Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

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Fear Athens Less and Washington More

Irwin M. Stelzer

May 2012

Hudson Institute


There comes a tide in the affairs of men …. And the one sweeping from Greece, across Europe and into the United States is washing away support for austerity, in some cases reinforcing opposition to it, largely from the Left. President Obama is delighted at this support for his refusal to cut spending in the face of mounting deficits, and the Republicans are feeling beleaguered at what they see as the disinterment of the body of works of John Maynard Keynes. No longer must the President sit at G8 meetings (in this weekend’s case, G7 since Vladimir Putin finds it necessary to stay at home to deal with an unpleasant spate of dissent) and hear only the voice of Germany’s iron Chancellor, Angela Merkel, extolling the virtues of thrift, austerity and balanced budgets.