There’s at least one elected official who’s not buying the green shoots jobless recovery. In an October 29, 2009 article for Forbes Magazine, Texas Congressman Ron Paul tells Americans to Be Prepared for the Worst.
This is nothing less than the creation of another bubble. By attempting to cushion the economy from the worst shocks of the housing bubble’s collapse, the Federal Reserve has ensured that the ultimate correction of its flawed economic policies will be more severe than it otherwise would have been. Even with the massive interventions, unemployment is near 10% and likely to increase, foreigners are cutting back on purchases of Treasury debt and the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet remains bloated at an unprecedented $2 trillion. Can anyone realistically argue that a few small upticks in a handful of economic indicators are a sign that the recession is over?
What is more likely happening is a repeat of the Great Depression. We might have up to a year or so of an economy growing just slightly above stagnation, followed by a drop in growth worse than anything we have seen in the past two years. As the housing market fails to return to any sense of normalcy, commercial real estate begins to collapse and manufacturers produce goods that cannot be purchased by debt-strapped consumers, the economy will falter. That will go on until we come to our senses and end this wasteful government spending.
So, the question is, who are you going to believe, a bunch of crooks, banksters and appointed ex-employees of large investment banks running our financial system, or the one congressman who refuses to be bought and silenced by special interests and lobbies?
Ron Paul says that we should be prepared for the worst. Take note, because he’s not trying to promote some hidden agenda. This guy is as straight up as it gets.