The Flinchum File
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Maybe Bernanke Is Right?

04/14/2009

Today, I watched a speech by Ben Bernanke discussing the cause of the current Great Recession. For several years, he has been warning about the “savings glut”, i.e., those nations like China who run huge cash surpluses and lend the cash back to the consuming nations, effectively pushing up debt levels in our national economy. I’ve always felt like that was blaming somebody else for the mess we created. Bernanke gently hammered that point again today, and I’m starting to believe him. Regardless, it is one more reason we should become an exporting-oriented economy, which benefits from a weaker dollar.

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