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Our economy is carp thanks to the fed

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Started: 1/16/2016 Category: Economics
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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On a debate, I said that the Fed destroyed our economy, my opponent said that "our GDP is better than ever, if that is economic hardship, we should have more of it", I'm sorry to tell you this, but I don't measure how good an economy by how high it's GDP is, I judge it by the following factors:
we are 36th in the world, our spending per student is 7,500$, in Finland it is 5,500$, and yet Finland has better grades, the problem isn't money.
National debt:
Wealth distribution, based on money in currency:
The common man earns 1,600$ per month, accounting for upper middle class people, let's say that the average dude gets 2,000$ per month, this is 600,000,000,000$, this is a
3 1/3% wealth distribution.

Wealth distribution, based on GDP:
600,000,000,000$ is 4 3/10% wealth distribution,
Overall wealth distribution:
3 3/10 average with 4 3/10%, is 3.8%, our wealth distribution is a pathetic 3.8%,

Let's consider wealth distribution in 1968, the population is 200 million, wages are the same for inflation (actually it is higher than the federal minimum wage today, but the same as the state minimum wage today), that is 400 billion distributed amongst the common man, the GDP is 950 billion, our GDP in 42%.

This doesn't sound like we should have any of what the Fed calls "economic progress".


No, our economy is not a fish.
Debate Round No. 1


I know its not a fish, but it is worse than ever.


It's not a gerbil either...
Debate Round No. 2


yeah I know


Vote trump for 2016!
Debate Round No. 3


I vote Carson.


If trump wins we will be rich.
Debate Round No. 4


If Trump wins America will be a Trump Dump!


JohnDWigingham forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by ResponsiblyIrresponsible 9 months ago
To anyone here reading the cancer that is this opening argument:

Go here:

Read it, learn it, ask questions if you'd prefer.

This is especially directed at harrytruman.
Posted by JohnDWigingham 9 months ago
Pros argument is our economy is carp. Our economy is not a fish.
Posted by liltankjj 9 months ago
What's a fish have to do with the Federal reserve and the economy??? Maybe this was an attempt at equivocation and a bad one to me.
Posted by ResponsiblyIrresponsible 9 months ago
Posted by EndarkenedRationalist 9 months ago
Oh, there you are, RI. I was about to link this to your profile.
Posted by MikeTheGOd 9 months ago
V wow lol great answer. Helps a lot for a guy like me who has never been in eco yet.
Posted by ResponsiblyIrresponsible 9 months ago
Also, the national debt likewise has nothing to do with the Fed, because the Fed doesn't draw from the Treasury: the Fed actually *remits* all of the operating profits from its portfolio back to the Treasury at the end of each year. Recently, remittances to the Treasury reached a record level of about $97.7 billion. If anything, Fed policy *reduces* the accumulation of future debt--and by that I mean reduces the deficit, all else equal (especially because much of the deficit is non-cyclically adjusted, and the Fed has a maximum-employment goal), that represents the annual rate of increase in the the national debt.

People regularly conflate the two, and it's unbelievably agonizing to have to explain the difference between flow and stock variables.

Another argument is that we can borrow short-term at negative real interest rates, which in at least some sense is a function of easier monetary policy. Of course, that would give the Fed too much credit, and wrongly stipulate that interest are low *because of the Fed* as opposed to because of the still-weak economy.

So, harrytruman is just wrong on absolutely everything and has no idea what he's talking about.
Posted by ResponsiblyIrresponsible 9 months ago

Even if I bought your metric--and I don't, because I've taken Econ 101 (and much more)--here's the problem: the Fed has nothing to do with either education or the wealth distribution. The Fed cannot impact real variables--e.g., real incomes--in the longer run, has no impact on distribution over longer periods of time, and can't in any way impact education. All of those are normative questions of what to do with a rising tide. All the Fed can do is keep demand stable so that we have money with which to invest in meaningful things, like education.

So, NGDP is literally THE metric to evaluate the Fed's performance.
Posted by MikeTheGOd 9 months ago
V LOL for real fix that resolution though.
Posted by Vox_Veritas 9 months ago
Our economy has become a type of fish?
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Reasons for voting decision: Con drops all of Pro's arguments and makes none of his own. Thus Pro's arguments outweigh Con's and Pro wins. Con ff so conduct to pro..