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Posted 03 June 2019 - 10:41 AM

I'd ask if this was a joke but I know it isn't. The incompetent but loyal are ever lauded by Trump and the Republicans. In full:

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President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would give a Presidential Medal of Freedom to the “trickle down” economics evangelist and co-author of “Trumponomics,” Arthur Laffer.

“Arthur B. Laffer, the ‘Father of Supply-Side Economics,’ is one of the most influential economists in American history,” read a press release from the White House Friday afternoon. “He is renowned for his economic theory, the ‘Laffer Curve,’ which establishes the strong incentive effects of lower tax rates that spur investment, production, jobs, wages, economic growth, and tax compliance.”

The medal will be awarded on June 19, the White House said.

Laffer is perhaps best known for advancing the belief that cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations, which Donald Trump and congressional Republicans did to a significant extent in late 2017, will increase tax revenue and benefit the economy overall.

Trump’s timing is notable: A nonpartisan analysis from the Congressional Research Service released last week found that, far from the Republicans’ tax cuts “paying for themselves,” as was widely asserted as a talking point during the 2017 debate over the tax cut legislation, the cuts did not have their advertised effect.

The Los Angeles Times summarized: “The CRS finds that the cuts have had virtually no effect on wages, haven’t contributed to a surge in investment, and haven’t come close to paying for themselves. Nor have they delivered a cut to the average taxpayer.”

“Arthur B. Laffer, the ‘Father of Supply-Side Economics,’ is one of the most influential economists in American history,” read a press release from the White House Friday afternoon. “He is renowned for his economic theory, the ‘Laffer Curve,’ which establishes the strong incentive effects of lower tax rates that spur investment, production, jobs, wages, economic growth, and tax compliance.”

The medal will be awarded on June 19, the White House said.

Laffer is perhaps best known for advancing the belief that cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations, which Donald Trump and congressional Republicans did to a significant extent in late 2017, will increase tax revenue and benefit the economy overall.

Trump’s timing is notable: A nonpartisan analysis from the Congressional Research Service released last week found that, far from the Republicans’ tax cuts “paying for themselves,” as was widely asserted as a talking point during the 2017 debate over the tax cut legislation, the cuts did not have their advertised effect.

The Los Angeles Times summarized: “The CRS finds that the cuts have had virtually no effect on wages, haven’t contributed to a surge in investment, and haven’t come close to paying for themselves. Nor have they delivered a cut to the average taxpayer.”

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"If you cut that tax rate to 15%, it will pay for itself many times over... this will bring in probably $1.5T net by itself." —Art Laffer


Laffer, along with right-wing pundit Stephen Moore, who was briefly considered for a Federal Reserve Board nomination, together wrote “Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy.”

It’s hardly the first time Trump has used the powers of his office to boost an ally: In May, he issued a pardon for his friend, former business associate and author of “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other,” the billionaire Conrad Black.

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 12:01 PM

View PostLFC, on 03 June 2019 - 10:41 AM, said:

I'd ask if this was a joke but I know it isn't. The incompetent but loyal are ever lauded by Trump and the Republicans. In full:

I hope the Medal of Freedom is never used after Trump is gone. I suspect any nominees for it would turn down the honor of being in the company of Laffer and probably other Trump nominees in the future.

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 12:32 PM

Next person in position to do so cancels it with the regretful declaration that what was once the highest honor bestowed on an American civilian has been debased into a prize reward for campaign donations.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:48 AM

This past month jobs report looks pretty ugly and last month was revised downwards. Trump's unthought out trade wars may be to blame.

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U.S. employers added the fewest workers in three months and wage gains cooled, suggesting broader economic weakness and boosting expectations for a Federal Reserve interest-rate cut as President Donald Trump’s trade policies weigh on growth.

Nonfarm payrolls rose 75,000 in May after a downwardly revised 224,000 advance the prior month, according to a Labor Department report Friday. The increase missed all estimates in Bloomberg’s survey calling for 175,000. The jobless rate held at a 49-year low of 3.6% while average hourly earnings climbed 3.1% from a year earlier, less than projected.

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The dollar and Treasury yields fell as the data signaled the labor market -- a pillar of strength for an economy headed for a record expansion -- was facing new pressures even before Trump threatened tariffs on Mexican goods in addition to proposed higher levies on Chinese imports. Retail sales, factory output and home purchases have shown the economy struggling this quarter after better-than-expected growth in the first three months of the year.

“It definitely looks like we’ve downshifted in the pace of job growth,” said Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist for JPMorgan Chase & Co. “Overall it’s a disheartening report particularly since you may have some trade effects there, but a lot of the trade tensions escalated” since the reference period for the Labor Department’s surveys in the middle of the month, he said.

Stocks jumped as traders focused on the interest-rate implications of the report. Fed funds futures showed a quarter-point cut almost fully priced in for July.

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 03:07 PM

Despite what is supposed to be the greatest economy ever the Fed rate was just cut for the first time since 2008. Trump, of course, wanted a wildly irresponsible cut to pump things up to his ever greater glory.

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The Federal Reserve on Wednesday reduced interest rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, Bloomberg reports. Central bankers voted to decrease the interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point in response to slowing global growth. In a statement, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the decision was made in light of “implications of global developments for the economic outlook,” along with “muted inflation pressures.” Powell also noted that “uncertainties” in the economic outlook remain. This comes after President Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he “would like to see a large cut” in the interest rate. “I would like to see immediately the quantitative tightening stop,” he said. “I’m just very disappointed in the Fed.”

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 04:14 PM

Bond yield inversion, it's a thing.

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As Bloomberg reports, the yield on the ten-year U.S. Treasury bond has dropped below the yield of the two-year U.S. Treasury bond for the first time since 2007, which many market observers say is a leading indicator of a coming recession.

Yields on ten-year bonds are usually higher than yields on two-year bonds because there is greater risk involved in investing in a long-term bond, which means investors in those bonds demand higher payouts than investors in short-term bonds.

But when the so-called yield curve inverts — that is, when ten-year bonds actually pay less than two-year bonds — it is seen as a sign that investors believe there are significant risks to the economy and are flooding their cash into safe harbors.

As for what this means for the U.S. economy as a whole, Bloomberg analyst Joe Wiesenthal writes “the last three times this happened, U.S. recessions soon followed.”


Trumpies are angry at Faux News for having the liberalism to report the truth.

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Needless to say, this news did not sit well with the Trump fans in Fox Business’s comments section.

“This is just ignorant fear mongering.This inverted yield curve DOES NOT have a perfect record in calling a recession,” wrote one user. “Although each recession has been preceded by an inverted curve, sometimes preceded by 2 years, not every yield curve inversion has been followed by a recession.”

Another user, who goes by the name of “Kenndog,” accused Fox Business of “cherry picking” numbers — and then acknowledged that a recession could come anyway.

“The truth is that recessions come and go as a natural part of the economic cycle. Right now, we’re in a sweet spot that could last a generation,” the user wrote. “Or not.”

Other Trump fans, meanwhile, remained in total denial and argued a recession in 2020 would only help Trump win.

“And this boys and girls is why we have President Trump,” one user wrote. “His anti-globalist methods are good for OUR country. Let the other countries get their own nationalist leader. Trump 2020….And Beyond!!!!!!”

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:40 PM

I love the smell of fear and panic in Trump's White House. Here we have a Moody's analyst talking about Trump's trade war debacle.

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Although President Trump continues to tout a strong economy, analysts have concerns that his trade wars with China might cause a major recession.

On CNN Thursday, Moody’s analyst Mark Zandi explained that with each passing day, Trump risks having the economy slump into a recession he won’t be able to fix.

“Yeah, sure, the president could tweet that he had a call with president Xi of China and they came to some kind of arrangement and they’re going to wind down the trade war,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a substantive agreement, nothing that will change the grievances that we have with China but it will be a face-saving arrangement and I think that will be enough to quell the uncertainty and keep the economy moving forward,” he added.

“But having said that, to your metaphor, I think with each passing day that the president doesn’t send out that tweet, the more likely he’s not going to be able to turn this thing around and the recession will take on its own dynamic and no matter what he does, he won’t be able to turn it around.”


Krugman smacks Trump around for his whining about wanting lower and lower rates but not taking advantage of them to repair our nation's infrastructure.

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Economist Paul Krugman argued Wednesday that, while the world doesn’t appear to be facing a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, the risk of a recession is indeed rising. And despite his boasts about his economic performance, Trump himself appears to be driving at least one major factor in the increased risk, while the GOP blocks potentially countervailing measures.

“These low, low rates are telling us several things: (a) private investment demand is really weak despite tax cuts ( B) recession risks are pretty high © infrastructure! I mean, with borrowing virtually free, why not fix all those falling-down bridges?” Krugman wrote in a tweet.

In other words, Krugman was pointing out that given the frantic desire for low-risk bonds, the federal government could be borrowing more money to invest in infrastructure at essentially no cost. During the 2016 campaign, Trump even suggested he would take advantage of such an opportunity, promising a major infrastructure package. But that never happened.

“[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and his wing of the party oppose any kind of government program, no matter how much good it might do — actually especially oppose programs that might work, and make people think better of government,” he said. “Another is that Trump and co just can’t bring themselves to advocate anything that doesn’t include scams on behalf of their cronies; so their vague suggestions for infrastructure always look more like stealth privatization than public investment.”

He added: “So we’re left, as I said, with markets basically begging the government to do some investment, but this plea falling on deaf ears.”


Trump is floundering and clearly hasn't a clue what to do so he takes his usual course of action and blames "the media." After all he has economic luminaries like Kudlow, Laffer, and Moore to advise him so what could go wrong?

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“The Fake News Media is doing everything they can to crash the economy because they think that will be bad for me and my re-election. The problem they have is that the economy is way too strong and we will soon be winning big on Trade, and everyone knows that, including China!” Trump tweeted as the markets appeared more like a roller coaster than a booming economy.

Trump spent the better part of his first two years in office bragging that the market’s success was all because of him.

Some of the responses to his Twitter tantrum were brutal.

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Dean Baker:

just "millions" of jobs being lost in China because of your tariffs? Why not trillions of jobs? As long as you're making stuff up, why not be dramatic about it

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Morris Dalla Costa:

Now it’s the media’s fault your economy is tanking? @realDonaldTrump followers must be the most moronic individuals ever.

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Tony Posnanski:

I crunched the numbers and I don’t think it is CNN, MSNBC, or The New York Times fault the economy is predicted to crash.

Based on my calculations it’s because you are a dumbfuck who has never been successful at anything.

Thanks!

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Phillip Kelly:

Do you know how news even works?!

You fucking idiot

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Funny thought: I wonder if Trump wishes he had reappointed Janet Yellen to the Fed (a reappointment she richly deserved — but he didn't think she was tall enough). She might have been more dovish; but even if not, she would be much easier to demonize as an Obama holdover.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:46 PM

More federal government uncollected revenue due to IRS budget cuts. This long standing Republican policy has been a continual drain on government resources as less and less tax owed is being collected. It's "almost" as if the Republicans didn't WANT us to collect taxes ... well, from certain people and companies.

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Internal Revenue Service budget cuts enacted by President Donald Trump’s administration are responsible for the loss of tens of billions of dollars in revenue, according to a new report.

A study from Indiana University Kelley School of Business found that the IRS could have collected an additional $34.3 billion or more from the country’s largest companies.

USA Today noted that the figure represents “nearly 20% of the estimated gap between what corporations paid in taxes and what they owed from 2002 through 2014.”

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:51 PM

Barry Ritholz wrote this piece for Bloomberg:

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The #TrumpRecession Label Is Going to Stick
Presidents usually get too much blame for economic slowdowns. This time is different.

It's effing brutal and oh so spot on. He tears into Trump's unforced errors including his economic picks for his administration. We've discussed Peter Navarro before, an idiot who spews all kinds of insane stuff about China and was the architect pinhead who came up with Trump's China trade policies. But Trump's choice to lead the Fed is really amusing because if Trump had even a clue of the man's position on interest rates he never would have picked him. I'm not saying he's wrong, just that he's at complete odds with Trump but Trump was too dumb to grasp that.

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Jerome Powell, an inflation hawk who Trump appointed as Federal Reserve chair. Unless you prefer high rates, this was an almost unaccountably foolish choice. Trump fired Janet Yellen as Fed chair, reportedly because he thought she was too short for the job, and after disparaging her management of monetary policy, saying she "should be ashamed of herself." The irony is that Yellen was an inflation dove, who favored lower rates for longer as the economy was still recovering when Trump took office. That irony no doubt is lost on Trump as he rails against Powell and the higher rates he adopted -- something Trump called for when Barack Obama was president and fighting the worst recession in three-quarters of a century.


Read it all but here's the finish.

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To be sure, we can't place all of the blame on Trump for the economic slowdowns in Europe and China, for the chaos of Brexit and other issues that predate his term in office. Much of the unsettled environment was already in place. He was just the spark in the gas-filled room.

My original thesis in 2016 was that investors who were blaming Trump for market volatility were being partisan and unobjective. To damage this stock market, Trump would have had to do a series of things that were ill-advised and counterproductive. As it turns, he has done just that. If a recession occurs in 2020 -- and the current model of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York puts it at a 32% chance in the next 12 months -- a good measure of the blame must go to this president.

Trump reveled in taking credit for the boom he inherited. If the U.S. goes into a contraction, he shouldn't be surprised if the "Trump recession" label sticks.

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 02:22 PM

Trump continues to want America to pump more sugar into the economy. He's desperate about 2020.

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President Donald Trump resumed his attacks on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday, blaming him for keeping the economy from growing much faster.

In yet another Twitter screed, Trump said, “The only problem we have is Jay Powell and the Fed. He’s like a golfer who can’t putt, has no touch.”

Trump appointed Powell to his position, but repeatedly excoriated him for raising the key interest rate too quickly last year. He has called on the Fed to reverse all of those moves, cutting the rate by a full point, to help the economy and weaken the US dollar.
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“Big U.S. growth if he does the right thing, BIG CUT – but don’t count on him! So far he has called it wrong, and only let us down,” he tweeted.

“Yesterday, ‘highest Dollar in U.S.History.’ No inflation. Wake up Federal Reserve. Such growth potential, almost like never before!”

However, the International Monetary Fund in an unusually blunt blog post, said Trump’s tariffs and calls for lower interest rates to weaken the dollar won’t work and could slow the global economy.

The authors warned that “one should not put too much stock in the view that easing monetary policy can weaken a country’s currency enough to bring a lasting improvement in its trade balance.”

“Monetary policy alone is unlikely to induce the large and persistent devaluations that are needed to bring that result … especially within a 12-month period,” they said.

With the US presidential election coming in November 2020, Trump is especially focused on the next 12 months, and while he has said no recession is in the cards, he continues to call for more stimulus.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 02:30 PM

I guess "entitlements" will have to be cut to compensate for Trump's newest tax cut idea...which he keeps talking about and then backing away from. I'm sure the Freedom Caucus has Paul Ryan's old schemes queued up and ready to go.

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 03:38 PM

I think he needs Congress to go along on tax cuts, doesn't he?

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 03:41 PM

Yup...it won't pass the House.

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 04:36 PM

How long before Trump completely politicizes the BLS? You know he won't tolerate them putting out bad "fake" statistics.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces monthly numbers on employment in the United States, but once a year they also check back and revise the benchmark numbers that those monthly estimates are based on.

And this year’s preliminary data has some bad news — there are about 500,000 fewer jobs than we’d previously thought.

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It’s perfectly normal for benchmark revisions to change these numbers, but this year’s is a somewhat unusually large adjustment — the biggest downward shift since 2010.

This is, importantly, purely new information about the past. These jobs never really existed; the Labor Department now thinks they were just a statistical error. Nothing bad actually happened to anyone and this does not, strictly speaking, have any relationship to the wave of slightly inchoate fears that we may be heading for a recession.

Nevertheless, as Emily Stewart has explained, President Trump has already been dabbling in conspiracy theories about manipulated economic data. So if you were inclined to believe that there’s a shadowy network of economic data mongers trying to talk down the American economy (which, to be clear, you should not be because that’s ridiculous) it would be pretty easy to integrate this into that larger narrative.

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 04:52 PM

View PostLFC, on 21 August 2019 - 04:36 PM, said:

How long before Trump completely politicizes the BLS? You know he won't tolerate them putting out bad "fake" statistics.
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Posted 22 August 2019 - 03:04 PM

Automatic recession backstopping by the government? Hmmmmmm. Color me skeptical.

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Michael Bennet’s presidential campaign has not exactly set the world on fire. But with a new plan released Wednesday, he’s become the first candidate to tackle a critically important topic largely absent from the campaign so far: how to prevent and recover from the next recession.

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Fiscal stimulus — government action to increase the budget deficit and get more money circulating in the economy — is a time-tested and well-proven means of stabilizing the economy.

But the congressional politics of getting the job done is tricky at best.

Consequently, one of our most effective anti-recession tools is what’s known in the business as automatic fiscal stabilizers — stimulus programs that come online automatically when the economy stumbles.

When the job market weakens, for example, more people become eligible for SNAP benefits. That has humanitarian and child welfare benefits, but it also prevents the weaker job market from creating secondary and tertiary downturns in the grocery store and agricultural sectors. Similarly, Social Security benefits keep flowing to retirees even though the payroll tax revenue that pays the benefits tends to collapse. If the program were structured so that outlays were limited by incoming revenue, then job losses would lead to cutbacks in seniors’ spending, which would lead to more job losses and more cutbacks.

Bennet wants to significantly expand fiscal stabilizers in a number of ways:
  • Expand SNAP benefits by as much as 15 percent during downturns and automatically have the federal government pick up a larger share of the tab for unemployment insurance benefits when a state’s unemployment rate is elevated.
  • Make the federal match for Medicaid and CHIP spending more generous during downturns, so that state governments don’t need to respond to recessions by laying off teachers and raising college tuition in order to fund the health care safety net.
  • Create a “fast track infrastructure fund” — a special pool of money that state and local governments could tap during a downturn if they do the advance planning needed to get projects off the ground quickly.

But perhaps the most interesting idea in the Bennet platform is the simplest: endorsing a proposal by Federal Reserve staff economist Claudia Sahm to just cut everyone a check when the unemployment rate rises.

Traditionally, policymakers had worried that this kind of program would be poorly targeted — sending a healthy chunk of change to reasonably affluent households who don’t necessarily need the money and might not even spend it. The experience of the Great Recession has, however, convinced many people that the question of technically optimal targeting is less important than solving the problem of finding fast, feasible, and politically sustainable means of stimulating the economy.

Sending checks to everyone is a potentially powerful boost to the economy, and if you need a bigger boost, it’s trivially easy to send bigger checks. And the fact that everyone gets a check means you could potentially avoid some of the political pitfalls of stimulus programs that engender disputes about who really “deserves” help.

The flip side is that it’s hard to have an effective economic recovery unless you have a supportive Federal Reserve.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 03:41 PM

At least some of the proposals for automatic infrastructure spending is to have:
  • Pre-approved contingent projects
  • Which have the power to borrow their funding
  • Only when the interest rate on Federal funds dips below <x>%
The nice thing is that they're also protection against getting too close to the ZLB.
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Posted 22 August 2019 - 05:26 PM

Manufacturing is down. Wasn't this Trump's signature deal making claim?

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Warning signs keep piling up that the American economy is slowing down, if not headed for an outright recession.

CNBC reports that IHS Markit’s U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers index this month contracted for the first time since September 2009.

“New orders received by manufacturers dropped the most in 10 years, while the data also showed export sales tanked to the lowest level since August 2009,” CNBC reports.

A major reason for the drop in manufacturing orders has been President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, which has raised the prices of raw materials such as steel and aluminum that are used for manufacturing goods.

Additionally, IHS Markit economics associate director Tim Moore says that this manufacturing slump is impacting the service economy as well.

“The most concerning aspect of the latest data is a slowdown in new business growth to its weakest in a decade, driven by a sharp loss of momentum across the service sector,” Moore explains. “Survey respondents commented on a headwind from subdued corporate spending as softer growth expectations at home and internationally encouraged tighter budget setting.”

The U.S. Treasury bond yield curve also inverted once again on Thursday, which means that interest rates for 10-year treasury bonds were lower than interest rates for 2-year bonds. In the past, an inverted yield curve has been a key sign of a coming economic recession.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 05:43 PM

CNN's John Avlon calls out the GOP's hypocritical supposed deficit hawks. There isn't a single fiscal conservative left in the bunch.

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In a “Reality Check” segment on CNN on Thursday morning, contributor John Avlon called out GOP fiscal hawks who have suddenly disappeared from the public square now that a Republican president has exploded the national debt.

Introduced by host John Berman, who asked, “This morning new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm it: The national debt and deficit are much worse than thought. So where is the party of fiscal responsibility in times like these?” Avlon broke it down.

“While President Trump was busy proclaiming himself ‘the chosen one,’ you might have missed more bad news in the form of data,” Avlon smirked. “Brand new CBO numbers shows the budget deficit is skyrocketing, projected to rise 25 percent over last year and heading to over $1 trillion next year. Tax revenues are $430 billion below where they were expected to be before the Trump tax cuts while spending in is in drunken sailor territory adding $1.7 trillion in the next decade.”

“Put it another way, deficits have risen from a decade low of 2.4 percent over Obama to a projected average 4.7 percent of GDP over the next decade,” he continued before adding, “Remember, all this is happening during the nation’s longest economic expansion when deficits should be shrinking.”

Pointing to comments made by Trump attacking President Obama on deficits when he was running for president, Avlon focused in on Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) who was also a critic.

“Hypocrisy is palpable, but for some senators it’s absurd,” he explained. “From example, Georgia’s David Perdue who resorted to magical thinking when he voted to increase spending after voting for the tax cuts. He penned an op-ed that a vote against the budget was a vote to increase spending while he told an editorial board that it was more than paid for by the tax cut — that’s just not true.”

“Of course the bill to increase spending did, in fact, increase spending,” he charged. “Senator Perdue is a symptom of a larger problem; the abandonment of fiscal responsibility by Republicans while railing against the fiscal of Democrats. It bears repeating the last two presidents to shrink the deficits were Democrats: Clinton and Obama.

“All of us talk about concern for the deficit and budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around,” he continued. “While President Trump was tweeting out a claim he was like the king of Israel, clearly the only crown he can claim is the one he can lay on himself some time ago, the King of Debt.”

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 12:19 PM

Trump is doing little to hold off a recession and instead, in pure Trumpian form, is looking for a scapegoat.

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A number of indicators are suggesting a recession is on the horizon. That, of course, could have a huge impact on the presidential election — especially if the slowdown arrives during or close to autumn 2020.

Usually, when the economic outlook gets ominous, the White House begins taking steps to ward off a recession. In the Washington Post today, economist and former Biden advisor Jared Bernstein outlines how this would normally work.

Trump appears to be going in a different direction.

The White House is playing down concerns about the economy, while casting about for a scapegoat other than himself for voters to blame if things go bad. Increasingly, that scapegoat looks to be Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell.


Yep, the Fed Chair looks like he's the goat. Trump is also screeching about China. With the failure of his trade war I'm not surprised.

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President Trump escalated his attacks on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, whom Trump appointed, in a tweet that labeled Powell as an “enemy” in his ongoing trade war.

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….My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019

Trump’s tweet came after Powell made remarks suggesting that the Federal Reserve was limited in its ability to counteract the effects of Trump’s trade actions.

“While monetary policy is a powerful tool that works to support consumer spending, business investment, and public confidence, it cannot provide a settled rule book for international trade,” Powell said, speaking at a symposium in Jackson, Wyoming, according to the New York Times.

For months, Trump has called on Powell to cut interest rates — a pressure campaign that has blown past the norms of independence for the Federal Reserve.

In his remarks Friday, Powell suggested that future rate cuts are still on the table, but gave no clear indications of when they could happen.

Trump continued to defend his trade policy on Twitter. He also ordered that companies stop doing business with China.

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….your companies HOME and making your products in the USA. I will be responding to China’s Tariffs this afternoon. This is a GREAT opportunity for the United States. Also, I am ordering all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE,….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019

His tirade comes as the White House has reportedly grown internally anxious about the potential for a recession.


Larry Kudlow says Trump is looking at tax cuts because of course he is. It's the Republican answer to every question. Recession? Tax cuts! Recovery? Tax cuts? The pain and itching of hemorrhoids? Tax cuts!

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White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow contradicted President Trump on Thursday evening, suggesting the White House may propose some form of middle class tax cuts while Trump is campaigning for the 2020 reelection.

During an interview with Fox Business Network, Kudlow tried to clean up Trump’s remarks on Wednesday, when he said tax-cuts weren’t being considered.

“You very may well see a new rollout of additional, additional middle-class tax relief and small-business tax relief,” he said. “There is nothing in the near term, that’s what the President was getting at. We believe the economy is quite healthy, we expect some relief on short-term interest rates coming up from the Fed and so forth. But longer run, why not?”

The White House has waffled its message on whether it intends to put forward payroll tax cuts in order to curb a possible recession.

Why not? I'll give you a trillion annual reasons you economic hack!
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