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dtotire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 11:10 AM
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Keynes Was Right
Keynes Was Right

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: December 29, 2011



The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury. So declared John Maynard Keynes in 1937, even as F.D.R. was about to prove him right by trying to balance the budget too soon, sending the United States economy which had been steadily recovering up to that point into a severe recession. Slashing government spending in a depressed economy depresses the economy further; austerity should wait until a strong recovery is well under way.

Unfortunately, in late 2010 and early 2011, politicians and policy makers in much of the Western world believed that they knew better, that we should focus on deficits, not jobs, even though our economies had barely begun to recover from the slump that followed the financial crisis. And by acting on that anti-Keynesian belief, they ended up proving Keynes right all over again.

In declaring Keynesian economics vindicated I am, of course, at odds with conventional wisdom. In Washington, in particular, the failure of the Obama stimulus package to produce an employment boom is generally seen as having proved that government spending cant create jobs. But those of us who did the math realized, right from the beginning, that the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (more than a third of which, by the way, took the relatively ineffective form of tax cuts) was much too small given the depth of the slump. And we also predicted the resulting political backlash.

So the real test of Keynesian economics hasnt come from the half-hearted efforts of the U.S. federal government to boost the economy, which were largely offset by cuts at the state and local levels. It has, instead, come from European nations like Greece and Ireland that had to impose savage fiscal austerity as a condition for receiving emergency loans and have suffered Depression-level economic slumps, with real G.D.P. in both countries down by double digits



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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-12 12:30 AM
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1. K&R!
Of course he was right!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-05-12 07:54 PM
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2. I like to say: Keynes was Mostly Correct! (I worry that folks associate Right with Bad Stuff these
days) :-(
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-12 08:01 PM
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3. Sigh...Another good one from Krugman.. K&R!
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