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Warren Buffet on the economy and the effort of the government to “stimulate” it:

While praising efforts by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and others to stimulate the economy, he said the economy “can’t turn around on a dime” and that their efforts could trigger higher inflation once demand rebounds.

“We are certainly doing things that could lead to a lot of inflation,” he said. “In economics there is no free lunch.”

Funny how, when someone like Warren Buffet – who has been a supporter of Obama – says things like ‘trigger inflation’ and ‘no free lunch’, people who were previously playing the denial game (massive spending is necessary and good) suddenly figure there may be a problem.  Meanwhile the laws of economics have continued to function despite the denial.

For the most part the press has ignored Buffet’s words and they’ve been downplayed by the administration.  But perhaps if those who’ve been in denial are willing to consider Buffet’s warnings, they’ll be open to listening to others.  Such as warnings about the double talk that’s been coming out of the Obama administration the past few weeks.  For instance:

Confidence (too little) and uncertainty (too much) define this crisis. Obama’s double talk reduces the first and raises the second. He says he’s focused on reviving the economy, but he’s also using the crisis to advance an ambitious long-term agenda. The two sometimes collide. The $787 billion “stimulus” is weaker than necessary, because almost $200 billion for extended projects (high-speed rail, computerized medical records) take effect after 2010. When Congress debates Obama’s sweeping health care and energy proposals, industries, regions and governmental philosophies will clash. Will this improve confidence? Reduce uncertainty?

A prudent president would have made a “tough choice” — concentrated on the economy; deferred his more contentious agenda.

Instead he’s decided he’s not going to let a “good crisis” go to waste and pursue his very expensive agenda which has nothing to do with the economic crisis (or alleviating it). All the while he preaches about crisis, catastrophe, sacrifice, tightening belts and doing with less even as he plans to expand government beyond anything we’ve ever seen.

It is an amazing performance.


9 Responses to Duh!

  • Hmmm…  Any room under the bus for Buffet?

  • You know, I say to Buffett, “screw you.” Because it through the machinations of sc*mbags like him and other dickheads that we are stuck with The Clown™.
    I don’t want to hear a thing that Warren Buffett says. The man is morally bankrupt, no matter how much he is worth.

  • Cue ERB and his defense of the realm:
    5 . . 4 . . 3 . .

  • I like how this columnist put it, The Manchurain Candidate

    Behold the new War on Business 🙂

    • Odd. Hassett opens the column with:

      It is no wonder that markets are imploding around us. Obama is giving us the War on Business.

      Then he goes on to lay out the War on Business before ending with:

      It’s clear that President Obama wants the best for our country. That makes it all the more puzzling that he would legislate like a Manchurian Candidate.

      It’s entirely not clear to me that our beloved President wants the best for our country. I’m currently more inclined to think maybe he wants what’s best for whomever made Big Money shorting pharmaceuticals.

  • WB should just stick to investing and stay out of politics. As James pointed out, it is partially due to the efforts of WB, George SoreAss, and other people who mistake their prowess in one arena to expertise in another area that we ended up with TAO. WB likes to make statements about how taxes, especially the estate tax, should be much higher. Nothing stops him from writing a big check to the US Treasury at any time.

    I was thinking “irrelevent” but “cartoon” seems more appropriate now :P.