Crisis Diary as it unfolds ….

Ouch, professor!

Dr. Krugman finally took on all conservative economists in one sweep.

What’s been disturbing, however, is the parade of first-rate economists making totally non-serious arguments against fiscal expansion. You’ve got John Taylor arguing for permanent tax cuts as a response to temporary shocks, apparently oblivious to the logical problems. You’ve got John Cochrane going all Andrew-Mellon-liquidationist on us. You’ve got Eugene Fama reinventing the long-discredited Treasury View. You’ve got Gary Becker apparently unaware that monetary policy has hit the zero lower bound. And you’ve got Greg Mankiw — well, I don’t know what Greg actually believes, he just seems to be approvingly linking to anyone opposed to stimulus, regardless of the quality of their argument.

Ouch!

Dr. Mankiw responded here.

Meanwhile, it’s getting really ugly out there in economic environment. In sudden change of weather, sky is all covered with dark clouds, as if heavy pouring is going to start any minute.
I’m getting really really bad feeling that something sinister is about to happen.

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January 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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