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Here's some potentially VERY good economic news that was lost amid the weekend news flurry.  Those with "skin in the game," and who likely possess the best perspective, are betting heavily on an upturn, as highlighted by Friday's Wall Street Journal:

Corporate insiders are buying stock in their own companies at a pact not seen in years, a sign they are betting on a rebound after a coronavirus-induced rout.  More than 2,800 executives and directors have purchased nearly $1.19 billion in company stock since the beginning of March.  That's the third-highest level on both an individual and dollar basis since 1988, according to the Washington Service, which provides data analytics about trading activity by insiders."

Here's why that's important:

Because insiders typically know the…[more]

March 30, 2020 • 11:02 am

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John Boehner is Right; Obama’s Economic Policies Have Failed the American People Print
By Ashton Ellis
Thursday, August 26 2010
As the first two years of the Obama Administration show, the only kind of certainty the president’s top economic advisors are capable of producing is the universal conviction that none of them knows how to operate a job-creating regulatory environment.

In a speech to the City Club of Cleveland, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) called on President Barack Obama to ask for and accept the resignations of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and National Economic Council chief Larry Summers.  With the private sector on life support and the job market continuing to shrivel, the only quibble with Boehner’s call for top-level resignations is that it doesn’t go high enough.  

To appreciate the people responsible for growing our economy downward, we first need some perspective.  As usual, Vice President Joe Biden is willing to help.  In response to Boehner’s criticisms, Biden sarcastically thanked the House Republican Leader for his “constructive advice” and then proceeded to repeat the tired line about how much worse the economy was under President George W. Bush. 

The problem for Vice President Biden is that the economy wasn’t this bad under Bush.  There wasn’t 9.5% unemployment like there is now.  The national debt wasn’t racing past $14 trillion like it is today.  The budget deficit, while inexcusably increased under Bush, is exploding at several times the Bush increase thanks to Obama’s new federal spending spree.  Business owners are also facing huge transactions costs to implement ObamaCare plus threats of more productivity-killing measures like cap-and-trade and the unions’ card-check system.  

Between the Obama Administration’s penchant for spending and its lust for regulation, it’s no wonder that the only thriving job market today is for contract work that offers no benefits, pension or sick leave.  (The notable exceptions are federal workers who enjoy not only these vanishing employment perks, but also an overall compensation package twice the average private sector worker.)   

And yet for all this spending and rulemaking the private sector job market is shrinking because continued government interventions create deep uncertainties about how to be productive.  As the first two years of the Obama Administration show, the only kind of certainty the president’s top economic advisors are capable of producing is the universal conviction that none of them knows how to operate a job-creating regulatory environment.   

To date, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner acts as if his job is to be the government equivalent of an overly creative financier rather than the nation’s top banker.  The role of the Treasury Secretary in today’s Great Recession should be less about hiding or repackaging our debt, and more about addressing it head on.  Even socialist-minded Europe is starting to take up the cause of government “austerity” – a policy made inevitable whenever a politician respects the hard certainty of a balance sheet.

Like his former disciple, National Economic Council chief Larry Summers can’t seem to make a common sense argument explaining how trillions of dollars in deficit spending is going to get America out of debt.   For that reason alone, his status as a top level advisor should be questioned.  Though there are reports that Summers works hard to stem the tide of even more extreme anti-growth “reforms” from other factions in the Obama White House, he is nonetheless a full-throated supporter of spending money that doesn’t exist.  Granted, the NEC doesn’t officially make policy, but they are the only economic advisors who are in daily, personal contact with the president.  Since Summers is unlikely to unlearn the disastrous dogmas of Keynesian economic policy, his presence at the NEC means Obama will continue to get advice to increase the deficit at the expense of the job market. 

And yet the person most responsible for the failures of Geithner and Summers is the man who hired them.  No servant is greater than his master, and at the end of the day both men are only implementing President Obama’s policy decisions.  Boehner is right to call for their ouster, and he correctly notes in his speech that Democratic enablers in Congress will be the first to feel the voters’ wrath this November.  After that, the next House Speaker should challenge the president to get serious about private sector job growth, or get out of office. 

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