Monday, September 06, 2010

Krugman: "1938 in 2010"

1938 Buick Coupe

Paul Krugman:
Now, we weren’t supposed to find ourselves replaying the late 1930s. President Obama’s economists promised not to repeat the mistakes of 1937, when F.D.R. pulled back fiscal stimulus too soon. But by making his program too small and too short-lived, Mr. Obama did just that: the stimulus raised growth while it lasted, but it made only a small dent in unemployment — and now it’s fading out.

And just as some of us feared, the inadequacy of the administration’s initial economic plan has landed it — and the nation — in a political trap. More stimulus is desperately needed, but in the public’s eyes the failure of the initial program to deliver a convincing recovery has discredited government action to create jobs.

In short, welcome to 1938. MORE...
Howie P.S.: Who was it that said “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”?

1 comment:

William said...

The same guy who said:

“Wisdom comes by disillusionment.”

and:

“Habit is stronger than reason”