The U.K. is announcing a new stimulus package...

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Accepting that their economy is sinking, Conservatives in the U.K. are announcing a new stimulus package to counteract anti-growth austerity measures that have forced the U.K. back into a recession. But rather than stimulating working people who spend money – the Bank of England is instead stimulating the banks with $80 billion pounds in hopes that those banks will lend that money out to small businesses.

It’s the same policy the Federal Reserve here in the United States has used – since Congress has failed to pass any real stimulus in three years. This is nothing more than a Band-Aid – and a bailout for the banks. If Europe and the United States are ever going to get their economics on track then it will require government spending to put people back to work building roads, bridges, and schools. We have to stop relying on Wall Street to get us out of this crisis. After all, they’re the ones who started it in the first place.

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 10:59 am


The problem is all workers are worried about their debt levels, and workers do not have enough money to spend and pay down debts, so the conservative solution is to give a pile of loot to the banksters.

Phaedrus76's picture
Sep. 14, 2010 8:21 pm

I guess those London bankster CEOs will be getting some nice bonuses.

I hope that at their parties with the comparably bonused Wall Street CEOs, they'll be able to have a good time celebrating. They work SO hard, you know.

Karolina's picture
Nov. 3, 2011 7:45 pm

I guess I'm in the wrong business.

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Dr. Econ
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Carbon Tax... Where Should We Start?

In Washington State a fierce debate has erupted over a ballot measure aimed at fighting climate change. As the reality of runaway climate change continues to sink in, the question of what do about it gets even more pressing.

We are not just dealing with the possibility of a few hotter days there - or a few nastier thunderstorms there.

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