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2009 November 25 — Why Now?
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Paul Krugman is going to be bald if he keeps scratching his head over the conventional wisdom that keeps showing up on the economy. His years as a teacher drive him to explain why people are wrong, and to wonder why they don’t seem to understand the basics.

For example, he locates a graph that clearly indicates that the recent changes in the dollar are not that drastic and certainly nothing to worry about. The same graph shows that the Hedgemony had the dollar falling every year of their reign, and no one said anything.

But, then, they never do when there’s a Republican in White House. The deficit that is such a crisis now was run up under Reagan and the Bushes, but it didn’t become a problem until a Democrat won the White House. Hell, Alan Greenspan started complaining because Clinton was running a surplus at the end, and paying down the national debt.

The National Debt Clock was shut down during the Clinton years, but the Shrubbery gets in and not only did it have to be turned back on, they had to add another digit.

The basic problem with the economy is exactly what Nancy Pelosi says, unemployment. Until people get back to work, they can’t pay taxes and they can’t buy anything. The deficit and the economy are impossible to deal with when you have double digit unemployment.

The employment boost that usually comes at the start of school didn’t happen this year. There won’t be any employment boost for the Holidays because sales are expected to be worse than last year. The effects of the first stimulus bill are running out, and the job picture didn’t improve – it was just a little less bad than it might have been.

This will have no effect on conventional wisdom, which will demand the White House do things that are guaranteed to make things worse. This is what happens whenever a Democrat is in the White House, so it should have been expected. Republicans always reduce revenues by cutting taxes on people who can most afford it and increase spending on things we don’t need, but it is the Democrats who are required to repair the damage.

† – It’s OK If You’re A Republican

November 25, 2009   2 Comments

Be Careful Out There

If you are traveling somewhere for the holiday, take your time and watch out for the crazies.

If you are flying, wear at least an N95 mask and wash your hands whenever you get a chance. Aircraft are the perfect incubator for communicable diseases as most are recirculating cabin air, and they are rarely cleaned these days.

People who are feeling a bit under the weather should stay home, but that is usually impossible to do without starting a major war in a family. For whatever reason, going and infecting everyone is considered less of a sin than staying home to avoid making people sick.

Hang out with friends and family and remember the old days when people had jobs, and could envision a future.

November 25, 2009   Comments Off on Be Careful Out There