8 juin 2009

Chronique d’une mort annoncée Économie En Citations États-Unis

Detroitosaurus wrecks

En 1989, il y a 20 ans, voici ce qu’on pouvait lire dans le magazine « The Economist » au sujet de l’avenir General Motors:

« If the once-mighty GM can not find a way to reverse its slide, the next decade might be the company´s last. By the turn of the century, break-up or bankruptcy (and the inevitable government rescue) could well be the fate of a company which was once America´s proudest manufacturer. […] GM could end its days as a decaying monument to the glory days of American manufacturing. »

8 juin 2009

La crise imaginaire Canada Économie En Chiffres Récession

La Banque du Canada a justifié son intervention historique dans l'économie canadienne en nous racontant que le pays traversait d'une crise du crédit sans précédent.  Voici de quoi à l'air cette fameuse crise:

Crise du Crédit

Où est la crise ?

Statistique Canada
Tableau 176-0032

8 juin 2009

Modèle suédois vs. modèle américain Économie États-Unis Europe Revue de presse

The Christian Science Monitor

Sweden hardly a ‘socialist nightmare’
The Christian Science Monitor

As Obama tries to rein in Wall Street and raise taxes on the wealthy, critics say he is trying to turn America into Sweden. Meanwhile, in Sweden, it’s full-speed ahead for capitalism.

There is a long tradition of using Sweden as a socialist model to highlight social shortcomings in the United States. Recent tax change proposals by the Obama administration, for instance, had conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly asking his viewers, “Do we really want to change America into Sweden?”

Yet if the Scandinavian model were shipped across the Atlantic, the changes would have little to do with socialism, say analysts here. In fact, some believe it should be held up as a bastion of market capitalism.

Last week, the country’s center-right government began selling off state-owned pharmacies, one of the country’s few remaining nationalized companies, as part of an ambitious program of liberal economic reforms started in 2006. In the same week, a study by the Swedish Unemployment Insurance Board revealed that almost half of the country’s jobless lacked full unemployment benefits. Many opted out of the state scheme when the cost of membership was raised last year; others were ineligible.

State pensions, schools, healthcare, public transport, and post offices have been fully or partly privatized over the last decade, making Sweden one of the most free market orientated economies in the world, analysts say.