SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Warning, tighten your belts, America’s new Age of Austerity is already here, today. There I said it. I admit it. And you better too. Prepare now. Could be like the 1930s depression austerity.
You’ve seen the warnings all across the major newspapers about a global slowdown. But why no warnings of austerity dead ahead? Why? America’s still deep in denial. We prefer happy talk to the truth. No, nobody will get honest about austerity till after the elections. Then it’ll hit hard.
Wake up. You were warned: America’s new Age of Austerity is already here.
Till the elections, nobody else will tell you the truth about what comes with this slowdown: Plan on classic economic austerity. Maybe not austerity as deep as the euro zone’s Spain and Greece. Yet maybe deeper than the 1930s as Nobel economist Paul Krugman writes in his new book, “End This Depression Now.”
Yes, America’s already in a depression. Wake up America, to a long bear market, a recession cycle, to austerity where everything slows down, income, jobs, retail, global trade, and market returns. Listen to the latest warnings just last week:
Wall Street Journal warns “New Signs of a Global Slowdown … Weak reports in U.S., Europe and China suggest economies are slipping in sync.” Yes, a global economic slowdown is “in sync.” Not just a typical summer market dip. Not even a double-dip recession. But a dark long scenario we’ve all been fearing. And with it, deep, dark austerity.
Los Angeles Times warns: “Europe’s woes put drag on world growth … even powerhouse Germany may be faltering.” Not just the euro zone, “but reports of economic trouble are turning up in China, India, South Africa, Brazil and elsewhere.” Austerity is here.
- New York Times headline fans the flames of a metastasizing global contagion: “China’s Output Slows Sharply: Ripples Feared. Nationwide real estate downturn, stalling exports and declining consumer confidence.” Yet China was totally predictable. A few months ago our headline read: “World Bank warns: China is a ticking time bomb.” Now, kaboom.
Warning: America’s new Age of Austerity starts now Paul B. Farrell