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For obvious reasons, balancing the annual budget makes perfect sense when your output is basically entirely agricultural, and your consumption almost entirely is food.
You should still use fiscal policy to balance out years of good and bad crops, so the balanced budget is a myth even fot the agricultural economy.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 1st, 2014 at 09:24:13 AM EST
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