Perhaps you’ve seen the stories this week about the $6.6 billion in one hundred dollar bills that the US Government managed to “lose” in Iraq back in 2003-4. Apparently, as part of the Iraqi reconstruction effort, plane loads (C-130 Hercules to be exact) of palettes containing shrink wrapped 100 dollar bills were flown in. $22 billion in all. As the Pentagon is attempting to close the books on the operation this week, it was revealed that some $6.6 billion cannot be accounted for.
For his latest piece over at Financial Times, Roger Altman fires up the economic fallacy machine and throws it into overdrive: The economy needs more stimulus to recover; recessions must be avoided; we’ll solve our debt problem with more debt; and don’t worry, higher prices are temporary.
Let’s begin with this notion that a recession is a bad thing. Yes it’s certainly painful, like rehabilitation after an injury, but necessary in order to heal…
In an interview on the Today Show yesterday, President Obama again exhibited his woeful lack of economic understanding.
According to Obama, our economic woes are structural problems that have resulted from large increases in productivity – like installing ATM machines and getting rid of bank tellers.