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Posted by on Jan 14, 2012 in Economy | 5 comments

Conservatives (Neo Liberals) as Teenagers

Krugman reports that neo liberal technocrat Frau Merkel gave her response to the S&P downgrades in Europe.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has called on eurozone governments speedily to implement tough new fiscal rules after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit ratings of France and Austria and seven other second-tier sovereigns.

More austerity – exactly a reason S&P gave for the downgrade.

We also believe that the agreement [the latest euro rescue plan] is predicated on only a partial recognition of the source of the crisis: that the current financial turmoil stems primarily from fiscal profligacy at the periphery of the eurozone. In our view, however, the financial problems facing the eurozone are as much a consequence of rising external imbalances and divergences in competitiveness between the EMU’s core and the so-called “periphery”. As such, we believe that a reform process based on a pillar of fiscal austerity alone risks becoming self-defeating, as domestic demand falls in line with consumers’ rising concerns about job security and disposable incomes, eroding national tax revenues.

Yes, she ignored what S&P said in their report.

Of course this is the same reaction we are seeing from Republicans in the US – economy killing spending cuts along with tax cuts.  Is the debt a problem?  Yes!  Can you solve that problem by killing the economy and reducing tax revenue? No!  Clueless plutocrats and technocrats on both sides of the pond.