The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. Those, who do not understand monetary sovereignty, do not understand economics. Cutting the federal deficit is the most ignorant and damaging step the federal government could take. It ranks ahead of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.

At long last, when will the economy recover? Wait a minute. Look at this graph:

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Considering that the data only goes through September, 2010, one easily can infer that the economy already has recovered. Yes, the stock market has not recovered, but that could be good news. It could mean it still has plenty of recovery left in it.

And yes, unemployment still is a big problem:

But that could be a good thing, too (although not for those who are unemployed.) A high level of unemployment mitigates against inflation. The government could continue to use its infinite spending ability and not be concerned it was causing inflation. For instance, FICA could be eliminated, as it should be, rather than the tentative, temporary step now taken. And the standard deduction could be raised, also as it should be. And Social Security benefits could be increased, and Medicare could be expanded, again as they should be.

And interest rates have stayed way down:

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And that’s another good thing, because it means the Fed has plenty of room (not that “room” really is needed) to raise rates if inflation should rear its ugly head.

There are plenty of leading indicators one might explore, but these graphs give me cause for optimism, if only the federal government will seize the moment.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity. Those who say the stimulus “didn’t work” remind me of the guy whose house is on fire. A neighbor runs with a garden hose and starts spraying, but the fire continues. The neighbor wants to call the fire department, which would bring the big hoses, but the guy says, “Don’t call. As you can see, water doesn’t put out fires.”