Category Archives: Government Spending

State and local govt charts

The bulk of the boost is coming from state and municipal governments. After tightening their budgets for three years following the end of the recession, they began stepping up spending in 2013 and continued to do so this year Except … Continue reading

Posted in Deficit, Government Spending |

Employment and related commentary

Seems universally agreed the labor market is ‘improving’ even as the jobs chart has been downward sloping since the peak in April, wage growth has softened from relatively low levels, and the work week fell back some. It’s all screaming … Continue reading

Posted in Employment, Government Spending |

Bill Mitchell on the secular stagnation hoax

The secular stagnation hoax

Posted in Employment, Government Spending, Interest Rates |

Potential GDP Revisions and/or Reversals

A couple of things stand out for either revision or reversal next quarter. One is the increase in govt spending and the other the increase in net exports. Together they added about 2% to yesterday’s Q3 GDP release.  So excluding … Continue reading

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There is no right time for the Fed to raise rates!

There is no right time for the Fed to raise rates! Introduction I reject the belief that economy is strong and operating anywhere near full employment. I also reject the belief that a zero-rate policy is inflationary, supports aggregate demand, … Continue reading

Posted in Deficit, Fed, Government Spending, Interest Rates, Proposal |

Macro update

First this, supporting what I’ve been writing about all along: Here’s Proof That Congress Has Been Dragging Down The Economy For Years By Shane Ferro Oct 8 (Business Insider) — In honor of the new fiscal year, the Brookings Institution … Continue reading

Posted in Fed, Germany, Government Spending, UK, USA |

The 10th Plague

Several years ago I began using the analogy of the 10th plague of the Old Testament, the idea being that the EU wouldn’t move away from austerity until it brought down Germany itself. It’s looking like that day is getting … Continue reading

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Who’s ‘we’?

And they still are? The idea that the deficit is too small remains a non starter for the mainstream. In the face of all evidence to the contrary, including over 2 decades of it in Japan, they continue to believe … Continue reading

Posted in Banking, Deficit, Government Spending |

Case-Shiller housing price index

Looks to me like this business cycle is over? This is a lack of demand story. The FICA hike in Jan 2013, followed by the sequesters in April, and the aggressive automatic fiscal stabilizers doing their thing to reduce govt … Continue reading

Posted in Deficit, Government Spending, Housing |

The first L shaped US ‘recovery’

Some 5 years ago when the talk was about whether the US recovery was going to be V shaped or U shaped, I suggested that it would be more L shaped, as a 0 rate policy requires a larger deficit, … Continue reading

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