January 30, 2013
WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS A GOOD START:
US economy shrinks 0.1 pct., first time in 3½ years; deep cut in defense spending key factor (Associated Press,, January 30, 2013)
The Commerce Department said the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.1 percent mainly because companies restocked at a slower rate and the government slashed defense spending. [...]Congressional Republicans seem determined to permit deep cuts to defense and domestic programs to kick in as scheduled March 1. And Americans are coming to grips with an increase in Social Security taxes that has begun to leave them with less take-home pay.Government spending cuts and slower company restocking, which can fluctuate sharply, subtracted a combined 2.6 percentage points from GDP. Those two factors offset a 2.2 percent increase in consumer spending. And business spending on equipment and software rose after shrinking over the summer.
There are a lot more cuts coming.
White House: GOP responsible for contracting economy (Justin Sink, 01/30/13, The Hill)
White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations had prevented important defense spending.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2013 3:38 PM