Dan O’Brien: Flashing state cash at every ‘crisis’ can become a hard habit to break
Stimulus packages are all very well as a stopgap, but uncontrolled public spending increases funded by higher taxes and borrowing risks killing the goose that laid the golden eggs
Entrepreneurialism, competition, free markets and globalisation are the four cornerstones of Irish prosperity. In a country in which the national conversation is so dominated by how the state should remedy every ill, wealth creation – how it happens, the environment it needs to thrive and who makes it happen – rarely receives the attention it deserves.
This column intends to place it front and centre, not least because by taking prosperity for granted, in a...
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