Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's A Stephen Harper World

And Ireland is the first success story of his vision for the rest of the world. Behold Ireland in all its austere glory. The people may be suffering, but the global bond market is happy and that's what is important. Oh wait:
“When our public finance situation blew wide open, the dominant consideration was ensuring that there was international investor confidence in Ireland so we could continue to borrow,” said Alan Barrett, chief economist at the Economic and Social Research Institute of Ireland. “A lot of the argument was, ‘Let’s get this over with quickly.’ ”

Rather than being rewarded for its actions, though, Ireland is being penalized. Its downturn has certainly been sharper than if the government had spent more to keep people working. Lacking stimulus money, the Irish economy shrank 7.1 percent last year and remains in recession.
Despite its strenuous efforts, Ireland has been thrust into the same ignominious category as Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. It now pays a hefty three percentage points more than Germany on its benchmark bonds, in part because investors fear that the austerity program, by retarding growth and so far failing to reduce borrowing, will make it harder for Dublin to pay its bills rather than easier. (emphasis mine)
Never mind then. Our Prime Minister, the guy who denied the possibility of a recession in the first place, is now the economic architect for the world. The world is in serious trouble.
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