If you’ve ever owned a dog, or even raised a child, you know the best way to teach someone is through consequences. If someone is allowed to keep doing something harmful but never has to answer for their actions, what incentive is there to change behavior? None. So why are we still hearing about a sluggish economy or Greece, Portugal, Spain etc… It’s because know one has made them answer for their actions. We keep trying to avoid the inevitable by only making the inevitable worse. We need to take cues from nature. The strong must be allowed to survive. Keeping the week dangling only hurts the herd as a whole. The “Herd” in this case is our economy. We need to recognize that it’s the well managed companies who have always had to fend for themselves that lead us out of recessions. Instead of allowing them to reap the rewards for doing the right things, in comes the government and big labour to save the day. They artificially prop up losers for their own personal benefit, not societies. By allowing companies, governments and people to fail we are doing them a better service. By making them face the consequences of bad decisions we ensure they will never make them again.
Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.