A World Awash In Debt: What the U.S., Europe and their Chinese Enablers Need to Do to Refloat their Economies
October 18, 2012
Hosted by Té Revesz
The world is awash in unsustainable levels of debt, says Charles Kolb, President of the French-American Foundation; and that debt is damaging the economies and stability of the US, Europe—and their enabler, China. All three need to seriously rethink their economic models and restructure tax and spending policies. With massive personal, mortgage and student debt, over-leveraged American consumers may no longer be able to drive that economy. The US needs to reconfigure a tax code which favors consumption over savings and productive investment. China needs to do the reverse; facing a series of internal riots, its model of citizen saving plus export-driven growth won’t be sustainable much longer. In France, with a huge debt:GDP ratio, alternately applying the accelerator and the brake isn’t working. If France wants to stay with the Euro, reduce unemployment and grow its economy, it needs to restructure its tax policies and labor rules. Tune in for Kolb's provocative policy prescriptions.
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