Halfway to Recession

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  1. profile image0
    JaxsonRaineposted 5 years ago

    Q4 2012 the US GDP shrank by 0.1%, compared to 3.1% growth the previous quarter. This was a surprise for the most part.

    A recession is when we have two consecutive quarters of contraction, so if the first three months of this year don't post growth we'll be back in one.

    Right now we are looking at spending cuts and increased taxes on most Americans, so prepare yourselves for the doom and gloom

    1. Zelkiiro profile image94
      Zelkiiroposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      1. We've been through worse.
      2. No empire lasts forever.
      3. This is what happens when Republicans start wars and no one stops them.
      4. All of the above.

      Pick one.

      1. bBerean profile image59
        bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Turns out you are funny!  wink

      2. profile image0
        JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        1 - True, although our 'recovery' has been exaggerated through monetary policy which is essentially kicking the can down the road, and making the can much bigger.
        2 - True.
        3 - War actually stimulates GDP, and let's not throw this off-topic by getting into who is responsible for the wars.
        4 - Almost.

        1. Zelkiiro profile image94
          Zelkiiroposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Well, it's hard to deny that the Republicans started the wars. I mean, they all started under Dubya Bush. The issue is that no one's stepping up to stop them--neither the Democrats nor the Republicans.

          If there's any real reason to dislike Obama, it's that he's waffled on his promise to end those meaningless wars. (And to close Gitmo, but that's a different story.)

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            JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            The President cannot declare war. Like I said, let's not take this off-track.

            1. rhamson profile image74
              rhamsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              No mention was made of the declaration of war which was worse as congress ( if they did care) could have some say in it.
              You forgot to mention in your post that there was one of the most expensive negative campaigns mounted ever and that the fiscal cliff might have made some manufacturers pull back on their orders and inventory.
              The prospect of another quarter or two being negative growth was predicted because of the two reasons I cited before.
              While I agree with the plausibility of your prediction your manipulating the reasons are less than genuine.

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                JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                I think you're reading more into what I've said than I'm actually saying.

                I said the POTUS can't declare war because some people like to blame the wars on Bush.

                I also said our stimulus spending has provided a short-term boost to GDP.

                So, what reasons have I been manipulating?

                1. rhamson profile image74
                  rhamsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  "Q4 2012 the US GDP shrank by 0.1%, compared to 3.1% growth the previous quarter. This was a surprise for the most part." JaxonRaine

                  No surprise here as I stated the negative campaign and fiscal cliff was predicted long before the quarter showed a shrinking of the economy. I.E. manipulation of the facts.

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                    JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Ok, no surprise to you. Projections were, I believe, right around 1%. That's what I meant. 'For the most part' means that I'm not saying it was a surprise to everyone.

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        Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Those "republican wars" cost approximately 1/4 of President Obama's debt spending.  Seriously?  I'm not saying that republicans did nothing to get us into this mess, only that the wars are being used as a scapegoat here.  Knock the wars all you want, but they are not the reason we are in financial meltdown.  Why is it that President Obama can spend, and it's a stimulus, but all of the money spent during these wars does nothing to stimulate the economy?  That argument makes no sense, and it actually contradicts President Obama's entire stimulus plan.

        1. Zelkiiro profile image94
          Zelkiiroposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          The wars may only be a part of the debt spending, but they're the biggest contributor to it. And the wars in question are highly unpopular and have generally been deemed as a bad idea. So yeah, dropping them and leaving would only do us good.

          1. profile image71
            Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            They were not the most significant contributor to our debt.  Runaway spending was, by far, the biggest contributor to our debt.

            1. Zelkiiro profile image94
              Zelkiiroposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              And when you use money to purchase goods (like, say, tanks and weapons and ammunition), you're doing which of the following things?

              A. Cooking
              B. Spending
              C. Swimming
              D. Dancing

              1. profile image71
                Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                What's your point?  We all understand that it's spending, but you can't have it both ways.  You can't say that all government spending, except in the case of the wars, is a stimulus to the economy and then say that the reason we are in such bad shape is because of war spending.  That makes absolutely no sense.

        2. tsadjatko profile image60
          tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          it's not like the democrats didn't vote for the wars..you kidding me - they are the ones who said the Afganistan war was the one we needed to escalate. Even though BO preached against the surge in Iraq  as president he continued all Bush administration policies on the wars.

          1. profile image71
            Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Oh, but democrats have the answer to that one.  Bush lied.  He fabricated evidence, and we went to war based on false information.  Always an excuse.  People need to own their decisions.  Democrats largely supported both the war in Iraq and the one in Afghanistan.

  2. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
    Kathryn L Hillposted 5 years ago

    Obama should have extended all tax cuts across the board. How come that didn't happen?
    How come?

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      JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Because politicians don't understand how healthy markets operate. It's like we keep opening up a surgery patient to apply internal bandaids, when the patient will heal much better and more quickly on its own.

      1. tsadjatko profile image60
        tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        The real problem is we need to spend more, ask Obama. He's a real expert on the economy!

        1. Zelkiiro profile image94
          Zelkiiroposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          It's true, though, in a crazy paradoxical sort of way. Yes, spending more money will, indeed, be a great boost to the economy's growth. The problem, however, is that most people don't have the money TO inject into the system, and so it's gonna be a slow and painful process.

          1. tsadjatko profile image60
            tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            "...most people"? I was talking about the government-they just print the money. Where have you been?

          2. profile image0
            JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Short-term boost, yes.

            But it's not free money. It causes more long-term pain than short-term gain, so you better make sure the short-term gain is worth it.

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
              Kathryn L Hillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

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              1. tsadjatko profile image60
                tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Hard toargue with negative GDP for last quarter - only a fool would try to make the case the economy is getting better.

            2. tsadjatko profile image60
              tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              He's been doing it along - hasn't helped the short term at all - 2 % GDP growth is worst in history for a recovery. Actually recovery began officially before one cent of stimulus was spent.

            3. profile image71
              Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Politicians are okay with that, because it makes them look successful.  Once they are out of office, years down the road, we all pay.

  3. tammybarnette profile image61
    tammybarnetteposted 5 years ago

    If it were not for the hit from slower inventory growth and the deepest plunge in defense spending in 40 years, the economy would have grown at a respectable 2.5 percent rate. In addition, economists said Superstorm Sandy, which struck the East Coast in late October may have reduced GDP by about half a point.

    "Obviously, the headline number is a bit jarring, but the underlying details of the report, by and large, are consistent with an economy that is growing probably at a trend basis of about two percent," said Michael Hanson, a senior economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.

    Economists polled by Reuters had expected GDP to rise at a 1.1 percent rate and none had predicted a contraction. While many were surprised by the drop in output, they were heartened by the acceleration in consumer spending and rebound in business investment, which pointed to some fundamental economic strength.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/ … 7520130130

    1. tsadjatko profile image60
      tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's precious 2.5% is respectable! for a recovery? That's anemic and your explanations are as bogus as 2.5% is being respectable. We are heading for a recession, wait till Obama care kicks in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVXVLU77RFc
      And wait till you see the revision for the last quarter. The truth is "if this or that" has no bearing on reality - it's not 2.5, it was negative. Stop trying to spin it.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
        Kathryn L Hillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, tsadjatko.

      2. tammybarnette profile image61
        tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I give you Reuters and you give me youtube...nuff said roll



        "There were several bright spots in the GDP report."

        "For one, household income after taxes and inflation increased at a strong 6.8 percent rate. That allowed households to step up their saving, and the saving rate rose by more than a percentage point."

        "Consumers were also helped by slowing inflation. An inflation gauge in the report advanced at just a 1.2 percent pace, down from 1.6 percent in the third quarter. So-called core prices rose just 0.9 percent, the smallest gain in two years."

        "Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity, rose at a 2.2 percent rate, accelerating from the prior quarter's 1.6 percent growth pace, while business investment rebounded after its first drop in 1-1/2 years."

        "The housing market was another positive.

        "Homebuilding grew at a 15.3 percent rate after notching a 13.5 percent growth pace in the third quarter. It added to growth last year for the first time since 2005."

        "A turnaround in the housing market will be a key support to the economy this year, with homebuilding contributing to growth and higher home prices supporting consumer spending," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial in Pittsburgh."

        (Additional reporting by Leah Schnurr in New York; Editing by Andrea Ricci and Tim Dobbyn)


        Additional reading for the glass half full smile

        1. tsadjatko profile image60
          tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Terrible weekly Jobless claims this moring up 20,000 over estimates and 50,000 over last week -  Unemployment figures tomorrow expected at 160,000 jobs just enough to match new people coming into workforce every month -will do nothing for the 20,000,000+ still unemployed.  Guess you think these figures are respectable?
          Holiday spending went up only .2% terrible economy and there is always an excuse given for economic figures like these and it is just spin. Has nothing to do with the reality of the figures which is all that matters, not what could have or should have happened in someone's agenda driven opinion.

          Yeah youtube video. Watch this one (the longer explanation of how Obamacare will destroy the economy) and maybe you'll learn something (borrow a brain from some one first, might help). Or have you read the whole bill and can tell us about it..yeah right.
          http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/29/wat … -briefing/

          1. tammybarnette profile image61
            tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Actually I have and will find the link for you if you need to borrow my brain lol The heritage foundation is a right wing lobbyist group and FOX news in a right wing television show....Try to expand your avenues of research and you may actually learn something.

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              whoisitposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Its interesting that you claim FOX is so right wing, I wonder why they would have someone like Dennis Kucinich working with them?

              http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa … -1.1241824

          2. tammybarnette profile image61
            tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this
        2. profile image71
          Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Are we really trying to argue that the economy is good or getting better?  This isn't what economic recovery looks like.  If you want to see real numbers, look at what Reagan did after four years of Carter.  It did take a few years, but recovery actually occurred.  This isn't what recovery looks like.

          1. tammybarnette profile image61
            tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/Steindl.GD.Recovery
            The Great Depression has two meanings. One is the horrendous debacle of 1929-33 during which unemployment rose from 3 to 25 percent as the nation's output fell over 25 percent and prices over 30 percent, in what also has been called the Great Contraction. A second meaning has the Great Depression as the entire decade of the thirties, the anxieties and apprehensions for which John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is a metaphor. Much has been written about the unprecedented drop in economic activity in the Great Contraction, with questions about its causes and the reasons for its protracted decline especially prominent. The amount of scholarship devoted to these issues dwarfs that dealing with the recovery. But there indeed was a recovery, though long, tortuous, and uneven. In fact, it was well over twice as long as the contraction.

            The economy hit its trough in March 1933. Whether or not by coincidence, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office that month, initiating the New Deal and its fabled first hundred days, among which was the creation in June 1933 of its principal recovery vehicle, the NIRA — National Industrial Recovery Act.

    2. profile image71
      Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I just watched a report where politicians were talking about how this would help the economy.  In order to rebuild, billions will be spent.  Of course, this supposes that government spending can improve the economy.  Doesn't President Obama believe government spending can help the economy?

  4. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
    Kathryn L Hillposted 5 years ago

    What will happen (in 2014), once people realize that Oba MA Care will involve fines of up to $1200 a year for those who do not have insurance???
    Then, what will happen if some are not willing to pay that fine? (Like smokers who will then have to pay $10,000 a year for insurance? I have heard It will go up from $5,000 in insurance per year for smokers under Oba MA Care.) Is this all true? (-watch the above You Tube video. It is. And worse.)

    1. tammybarnette profile image61
      tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes FOX never lies lol

      1. profile image71
        Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        . . .and CNBC is always truthful and unbiased.

        1. Zelkiiro profile image94
          Zelkiiroposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Screw FOX and CSNBC. I'll stick to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report to get my news how it was truly meant to be seen: through tears of laughter.

          1. tammybarnette profile image61
            tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            smile

    2. Josak profile image61
      Josakposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Not true and the fines are not enforceable. Crude and obvious fear mongering

      1. profile image71
        Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, President Obama has done such a great job explaining what will happen to all of us.  This is the largest government program in 60 or more years, and we, the people, really have no clue about what is going to happen with Obamacare.  At best, isn't this a total failure when it comes to communication?

        1. Josak profile image61
          Josakposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          "We the people who have not made a sufficient effort to inform ourselves really have no clue what is going on"    fixed it for you

          Take some personal responsibility and educate yourself on the matter, there are plenty of good unbiased summaries if you don't want to read the whole bill but I recommend you do.

      2. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
        Kathryn L Hillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        The fines are enforceable because they will be tacked onto to your income tax bill, unless you provide the proper forms proving that you have your own  insurance.
        Why do you say they are not enforceable?????

  5. profile image71
    Education Answerposted 5 years ago

    Obamacare is 2,700 pages and growing.  Seriously?  Nobody really knows what Obamacare will bring.  Summarize all you want; Nobody can truly predict what will happen with Obamacare.  No matter what, this law is too long, but then again, I'm sure it has to be long in order to be as intrusive as it is.

    As for personal responsibility, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I AM DOING!  I want to be personally responsible for my own health insurance.  I don't need President Obama to dictate whether I need insurance and what it should look like.  That's too intrusive.

    1. tammybarnette profile image61
      tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great then buy your own private policy smile

      1. profile image71
        Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I have one.  Why should the government punish other people who do not wish to have one?

        1. tammybarnette profile image61
          tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          It's a way to keep tax payers from being punished by their desire to not have insurance, so they use the ER as their doc office, etc. etc. Now they can still choose to not have insurance, but will pay a tax to cover their inevitable need for medical attention.

          1. profile image0
            JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            What if they have enough to afford paying cash?

            1. tammybarnette profile image61
              tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Then they have enough to afford the tax as well...I don't know why anyone wouldn't want insurance, even if you are exrememly wealthy...

              1. profile image0
                JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                The point is, it takes away freedom. It's coercion, not to mention a horrible precedent to say that Congress can tax you on inaction.

                Punish people for the actions of others though... that's what America has always been about.

                1. tammybarnette profile image61
                  tammybarnetteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  I understand your point, I was using the example in a different discussion about chewing gum in school, somewhere years ago some kids stuck their gum too their desk and therefore nobody is allowed to chew gum in school...

          2. profile image71
            Education Answerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I understand that people who do not have insurance use the emergency room, at our expense.  That is certainly a problem, but forcing insurance on all people is not the solution.  The solution is to provide services for these people and then require some form of payment, something.

  6. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
    Kathryn L Hillposted 5 years ago

    If Jesus is interdependence, Independence is God.
    Dependence is for minors and the truly deserving: (Aged, handicapped, etc)
    Only.

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
      Kathryn L Hillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      oops wrong forum. sorry.

  7. taburkett profile image60
    taburkettposted 5 years ago

    with all the new taxes and expanded detrimental policies on business, I will be surprised if we don't just fly past recession and head straight into depression.
    especially since the Leadership has stated that we do not have a spending problem.
    it is obvious that when you elect community disorganizers into the top pots, the grog will always froth over and flood the commune with destructive rubble.

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
      Kathryn L Hillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Obama explained that the spending problem has been solved with PPACA.

 
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