Does Dr Cullen know something we don’t?
The Dom Post reports:
Finance spokesman Michael Cullen said: “The Government is not going to allow the economy to slip into a depression because it has some fear of lifting its short-term borrowing position. That is not sensible fiscal economic management.”
The Government is already facing a debt blowout after the Treasury forecast a decade of deficits.
So Dr Cullen is worried about a full scale depression, yet he is handing out free cash to students.
But Dr Cullen said he would borrow more if necessary to fund road, infrastructure, forestry, housing and rail projects, including expanding the electrified network to Auckland’s North Shore and a rail tunnel under Waitemata Harbour.
His plan marks a U-turn from Labour’s scathing attacks on National’s plan to borrow more to spend on infrastructure.
In August, Prime Minister Helen Clark said: “I just think it’s mind-bogglingly stupid. You go out and borrow at a time when the international markets are in crisis.”
National pleding to borrow more when debt was at 20% of GDP was called reckless and stupid, and now Labour says that increased borrowing is the answer with debt projected to hit 30% of GDP.
Which Dr Cullen should we listen to?
Is this the biggest economic flip-flop ever?