The tens of millions of taxpayer money wasted at the G-20′s Shanghai soire had a silver lining. The assembled masters of world finance came up with a big fat zero on the coordinated global stimulus front.
So doing, they essentially admitted that their money printing central banks are out of dry powder (‘…but monetary policy alone cannot lead to balanced growth’) and that they are divided and confused on the fiscal front.
Indeed, the best result of the weekend is that the gaggle of G-20 statists acquiesced to Germany’s absolute ‘nein’ on the foolish notion that a world self-evidently drowning in debt can still borrow its way back to prosperity. With respect to that ragged Keynesian shibboleth, Germany’s intrepid finance minister left nothing to the imagination:
Germany had made it clear it was not keen on new stimulus, with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble saying on Friday the debt-financed growth model had reached its limits.
‘It is even causing new problems, raising debt, causing bubbles and excessive risk taking, zombifying the economy,’ he said…….’Fiscal as well as monetary policy has reached their limit.’
So this is not about a failed G-20 meeting; its about the end of a vast, long-running policy scam conducted by global officialdom and their central bankers. In a word, they did not save the world in 2008-2009 with the ‘courage’ of extraordinary policies. They just temporarily buried the symptoms by resort to crank monetary theories and fiscal snake oil.
This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner by David Stockman ‘ February 29, 2016.