Sunday, June 06, 2010

Global Austerity

I rather frequently mention that it's necessary for everyone who does not want to be in a very bad circumstance down the road to do what they have to do to get ahead of the game financially. This means that you have a few hundred thousand in assets, taking into account all of your debts (mortgages etc.).. at the least.

The fact of the matter is, Liberalism is losing the fight. It's really over already. We elected the hopey-changey guy, and he's nothing like we were lead to believe. It really has nothing to do with Obama, but rather what the people who run things really want, and how they've convinced a lot of really stupid people (i.e., conservative tea bagging whack-job types) that it'll be good for them.

Digby has a nice explanation of it here, and it's deadly serious. George Bush trying to destroy ("privatize") Social Security was just one small part of it. They honestly think the world will be better off without social security, or medicare, or food stamps.. or unemployment benefits.. or medicaid.. any of a very long list of things that help a lot of people survive in what could be a very, very, cruel world if you don't have the capability to beat everyone else at the game.. or most people anyway.

It's social Darwinism, and it's going to happen. Is it a global conspiracy? I have not a freakin' clue, but it's obvious that people want to stop what they think is taking from the rich and giving to the poor.

They've even convinced the religious whack-jobs, like our friend Doug, that any sort of government spending on social programs actually harms the poor by removing incentives for them to do what they need to do in order to survive.

And so.. when in severe recessions, and in high unemployment, they want governments to "balance budgets".. and we all know what that means... and it doesn't mean fewer bombs.

Best have enough money saved so that no matter what happens, you're untouchable... because there will be no revolutions.

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