22 juli 2011

The Onion: De dans rond de verhoging van het schuldenplafond in de VS

Op 7 januari begon ik voor het eerst de perikelen rond de debt ceiling (zie http://beleggenopdegolven.blogspot.com/2011/01/gaat-men-schuldenlimiet-vs-te-laat.html en label) te behandelen. De bovenstaande cartoon was van Dan Wasserman. Het lijkt nu de goede kant in te gaan om de bezuinigingen zo groot te maken dat de AAA rating behouden blijft (=ongeveer $4000 miljard in tienjaar) en dat Krugman blijft waarschuwen dat de fout van 1937 herhaald wordt (men ging toen te vroeg bezuinigen).

The Onion behandelde het verhaal van bij de cartoon:
Congress Continues Debate Over Whether Or Not Nation Should Be Economically Ruined:
WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. Congress reported Wednesday they were continuing to carefully debate the issue of whether or not they should allow the country to descend into a roiling economic meltdown of historically dire proportions. "It is a question that, I think, is worthy of serious consideration: Should we take steps to avoid a crippling, decades-long depression that would lead to disastrous consequences on a worldwide scale? Or should we not do that?" asked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), adding that arguments could be made for both sides, and that the debate over ensuring America’s financial solvency versus allowing the nation to default on its debt—which would torpedo stock markets, cause mortgage and interests rates to skyrocket, and decimate the value of the U.S. dollar—is “certainly a conversation worth having.” "Obviously, we don't want to rush to consensus on whether it is or isn't a good idea to save the American economy and all our respective livelihoods from certain peril until we've examined this thorny dilemma from every angle. And if we’re still discussing this matter on Aug. 2, well, then, so be it.” At press time, President Obama said he personally believed the country should not be economically ruined.

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