What nonsense that is. The official jobless rate, at 9.7%, is a fiction and should be treated as such. It doesn’t even count lots of unemployed people. The so-called “underemployment” or U-6 rate is an improvement: For example it counts discouraged job seekers, and those forced to work part-time because they can’t get a full-time job.
That rate right now is 16.6%, just below its recent high and twice the level it was a few years ago…
Myth 2: The markets are panicking about the deficit
To hear the G-20 tell it, the U.S. and other top countries had better slash those budget deficits before the world comes to an end. And maybe the markets should be panicking about the deficits. But they’re not. It’s that simple.
If they were, the interest rate on government bonds would be skyrocketing. That’s what happens with risky debt: Lenders demand higher and higher interest payments to compensate them for the dangers…
Myth 3: The U.S. is sliding into “socialism”
For a system allegedly being strangled in its bed, U.S. capitalism seems to be in astonishingly robust shape.
Numbers published by the Federal Reserve a few weeks ago show that corporate profit margins have just hit record levels. Indeed. Andrew Smithers, the well-regarded financial consultant and author of “Wall Street Revalued,” calculates from the Fed’s latest Flow of Funds report that corporate profit margins rocketed to 36% in the first quarter. Since records began in 1947 they have never been this high. The highest they got under Ronald Reagan was 30%…
More on all 3 myths at the link.
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