Капитализм и скептицизм

БАЛТИМОР – Поскольку каждый новый день приносит с Уолл Стрит еще худшие новости, чем предыдущий, возникает один вопрос, интерес к которому постоянно растет: почему экономика Америки так ужасно функционирует во время правления президентов-республиканцев?

Трудно оспорить факты; в самом деле, исторический рекорд сегодня настолько абсолютен, что несгибаемые Республиканцы, похоже, начинают задаваться вопросом, не наложено ли на них проклятие. С того момента, как стали доступны современные статистические данные, Демократы выиграли у Республиканцев практически по каждому традиционному параметру экономических показателей (ВВП на душу населения, безработица, инфляция, бюджетные дефициты).

Демократы сумели даже одолеть Республиканцев на их собственном поле. Благодаря расточительству администрация Буша (и благоразумию администрации Клинтона) средние федеральные расходы в пропорции к ВВП при Республиканских президентах сегодня превысили тот же показатель при Демократических президентах, за одинаковый период времени.

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