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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Welcome To Sunday: More Layoffs

The Demorats just don't get it, so let me make it plain:

The layoffs will continue until morale improves.

From Yahoo's The Daily Ticker:
Putting pressure on an already lousy job market, the mass layoff is making a comeback. In the past week, Cisco, Lockheed Martin and Borders announced a combined 23,000 in job cuts. (See: Another Retailer Bites the Dust: Borders Doomed by Amazon Deal, Davidowitz Says)

Those announcements follow 41,432 in planned cuts in June, up 11.6% from May and 5.3% vs. a year earlier, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Meanwhile, state and local governments have cut 142,000 jobs this year, The WSJ reports, and Wall Street is braced for another round of cutbacks. This week, Goldman Sachs announced plans to let go 1000 fixed-income traders.

If these trends continue, we may soon be talking about losses in the monthly employment data -- not just disappointing growth, says Howard Davidowitz, CEO of Davidowitz & Associates

"Everything in business is confidence," Davidowitz says. "You lose confidence and businesses can't deal with that [and] who could have confidence with what's going on in Washington?"

Davidowitz is bipartisan in his criticism, calling the U.S. political system "dysfunctional and deranged." (See: "A Bunch of Morons in Washington": Howard Davidowitz Handicaps the Debt Ceiling Debate)

Revealed here for the first time, and for the first time in any print or digital form:

The stock market is ephemeral. It is smoke, mirrors, rumors, half-truths, outright lies and -- mostly -- emotions.

There is no plan. There is no "system." There is no planning. There are no hard and fast "facts." There is no "prognostication." There is no guaranteed, steely insurance. There are only emotions. Literally. Poorly done.

It isn't about what is; it's about what you think about what might be. What you fear. How confident you feel. Or may not feel. To continue:
Still, the restructuring expert is a longtime and vocal critic of President Obama: "There has never been in a situation in my lifetime where a guy increases the debt by 40%, GDP growth is on the way down, Food Stamps are up, millions more are unemployed -- and to accomplish this we spent $4 trillion."

But it's an open question whether any president or policy mix could do much to revive the economy after the bursting of the credit bubble.

In This Time is Different, co-authors Ken Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart demonstrate that financial crises are typically followed by severe recessions, slow recoveries, subpar growth and greater frequency of recessions in the decade following the crisis. (See: Bernanke In Denial About Economy's Fate, Vincent Reinhart Says)

"No one believes the economy, Obama or not, is going to improve," my Breakout colleague Jeff Macke says in the accompanying clip. "Time [is] the only thing that heals."

Insanity rules. You can't legislate morality. Or common sense. Or logic. Or proportion. Or reality.

Welcome to your new precipice.

Send lawyers, guns and money.


God bless Warren Zevon. One of my favorites musical artists of all time.


Blogger Trekkie4Ever said...

Don't kill me, BZ,but I have never heard of Warren Zevon.

As for the lay-offs, don't forget the space program, many people will be heading to the unemployment office. Since Obummer shut down the space shuttle program.

Sat Jul 23, 05:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

The downhill slide is becoming an avalanche...

Sat Jul 23, 06:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Excuse me BZ but I must state the obvious: When have Democrats EVER worried about a plan B? When have they ever concerned themselves with the "Unintended" consequences of their actions? I submit NEVER.

Obamacare, Stimulus, regulations, fail to drill, paying others to drill, just off the top of my head.

Dem's aren't the only ones Granted, but like Islamic Terrorism vs Christian Terrorism, they are far and above the MOST Offenders.

Sun Jul 24, 10:21:00 PM PDT  

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