Austerity and Other Obstacles to Recovery

Friday, February 8, 2013

“While it’s true that we will eventually need some combination of revenue increases and spending cuts to rein in the growth of U.S. government debt, now is very much not the time to act… Start with a basic point: Slashing government spending destroys jobs and causes the economy to shrink.” 

Kick That Can - New York Times 

Honeywell CEO David Cote acknowledged that spending cuts will harm the economy. Meanwhile the New York Times states, “With the economy teetering on a knife edge, it is clear that this is the worst moment to initiate an indiscriminate budget cut.”

Super Wealthy CEO Admits Spending Cuts Will Hurt The Economy, Wants Them To Happen Anyway - Think Progress

This is an older article, but it does a good job of showing how disastrous austerity ahs been in Europe, and why we should pay attention. “Extreme austerity measures in Europe have been accompanied by slow to negative growth and worsening unemployment figures. Dramatic cuts to government spending, which for top euro zone countries averages 47% of GDP, has triggered layoffs, significantly less demand for goods and services, and shrinking economies.”

Austerity Didn't Work in Europe, and the U.S. Should Take Note - PolicyMic

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