Billionaire investor George Soros said he believed the United States was already experiencing the pain of a double dip recession and that Republican opposition to Obama’s fiscal stimulus plans was to blame for sluggish growth.
“We have a slowdown and basically a conflict about whether the rich ought to pay taxes to create jobs or not and there was a deal in the making which would have balanced the budget over the long term, but would have allowed short-term fiscal stimulus, which would have been the right policy,” Soros said in an interview late Wednesday.
“That was rejected, it fell apart… so it will come to the electorate next year to decide what they want,” he added.
Euro zone policymakers have repeatedly followed the wrong policy shifts, creating a situation in Europe “more dangerous” to the global financial system than the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, Soros said.
“It is a more dangerous situation [than Lehman Bros] and I think that the authorities, when push comes to shove, will do whatever it takes to hold the system together, because the alternative is just too terrible to contemplate,” he added.