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Government Can’t Stop the Will of the Real Economy

The extent of the government’s involvement in the markets has reached scary levels. It is our humble opinion here at Notes that you cannot stop the will of the real economy. That doesn’t stop the feds from trying.

As George Mason University Professor Tyler Cowen writes at his blog, Marginal Revolution:

U.S. government spending as a percentage of GDP is now equal to Canada’s and rising, leading one Canadian op-ed writer to crow about Canada’s low tax, free market economy. Damn that hurts.

Here is the bad news represented by a chart:

 

But as we’ve said before, this hands you a golden opportunity as an investor: it gives you a macroeconomic “script” to test your investment decisions against. Here at Notes we believe that the government’s power grab is a game changer, whether you’re a top-down or bottom-up investor.