High Unemployment, Empty Storefronts, For Sale Signs – When Will We Recover?

Driving around town the signs are obvious.  “For Sale” signs that sit for months on poorly kept lawns.  Empty storefronts with empty parking lots that painfully remind us of a few years ago when times seemed better.  Plus, we hear about high unemployment all the time – 9.5% nationally, 14.2% in Nevada, 13.2% in Michigan, and 12.3% in California according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of June 2010) .

And, we are warned by business leaders about the high costs of creating new jobs as well as their fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the economy.  Many citizens are downright worried about high government spending and high borrowing as well as astronomical deficits and skyrocketing debt.   Taxes appear to be headed upward with the upcoming repeal of the Bush tax cuts.  New health care taxes and regulations come with high price tags.  Are we really experiencing an economic recovery?  If not, when will we recover?  Let’s talk about it now.

In my view, we are in a very modest recovery phase that is most likely a part of a double-dip recession.  I also believe that if we continue down the road with the current fiscal (spending and taxing) policies and the current monetary (money supply and interest rate) policies, the American economy will slip into the second recessionary dip.

These policies are zapping the private sector of the capital and regulatory climate needed to create new businesses and new jobs.  In addition, the new health care law is driving America toward a complete restructuring of about 17% of the American economy with the depressing effect on the economy of socialized medicine.  Moreover, there are added costs associated with the new financial regulatory law and worries about potential new carbon taxes and cap-and-trade taxes and regulations.   It’s a recipe for another major recession.

When will the American economy recover?  The answer is simple.  When we cut government spending, cut taxes on economic growth (income, savings, and investment), and cut government borrowing, the economy will take off again – just as it has done in the past.

Citizen Economics Blog – News, Analysis, Insight, Practical Knowledge by Gerard Francis Lameiro, Ph.D.

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