Friday, February 26, 2010

Did GDP Fall by 2.4% in 2009?

More B.S. from D.C.

By: Larry Walker, Jr.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA's) second release regarding - the 4th quarter 2009 GDP, issued earlier today, GDP increased at an annual rate of 5.9% in the 4th quarter of 2009. That is the rate of increase from the 3rd to the 4th quarter, expressed as an annualized percentage rate. The BEA also stated that, in the 3rd quarter, real GDP increased 2.2%. Sounds good, right? Woo-hoo!


"Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter) according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 2.2 percent."


But if you read down a little further into the report, the part where the BEA re-enters the atmosphere, you will discover that real GDP fell by (2.4%) in 2009. That is the rate of decline from the 2008 level to the 2009 level. So, is this good, or bad?


[2009 GDP] "Real GDP decreased 2.4 percent in 2009 (that is, from the 2008 annual level to the 2009 annual level), in contrast to an increase of 0.4 percent in 2008."


Like I said in a previous post, it's like telling me that my IRA account grew at an annual rate of 5.9% in the 4th quarter, but when I look at my statement I find that my account balance has actually declined by (2.4%) from 2008. So am I better off? No. Are you?


The next time Obama & Company start boasting about 4th quarter 2009 GDP, I wish someone would stand up and say, "but, sir, GDP actually fell by 2.4% under your watch". Put that in your tea and drink it!


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Reference:


http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/gdpnewsrelease.htm

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