December 21st, 2008

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Madoff, Ponzi scheme and US government debt-bubble

Meanwhile, I've been thinking that Madoff is a perfect analogy for the public sector. The government gives people money, which it expects to obtain by taking the money from people in the future. Even the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, not known as a right-wing organization, sees the U.S. fiscal stance as unsustainable (pointer from Ezra Klein via Tyler Cowen)--in other words, a Ponzi scheme.
Madoff as Metaphor, by Arnold Kling
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