“An economic crisis of historic proportions”

Obama.jpgPresident-elect Obama has become the latest world leader to “get it”, as his wife Michelle once remarked. For far long, politicians seemed to believe their platitudes about the “underlying strength” of their national economies. This meant their proposed remedies were reactive, and usually unworkable.

More recently, the blog has also worried that the USA faced a policy vacuum, with Bush still President and Obama in ‘hands-off’ mode. Obama’s recognition yesterday that we are in “an economic crisis of historic proportions” is therefore very welcome. The blog strongly supports his analysis of the need for the US to “act swiftly and boldly”, to avoid a “vicious cycle” developing between Main St and Wall St, in which “folks consume less” and deepen the “problems in our financial markets”.

The USA is the world’s only economic super-power. Whatever protocol suggests, it is essential that Obama now takes the reins quickly, before his official inauguration. Effective action cannot wait until after 20 January.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such as oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.


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