Our Limping Economy

GDP growth in the second quarter was only 1.5%, compared to 2.0% in the first quarter.

Our economy must grow between 2 and 2.5% just to keep unemployment, currently at 8.2%, from rising.

As for the third quarter, forecasts are for growth in the 1 to 1.5% range.

This is all good news for Mitt, and Mitt is bad news for us because he wants British-like austerity that would definitely send us back into recession*:

The U. K.’s economy suffered a much larger contraction than expected in the second quarter, heightening questions about the pace and effectiveness of the government’s austerity program and fueling the broader debate across Europe about how to tackle the Continent’s economic woes.

“The deteriorating British economy is likely to intensify the debate both within the U.K. and other debt-laden countries in the West about cuts versus stimulus, amid increasing evidence that austerity is proving a major drag on growth.” Emphasis added.

* “U.K. Stumble Fuels Austerity Debate,” Ainsley Thomson and Cassell Bryan-Low, WSJ

 

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