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Le Parisien: L'incroyable histoire de la naissance des 3% de déficit (28.09.2012)
Ce haut fonctionnaire, Guy Abeille, l'avoue aujourd'hui : les 3 %, inventés en une heure un soir de juin 1981, ne reposaient sur aucune théorie économique mais, pour cette raison sans doute, il convint parfaitement à François Mitterrand, qui avait exigé, pour faire barrage à ses ministres trop dépensiers, un chiffre rond et facile à retenir. Et voici comment le fondement de notre politique budgétaire, imposé comme une règle d'airain à toute l'Europe, a vu le jour... au doigt mouillé.
The Incredible Story of the Birth of the 3% Deficit
This high functionary, Guy Abeille, confesses today: the 3%, invented in an hour one evening in June 1981, did not rest on any economic theory but, no doubt for this very reason, it was perfectly convenient for François Mitterrand, qho had demanded, to rein in his spendthrift ministers, a round number easy to remember. Behold how the foundation of our budget policy, imposed as an iron rule on all of Europe, saw the light of day... with a finger in the air.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:00:46 AM EST
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