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Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction This morning the United States Department of Commerce released its advanced estimate of 2nd quarter National Income and Product Accounts – GDP. An annualized growth rate of about 3% was widely anticipated, so the 4 percent figure reported today will undoubtedly be celebrated – by the White House, growth profiteers counting their money, growth propheteers on the business news networks, and economic reporters. All will be celebrating a number which, in truth, measures how fast the U.S. is liquidating the planet of nonrenewable resources, how fast we’re replacing wildlife habitat and farms with mcmansions on cul-de-sacs, and how much CO2 we’re...
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AP Economic Reporting: More Bias, Fewer Facts Associated Press economic reporting finds its way to the Wall of Shame here at Growth Bias Busted so often that we’re considering streamlining the process, having AP stories automatically post here. That’s a real shame. Two offending AP stories appeared in my local newspaper over the weekend that need to be called out. Josh Boak’s report on sales of new homes in the U.S. makes the same old assumptions: “Demand for newly built homes remains one of the missing pieces of the nearly 5-year-old recovery from the Great Recession…. Sales of new homes are running at roughly half the rate of...
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Cold Winter of Economic Discontent, but Sunny Days Ahead U.S. consumers did not pillage the planet last quarter as fast as first thought, but economists are optimistic we'll get back to our rapacious ways as the weather warms. Friday’s Marketplace Morning Report from American Public Media headlines my list of disappointing news reports about U.S. GDP growth figures revised downward. It wasn't the news that caused my despair, but the biased way in which it was reported. They all make the Wall of Shame today for their unquestioned assumptions about the goodness of economic growth. On Marketplace, anchor David Brancaccio immediately got my attention when he inserted his own judgment...
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G20 Sets Goal to Plunder Planet 2% Faster The world’s top economies have embraced a goal of liquidating the planet of resources $2 trillion faster over the next five years.  In the final communique from the two-day meeting of the G20 in Sydney, finance ministers and central bankers responded to immense pressure to create tens of millions of new jobs: “We will develop ambitious but realistic policies with the aim to lift our collective GDP by more than 2 percent above the trajectory implied by current policies over the coming five years.”  With human population growth adding roughly 80 million new job-seeking hungry mouths every year, and with universal...
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Pew and AP: Make or Import Babies So I Can Relax in Old Age The Associated Press story that brought this to my attention deserves some shame, but seeds of that story’s pro-growth bias can be found in the overview of a Pew Research study: Attitudes About Aging: A Global Perspective. The bias doesn’t hit you over the head, but you can’t miss it if your growth-bias radar is tuned up. It’s a summation of little things like this: “Germany and Spain, along with their European neighbors, are already among the countries with the oldest populations today, and their populations will only get older in the future.” “will only get older” implies that an aging...
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