Gerald Celente, editor and publisher of the Trends Journal, alerted subscribers to new developments with the stimulus plan, bailouts and what we should expectÂ in the future as a result of mismangement of recent government efforts.
KINGSTON, NY, 8 July 2009 — Vice President Joseph Biden’s admission that the Obama Administration’s economic recovery plan was predicated on egregiously inaccurate forecasts consigns the entire effort to failure, predicts Gerald Celente.
“The plan is based upon false premises,” said Celente, Director of The Trends Research Institute, referring to White House projections used to sell the stimulus package to the nation.Â To make their case, Washington warned that without the Obama stimulus, unemployment, then at 7.2 percent, would rise above 8 percent in 2009 and peak at 9 percent in 2010.
Yet, only midway through 2009, the unemployment rate is already 9.5 percent and rising.Â “This is an enormous miscalculation,” contends Celente.Â “In real world terms, it means that 2.5 million more Americans than anticipated have lost their jobs. The inaccuracy of the forecast undermines the validity not only of the plan, but also of the planners.”
Joe Biden sidestepped blame, pleading “guilty with an explanation.”Â Weaseled Biden, “The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy.”
NO!Â “Everyone else” did not “misread the economy.”Â The Trends Research Institute read it correctly, and has been reading it correctly for decades.
“How often does the government have to be wrong, and how wrong do they have to be before people and the media stop taking them seriously?” wondered Celente.Â “The first spending package didn’t deliver as promised, and now Obama’s advisors want another stimulus, as if doubling up on failure will achieve success.”Â
“If we made forecasts as inaccurate as the Obama team’s and implemented similarly unsuccessful plans, and then tried to salvage the situation by repeating exactly the same mistakes, we’d have been laughed out of business long ago,” Celente said.
Gerald Celente makes a pretty clear point here. As the administrations, past and present, have said, “no one could have predicted the economic collapse.” Then, we allowed those who did not see this coming to blow somewhere in the area of $10 Trillion in stimulus, bailouts and god knows what else to save us from the collapse. Now, we are learning that the administration made some mistakes in underestimating the severity of the crisis that they never saw coming. But, that’s ok, because they now know that another stimulus package will work. Whew. We were worried the SHTF was inevitable, but we feel better now.
What the hell — what’s another $10 Trillion. Fire up the printing presses, or computers, or whatever they do these days to make money.