The Agenda

The Party’s Over

The IMF speaks the truth:

To keep the global economy on track, people in the United States and the rest of the developed world need to work longer before retiring, pay higher taxes and expect less from government. And the cheap imports lining the shelves of mega-chains such as Wal-Mart and Target? They need to be more expensive.

That’s the practical meaning of a series of policy papers and statements issued in recent days by IMF officials, who have a long history of stabilizing economies and solving global financial problems, as they plot a course to keep the world economy growing and reduce the risk of another “great recession.”

Howard Schneider of the Washington Post has done a terrific job of finding the narrative buried in a series of recent IMF reports.

Reihan Salam is president of the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of National Review.

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