Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I Hate It When You Lie Like That

The Bernank says that the economy will resume growing once again as we recover from disruptions from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster.  The bad numbers last month are only due to short term "head winds" or a "bump in the road".
The problem is, that when you account for their printing press, the economy isn't growing.  When you look at the source for that pathetic "54,000 jobs created" we saw reported, it's from using the Bureau of Labor Statistics birth/death model - it's not measured or reported jobs. 

Business Insider put up the numbers to analyze the GDP growth situation last Friday.
The Federal government borrowed and spent $5.1 trillion over the past four years to generate a cumulative $700 billion increase in the nation's GDP. That means we've borrowed and spent $7.28 for every $1 of nominal "growth" in GDP. (emphasis in original)
That's bad enough as it is.  Would you promise to pay $7.28 to get $1?  Maybe if you desperately needed to get you car out of the shop or some emergency like that, and the only guy who would lend it to you was "Friendly Guido", the local loan shark, but you sure couldn't make a steady living out of it.  As I frequently say: "don't worry: it's not that bad.  It's worse".
In constant dollars, GDP is flat: we got no growth at all for our $5.1 trillion: zip, zero, nada. In constant dollars, the GDP in 2011 might return to the 2007 level, if the economy continues "growing" at the same pace reached in the first three months of 2011. If not, then the GDP will actually be lower than pre-recession levels.
The Fed has pumped amazing amounts of money into the system.  After all, they need to create that money if they're going to keep up with the incredibly prodigious deficit spending of the Obama administration, considering China is essentially getting out of US Treasuries

As I've said a couple of times already, I believe QE3 is going to happen.  It is simply the only thing they know how to do.  The dip in the broad stock market indexes could be caused by the people who want QE3 putting pressure on the banksters.  And it may be the old adage "sell in May and go away".  A look at this 6-month chart shows clearly that the S&P 500 has been essentially flat since mid February. 


  1. Could these "experts" even run a lemonade stand? It's why I do not believe in academic "credentials",when the Academies are so full of BS in their theory-teaching,no grounding in Reality.Lunatics at best,Criminals at worst....

  2. I would say no, they couldn't run a lemonade stand.

    This administration has the lowest number of people who have ever worked for a living in the private sector. Ever. (well, maybe only the last hundred years?)

    I like to say, "it takes a lot of education to do something that stupid".

  3. Education has indeed become a dirty word in this country, at least for anyone paying attention. The word should be replaced with "indoctrination". "I've only got a high school indoctrination, but my sister has a college indoctrination," he explained.

  4. Education is fine, when tempered with reality. Just filling an administration full of people with no experience doing anything but ivory tower pondering is bound to produce the mess we see. Without real world experience, you end up with guys like climate modelers - who believe anything the computer tells them, and when theory doesn't match reality, change the input measurements instead of their theory.

    The chart I have only goes back to Teddy Roosevelt, but this is the lowest number since then, by a wide margin.