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Obama’s Top Economist Issues a Warning About a Crash

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President Barack Obama's former economic advisor Larry Summers is issuing a stark warning about the future of America's economy. 

In a new op-ed for The Washington Post, Summers warns stagflation and a recession are on the way if the Federal Reserve doesn't engage in a harsh pivot on current policy. 

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"The hope is that the Fed can engineer the proverbial soft landing, whereby inflation returns to around its 2 percent goal and the economy remains strong without a substantial increase in unemployment. Judging by their statements to date, Powell and his colleagues seem to believe they have a good chance of success," he writes. 

"Anything is possible, and wishful thinking can sometimes prove self-fulfilling. But I believe the Fed has not internalized the magnitude of its errors over the past year, is operating with an inappropriate and dangerous framework, and needs to take far stronger action to support price stability than appears likely. The Fed’s current policy trajectory is likely to lead to stagflation, with average unemployment and inflation both averaging over 5 percent over the next few years — and ultimately to a major recession," he continues. 

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On Wednesday the Federal Reserve announced an interest rate hike in an attempt to clamp down on inflation. It is the first increase in years.

Meanwhile President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continue to call for additional government spending, which is fueling the inflation crisis.

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