July 7, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
I have been telling you for months there is going to be a double dip in the economy. Nobel Prize Winning economist Paul Krugman also thinks the economy is so bad we need to keep on stimulating the economy. In a New York Times Op-Ed piece last week, Krugman said, “. . . somehow it has become conventional wisdom that now is the time to slash spending, despite the fact that the world’s major economies remain deeply depressed.” In short, cut backs, or austerity, is not what the economy needs right now. (Click here for the complete NYT Op-Ed from Krugman.)
In a nutshell, Mr. Krugman thinks America will do no harm in the short term if the U.S. government prints money to prop up the economy until it can stand on its own. He thinks it is a myth to believe in “invisible bond vigilantes” who financially attack countries with sky high debt. Krugman wrote, “Bond vigilantes are investors who pull the plug on governments they perceive as unable or unwilling to pay their debts. Now there’s no question that countries can suffer crises of confidence (see Greece, debt of). But what the advocates of austerity claim is that (a) the bond vigilantes are about to attack America, and (b) spending anything more on stimulus will set them off. What reason do we have to believe that any of this is true? Yes, America has long-run budget problems, but what we do on stimulus over the next couple of years has almost no bearing on our ability to deal with these long-run problems.”
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