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Peter Schiff - More Stimulus Means Fewer Jobs



December 03, 2010 – Comments (3)

Today’s payroll report severely disappointed on the downside and left economists scratching their heads to explain the weakness. The explanation, however, is plain as day. As I have been saying for years, the US economy will not create jobs as long as the Fed keeps interest rates artificially low, and Congress keeps stimulating spending and consumer debt, punishing employers with mandates, regulations, and taxes, crowding out private investment with massive government borrowing, and preventing market forces from restructuring our out-of-balance economy.

As new data comes in that continues to bolster my hypothesis, the politicians in Washington continue to follow the wrong diagnosis, while ignoring evidence that their policy prescription has failed. Rather than reassessing the effectiveness of their remedy, they are merely prescribing more of the same.

No doubt the 9.8% unemployment rate (17% when counting the under-employed or discouraged workers) will spark another extension of unemployment benefits, which will provide yet additional incentives for the unemployed not to work. In addition, we will likely get another round of stimulus – paid for with higher budget deficits – that will further hinder the capital investment and business formation necessary to produce sustainable jobs. Then, the inflation created by the Fed to finance those deficits will send consumer prices higher, making life that much harder for all Americans, regardless of their employment status.

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#1) On December 03, 2010 at 4:01 PM, kdakota630 (28.79) wrote:

Argh!  I just got notified that he did a video blog today:

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#2) On December 03, 2010 at 9:19 PM, rd80 (94.78) wrote:

At least adding the video blog clocked in another dime for Foolanthropy.


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#3) On December 04, 2010 at 12:48 PM, kdakota630 (28.79) wrote:


I hadn't thought of that.  Good point!

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