Today we’re going to look at a few things with Japan and see if we can’t learn a little about the future state of the American economy and policy.
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For a long time there was only one country on earth dealing with a bubble that had burst, spending way more than it was bringing in, seeing revenues decrease, juggling banks that weren’t actually solvent, and running extreme monetary policy to try and keep all the holes in the dam from bursting. That country was Japan in the 1990’s and into the next decade. For over 30 years now they have favored radical fiscal and monetary policy as a means of dealing with their economic woes, and the result has been well-documented in these pages of Dividend Cafe.
The balanced budgets and high real GDP growth rates of the American economy in the 1990’s went away when our own credit bubble burst in 2008. Asset prices fell, deficits exploded, and the Fed played pharmacist to it all, providing ample medicine to make it all feel better as we muddled through.
Japan now has ample company to the fundamental shared sickness of “excessive indebtedness.” Across the developed world those Japan-like characteristics of high debt, muted growth, and monetary discretion are now par for the course (see: America, Europe).
Today we’re going to look at a few things with Japan and see if we can’t learn a little about the future state of the American economy and policy. It is one thing to refuse to learn from the past. It is another thing all together to not even learn from the present.
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