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It seems Pope Francis needs to brush up on his Tertullian!

It has been reported (in The ChristLast Media, I must note) that the current Pope does not like the phrase "lead us not into temptation...

"Let no freedom be allowed to novelty, because it is not fitting that any addition should be made to antiquity. Let not the clear faith and belief of our forefathers be fouled by any muddy admixture." -- Pope Sixtus III

Monday, July 10, 2017

Memo to Rash Dimbulb & The Orange Menace: What? Did Okhrana simply exterminate those 90+ million AmeriKKKans who gave up looking for work during his reign of terror?

I'm wondering how long the AWUGs will buy these particular lies. They have quite a lot invested in Tweet-For-Brains, and God knows people don't like to admit they were wrong.

But what will happen if they admit they were fooled? Is that a real possibility or will they go happily to the gas chambers still singing the praises of that day's iteration of Leviathan?

First, BI offers proof to future generations of the synchronization of right-fascist and left-fascist economic "thought":

US jobless rate levels debated at Fed - Business Insider

Is there such a thing as an unemployment rate that is too low?

Most people, especially the 7 million or more Americans who were actively looking for work (Bingo! But where did they hide the bodies? - F.G.) but couldn't find a job last month, would probably say no.

But that's not how mainstream economists think, especially not those at the Federal Reserve.

Witness the New York Fed president, William Dudley, a multimillionaire former partner and chief economist at Goldman Sachs. He's apparently worried about the unemployment rate, which clocked in at a historically low 4.4% in June, falling too quickly.

"If we were not to withdraw accommodation, the risk would be that the economy would crash to a very, very low unemployment rate and generate inflation," Dudley said. "Then the risk would be that we would have to slam on the brakes and the next stop would be a recession."

Dudley is basically worried that a strong job market will lead to sudden overheating of the economy, sparking undue inflation.

But for most Americans, US wage growth has been stuck in neutral for decades, and the Fed has been missing its 2% inflation target for most of an eight-year economic recovery — showing that its optimism about the country's growth prospects proves misguided. Inflation has actually been trending lower, not higher, lately.

So Dudley's comments raise an obvious question: Why are Fed officials talking about slamming on the brakes just as their policies are finally starting to yield some fruit, albeit in fits and starts?
They point to the falling jobless rate and monthly employment gains as a sign that inflation will surely come about soon enough. But this assumption is based on economic models that many worry are outdated.

Dudley is not alone in his oddly placed concerns. John Williams at the San Francisco Fed has expressed similar sentiments.

"We've not only reached full employment mark — we've exceeded it by a fair amount," Williams said in a recent speech. "If we delay too long, the economy will eventually overheat, causing inflation or some other problem."

The June employment report showed the economy adding a solid 222,000 new jobs, but wage growth remained tepid and below market expectations, a sign the labor market is still operating below its full potential. The modest rise in the jobless rate, accompanied by rising labor-force participation, reinforced the notion that many Americans would return to the labor market if conditions improved.
Not everyone shares Dudley and Williams' views. Minutes from the Fed's June meeting showed that the Minneapolis Fed president, Neel Kashkari, who dissented against the two most recent US interest-rate increases, is not alone in thinking the Fed should continue to do more to spur employment.

Importantly, this key passage from the minutes appeared to open the way for a more aggressive approach to improving the remaining pockets of the labor market that continue to suffer despite a low jobless rate, including underemployment, long-term unemployment and a lack of wage growth (emphasis added):

"Several participants endorsed a policy approach, such as that embedded in many participants' projections, in which the unemployment rate would undershoot their current estimates of the longer-term normal rate for a sustained period. They noted that the longer-run normal rate of unemployment is difficult to measure and that recent evidence suggested resource pressures generated only modest responses of nominal wage growth and inflation. Against this backdrop, possible benefits cited by policymakers of a period of tight labor markets included a further rise in nominal wage growth that would bolster inflation expectations and help push the inflation rate closer to the committee's 2% longer-run goal, as well as a stimulus to labor market participation and business fixed investment."

That's not quite jumping toward a more explicitly pro-jobs policy, such as a higher inflation target advocated by a numerous high-profile economists. But it does suggest, reassuringly, that the dubious notion of tamping down on job growth over fears of some imagined future inflation spike are not yet widespread at the central bank.

Meanwhile, MarketWatch swallows the Orange Kool-Aid and the same cooked books that Okhrana used:

U.S. jobs market shows little sign of fading, new reports show

The economy is “now hiring” and it has been for years.

See, kiddies? Left-fascism was GOOD after all, and right-fascism is GOOD too.

Who gets killed first in the inevitable reaction to this nonsense? The politicians or the press?

My money is on you and me.

The U.S. added a robust 222,000 jobs in June to ease worries about a slowdown in hiring. Now a fresh pair of reports add to the evidence the labor market remains quite sturdy.

The Conference Board’s employment trends index fell slightly in June, but it’s up sharply higher compared to a year ago.

“The decline is small and comes after a series of large increases since early 2017,” said Gad Levanon, chief economist of North America at the Conference Board. “Further job growth in the coming months will continue to tighten the labor market, and will likely result in further wage acceleration later this year.”

Read: Dog-eared economy? Job surge puts that idea to rest

The decline in the index, it turns out, largely stems from an increase in the percentage of companies that say they are having trouble filling open positions. Put another way, they want to hire more workers but can’t find suitable candidates.

A shortage of qualified workers, in fact, is one of the biggest complaints by business. The nation’s 4.4% unemployment rate is near a 16-year low, leaving a much smaller pool of people available for hire. If hiring slows considerably as many economists predict, the chief cause is likely to be a labor-market bottleneck.

The Federal Reserve’s labor-market conditions index, meanwhile, also fell in June, but it was positive for the 13th month in a row. The bank’s labor market conditions index slipped to 1.5 from 3.3.
Still, that’s much better compared to a year ago. The LMCI fell in the first five months of 2016. It hasn’t been negative since then, however.

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