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Andres Aullet

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Trickle down vs. trickle up

The more businesses are left alone to do what they do best (sell a product or service), free from regulations, external influences and excessive taxation, the better they will be.

Loans and extra profits can be then used for more business creation and business growth, which in return drive more economic prosperity for investors, and that also "trickles down" to workers (as jobs and better salaries) and consumers (as lower prices) and everybody benefits in the end.

Or so the story goes.

Although the theory says that when investors gets richer, they use this extra wealth to promote more businesses, and in the process creating more jobs and driving prices down through specialization; there are many examples where the extra wealth is either just accumulated, or it is invested in ways that do not create jobs nor drive prices down.


Would things work in reverse?

What if individuals rather than businesses were the recipients of loans (micro), left alone to do what they do best (which i contend is creativity), as free from regulations, external influences and excessive taxation as possible.

They would then require raw materials and more people to put their ideas into action, they would need products and services offered by bigger businesses. In the end, everybody would benefit and the economic prosperity would trickle up

Obviously, this is an idealization.

But, could we benefit from a balance of both approaches?

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    Nov 5 2012: Bob Dylan once made the observation, "instead of coming up any higher, they would rather drag you down into the hole their in". Your comparison of East Russia and Germany does not attempt to create synthesis and/or integration but instead attempts to compare with lowest denominator. John, I'm not willing to play your game. Good bye.
    • Nov 5 2012: Your quoting Dylan is quite ironic! Stay ignorant. What do I care? ;-)

      Your claim that East Germany and Soviet Russia were the lowest denominators only speaks of your ignorance. Pick any country from the old East Europe. Or pick Cuba, if you prefer.

      Instead of offering a rational argument, you prefer to play your game by pretending to not play your game. Even more ironic. Definitely a sign that you are an old hand at the game. (The ego must be protected at all cost, right?)

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