Spending does not make an economy grow

A note by Karen Maley in the AFR today brings enlightenment following my post on True Confessions yesterday. There she wrote:

Dalio and his team at Bridgewater, the world’s largest and most successful hedge fund, which manages about $150 billion in global investments, argue in a note to clients this week that in the old days, central banks used to cut interest rates to stimulate the economy. But that all changed when interest rates fell to zero per cent. At that point, central banks instead adopted quantitative easing (QE), or printing money and buying financial assets such as bonds. This pushed up the price of financial assets, and central banks hoped those who owned these assets would feel wealthier and would spend more, and this would, in turn, trickle down to stimulate economic activity. [My bolding]

I do not know what to make of this Keynesian dreck any more. If this is the actual dinkum basis for the quantitative easing we have been having, then this is worse than insane, assuming financial suicide is a form of peak insanity.

Spending does not make an economy grow. I’ll say it again. Spending does not make an economy grow. Putting in place real productive assets makes an economy grow. Can you see the difference? Apparently there are folks in powerful positions in every major central bank in the world, and probably in every Treasury as well, that can’t see the difference. But the difference is in having low growth economies that never seem to budge and high growth economies where the largest problem is a shortage of labour.

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