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I really can't think of anyone on this site whole would describe Fine Gael as "just groovy". And we've been busy ranting about the Irish system for years - generally in response to the stupid claims by EU leaders about how great it was and how wealthy it had become on light regulation and low taxes. How many times have I pointed out that the main thing going on before the before the boom got silly (mid 2000's?) was catch up due to infrastructure spending by the EU and favorable demographics?

The Irish tax system needs restructuring, but the problem wasn't so much that the rates were too low but rather that they were too dependent on cyclical spending - and construction in particular - and that should have been fixed when we had the money sloshing around to do it. Raising personal taxation rates in a depression is not an especially good plan. Neither are massive government cutbacks, of course.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Aug 14th, 2011 at 08:10:23 AM EST
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