If Even Ben Bernanke’s Not On Your Side, You Know You’re Spending Too Much . . .
While I’m certainly not a fan, especially of his policies like the finally ending QE2, I was pleasantly surprised to see Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke offer up a sliver of straight talk on President Obama’s record breaking deficits earlier this week.
Prodded to respond to the CBO’s recently released Long Term Budget Outlook, Bernanke acknowledged the need for timely action to cure our budgetary ills. “The sooner we can act, the better,” he said.
Wow. So, what exactly was in this CBO report? According to Forbes’ Leonard Burman . . .
As in previous reports, the conclusion is that a continuation of current policies would lead to an unsustainable increase in the national debt.
This status quo, deceptively referred to in the report as an “Alternative Fiscal Scenario,” assumes that meaningful entitlement reform is not passed, that unsustainable-over-the-long-term ObamaCare measures continue until 2021, and that tax revenues are not increased to make up for this spending.
According to the report, if the President’s spending habits continue:
[F]ederal debt would grow much more rapidly than under the extended-baseline scenario. With significantly lower revenues and higher outlays, debt held by the public would exceed 100 percent of GDP by 2021. After that, the growing imbalance between revenues and spending, combined with spiraling interest payments, would swiftly push debt to higher and higher levels. Debt as a share of GDP would exceed its historical peak of 109 percent by 2023 and would approach 190 percent in 2035.
Considering that excessive government spending drives excessive inflation, this is an even scarier scenario than it appears at first glance.
But don’t worry, they “own” the economy.
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.
There’s only so much the Fed can do in terms of monetary hocus-pocus. What the economy needs is growth – jobs, production, exports.
Btw, the post of the day made my day. Love it.
The Bernanke made a mistake last week when he argued that playing politics over raising the debt ceiling was foolish. Spoken like an academic, not someone who has any insights on Washington politics. There is no way to get anything fixed in Washington these days without pointing a gun to someone’s head. Only a bullet to the head takes priority to all of the bribes and payoffs and favors greasing the wheels these days.
Also last week, McConnell signaled that Republicans would be willing to kick the can down the road again “temporarily” without major Dem concessions. The Dem response? They are now demanding that the “cuts” be loaded with more stimulus spending.
A few minutes ago, Boehner came out and drew the line calling out Obama to get engaged in the process. He is certainly not getting any help from his Republican princes in the Senate.
This is an ugly day all around with the government now signaling that they will “manage” oil prices and the EU signaling that they may have given up on Greece. God help us.