Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) After Powell announced that the Fed would raise interest rates by half a percentage, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is furious at Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman.
Warren said Wednesday to HuffPost that Warren is pushing to fire more people because he believes this will help lower inflation. It’s certainly painful for the families that lose their jobs.
Yes, losing your job is hard. Joe Biden, Warren’s boss should have thought of that before he poured $5 trillion into the economy.
Powell is not the only one who believes this. It is every economist doesn’t think so.
Democrats are starting to worry that the Federal Reserve’s attempts to lower inflation will prove so successful that they will force the U.S. into recession.
This is a foregone conclusion. The only question is the depth of the recession.
Higher interest rates have so far hampered home sales. These are sensitive to borrowing costs and can be very volatile. However, they did not appear to have any effect on the labor force. In November, the unemployment rate was 3.7%. This is historically low.
New projections released Wednesday by the Fed showed that they expect unemployment to rise up to 4.6% next fiscal year. This could lead to a recessionary increase in job losses.
Powell stated that the projected rise in unemployment does not necessarily mean a recession. However, he declined to comment on whether higher unemployment could be due to job losses or a lower demand from employers for workers.
The inflation rate has risen from 8.2% in September, to 7.1% now. Contrary to the White House and Democrats, 7.1% inflation is not significantly less painful for American consumers than 8.2%. It’s still a long way from the Fed’s target inflation of 2% and there will be price rises before we reach that level. Energy is still volatile and Biden’s stupid green policies will increase prices.
We do it for our own good.
The Fed is optimistic about the future but these numbers are too Pollyannaish.
As long as rates are high, officials expect the economy will slow. The central bank predicts that the unemployment rate will reach 4.6 percent by 2023. Growth is projected to be 0.5 percent next fiscal year. According to the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation, inflation will end in 2022 at 5.6% and then fall to 3.1 percent next.
Those numbers depend on Vladimir Putin not doing anything stupid (using nukes to Ukraine) or China doing something insane (invading Taiwan). The American economy is dependent on world events. No matter how the Fed sets interest rates, or how Democrats try to excuse themselves from the responsibility for the current recession and inflation, external forces will be a major factor in what happens next.