In case folks havenâ€™t noticed, posting is light here as Iâ€™m traveling.
Unrelatedly, Iâ€™m troubled by how people are messing around on the â€œthis is the worst economic downturn since â€¦â€ game. First it was the worst recession since 1980-82, and then it was the worst in thirty years, and now itâ€™s the worst since World War II.
Trouble is, there was no recession during World War II, and the immediately preceding recession was the Great Depression. Has this just become a convenient way for people to avoid saying the painfully obvious, that this is the worst economic downturn in the U.S. since the Depression? I understand the instinctive unwillingness to use the â€œDâ€ word, but playing semantic framing games is paternalistic and wrong.