Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tip of the Hat

Sometimes, less is more.  David Frum - a frequent flyer to this column - sums up last year's national nightmare both succinctly and accurately.  No need to add my two cents.  That would only defeat the purpose wouldn't it?

2011's Debt Ceiling Debacle

Tea Party Protests Raising the Debt Ceiling
Tea Party activists gathered on Capitol Hill on July 27 for a "Hold the Line" rally to protest raising the debt ceiling. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

How much harm did it do? It nearly wrecked the recovery, Wharton profs Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson argue in today's Bloomberg View:

High-frequency data on consumer confidence from the research company Gallup, based on surveys of 500 Americans daily, provide a good picture of the debt-ceiling debate’s impact (see chart). Confidence began falling right around May 11, when Boehner first announced he would not support increasing the debt limit. It went into freefall as the political stalemate worsened through July. Over the entire episode, confidence declined more than it did following the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in 2008. After July 31, when the deal to break the impasse was announced, consumer confidence stabilized and began a long, slow climb that brought it back to its starting point almost a year later.

Let's go to their charts.

Consumer confidence first:


The effect on employment next:


Let's never, ever do anything like this again, please.

Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/29/debt-ceiling.html

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