Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Media woes

Did everyone forget that the current recession (or, at least, the remnants thereof) was originally started by a housing crisis and financial crisis? And that these crises started before the Obama administration? And that, at the time, many people said that unemployment may not return to normal levels until 2012? It seems disingenuous for news anchors to discuss when the Obama administration's use of the word 'inherit' just becomes an excuse. Must they contrive issues for the sake of seeming unbiased?

Also, does no one realize that banks make money, at least partially, by lending money? They don't need political pressure to continue lending, they have monetary incentives, and that's how they work. If they're not lending, there aren't enough monetary incentives for them to do so.

On the other hand, it seems like Republicans are claiming fiscal responsibility merely by disassociating themselves from Democrats, no matter what the issues actually are, and forgetting that the Bush administration ever happened. While the Obama administration is too classy to take advantage of Bush's unpopularity (a good move, in my opinion), the Democratic party leadership shouldn't let people forget so easily. So far, Republicans need to consider themselves lucky for getting off so easily.

Monday, December 14, 2009

A giant has fallen.

Good bye, Paul Samuelson.

Thank you for formalizing Economics.