Crash of the Euro Bumblebee – Paul Krugman – NYTimes.com

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English: Paul Krugman at the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul Krugman, the liberal, Nobel winning economist takes a hard look at the Euro in his blog in the NYT. Check it out!

Crash of the Bumblebee – NYTimes.com.

Personally, I am not sure that the policy options are quite so black and white.

What do you think?

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Pursuit of top credit ratings has clouded George Osborne’s vision of recovery | Business | The Guardian

 

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English: George Osborne MP, pictured speaking on the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto for the 2009 European Parliament elections, at Keele University. (805×1207 px, 283,711 bytes) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Larry Elliott, political editor of the Guardian rakes a hard look at George Osborne‘s policy decisions. This article is really worth reading. Check it out!

Pursuit of top credit ratings has clouded George Osborne’s vision of recovery | Business | The Guardian.

Personally, I fully endorse the article’s policy suggestions for a Plan B, namely:

It is not that difficult to sketch out an alternative economic approach. The government can borrow cheaply so it could give the green light to infrastructure projects, particularly small-scale projects such as schools and local transport initiatives, where work can begin quickly. It should tackle youth unemployment by scrapping national insurance contributions for all those under 25 and bring in lower NICs for the northern regions. Learning from the big retailers, there should be additional time-limited spending vouchers for those on benefits to stimulate consumer spending. Consideration should be given to a temporary cut in VAT, which would bring down inflation, and increase spending power. For the longer term, there should be a national investment bank.

What do you think?

 

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