Two Faced

My take here: The budget is blowing up in their face and they know it. The tax cuts did not pay for themselves and deficits are ballooning, federal spending is the highest in 10 years as tax receipts have been slowing. It’s a receipe for budget disaster. Don’t give me this two faced nonsense: “I don’t think the underlying economy is slowing” when everyone with a brain and basic understanding of data knows it is. It’s cheerleading and playing the confidence game, while at the same time demanding a 50bp rate cut by the Fed, an utterly ridiculous suggestion especially in light of the earlier statement.

You knows who makes a statement such as this? Someone that’s worried about a lot of things. Worried that funding requirements are out of control and they can’t stop it. Worried about the slowdown morphing into a recession. NOBODY will admit to a recession being a possibility, too much is at stake and consumers need to be kept spending.

The real worry I suspect is obvious and is a political calculation: They don’t want a recession to coincide with the 2020 election. That’s how elections are lost. Trump knows this. Larry Kudlow knows this and even Stephen Moore knows this. Hence they’re asking for rate cuts.

Getting the Fed to stop the balance sheet rolloff and to stop rate hikes was the first obvious step and the Fed acquiesced claiming to be data dependent. The second step: Get the Fed to cut rates. Markets are already pricing in a rate cut for 2019:

That’s recessionary risk this late in the cycle. But Larry Kudlow apparently thinks a recession can get averted by juicing markets with more cheap money.

You know what else is recessionary? This:

Oh it’s just the tax cuts. Really? Weren’t tax cuts supposed to bring in all this growth that would pay for itself?
It hasn’t and it won’t, but the spread between increased government spending and reduced government income is widening the most since, well, the last recession:

Yea, you need a 50bp rate cut, cause otherwise the math doesn’t work.

To say that would be honest. But instead you get two faced nonsense. Don’t fall for it. Recession coming is a real risk here. But nobody will admit it.

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  1. A deep dive into tax receipts by Lee Adler (sorry no link it is proprietary @
    http://wallstreetexaminer.com/2019/03/federal-tax-receipts-and-other-real-time-data-bely-the-current-narrative/ ) shows a continuing weak uptrend in the 1.5% range, adjusted for inflation.

    The government is falling all over itself trying to sell a slowdown. An insane situation but made necessary to force the Feds hand. The problem is the Fed won’t be rushed. They won’t even end the SOMA run off till September.

    I guess the plan is to run up the stock market with Ponzi IPO’s like Lyft to keep confidence up. Trump wants DOW 30K in 11/20. I suppose anything is possible.


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