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Don't get fooled by Bernanke

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posted on Aug, 31 2010 @ 08:14 PM
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Don't get fooled by Bernanke


www.marketwatch.com

When are investors going to stop getting suckered by Ben Bernanke?

On forecasts, the Fed chairman is about as useful as a New England weatherman.

As for the talk of more quantitative easing: A close reading of Bernanke's word's make you wonder if he even understands the crisis at all.

Let's look at the forecasts first. "I expect the economy to continue to expand in the second half of this year, albeit at a relatively modest pace," Bernanke said at Jackson Hole.
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posted on Aug, 31 2010 @ 08:14 PM
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Ah finally, the govt. shills turn against each other at their moment of demise.

Bernanke has got every one of his economic forecasts wrong, and some of us woke up to that over 2 years ago! (or before).


And maybe Ben Bernanke's economic forecasts aren't any worse than anyone else's.


Errr yes they are worse than the forecasters like Celente who warned us in 2008 and continue to do so.


But that's hardly the point, is it?


Well of course the govt. shills only ever listen to each other, and even after WSJ telling us not to be fooled by Bernanke they still continue to fool themselves that "nobody saw it coming".


And even if they're no worse, are they any better?


That's just nonsense because there are economists who talk sense, except they don't work for the govt.

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posted on Aug, 31 2010 @ 08:20 PM
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In the past, the bulk of this has come from the consumer. But look at the numbers. American families, according to the Federal Reserve itself, already owe $13.5 trillion. That is twice what they owed ten years ago, and four times what they owed twenty years ago. For all the talk of people repairing their balance sheets, that figure has fallen by a grand total of 2.7% from its all-time peak in 2008.

Meanwhile, the unemployment figures are far worse than the government admits. (Bernanke himself said as much. "The small decline in the unemployment rate is attributable more to reduced labor force participation than to job creation," he said. Think about that for a second if your definition of "unemployed" doesn't include those who have ceased to participate in the labor force, what use is it?).

We can find the real numbers for ourselves. The Labor Department's own data show that among adult men of prime working age, 25 to 54, just 81.2% have a job of any kind at the moment. (The figure until the crisis was nearly 90%, and back in the fifties it was around 95%).

The Labor Department further admits that a further 7% of those men are stuck working part time -- a sharp increase from two years ago, due to the financial crisis.

Put the two together and you discover that 25% of men of prime working age in America, one in four, today lacks a full-time job. Nearly one in five lacks any job at all. This is unprecedented in American history.

Millions of families are broke, up to their eyeballs in debt and unemployed. And they can't get credit, because lenders are at last worrying about whether they can pay the money back.


Page 2 contains the more serious stuff, and as many here suspected the US has 1930's depression level unemployment at 25%



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