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Thursday, 7 April 2011

OP-ED COLUMNIST - The Austerity Delusion - Op-Ed -

OP-ED COLUMNIST - The Austerity Delusion - Op-Ed - "Portugal's government has just fallen in a dispute over austerity proposals. Irish bond yields have topped 10 percent for the first time. And the British government has just marked its economic forecast down and its deficit forecast up.

What do these events have in common? They're all evidence that slashing spending in the face of high unemployment is a mistake. Austerity advocates predicted that spending cuts would bring quick dividends in the form of rising confidence, and that there would be few, if any, adverse effects on growth and jobs; but they were wrong."

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