The New Economic Perspectives’ video clip on the Government budget, Deficits and Debt presented below (produced for educational purposes), debunks the myths that politicians tell their populations to justify ‘austerity’. In the case of the clip, it starts with 3 full minutes of American politicians misinforming the electorate. An identical montage aimed at the UK electorate could undoubtably just feature George Osborne’s utterances from his forthcoming Autumn statement scheduled for this Thursday (5th December 2013).
However, the reality is that all economists know that the deficit and debt mythologies are not true and ‘have long known that the idea of balancing budgets over the cycle is a bit like a fairy story we tell to frighten the kids’. Economists, and Central bankers like Mervyn King, Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, all know that:
The UK government can never ‘run out’ of money;
The UK government can never be forced to default;
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