Over at Cedar Lounge Revolution, WBS is doing a good job tracking the ongoing campaign against Ireland’s borrowing capacity and, in particular, the performance of the National Treasury Management Agency. On a recent post, I agreed but received this challenge from barratree
Michael, - I’ve yet to see you addressing the point that most people are concerned about. Its the medium to long run ability to finance the country not right now in the present. If we undertook a massive stimulus plan in would completely undermine any trend towards a sustainable budget. After 2 years we would be looking at laying off all those people taken on by the state to build railway lines etc and there still being no jobs for them. And the deficit would be sky high. B
I accept that, in arguing for an expansionary investment approach, I might not have comprehensively addressed the issue of fiscal sustainability. However, I question whether ‘most people’are concerned about long-term budgetary issues. People I come across are more worried about losing their jobs, or getting a job, or losing their business or their pension, etc. Nonetheless, barratree has asked legitimate questions. So here goes.