Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The Bad Economic News Just Keeps Getting Worse...But the Media Isn't Talking

Uh, excuse me...about the American economic recovery that the White House and the press keep assuring us is underway or, at least, just around the corner. You know, all the talk that denies the real numbers, that denies the out-of-control national debt and the trade deficits, that denies the astronomical prices Americans are paying for gas, tomatoes and bread.

Well, here from Brett Arends at Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch is a voice of reason. And he passes along a most important (though again all-but-ignored) announcement.

The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed.

For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China.

And it’s a lot closer than you may think.

According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 — just five years from now.

Put that in your calendar...

According to the IMF forecast, which was quietly posted on the Fund’s website just two weeks ago, whoever is elected U.S. president next year — Obama? Mitt Romney? Donald Trump? — will be the last to preside over the world’s largest economy.

Most people aren’t prepared for this. They aren’t even aware it’s that close. Listen to experts of various stripes, and they will tell you this moment is decades away. The most bearish will put the figure in the mid-2020s.

But they’re miscounting..

Read the rest right here.