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May 2014 Payroll Employment

After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.

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The best summary of the state of our economy is the graph (below) of employment as a fraction of population for people over 16 years old. The decrease is large, but the most troubling feature of the graph is the flat trend .

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Graph-of-the-Year Candidates

Donald Marron likes European interest rates. Click on the image to get a bigger version. Can you find three distinct subperiods?

Brad DeLong favors the U.S. gdp gap.

Remember M1?

Money Supply M1 growth is now over 20% per year over a 12 month lag. M1 growth has touched 20% before, but not with excess reserves of $1.6 trillion. Where is M1 headed?

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January 21, 2015, 5:33 pm, 1407599
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David Theroux of the Independent Institute asks me to post to his keynote talk at a conference in San Antonio, TX, on August 2, 2014. †I'm happy to oblige. †The title is:

"C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism"


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January 21, 2015, 10:27 am, 1407444
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History has shown unequivocally that you don't want to monkey with money and credit.

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August 5, 2014, 7:33 pm, 1312277
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August 5, 2014, 7:33 pm, 1312278
I'm sitting behind my computer with an amazing view out my window. Europe (for me, France in particular) is beautiful this time of year.

July 2, 2014, 11:33 pm, 1295953
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The Pertinent Fact:

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