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Louisiana economy suffered ‘years of mismanagement’ under Jindal – Business Insider

This is unbelievably bad:

Without tax increases in the coming weeks, the government will cease to offer many of its vital services.

Source: Louisiana economy suffered ‘years of mismanagement’ under Jindal – Business Insider

And I suspect this is why:
Louisiana has sixth highest inequality in the nation
Hey you guys, anybody thought of, like… oh.. taxing the people that got all the dough for a change? At the rate the state is deteriorating, they’ll all be heading for California soon anyway.

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Money and Banking – The Fed and Monetary Policy | naked capitalism

A handy-dandy quick reference–minor edits and emphases added by me.

“The Fed controls the money supply”: No it does not, it sets an interest rate (what happens after that is up to firms and households and their desire for external funds).

“The Fed injects reserves which lowers the interest rate” or, worse offender, “The Fed injects money which lowers interest rate”. Under normal circumstances (i.e. pre-Great Recession, which is what most people have in mind when saying this), the Fed does not proactively inject reserves, it waits for banks to ask. And, the Fed’s monetary policy never injects money, i.e. never deals directly with the public (M1).

“The Fed printed money during the financial crisis”: No it just credited accounts by keystroking amounts, no Federal Reserve notes were printed. More to the point, none of these funds entered the money supply, i.e. funds held by the public.

“The Fed used taxpayers’ money during the financial crisis”: No it just credited accounts of banks by keystroking dollar amounts.

“Banks use reserves to buy stocks and corporate bonds”: No banks can’t do that with reserves.

“The large inflow of reserves in banks did not lead to inflation because banks did not lend the reserves or based on reserves”: No banks operate that way, bank credit and amount of reserves are unrelated (upcoming posts on this).

“Central banks lend reserves”: No the Fed does not lend reserves because reserves are its liability.

“Fiscal deficits raise interest rates”: No, there was a hint about this in a previous post. More is coming in the next post. (short: fiscal deficits increase productivity instead, up to full employment–zap)

Source: Money and Banking – The Fed and Monetary Policy | naked capitalism

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On the Intellectual Origins of Modern Money Theory « Multiplier Effect

This is wonderfully clear and fascinating:

Source: On the Intellectual Origins of Modern Money Theory « Multiplier Effect

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Bernie Sanders in 1995: A Brutal Assessment of Bill Clinton’s First 2 Years as President – In These Times

This was prescient:

Source: Bernie Sanders in 1995: A Brutal Assessment of Bill Clinton’s First 2 Years as President – In These Times

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Bernie Sanders is the Worst Presidential Candidate in History, and You and All Your Friends are Idiots :: Politics :: Features :: Paste

This is just pure gold:

Every possibly objection to Bernie Sanders, now in one convenient location.

Source: Bernie Sanders is the Worst Presidential Candidate in History, and You and All Your Friends are Idiots :: Politics :: Features :: Paste

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Frenzied Financialization by Michael Konczal | The Washington Monthly

So often, the argument is thrown at me: “How are the rich ripping us off?” Well, here’s how:

Moreover, financialization isn’t just confined to the financial sector itself. It’s also ultimately about who controls, guides, and benefits from our economy as a whole. And here’s the last big change: the “shareholder revolution,” started in the 1980s and continuing to this very day, has fundamentally transformed the way our economy functions in favor of wealth owners.To understand this change, compare two eras at General Electric. This is how business professor Gerald Davis describes the perspective of Owen Young, who was CEO of GE almost straight through from 1922 to 1945: “[S]tockholders are confined to a maximum return equivalent to a risk premium. The remaining profit stays in the enterprise, is paid out in higher wages, or is passed on to the customer.” Davis contrasts that ethos with that of Jack Welch, CEO from 1981 to 2001; Welch, Davis says, believed in “the shareholder as king—the residual claimant, entitled to the [whole] pot of earnings.”This change had dramatic consequences. Economist J. W. Mason found that, before the 1980s, firms tended to borrow funds in order to fuel investment. Since 1980, that link has been broken. Now when firms borrow, they tend to use the money to fund dividends or buy back stocks. Indeed, even during the height of the housing boom, Mason notes, “corporations were paying out more than 100 percent of their cash flow to shareholders.”

… Finance has now won the battle against wage earners: corporations today are reluctant to raise wages even as the economy slowly starts to recover. This keeps the economy perpetually sluggish by retarding consumer demand, while also increasing inequality.

Lots more here:

Source: Frenzied Financialization by Michael Konczal | The Washington Monthly