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Édifiant

Posted in Economie, Politique by hadyba on avril 27, 2011

Au détour de ce profile du New York Magazine sur Krugman, cette précision édifiante qui montre à quel point il est idiot que la classe moyenne vote à droite.

It was Krugman’s Princeton colleague Larry Bartels who made the critical connection, in research Krugman devoured and still cites. Perhaps the most important influence on income inequality, Bartels argued, was something economists had not ­emphasized: whether a Democrat or a Republican was in the White House. Since World War II, Bartels found, wealthy families in the 95th percentile in income had seen identical income growth under both parties. But for families in the 20th percentile, the difference was astonishing: Under Democratic presidents, their income grew at six times the rate it did under Republican ones. There was, for Krugman, a kind of radicalization implied in this.

Je n’ai pas les chiffres pour la France mais je suis sûr qu’ils seraient comparables. Par exemple, le gouvernement français actuel a mené toutes sortes de politiques favorables aux plus fortunés. En revanche, les prélèvements tombant sur les classes moyennes ainsi que les prix des denrées de premières nécessité n’ont pas baissé et ont même souvent augmenté. Et les salaires ont évidemment stagné. N’empêche que comparé au reste du monde, la France est un petit paradis; la preuve:

He thinks for another minute. It might not have been Utopia, he says, but it could have been France. But now these possibilities seem further away than ever.

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