Despite the staggering and unorthodox monetary stimulus from The Federal Reserve, US real GDP continues to fall. The Q3 real GDP report is out and real GDP QoQ fell to 2%. Not surprising given that the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow tracker is at a dismal 0.195% and falling.
The culprit? Personal consumption fell to 1.6% in Q3 after hitting 12% in Q2.
The GDP price index actually declined slightly from 6.1% to 5.7%.
Of course, Bloomberg blames the decline in GDP on supply constraints … which were created by The Fed and Federal government dumping trillions of dollars of stimulus. While the monetary stimulus is still raging, Federal government stimulus has worn out. To paraphrase BB King, “The fiscal stimulus is gone.”
Yes, The Federal Reserve and the Federal government reacted insanely to the Covid crisis and created a total mess (including ill-advised government lockdowns of the economy, stimulus to households who already were employed, etc.)
Bloomberg News headline of “U.S. Posts Weakest Growth of Pandemic Recovery on Supply Woes” misses the point that The Fed and Federal Reserve CAUSED the supply woes. It reminds me of an episode from the British comedy series “Blackadder” with Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.
[explaining why they can’t rescue Captain Blackadder] Now George, you remember when I came down to visit you when you were a nipper, for your sixth birthday? You used to have a lovely little rabbit, beautiful little thing, do you remember?
That’s right, Flossie! Do you remember what happened to Flossie?
You shot him.
That’s right! It was the kindest thing to do after he’d been run over by that car.
By *your* car, sir.
Yes, by my car. But that, too, was an act of mercy when you remember that that dog had been set on him.
*Your* dog, sir.
Yes, yes, my dog. But what I’m trying to say, George, is that the state young Flossie was in after we’d scraped him off my front tyre, is very much the state that young Blackadder will be in now: if not very nearly dead, then very actually dead!
For those of you who watched Blackadder, think of The Fed and Federal government as being populated by Baldricks.
Speaking of people acting like Baldrick …