[Marxism] Cliffhanger for US economy

En Passant with John Passant en.passant at bigpond.com
Mon Dec 31 15:18:35 MST 2012

written before 1 January this Alex Callinicos article gives a good background to the fiscal cliff.

In Europe as well as the US the super-rich and their media and political hangers on have done very well in the neoliberal era. This coalition has defined the deficit as the big problem that is holding the economy back.

Obama agrees with the Republicans about this. So he ended the debt crisis in July 2011 by agreeing on a set of tax increases and cuts in spending that were set to come into effect automatically on 1 January. The only way to stop this was for Congress to come up with a programme of measures to cut the deficit.

These automatic increases and cuts are the fiscal cliff.


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