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Japan is caught
in a stimulus trap

Washington Post, by Robert J. Samuelson

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Posted By:nhchemist, 2/4/2013 10:05:30 AM

The lesson is that huge budget deficits and ultra-low interest rates — the basics of stimulus — have limits and can be self-defeating. To use a well-worn metaphor: Stimulus becomes a narcotic. People feel better for a while, but the effect wears off. The economy then needs a new fix. Too many fixes may spawn new problems (examples: excessive debt, asset “bubbles,” inflation). That’s already happened in Japan. It’s caught in a trap. On the one hand, it needs stimulus to grow. On the other, the debt from past stimulus measures threatens future growth.

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The US is a few years behind Japan, but catching up (or is that going down?) rapidly. For those who believe that our innovation will save the day, regulations are stifling our ability to innovate.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 2/4/2013 10:36:36 AM     (No. 9157360)

From the Weimar Republic to Japan, history provides examples of the futility of Keynesian economics. The Chicago gang in the WH simply doesn´t care.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: veritas, 2/4/2013 11:58:20 AM     (No. 9157585)

Remember, the "fixes" offered [read: imposed] by gov´t, or suggested by economists, are much more like the "fixes" of junkies than the fixes of a good mechanic.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/4/2013 1:04:35 PM     (No. 9157749)

So is the U.S. Get rid of democrats.

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