Let's not be duped again by deficit hawks peddling austerity - 2020-05-20

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F185.png Let's not be duped again by deficit hawks peddling austerity May 20, 2020, Linda McQuaig, rabble.ca

These are the well-heeled folks, from conservative think-tanks and political circles, who for decades have successfully pushed governments to impose austerity and social spending cuts on the rest of us, in the name of keeping government deficits small.

With the country reeling from the devastating economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus, these usually cocky deficit hawks haven't yet mustered the nerve to come out fully against what is proving to be immensely popular with the public -- a dramatic ramping up of Ottawa's spending to shield Canadians from financial despair.

But, led by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, the deficit-slaying crowd is starting to re-emerge, determined that the pandemic does't become the transformative event that could spell the end of the deeply unequal, corporate-dominated economic world they've diligently constructed in recent decades.

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