«It is not that Mr. Berlusconi's economic policy represents Italy's best hope of climbing out of the quagmire of debt. A combination of spending cuts, job cuts and tax hikes, the government's austerity package has rightly been criticized for constricting rather than encouraging economic growth.
Even if it does not represent the best of all possible strategies though, Mr. Berlusconi's agenda is nevertheless the only serious package of reforms on offer. Despite crowing for Mr. Berlusconi's resignation for months, Italy's main opposition, the Democratic Party, has failed to advance any realistic alternative to his budgetary proposals. No matter how valid its criticisms of Mr. Berlusconi's austerity measures, the Democratic Party has nothing better to offer.
Even at the risk of splitting the party and incurring future electoral losses, the Democratic Party's leadership must recognize that it has a responsibility to elaborate a clear and effective economic policy focused on encouraging growth and stabilizing public spending. It will be tough, but Mr. Berlusconi's victory demonstrates that the Democratic Party needs to rethink its economic strategy from scratch if Italy is to recover».
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Nulla di meglio da offrire
"soluzione spagnola" - passo indietro di Berlusconi ed elezioni a breve - produrrebbe esiti simili a quelli spagnoli, mi riferisco esattamente al genere di cose che si leggono oggi sul Wall Street Journal. Titolo dell'articolo: «Italy's Absent Opposition». Nel quale si sottolinea la totale inadeguatezza dell'opposizione, che non ha una proposta di politica economica univoca e realistica: semplicemente il Pd «non ha nulla di meglio da offrire».