Larry Summers On Growth – March 13 2009 Speech

Here is one more excerpt from Larry Summers’ speech of March 13.  I find this excerpt to be of particular significance with regard to the concept of Sustainable Prosperity: http://www.brookings.edu/events/2009/0313_summers.aspx “Of fundamental importance is ensuring that we do not exchange a painful recession for another unsustainable expansion. That would not only be irresponsible – it … Read more Larry Summers On Growth – March 13 2009 Speech

Larry Summers On Bubbles – March 13 2009 Speech

As I, as well as others, have been frequently mentioning bubbles, I thought it would be interesting to post a few comments (excerpts) that Larry Summers made concerning their effects during his March 13, 2009 speech.  I found these comments to be very interesting, especially in light of our current economic condition and prospects for Sustainable Prosperity. … Read more Larry Summers On Bubbles – March 13 2009 Speech

New Article: “America’s Trojan Horse”

I just posted a new article titled “America’s Trojan Horse.”  The subtitle is “A Different Look At The National Debt.”  It can be found under the “Pages” section along the right-hand side, as well as at this link: https://www.economicgreenfield.com/americas-trojan-horse/ The article goes well with many of the themes presented on this blog, including Sustainable Prosperity, America’s Economic … Read more New Article: “America’s Trojan Horse”

Bank Bonuses and Broader Implications

I’d like to make a brief comment about the “bank bonus” story that came out a few days ago.  Here is one article on it, titled “Bank Bonus Tab: $33 Billion” from The Wall Street Journal on 7-31-09: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124896891815094085.html#articleTabs%3Darticle Needless to say, it seems outrageous that such bonuses, in said amounts, were paid out so … Read more Bank Bonuses and Broader Implications

“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part V

Businesses have reacted to the tumultuous economic conditions in many ways.  A logical action has been to reduce cash outlays to a level appropriate to what the new economic conditions seemingly warrant.  Along these lines, expenses have undergone scrutiny and in many cases have been cut, in order to preserve cash as well as improve profitability … Read more “Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part V

“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part IV

In addition to the adversity and financial strains suffered by firms during this period of economic weakness, there exists significant uncertainty on many fronts.  As mentioned in the last post, many businesses would find any further economic weakness to pose a formidable challenge.  Although economist forecasts are predicting a weak economic recovery from here, economic forecasts have proven less than accurate the last … Read more “Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part IV

“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part III

The economic weakness that has occurred has caused a significant amount of financial damage.  This can be seen in a variety of indicators and statistics, such as widening credit spreads, defaults, credit downgrades, etc.  These worsening conditions have been accompanied by a curtailed (in many cases severely) access to credit.  Whereas credit and other types … Read more “Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part III

“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part II

The economic weakness that accelerated in the latter months of 2008 and into 2009 played out in a very “tricky” fashion. Very few mainstream economists foresaw what would happen.  A testament to the complexity of the situation as 2008 progressed was the business shows airing arguments during the summer as to whether the economy was even in … Read more “Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part II

“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part I

“As unemployment approaches 10%, what is less well publicized is that the number of “underutilized” workers in the U.S. has increased dramatically from 15 to 30 million. Those without jobs, as well as those individuals who only work part-time and have become discouraged and stopped looking, total 30 MILLION people. The number is staggering.” -Bill … Read more “Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part I

America’s Economic Future

A little while ago I wrote an article titled, “America’s Economic Future – ‘Greenfield’ or ‘Brownfield’”.  For those interested, it is the first article listed here: https://www.economicgreenfield.com/prosperitybypencom-directory/ I would like to make a couple of additional comments with regard to this article. First, in my opinion the topic of America’s Economic Future is not one … Read more America’s Economic Future