Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Government Wrecks the Economy (Lew Rockwell)

Lew Rockwell on how the government screwed up the economy in the first place, and now is making the situation far worse with its inept attempts to fix it:

At this point it is just a waiting game for the National Bureau of Economic Research to declare that we have been in recession. Of course they work from past data; we all do. But the data will show what has been true from months. Investment is falling. Unemployment is rising. The trends are consistent with every single recession on record.

All that is bad enough. Maybe your job is secure. Maybe you are out of the stock market. Maybe you aren’t waiting for a return on some real estate investment. The problem that hits everyone is inflation, which is roaring out of control in all the sectors we care about. We have entered the double digits, and if producer prices forecast consumer prices, we are in for tougher times ahead.

So what does Washington do? In an act of incredible stupidity, Congress has passed an extension of unemployment benefits.

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