Is Austerity a “Recipe for Disaster”?
December 26, 2010 · Posted in General Economics
Let’s say you are stranded on an island for a week and you climb trees every day to pick up and eat coconuts, and also set aside one coconut a day.
Then over the course of the next week you don’t climb trees at all and just eat 7 out of 7 coconuts that you have stored up.
So the next week you have none left. So now you need to do with fewer coconuts during that week (=austerity) and climb some trees again (=work) to get some more.
Is it a recipe for disaster for that week to have no coconuts left to consume? Maybe it is. But the question is meaningless …
Is there anything you can do about it other than consume less and work more (= generate savings) again?
When you jump off a cliff, is the existence of gravity a recipe for disaster? Sure it is. Is there anything else you can do other than take the fall?
When you are shot in the foot and the infection is about to creep up your leg, is that a recipe for disaster? You bet it is. Is there an option to keep your leg without amputating the foot?
Unfortunately, in any of those cases, you’re SOL, my friend … and you need to accept reality in case you care to try and make the best of it.
The good news is … falling off a cliff is a lot worse than restoring discipline and prudence in your financial dealings. =)