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Why Deficit Cuts Should Be Triggered Only When Unemployment Reaches 5%

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Why Deficit Cuts Should Be Triggered Only When Unemployment Reaches 5%

Post by Guest on Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:31 pm

Yet no one is talking about the most obvious trigger of all — no budget cuts until the official level of unemployment falls to 5 percent, its level before the Great Recession.

The cuts will come on top of the expiration of extended unemployment benefits, the end of a payroll tax cut, and continuing reductions in state and local budgets — all when American consumers (whose spending is 70 percent of the economy) will still be reeling from declining jobs and wages and plunging home prices. Even if Europe’s debt crisis doesn’t by then threaten a global financial meltdown, this rush toward austerity couldn’t come at a worse time.

In other words, what will really be triggered is a deeper recession and higher unemployment.


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