Economic Recovery Nonsense Continues
By: Moses Kim
For the duration of what I estimate to be a 10 year economic slowdown (we are entering year 4), you will hear countless experts proclaim that the economy has recovered. Economic recovery evangelists were temporarily silenced earlier in the year, but they have now come out in force. In today’s FOMC statement, the Fed actually had the chutzpah to say: “The economic recovery is continuing, though at a rate that has been insufficient to bring down unemployment”. That the Fed can continually get away with saying such asinine comments this far into the recession is very surprising.
The economic recovery crowd will no doubt point you to the rise in retail sales. However, they will probably leave out a couple of key points. They probably won’t tell you that wholesale prices rose 0.8% in November, the most in 8 months. They also won’t tell you that the rise in retail sales was driven largely by the rise in food and energy costs. I keep hearing that oil prices are rising show that the economy is recovering. In that case, would $10 gasoline evidence an economic recovery for the ages? Is the weak dollar, not demand, not driving wholesale prices higher?