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Morgan Stanley Chairman Steve Roach: "The U.S. Will Not Recover Any Time Soon, We Are Japan 2.0"

Henry Blodget conducted an interview with Morgan Stanley Asia Chairman and Yale Professor Steve Roach last Friday that's definitely worth the read.

BLODGET: Thanks for doing this, Steve. Great to see you. So where are we in the world economy these days?

ROACH: Japanese-like outcomes in the developed world, from Japan in its third lost decade to stagnation in the U.S. to recession in Europe. And I say Japanese-like because these are not temporary slowdowns. They are going to be lasting because of the damage done during these massive credit, property — and in the case of Europe — currency and interest rate bubbles for Southern European economies.

BLODGET: Is there anything that can be done to change this or is it just a matter of time?

ROACH: It is going to take really aggressive structural policies aimed at changing behavior rather than the big bazooka of monetary and fiscal stimulus, which the authorities have embraced as an answer to a crisis. I think what we found in '08 and '09 is that aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus can stop the crisis but it can't spark a sustainable recovery. There's no traction when you're in a 'liquidity trap' when interest rates are too low and debt loads are too high to get real actors in the economy to respond.

BLODGET: And when you draw the Japan comparison, do you really think it's 20-plus years for the U.S.? 

ROACH: I don't know, I honestly don't know. But one of the great courses I'm teaching at Yale is called "The Lessons of Japan." You spend five weeks studying what happened in Japan and developing metrics to calibrate the excesses pre-bubble, the mistakes made post-bubble, and then we look at that template relative to other countries in the developed and developing world and there's a lot of striking similarities. Especially insofar as the U.S. and Europe let these bubbles and policy blunders distort the real side of their economy. It would be one thing if these were just financial or market-driven excesses. But they're not.

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Parachute problem grounds some Lockheed F-35 jets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Monday said it was temporarily suspending high-speed ground and flight operations of more than 15 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets after discovering improperly packed parachutes under the pilot's ejection seat.

Feb 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
America is "Serious" about its Plan to Wage War on Iran. Pentagon acknowledges Scenario of Heavy Combat Casualties

Feb 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
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Feb 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
“The United States is waging a terroristic war against at least four nations,” but its president is somehow perceived as “cool.” Obama’s fans, the corporate media and, apparently, the commander-in-chief himself see no contradiction between coolness and international criminality. “Barack Obama has surpassed George Bush in lawlessness.” He’s “cool like Jesse James.”

Feb 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
It's nice that Roach taught a course in "The Lessons Of Japan". What he should be teaching is the history of fractional reserve banking as well as the origins and personalities of the "Federal" Reserve
Feb 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM | Unregistered Commenterrobertsgt40
Only sure cure-Max term limits for alll politicians. No joke. A cycle of changes of today's career politicians needs them boooted out. P/VP one term and the rest 2x4 and under no conditions repeats and no assignments afterwards. Tide clean cycle will root out the war mongers and give a chance for America--breath of fresh air in politicks :^/
Feb 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM | Unregistered Commentergeorge Archers
After all these years of downplaying the importance of GDP, the cookie jar is empty. The social engineers and their nanny state benefit programs say, "Yes we can!". GDP says, "No, you can't!". The only thing they find to grab in the cookie jar is each other's fingers.

Feb 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Forfa
Hey, at least it's not a "Shit bow" (Curb Your Enthusiasm reference).
Read Barrys!
Mar 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarrysConspiracyWorld

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