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GDP Shrinks. WSJ Says ‘No Reason to Panic.’
Posted By admin On January 30, 2013 @ 11:07 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled
Ryan W. McMaken
Lew Rockwell Blog 
Jan 30, 2013
If you have to tell  people not to panic, you’ve already lost half the battle.
According to the feds, the US GDP shrank 0.1% (annualized) in Q4. These are preliminary figures, of course, and recent revisions have been mostly down.
This also comes on the heels of recent news from the UK where the economy shrank, and where, according to  The Telegraph, the economy is headed for a “triple dip.”
Most alarmingly, all of this contraction comes as central banks continue to print money like there’s no tomorrow, underlying the true weakness in the economy.
The soothsayers will tell us that the real problem is that government spending has been “declining.” That’s not really true, of course. By “decline” they mean rates of increase in spending have somewhat slowed. Nevertheless, since GDP includes government spending, there’s not really any problem in the economy beyond declining government spending, they’ll say.
Well, if the private sector were doing anything other than treading water, there would have been real growth following four years of hard-core monetary easing. But that isn’t happening.
Update: Now says The WSJ : ‘Unusual Quarter of Contraction Doesn’t Mean Recession.’ Yes, that’s true. It just means the economy isn’t adding jobs anywhere near a level high enough to actually reduce unemployment. No biggie. Move along. Nothing to see here.
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URLs in this post:
 Lew Rockwell Blog: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/131570.html
 tell: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/01/30/analysis-gdp-contraction-no-reason-to-panic/
 according to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9826019/UK-heads-for-triple-dip-as-GDP-contracts-0.3pc.html
 Now says The WSJ: https://twitter.com/WSJecon/status/296634634152865792
 Britain heading for triple-dip recession as GDP shrinks 0.3% in fourth quarter: http://www.prisonplanet.com/britain-heading-for-triple-dip-recession-as-gdp-shrinks-0-3-in-fourth-quarter.html
 British economy shrinks fastest since 1958: http://www.prisonplanet.com/british-economy-shrinks-fastest-since-1958.html
 Britain on brink of recession as economy shrinks by 0.5% – the worst figures for 18 years: http://www.prisonplanet.com/britain-on-brink-of-recession-as-economy-shrinks-by-05-the-worst-figures-for-18-years.html
 Economy shrinks most in 25 years; Unemployment continues climb: http://www.prisonplanet.com/economy-shrinks-most-in-25-years-unemployment-continues-climb.html
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