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I mean, David Patterson did too. That didn’t stop him from trying to create a coalition opposed to raising taxes this time around (and falling flat on his face). Remember, the US didn’t dive directly into austerity from the start of the crisis like the EU did- it passed a stimulus package, lame as it was, back in 2009. I assume that mentality was resonant back then.

The neoliberal austerity framework has only gotten stronger here and abroad since then. You’d probably hear a different tune from Bloomberg right now if he had a say.

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