Lots of Little European Stuff

European package – if you can’t fix it, smother it with money. The IMF, the ECB, the member states of the European Union are all throwing money at the problem of the miscreant states of southern Europe. The package of loan guarantees, liquidity tools, austerity packages and such that was assembled is supposed to buy the PIIGS enough time to tighten their belts and learn to live within their means. Well, not really within their means, but at least close to their means. Perennial deficits of up to 3% of GDP are perfectly okay with the ECB and EU. We can’t recall a single European government that has run a surplus in their fiscal budget lately, maybe the Norwegians during the height of their energy boom. (Keynes is probably rolling in his grave.)

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