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Enquanto isso Tyler Cowen mostra o lado bom da crise:

Recessions and depressions, of course, are not good for mental health. But it is less widely known that in the United States and other affluent countries, physical health seems to improve, on average, during a downturn. Sure, it’s stressful to miss a paycheck, but eliminating the stresses of a job may have some beneficial effects. Perhaps more important, people may take fewer car trips, thus lowering the risk of accidents, and spend less on alcohol and tobacco. They also have more time for exercise and sleep, and tend to choose home cooking over fast food.

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Excelente matéria na Bloomberg falando sobre o estado de espírito em Davos _ que não foi nada bom.

Eu sabia que algo assim ainda ia acontecer:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon was the only U.S. banking chief who showed up. He made a concession to the mood of this year’s event by accepting some blame for the collapse that has led to more than $1 trillion of writedowns. He deflected the rest at regulators.

God knows, some really stupid things were done by American banks and by American investment banks,” Dimon said. “To policy makers, I say: ‘Where were they?“” [grifo meu]

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O interessante é que temos conservadores pondo a culpa da crise no Estado, por excesso de intervenção (a bobagem sobre a farra das hipotecas ter sido fruto de uma política deliberada de administrações democratas passadas, já demolida exaustivamente).   E agora também temos gente pondo a culpa no Estado, mas agora por falta de intervenção.  Nessas horas todos os wingnuts parecem se esquecer dos tais extraordinários poderes curativos e regenerativos do mercado…desde que a culpa não seja deles.

De qualquer forma parece que Dick Cheney já respondeu à acusação de Dimon:

Vice President Dick Cheney says that his boss, President George W. Bush, has no need to apologize to the American people for not doing more to head off the financial calamity, saying no one saw the crisis coming.

During an interview Thursday with The Associated Press in his West Wing office, Cheney defended the administration’s performance on an economy that is growing weaker daily and which recently collapsed in spectacular fashion. Cheney said that “nobody anywhere was smart enough to figure it out.

He said Bush doesn’t need to apologize because he has taken “bold, aggressive action.“” [grifo meu]

O interessante é que as pessoas que eram “smart enough” a ponto de ver a crise vindo existiam, mas eram imediatamente rotuladas como “chicken littles“, alarmistas interessados em confundir a opinião pública por inconfessáveis motivos eleitoreiros.

Chamada no Estadão Online, hoje, revelando o grau de desinformação de nossa imprensa:

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Ah, vá.

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