A local pundit's website prints only half the story from the CBO.
The half that Ryan's office didn't feed them? It's far, far, worse.
....here’s the thing: that forecast, as the CBO notes, does not
factor in “the harm that growing debt would cause to the economy.” Hey,
that would be a good thing to know, right? Well, you have to dig deeper
into the CBO study to find those numbers.
And when you take into account stuff like how deficits might
“crowd out” investment in factories and computers and how people might
respond to changes in after-tax wages, you find the debt is much, much
larger, closer to 200% of GDP.
Projected budgetary outcomes under the extended alternative
fiscal scenario are worsened by the economic changes that result from
its policies. With the effects of lower output and higher interest rates
incorporated, federal debt held by the public under the extended
alternative fiscal scenario would reach 190 percent of GDP in 2038—about
80 percentage points greater than that under the extended baseline with
economic feedback— according to CBO’s central estimates.
Further, in the "worst case" scenario, debt would be TWO HUNDRED FIFTY PERCENT of GDP by 2038. The CBO refused to guess what might happen in that case, because they have absolutely no precedents to follow.
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My Financial Institutions professor in Business School warned us about "crowding out" in 1974. The national debt at that time was less than half a trillion dollars.
I come back to this blog after weeks, and it's like nothing changed. Please stop commenting on economic matters, Dad. You are so out of your league on this.
Won't change what's right, and Krugman won't change what's wrong: his BozoNomics.
We note they haven't worked, at all, in 6 years of trying. Talk about out of the league....
By the way, Jimbo, your money-and-banking prof never mentioned disappearing T-Bill/Bond collateral, either.
As Strupp undoubtedly knows, Fed purchases have hobbled banks by sucking up about 1/3rd of UST debt issued in the last few years.
That means that the bank-to-bank repo market (and non-financials-to-banks plus vice-versa, too) is near dead.
I'm sure that Stupp also knows that the velocity of collateral has also suffered as a result.
And there's no question that he knows Stimulus has been absolutely useless. He's undoubtedly compared the results in the US to those in Germany--where the Gummint actually DID cut back on spending and debt.
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