28 juin 2010

Krugman contre Krugman Coup de gueule Économie En Chiffres États-Unis

Déclaration de Paul Krugman à propos des déficits de George W. Bush:


« Well, basically we have a world-class budget deficit not just as in absolute terms of course – it’s the biggest budget deficit in the history of the world – but it’s a budget deficit that as a share of GDP is right up there. It’s comparable to the worst we’ve ever seen in this country. It’s biggest than Argentina in 2001. Which is not cyclical, there’s only a little bit that’s because the economy is depressed. Mostly it’s because, fundamentally, the Government isn’t taking in enough money to pay for the programs and we have no strategy of dealing with it. So, if you take a look, the only thing that sustains the US right now is the fact that people say, ‘Well America’s a mature, advanced country and mature, advanced countries always, you know, get their financial house in order,’ but there’s not a hint that that’s on the political horizon, so I think we’re looking for a collapse of confidence some time in the not-too-distant future. »

Déclaration de Paul Krugman à propos des déficits de Barack Obama:

« Many economists, myself included, regard this turn to austerity as a huge mistake. It raises memories of 1937, when F.D.R.’s premature attempt to balance the budget helped plunge a recovering economy back into severe recession. And here in Germany, a few scholars see parallels to the policies of Heinrich Brüning, the chancellor from 1930 to 1932, whose devotion to financial orthodoxy ended up sealing the doom of the Weimar Republic. But despite these warnings, the deficit hawks are prevailing in most places — and nowhere more than here, where the government has pledged 80 billion euros, almost $100 billion, in tax increases and spending cuts even though the economy continues to operate far below capacity. »


Bref, ce qui était catastrophique en 2004 pour Krugman est devenu parfaitement acceptable en 2010. Les voies du keynésianisme, tout comme celles de la religion, sont impénétrables…

Barack "The Socialist" Obama

Et pour les illettrés économiques qui imputent la récession de 1937 aux politiques de retour à l’équilibre budgétaire, voici un peu de lecture

28 juin 2010

Économie 101 Économie En Chiffres États-Unis

Quand vient le temps de juger de la véracité de certains principes économique, quel groupe obtient les meilleurs résultats ?  Les progressistes, les conservateurs ou les libertariens ?  Une étude publiée il y a deux mois dans le Econ Journal Watch, une publication scientifique soumise au peer-review, a permis de répondre à cette question.  Pour ce faire, les auteurs de l’étude ont posé 8 questions pour ensuite comptabiliser le nombre de mauvaises réponses.  Voici les principaux résultats:


Autre élément qui devrait en surprendre plus d’un, parmi ceux qui ont participé à cette étude, on n’observe aucune différence entre les gens avec une éducation universitaire et ceux qui ont uniquement fréquenté une institution secondaire.  Dans les 2 cas, le nombre moyen de mauvaises réponses est de 2,96.

Du côté des partis politiques, les démocrates ont eu en moyenne 4,59 mauvaises réponses contre 1,61 pour les républicains.

Pour terminer, voici les résultats en fonction de la fréquentation des Wal-Mart:


Econ Journal Watch
Economic Enlightenment in Relation to College-going, Ideology, and Other Variables: A Zogby Survey of Americans

28 juin 2010

La gauche, encore une fois violente… Canada Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Terrorisme

Toronto Star

Violent Black Bloc tactics on display at G20 protest
Toronto Star

A group of G20 protesters roamed Toronto’s streets Saturday, lighting police cars on fire and laying waste to city blocks, and much of the destruction could be blamed on a protest tactic known as Black Bloc.

While the Black Bloc has been cited as an organization in the past, it’s actually a tactic, according to websites devoted to the method.

The Black Bloc strategy is simple: show up at demonstrations and attack symbols of capitalism. The hope is that police will react, while the protesters shed their black clothes and melt into the crowd. One website claims it is used as a “security and safety measure.”

The idea of wearing the all-black uniform is that everyone in the “bloc” looks alike, so when a brick is tossed through a store window or a car is set ablaze, the group disperses, making it next to impossible for police to identify the perpetrator of the crime. It also prevents them from being singled out in media photographs or television coverage.

The tactic has been around since the 1980s. But images of these aggressive protesters popped up in North America during the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Seattle.Since then, the Black Bloc has been present at almost every world event, smashing, breaking and destroying stores, vehicles and anything else they come upon.