Alan Greenspan’s Pickled Economy

by MN Gordon
Acting Man

Winter of Discontent

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan resurfaced this week. We couldn’t recall the last time we’d heard from him. But, alas, the old fellow’s in desolate despair.

[…] On Tuesday, for instance, he told Bloomberg he hasn’t been optimistic for “quite a while.” Obviously, this is in contrast to the perennial Goldilocks attitude he had during the 1990s. So what is it that has the Maestro playing a low dirge?

China, the dollar, Dodd-Frank, and associated unknowns are all part of his negative outlook. But the long winter of his discontent is something else. Greenspan said he “won’t be [optimistic] until we can resolve entitlement programs.”

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