GDP Rises 1.7%; Why That's Horrible
Neil Irwin thinks we need to do better in this economy
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
Graphic shows quarterly GDP; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The US economy grew 1.7% last quarter, the Commerce Department announced today, which is a lot better than the 1% analysts expected. "It is what markets and the journalists who write about them like to call a 'huge beat,'" writes Neil Irwin at the Washington Post, before adding, "Woo?" Yes, 1.7% isn't bad, but it came with a downward revision of last quarter's growth to 1.1%. But in a larger sense, these numbers just don't cut it.

"With 7.6% unemployment, the nation could really use a few quarters in a row of 4%, 5%, or 6% growth," writes Irwin. That sounds outlandish now, but it's "exactly what happened in the early 1980s, in the aftermath of a very deep recession." The big difference? Well, consumer spending was higher, and, more significantly, exports and government spending were booming, unlike this quarter when they were negative. Something in this equation has to change, because right now 1.7% growth "isn't even mediocre. It's terrible." For more on the GDP report, click here.

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NorCalHal
Aug 4, 2013 3:37 PM CDT
Tell me it isn't so.... " the nation could really use a few quarters in a row of 4%, 5%, or 6% growth," writes Irwin. That sounds outlandish now, but it's "exactly what happened in the early 1980s, in the aftermath of a very deep recession." You mean to tell me that Ronald Reagan's policy of "trickle down economics" and tax cuts to businesses (job creators) and reduced federal government spending ACTUALLY WORKED?
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marjorum
Aug 1, 2013 2:33 AM CDT
Your information is in error. The economy did NOT grow 1.7% last quarter. It grew at an annualized rate of 1.7% in the last quarter. BIG difference.