Thursday, September 01, 2011

Maybe Somebody Should Do Something

If we define the "short term" as that period where any kind of government spending cuts are insane, the "short term" is now 3.5 years at least.

Obama's budget office initially calculated its economic forecast based upon data available through June. Even that data presaged an 8.8 percent average unemployment rate in 2011 and an 8.3 percent average rate next year. But the mid-session review got delayed, and when the Office of Management and Budget revised it to incorporate the data through the end of August, the picture became much gloomier. Unemployment will average 9.1 percent this year, and 9.0 percent next year, OMB concluded, and won't dip below 7 percent until 2015 at the earliest.

And, no, I don't want to hear about the need for deficit reduction anymore.