Just a few weeks ago, the Icelandic government started threatening to use the European 'template' of removing guarantees on large deposits (though maintaining its capital controls) indirectly pressuring the wealthy to spend (for fear of haircuts).
Politicians and economic illiterates frequently assume two wrongs make a right. Here is a case in point: Japan panel backs sales tax hike coupled with stimulus.
Japan's government won backing for a controversial decision to raise the national sales tax in 2014 after influential members of a special advisory panel said the step would not threaten economic recovery or business confidence if it was coupled with other stimulus.
I am happy to see Paul Krugman address the question. He writes:So why not forget about open-market operations, and just drop the stuff
from helicopters? Well, remember that at this point cash and short-term
bonds are equivalent. So a helicopter drop is just like a temporary
lump-sum tax cut. And we would expect people to save much or most of
such a tax cut — all of it, if you believe in full Ricardian
Will the Fed carry out its threat to reduce bond purchases and putting upward pressure on rates, or will it continue on and allow them to settle down? Who knows what the Fed will do? If you listen to some pundits bonds are the universally accepted worst investment.
Canadians may be growing weary of — even hostile to — all those Economic Action Plan ads the Harper government has been pumping out for the last four years.
Eight polls the Finance Department commissioned between 2009 and 2012 suggest the TV, radio, print and Internet ads are starting to fizzle — and annoying some people.
The most-recently released survey has respondents calling the material “propaganda” and a “waste of money,” while fewer people than ever are taking any action after viewing the ads.
The Harper government is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars advertising a program that does not yet exist.
Prime-time ads began airing this week during NHL playoff games – currently the priciest advertising real estate on the dial _ that tout a new federal Canada Jobs Grant for training workers.
The trouble is, the freshly announced program is at present little more than a concept that has yet to be negotiated with provincial governments, and requires buy-in from employers as well.