Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Supercommittee of the One Percent Goes Down in Flames

The Supercommittee of the One Percent Goes Down in Flames
and that is a good thing.
Dean Baker.
The Wages of Economic Ignorance By Robert Skidelsky
Politicians are masters at “passing the buck.” Everything good that happens reflects their exceptional talents and efforts; everything bad is caused by someone or something else.
The economy is a classic field for this strategy. Three years after the global economy’s near-collapse, the feeble recovery has already petered out in most developed countries, whose economic inertia will drag down the rest. Pundits decry a “double-dip” recession, but in some countries the first dip never ended: Greek GDP has been dipping for three years.
When we ask politicians to explain these deplorable results, they reply in unison: “It’s not our fault.” Recovery, goes the refrain, has been “derailed” by the eurozone crisis. But this is to turn the matter on its head. The eurozone crisis did not derail recovery; it is the result of a lack of recovery. It is the natural, predictable, and (by many) predicted result of the main European countries’ deliberate policy of repressing aggregate demand.
On A Nation of Change. http://www.nationofchange.org/wages-economic-ignorance-1322149463
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