. And possibly not until a new president takes his place.
Let's fact it, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has very few monetary weapons left to turn this economy around and he's said many times that the only real solution lies in fundamentally changing fiscal policy.
That means reducing the massive amounts of capital that the government sucks out of the economy each year, and enacting economic growth incentives on the tax side of the equation.
But Obama opposes any serious policy changes in that direction. Indeed, he wants to do just the opposite. Extract trillions more from a weak economy through higher taxes so he can spend more on waste-ridden programs like his multi-billion dollar clean energy investments. Recently, a battery manufacturer was added to his bankruptcy list of failures, this one costing taxpayers $133 million.
Even though Bernanke's plaintive pleas for changes in fiscal policies have fallen on deaf ears at the White House, he tried again at a news conference Wednesday when he announced the Fed's stepped up goals for the economy.
"If the economy actually went off the fiscal cliff... that would have very significant adverse effects on the economy and on the unemployment rate," he said. "We would try to do what we could... but I just want to again be clear that we cannot offset the full impact of the fiscal cliff. It's just too big."
"The most helpful thing that Congress and [the] administration can do at this point... is to find a solution and avoid derailing the recovery," he said.
It should be clear that nothing the Fed said it would do is going to change the profound economic challenges we face now or ever. The financial markets' reaction to the Fed's actions was a great yawn and stock markets ended the day essentially flat.
Meantime, Obama continues to live in his own dream world, a hermetically sealed universe in which he insists the economy is doing fine. Speaking to a crowd of several hundred union workers in Detroit Monday, he said, "We're moving in the right direction. We're going forward. So what we need to do is simple -- we need to keep going forward."
This from a president who said earlier this year that "the private sector is doing just fine." But, at best, the economy is barely moving. It's creeping along at an average annual growth rate of 1.7 percent -- well below the growth rate needed to bring unemployment down to normal levels.
Worse, the economy as a whole is not going forward. It's in reverse. Economists say its growth rate has slowed in this quarter to no more than 1.5 percent, perilously close to the tipping point into another recession.
Obama also told those UAW workers that "American manufacturing is growing at the fastest pace since the 1990s," and that factories have created nearly 500,000 jobs since 2010.
The painful reality is that manufacturing still has 2 million fewer jobs than existed before the recession. Last month's jobs report showed that the number of manufacturing and construction jobs remained unchanged.
Economists on both sides of the political aisle say this is the weakest recovery since the Great Depression and the unspoken reality is that Obama has not offered any new comprehensive plan to get the economy moving since his failed $800 billion spending stimulus program in 2009.
He has proposed tinier versions of the same plan, but they have been rejected by Congress and there has been no substantive White House proposal since then.
So the economy is limping along on automatic pilot as it cruises along the edge of the dreaded fiscal cliff, while the president lives in a fantasy world in which our factories are "humming again," as his campaign's TV ads said, jobs are being created at an imagined pace, and a fictionalized economy is improving.
But there's a mountain of growing evidence that things are not okay. Pessimism is growing, businesses large and small are pulling back, and consumers are spending less than expected.
The National Federation of Independent Business index of small business optimism has sunk to one of its lowest levels in a quarter of a century. The percentage of NFIB's small business owners who think the Obama economy will improve fell by 37 points.
The University of Michigan's closely-watched consumer confidence preliminary index for December fell sharply to 74.5 from 82.7. And national retail sales were up by only 0.3 percent last month, half of what forecasters predicted.
Meantime, the president is still peddling higher taxes as the only cure for what ails us -- the economic equivalent of the 18th Century practice of bleeding the patient. And we know how that turned out.
Remember last time they said it would not go over 6%?
what did it go up to- 10%? AFTER trillions of spending on stimulous packages EACH YEAR!
They did not pass ONE stimulus package they have a never-ending series of them each year (so far 4)
That is why they have not passed a budget in 4 years- they just keep ‘continuing’ the last spending levels- becauase an actual budget would only allow them to go up to the 2008 spending levels + BASELINE (4 years)
The concept of a job will change, evolve if you will. Those who have no job can lazily while away the hours watching their life and family go to hell or they can act.
The most productive action is to move. Pick up your things and leave, go to Texas or North Dakota where energy related jobs go begging for lack of takers. (The influx of direct oil field workers means local businesses, all local businesses, must expand to handle the new business)
The second action is to learn to drive a big rig. Every other truck on the interstate says the company is hiring.
The third action is to begin your own business.
The solution to the jobs problem is mental. What was is no more. Get over it........ change, go forward.
This requires WORK. Something that the takers simply DO NOT WANT TO DO!
Oh ya, once BOzocare fully kicks in the good times are going to start rolling.
I strongly believe there was massive voter fraud in four states. (And I don’t care that Rove says the obama campaign was “brilliant” so he can get back on Fox.) What’s really scary is all the people who voted for obama everywhere.
Take California, and I wish someone would. Blue Cross / Blue Shield premiums are already up 17%. And I think that’s funny. Bunch of blue idiots just keep voting and don’t have any idea they’re voting themselves pay cuts or job losses.
You know they can do something about this.
All to further advance a major Obama goal, getting at least half the population to give up on Capitalism.
Obama continues to live in his own dream world and so does his sheep.Sometimes you can’t bring people out of a coma.
Note to Lambro. ‘It’s the exported jobs, stupid’.
About everything you buy is made with jobs not in the USA.