Evening Links 8-12
Inflation and the fall of the Roman Empire (ar.to)Â Very interesting.Â The transcript of a speech delivered in 1984.
Build a bridge, demolish it, rebuild it — The Chinese way to boost GDP (dnaindia)Â Already some economists are calling the end of the recession because GDP has stopped falling.Â But that’s a less than perfect indicator.Â GDP measures activity, even if that activity isn’t productive.Â Exhibit A: Cash for Clunkers.Â Borrowing to boost auto production increases economic activity in the present, but reduces it in the future, when debt incurred to finance it today has to be paid back…
The quarter-life crisis (WaPo)Â Some readers will poo-poo this piece, arguing that today’s twenty-somethings are just whiny whippersnappers.Â Perhaps.Â But compared to generations past, their post college years can be fraught with upheaval.Â Today it’s not uncommon for college grads to have as many as half a dozen jobs before they reach 30.
Lawmakers seek “Clunker” vouchers for out of stock cars (WSJ)Â “Customers trading in older cars under the program are getting vouchers worth $3,500 or $4,500, depending on the fuel-economy standards of the trade-in, to buy a new car. But if a buyer wants a particular model or color that isn’t in stock, the voucher can’t be used.” No points for guessing which state the congressmen pushing this proposal are from.
Incoming AIG CEO begins tenure with two week vacation (NakedCapitalism)
Volume of ‘subdivision’ vacant lots overwhelms banks (AJC)Â Great first line: “You think itâ€™s hard selling a house these days? Try unloading a subdivision.” No surprise this is from metro Atlanta…
Cow gives birth to calf with two heads (Telegraph)
How did he get up there? (Click to enlarge in new window)