Eight Steps to Cut Economic Growth, by George Osborne MP
1. Encourage savings and inheritance
Encouraging people to pass on their wealth unused to the next generation is a great way to reduce the amount of money flowing through the economy. I’ve not yet been able to deliver my full plan for cutting growth in this way, but you can be sure we will deliver this plan once the opportunity arises.
Our new policy for social care is centred on home-owners. Naturally reducing care costs for people is helpful in general, but we’ve made sure our plan delivers as little benefit to the wider economy as possible. By focusing on delivering benefits to people who already have assets, we’re making sure they keep them and pass them on to the next generation, rather than have that money put back into the economy.
2. Cut welfare
Trimming down welfare payments takes cash away from people who don’t have excess income. As these people are very likely to spend the money they receive, giving money to them is a good way to get money flowing round the economy. By cutting welfare, we’re keeping this to a minimum. Chop chop chop!
3. Print money, but give it to people who won’t spend it
Although we’re not for more borrowing, we are happy to print a small (£375bn) amount of money for the benefit of our pals at the banks. This is a highly effective way to slow economic growth, as compared to other forms of spending (see above and below) it doesn’t go very far, and may very well end up being spent on the kind of financial products that caused the financial crisis.
4. Cut departmental budgets
Taking money out of Government services directly raises unemployment, taking money out of people’s pockets and taking custom away from procurement services and contractors. That’s why cutting departmental budgets is such a great way to take money out of the economy and cut growth. Onward!
5. Split the country into bits
Our compelling agenda for a somehow better Britain is doing wonders for the ‘Yes Scotland’ campaign, helping Scots see just how much better a job they could do running the economy themselves. Once their gone we can kiss that oil revenue goodbye!
6. Confuse small businesses with new tax procedures
I’ve just cut National Insurance for small businesses. Since new and small businesses are a key way in which an economy stays dynamic, this should be good news, but it’s not so simple. I’ve cut corporation tax for big business but not for small businesses: small businesses must now pay a different rate. So plenty of new systems to plan for and make sense of, but not much money to be saved.
7. Invest in unproven expensive energy sources and create uncertainty over reliable ones
Nuclear power and gas fracking are risky and expensive, so I’ve promoted them above simpler renewable technologies which could deliver in short timescales, to make sure we pay higher costs now, and don’t get any benefits until many years in the future.
8. Apply tax breaks, but only to people who already have excess cash
The new 45p top rate of tax and higher ‘personal allowance’ of £10,000 are proud achievements, cutting the tax of people who are in work and already making a money. This is a big part of my economy-crashing strategy, as it means that only people who already have money get assistance. As they don’t need much extra cash, most of these lost tax receipts will go into bank accounts and sit quietly for many years to come.
As you can see, by following my trusted formula, you get dependable results every time. Low growth, no growth, even negative growth is possible! The likes of Germany, USA, Iceland, and other recovering economies have a lot to learn about macroeconomics from me, George Osborne MP. It’s amazing to think that when I came into this job I only had a BA in Modern History.
Re: Eight Steps to Cut Economic Growth, by George Osborne MP
Stop giving money to Africa, just because we have guilty white imperialistic history doesn't mean we owe them shit. Engineering expertise and political experience yes, anything else they can get.
Stop giving money to the EU. No ifs, no buts, NO MORE MONEY!
Stop selling off infrastructure to the Russians or Saudis, this will come back to bite us hard and in the case of the gas belonging to the ruskies, its already happening.
People cannot spend because they have no cash to spare because its going towards household heating bills, the so-called climate warming effect is a load of horse shit. Its Spring in the UK and we have 6" of snow in low lying areas, not a clue how much there is in the higher areas.
Stop giving immigrants and lazy, feckless scum families money. They are neither poor or unable, they just wantwantwant and demand.
Stop paying NHS managers 6 figure salaries. Stop paying civil servants way above the private sector equivalent pay grade for a numpty position that wouldn't or shouldn't exist in the first place.
Get rid of the Unions power to cause chaos in transport. 10 grand for a season rail ticket? Are you shitting me?
Who here earning below 50k would buy something for 10k and not own it outright?
Buy a car for 2k, the fuel and insurance bills wont add up to 10k.
Thats my list.
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