Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

The Return of Stagflation


Sunday November 28th, 2010   •   Posted by Alvaro Vargas Llosa at 4:07pm PST   •   2 Comments

We are entering an era of high inflation, to judge by the massive growth of the money supply in the United States, Europe and Asia, and the stubbornness of central bankers who insist that high unemployment demands the creation of even more money. The last time the world went through a similar period was…
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Federal Reserve to Spend $1 Trillion More as “Economic Stimulus”


Thursday November 4th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

In the new Wall Street Journal article, “Fed Fires $600 Billion Stimulus Shot,” Jon Hilsenrath reports that the day after the stunning mid-term elections that clearly were a referendum against the Keynesian spending binge of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the Federal Reserve has launched another gigantic “stimulus” measure exactly like what…
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“The government can’t even get out of its own way.”


Tuesday September 28th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 7:22am PDT   •   1 Comment

In a new article in the Wall Street Journal, Louise Radnofsky traces the bureaucratic stranglehold of federal, state and local governments that has directly hindered the spending of the Obama administration’s “stimulus” funding from the federal government. Specifically, she examines the malaise resulting from the roadblocks to insulate homes in Detroit because of restrictions…
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Consumption Spending Is 70% of GDP: So What?


Thursday September 23rd, 2010   •   Posted by Robert Higgs at 12:40am PDT   •   4 Comments

It must be a condition of employment that a journalist who writes about the current recession include in his article the statement, “consumption makes up more than two-thirds of the economy” or “consumption spending accounts for 70 percent of GDP.” This seemingly simple, factual statement, however, is nearly always intended to carry some explanatory…
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America’s Hidden Welfare Program


Saturday September 18th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 5:32am PDT   •   1 Comment

In Slate, James Ledbetter reports that “Social Security’s disability insurance is expensive, destructive, and out of control.” “Throughout the year, economists and both houses of Congress have debated whether to extend unemployment insurance for another 13 weeks, or 26 weeks, worried that the payments would bloat the deficit or, worse, actually cause people to…
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The Deficit’s Dark Secret


Wednesday September 8th, 2010   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 5:37pm PDT   •   5 Comments

The New York Times on Monday, columnist Peter Orszag addresses the important issue of the the unsustainable budget deficit problem and the current high unemployment. What Orszag suggests as a “compromise” neglects the heart of both problems. Orszag suggests that “ideally only the middle-class tax cuts would be continued for now” but that doing…
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Who Is Hurting? Not Government Employees


Tuesday September 7th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

This new interactive graphic from the Wall Street Journal traces the growth in job gains and losses in the United States from December 2007 through August 2010. The results show that all sectors of the U.S. economy have dramatically declined except for employees in education, health care, and government, with federal and state workers…
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82% Say More Government Stimulus Will Destroy Jobs


Monday September 6th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 12:31am PDT   •   0 Comments

In a new online poll by the Wall Street Journal, 82.2% of those participating are voting no to the question, “Can more government stimulus lower the nation’s unemployment rate?” As the article states: “Washington’s response to the country’s stubbornly high unemployment rate will depend in part on who wins an increasingly intense debate over…
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The Recession and “Regime Uncertainty”


Sunday September 5th, 2010   •   Posted by Robert Higgs at 11:23pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Regime uncertainty has gained increasing recognition as the current economic troubles have persisted with little or no improvement since the economy reached a cyclical trough early in 2009. As described in my 1997 paper, regime uncertainty pertains to “the likelihood that investors’ private property rights in their capital and the income it yields will…
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The Costs of the Federal Bailouts


Friday September 3rd, 2010   •   Posted by William Shughart at 12:12am PDT   •   0 Comments

Ever since the bursting of the real estate bubble became evident at the end of 2007, Washington has been on a spending spree to avert events that, in its collective judgment, threatened the stability and solvency of the U.S. financial system and economy as a whole. Although the U.S. economy has experienced recurrent cycles…
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