Why, you, along with others might ask, is The Pink Flamingo refusing to vote for Mitt Romney and quite disgusted with the GOP in general this election cycle?
To people like Mitt Romney and his now slobbering Randian devotes, austerity would mean a drastic cut of cops, fire-fighters, teachers, the USDA, and the forest service. In other words, if people like Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and lots of other allegedly well meaning conservatives I would not have a home. Neither would my parents. Nor would my best friend, or another friend. In fact, most of Lincoln County, New Mexico would be a charred ruin, with upward of 20,000 people left homeless.
The Right is in love with “Austerity”. It is the solution to all our economic woes, we are told. If you don’t think so, just look at Estonia, that great metropolitan state with about 1.5 million people. Austerity is “working”, even if the country is basically in a depression because of it. That’s okay, though. The idea is to punish those who are taking taking and taking, right?
In doing so, they have made themselves look like the fools that they are. In fact, Mitt Romney has a very checkered history of not dealing with firefighters. When he was governor, he was the firefighter’s worst enemy.
“...While they insist they’re the party of “first responders,” “law and order” and so forth, Republican leadership really doesn’t like the idea of police and firefighters working for state and local government — in other words, they don’t like law enforcement and the like working directly for We The People. As we’ve seen in privatized neocon utopias like Iraq, they’d prefer that these services be run by corporate profiteers. Republicans prefer that every government service be handed over to private industry. Let the marketplace handle the services, allowing unaccountable corporations to charge a fee to either the government or to the people on, say, a pay-per-arrest or pay-per-fire basis. What could possibly go wrong? Can’t afford to have your burning house extinguished? Sorry. Get a job, freeloader.
As for education, conservatives are well on their way to privatizing it. School vouchers and charter schools are actively — right now — sucking money out of public education and pumping it into private services, leaving public education in a deeper hole, and momentum remains in favor of more charter schools and less funding for everyone else.
For-profit education, security and rescue are growing larger in the window. The danger, of course, in this agenda is that private corporations are solely in business for the sake of profit. If it makes financial sense to, for example, ban disabled or slower children from school because they pull down test scores and drive away higher income students, then so be it. If it makes sense to only rescue homes owned by people who can afford the fee, then so be it. Profit is the only result worth measuring in the corporate world. Fact. We’ve already witnessed what happened when network programming and the profit-motive transformed broadcast news, much to the chagrin of Americans across the political spectrum….”
The Right loves what is going on in Greece. They point to the fact that “Austerity” is a way for Greece to work its way out of its debt problem. The people of Greece did it to themselves with their socialism, ergo, they must be punished into submission before the Altar of Merkel and her puppets. You see, the ultra wealthy in Greece are shielded from paying taxes. If they were to pay what everyone else does, Greece would not be in the mess it is in today.
There is a lesson here for the US, but I’m afraid we’re not in a mood to hear it.
“...But like her unemployed friend and dinner companion, Georgia Goudi, she says she has no hope. ‘They want us to vote? For who? The rich will get richer and the poor poorer. It can only get worse.’
We are unlikely to see this nation implode in the immediate aftermath of tomorrow’s vote. The most probable outcome is more procrastination and horse-trading — just like the dithering that followed the last, entirely inconclusive election in May, since when Greece has been without a government.
But deep down, everyone knows that the status quo cannot go on much longer. Greece is on borrowed time. Ultimately, Greeks face a choice between swallowing the austerity package imposed by the EU’s German paymasters — punitive taxation and a purge of the public sector — or they can be relegated from the euro and return to a much-devalued drachma.
The second option would see the country’s existing wealth cut by half.
And while it might enable Greece to rebuild itself over time, the first months of that journey would be perilous as a bankrupt nation found itself unable to buy essentials such as medicines, not to mention food.
It is a nightmare scenario that some have called ‘Drachmageddon’. And it is one we in Britain will feel acutely as billions are wiped off the value of our shareholdings and pension funds as the markets tumble amid fears that Spain and Italy might be next….”
Let’s get this right and put the blame where it belongs – Alan Greenspan – and his outlandish and slobbering devotion to Ayn Rand.
“...A dangerous and telling precedent comes from the United States where it’s widely believed that Alan Greenspan communicated to the Clinton administration that an agenda of deficit reduction would be rewarded with loose monetary policy while a non-approved agenda would be punished with tight money. This worked out well enough in the end because Clinton committed himself to Greenspanism, congressional Democrats more or less went along, and then Greenspan delivered the goods. As a result, Greenspan got to become the “maestro” and we enjoyed solid growth years. But imagine congress had balked, the deficit reduction package had failed, and then Greenspan tried to punish Congress with tight money. How would that have helped? And yet for the central banker’s veto over policy to be effective, the central bank must retain the discretion to impose inappropriate monetary conditions if it’s displeased. And the ECB is displeased with the behavior of Europe’s wayward southern states. If everyone would agree to act like Ireland and Estonia, then the ECB might agree to implement appropriate monetary policy and growth would be higher. But they haven’t agreed, so the ECB wants to compound everyone’s problems with tight money inflicting needless suffering on everyone involved—including the poor Estonians!…”
If the Randians in the GOP have their way, the US is going to be faced with the same problems Greece is having. It is NOT the socialism that is killing average people in Greece, it is the enforced Randian austerity. But – no one will face reality in this country. If we do, then we must admit that today’s version of conservative monetary policy is a total and complete fraud and absolute disaster.
You see, Greece is about bloated pensions and people retiring early, BUT – it is also about not requiring the wealthy to pay their “fair share” in taxes. Billionaires in Greece enjoy a tax free status.
Paul Krugman points out the following:
“…In the remarks Mr. Romney later tried to deny, he derided President Obama: “He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.” Then he declared, “It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
You can see why I was ready to give points for honesty. For once, he actually admitted what he and his allies mean when they talk about shrinking government. Conservatives love to pretend that there are vast armies of government bureaucrats doing who knows what; in reality, a majority of government workers are employed providing either education (teachers) or public protection (police officers and firefighters).
So would getting rid of teachers, police officers, and firefighters help the American people? Well, some Republicans would prefer to see Americans get less education; remember Rick Santorum’s description of colleges as “indoctrination mills”? Still, neither less education nor worse protection are issues the G.O.P. wants to run on….”
Germany has literally forced an economic depression on Greece, Ireland, and now Spain. There are those who celebrate austerity – that it works. The bitter irony here is that the very same conservative punditry who decried Obamacare, demanding that we not revisit failed history, are demanding just that with austerity. They refuse to even consider the fact that this sort of austerity creates depressions. The US was starting to recover from the great recession. Now though, with Merkel’s own economic Blitzkrieg against reasonable economic actions, we’re going to be in serious trouble.
The Pink Flamingo doesn’t really get any of this. If I were a believer on conspiracy theories, I would think that Merkel was doing a modern version of Germany’s periodic wars against anyone around them. I might also wonder why is the GOP, conservative pundits, and Mitt Romney are so interested in pursuing an economic theory that leads only to depression?
Do they have something against We the Little People?
There is no logical reasonable and viable explanation for why they are so in love with this failed monetary policy.
Do you have one? I sure don’t.