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Old 05-03-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Keynes was right, contractionary economics was wrong

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...the advocates of using neo-Keynesian counter-cyclical policies to respond to the Great Recession have been proved right, and the contractionary economic policies pushed by Republicans and right-wing economic pundits in the US, along with an astonishing range of experts as well as politicians in Europe, have turned out to be disastrously wrong (as predicted).
Read the whole thing here: http://jeffweintraub.blogspot.com/20...was-right.html

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...the political conditions for more sensible and constructive policy responses to the ongoing Great Recession are not encouraging. In Europe (where a lot of countries are far from even incipient recovery), the framework for EU-wide economic policy-making is notoriously dysfunctional for a range of reasons. Here in the US, fundamentally, the Republicans are the problem. In particular, thanks largely to the benefits of gerrymandering, the House of Representatives is in the grip of know-nothing Tea Party Republicans whose determination to sabotage any possibility of economic recovery seems limitless and impervious to evidence or argument ... and the Senate Republicans have proved themselves capable of historically unprecedented and ever-escalating levels of indiscriminate and almost monolithic obstructionism.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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I agree Tony. Keynes was smarter than his present day critics.

JFK shrewdly used Keynsian economics to grow the US economy in the early 1960s. His investments (NASA, highways etc) produced the highest US standard of living, before or since.

It's been downhill since Nov 22, 1963.

Unfortunately, Keynes' advice was ignored by the Americans at Breton Woods after WW II.

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:32 PM   #3
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Here's a guy who understands Keynes -- a brilliant insightful analysis with a plan to recover our economy.

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Occupy World Street: A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform [Paperback]

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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We've continued to increase spending despite cycles. There's nothing counter-cyclical about our policies.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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It's been downhill since Nov 22, 1963.
Ah. So 11/22/1963 was the apex of America?

For whom? All Americans? By what measure?
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The sad thing is that this guy is right, but there is nothing we can do about it. If there is one thing the recent debacle over gun background checks proved, it really doesn't matter what the correct course is for this country to take. The Right can, and will, block it. Polls show that 2/3rds of Americans wanted the background checks. Doesn't matter. Democracy is dead. The minority can stop anything at any time. And they have gerrymandered their districts to the point that they cannot be thrown out. Stalemate.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:37 PM   #7
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You kidding govt loves him! They have spending like crazy this whole time. Republicans and Democrats both. You think Obama not "investing" hell what do you call all the money he has blown on green energy. Hopefully I am wrong and that sector eventually produces massive energy and jobs but i am highly skeptical.

Even Bush spent massive amounts he was more a liberal when it came to spending and if you hung with conservatives during that time they lambasted that. True they mostly would deflect and blame Congress but whatever Bush spent a ton. Clinton spent a ton. Reagan, Carter, they all spent as much as they could get away with.

Liberals and Conservatives don't even fight about how much to spend anymore. They fight about where to spend the money not how much we spend. Repubs get all thrifty once its liberal programs being funded and liberals just spend no matter who is president.

The only thing liberals change when in office is where the money goes and that wars now ok as long as they aren't started by Bush. Repubs only recently have gotten all thrifty because they feel its one issue they can beat liberals at and maintain some power during Obamas tenure.
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I am all for a big push to go to Mars though. I don't know if it would spur the economy or lead to new industries but you never know. Maybe the next big thing has to be in space because our own planet being bled dry.

I do know the liberal theory of lets all grow our own food, ride a bike, get green won't do it. It may clean up our country some and improve but the world out of control with growth. China so huge we can't fathom living in a country with a billion people. They are 3 times our size and one day will demand all the Earths resources and there will be a war. Anyone who thinks this road is sustainable by just trying to waste money on electric cars is kidding themselves.

I convinced myself! We should head as far into space as we can. We need to harvest asteroids and put a base on mars. The hundreds of millions Obama wasted on solar companies and electric car companies would have been better spend by NASA trying to go to Mars or do something huge. Like people living on the moon, or sending men to an asteroid to see if some really contain large amounts of recoverable elements and minerals.

America should commit to being the first to Mars, the first to have a base on the Moon, all of that.
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The sad thing is that this guy is right, but there is nothing we can do about it. If there is one thing the recent debacle over gun background checks proved, it really doesn't matter what the correct course is for this country to take. The Right can, and will, block it. Polls show that 2/3rds of Americans wanted the background checks. Doesn't matter. Democracy is dead. The minority can stop anything at any time. And they have gerrymandered their districts to the point that they cannot be thrown out. Stalemate.
Thats the way Dems did it when Repubs had a majority.
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The core insight of Keynesian economics is that there are very special economic circumstances in which the general rules of economics donít apply and are, in fact, counterproductive.

This happens when interest rates and inflation are so low that there is no essential difference between money and bonds; money, after all, is simply a bond that pays no interest. When this happens, monetary policy becomes impotent; an increase in the money supply has no stimulative effect because it does not lead to additional spending by consumers or businesses.
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Thats the way Dems did it when Repubs had a majority.


The big changes came in the early 70s, the late 80s, and then in the late aughts after Republicans lost the Senate in the 2006 elections. When you add up all the red segments, they represent virtually the entire increase in the use of the filibuster over the past half century.
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-dru...and-filibuster

Notice the large dips in the blue prior to 2006?
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Graphs tell only a small part of a picture. The dems push a more radical agendas so they get more filibusters. Repubs tried like crazy to save us from Obamacare but it didn't work.
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Graphs tell only a small part of a picture. The dems push a more radical agendas so they get more filibusters. Repubs tried like crazy to save us from Obamacare but it didn't work.
Wow! It's not difficult to be wrong, but to be 180 degrees wrong takes some doing.
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Graphs tell only a small part of a picture. The dems push a more radical agendas so they get more filibusters. Repubs tried like crazy to save us from Obamacare but it didn't work.
Cut. Yes only liberals push more radical agendas therefor Repubs have to filibuster more. Really I'm not being sarcastic I did get a good laugh. Wish I had written it!
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Cut. Yes only liberals push more radical agendas therefor Repubs have to filibuster more. Really I'm not being sarcastic I did get a good laugh. Wish I had written it!
That is hilarious.

Ronald Reagan wouldn't be accepted by his own party nowadays, but the liberals...they're the radicals.

Hey cut...how radical is thinking that an armed citizen is going to help law enforcement in an active shooter situation where there are multiple terrorists with AR-15s?

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Cut. Yes only liberals push more radical agendas therefor Repubs have to filibuster more. Really I'm not being sarcastic I did get a good laugh. Wish I had written it!
Attacking the 2nd amendment, wealth redistribution, socialized medicine, helping islamic radicals into power, and appointing radically liberal judges has to be thwarted.
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Attacking the 2nd amendment, wealth redistribution, socialized medicine, helping islamic radicals into power, and appointing radically liberal judges has to be thwarted.
You couldn't come up with even one single, concrete example to support any of those five broad assertions.

Not one.

But hey! Lock n' load skippy!
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Attacking the 2nd amendment, wealth redistribution, socialized medicine, helping islamic radicals into power, and appointing radically liberal judges has to be thwarted.
sucks that they let you vote when you actually believe these outright untruths.
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Attacking the 2nd amendment, wealth redistribution, socialized medicine, helping islamic radicals into power, and appointing radically liberal judges has to be thwarted.
Don't you mean wealth re-redistribution?
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