Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss
Right, and I don't disagree with cutting the right amount for the right things and changing tax rates to the right amount for the right things either.
I just think we can do it in such a way that continues GDP growth to pull us out of deficit. I have no problem with it being an incremental growth to ensure sustainability. There may even be the opportunity to create economic growth drastically in the short term without any fiscal kick-back or loss of environmental stewardship as well.
I disagree with the government even trying to "grow" the economy. It ought to focus on sustainability, and if the economy grows, bonus.
Generally speaking, I won't blame a government for slow growth any more than I'll credit it for rapid growth, since often that growth is the result of policies passed decades ago only now starting to come to fruition, along with the state of the global economy and luck.
I'd rather credit or criticise the government for things more within its short-term control, such as keeping inflation down, paying off the debt, and keeping the Bank rate down. I also expect long-term planning from the government, such as investing generously in universal compulsory education (funding for education on our reserves is atrocious!), promoting free labour-movement agreements, promoting common educational standards for various trades and professions across jurisdictional boundaries, lowering the minimum-wage, and other measures to remove obstacles to employment. But again, usually the benefits aren't felt for decades, only for some other government decades later to take the credit. But honestly, what kind of long-term investment are the Conservatives doing? There is free trade agreements harper's working on, and I applaud him for that, but then he undermines it with his prison and military industries.