Четыре года несостоятельности президента Буша

Многие люди во всем мире удивляются, как мало внимания президент Буш уделяет экономике в своей предвыборной кампании. Но меня это нисколько не удивляет: если бы я был на месте президента Буша, последнее, о чем я бы стал говорить, была бы экономика.

И все же многие люди смотрят на американскую экономику, даже за эти последние три с половиной года, с некоторой завистью. В конце концов, годовой экономический рост, составляющий в среднем 2.5%, может быть заметно ниже, чем во время правления Клинтона, но все равно выглядит хорошо на фоне анемичного 1%-ного роста в Европе.

Однако за этой статистикой скрывается вопиющий факт: средняя американская семья сегодня находится в более тяжелом финансовом положении, чем три с половиной года назад. Средняя величина (медиана) реального дохода сократилась на более чем 1500 долларов в реальном исчислении, и американские семьи страдают от того, что рост заработной платы отстает от инфляции, и стремительно увеличиваются основные хозяйственные расходы. Короче говоря, этот рост пошел на пользу только тем, кто находится на вершине кривой распределения доходов, т.е. той же самой группе населения, которая процветала на протяжении последних тридцати лет и которая извлекла наибольшую выгоду из снижения налогов, предпринятого Бушем.

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