While searching the net for blog subjects I found a site called Dr. T’s EconLinks.com
I have to admit I was a little disappointed not to find Dr. Tufte’s smiling face and perfect hair. The are some great links however most of which are available at the class blog site. The Capital Spectator has a vast amount of writings dealing with the current topics we are discussing in class. I’d like to weigh in on GEORGE IS FALLING, AND HE CAN'T GET UP With the interest rate hike the author has a somewhat gloomy attitude for the future of the U.S. economy. The value of the dollar is slipping which in turn will mean higher prices are on the way for the consumer. Translation, inflation. The author sites “The mounting federal budget deficit combined with the sharp increase in consumer debt implies burdensome days ahead for the greenback. Servicing the growing pile of American red ink will only become more difficult as interest rates rise”.
I have been around through numerous hikes and drops in the federal deficit and my view is that nothing as far as inflation or recession really changes because of it. Debt is never good. At times it is necessary to bridge cycles of prosperity and leanness. I believe we are in leaner times than normal despite the growth we have seen. Americans are still a little leery about engaging in an all out spending binge since the U.S. economy has yet to really be soundly strong on its feet.
There’s also another note from the author “The U.S. trade deficit has hit record highs in each of the first 4 months of the year while net foreign inflows have persistently slowed during the same period." With U.S. manufacturing churning out less and consumers buying more foreign goods isn’t this a given?
After what we’ve discussed and studied these last few days I’ve come to the conclusion that this cycle, like the cycles of the past will be but a memory. I’ll choose to view the glass as half full.