Here are some of the excellent examples of unsustainable intervention since the start of the recession:
These are two examples, and there are others. The $800 billion stimulus package that went primarily to state and local governments for "shovel ready projects." The mortgage modification programs. In addition, I think the TARP bailout of banks, while it appears to be sustainable because of the Fed keeping interest rates low (unsustainable), should have be implemented much differently to enable a more robust economic recovery.
Finally, for those that think taxing the rich is a sustainable intervention, consider Teeing up the middle class (subscription may be required) in The Wall Street Journal which reports that it is impossible for only the rich to pay the taxes needed to solve the deficit issues.
As the CEO of my company once said, "If what we're doing won't change the decline of our business, then DO SOMETHING THAT WILL." Great advice which our government should heed.
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