“The acceleration in real GDP in the second quarter,” says the Bureau of Economic Analysis, “primarily reflected upturns in exports and in nonresidential fixed investment and a smaller decrease in federal government spending that were partly offset by an acceleration in imports and decelerations in private inventory investment and in PCE.”
As I pointed out after the initial reading of 1.7%, the result was mainly achieved by using an unusually low deflator number in the calculation.
Our own Mike Shedlock said that without an unusual calculation in July to figure GDP for April, May, and June, GDP would’ve come out at 0.8%, versus the administration’s historical average of 0.6%, average annually.
It’s not that we’ve never had quarters that posted 2.5% GDP growth under Obama, it’s just that they’ve often been followed by quarters where GDP growth either contracts or gets petty near contraction.
One of two things is happening here: either the economy is starting to grow on its own, contradicting the whole “sky is falling” Chicken Little routine we’ve heard from government types ever since sequester.
Or… the government is fudging the numbers on GDP to make them look rosier than they are.
I know. I know: Our government? Lying about something?
It seems incredible.
So, I’m guessing that they’re lying about both things.
This reminds me of the quip about the army general staff from British Prime Minister David Lloyd George: "[The General Staff] maintained three sets of casualty figures, one to fool the public, one to fool the Government and one to fool themselves."
That isn’t to say that GDP growth hasn’t been stronger since 2010 when Republicans captured control of the House of Representatives and put the brakes on the whole Obama experiment.
At this rate, I'd like to see more sequester, since it seems to be working out so well for the economy.
How do we sequester Obamacare? Helloooo? Anyone? Bueller? Boehner? Boehner?
GDP is probably expanding because of the little bit of fiscal restraint that we’ve shown since 2010.