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  •  "Austerity" reasonably requires (8+ / 0-)

    that taxes be increased.

    Any Party demanding austerity with tax cuts is not serious ... What they are proposing is "Austerity for the poor".

    That is our message.

    When they concede that those who can afford to help must be made to do so, then we will know they are serious, and have proposals worth discussing.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:55:02 AM PDT

    •  The trouble is... (4+ / 0-)
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      twigg, verso2, opinionated, Calamity Jean

      We know they aren't serious. But too many voters don't see that.

      Poverty = politics.

      by Renee on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 11:10:31 AM PDT

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    •  Why not use these terms instead? (1+ / 0-)
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      jillwklausen

      It's common sense for people confronting hard times to practice austerity-- to reduce their spending and control their debts. But what we're facing is SELECTIVE FORCED AUSTERITY: the rollback of wages and benefits, excluding the rich of course, who get bigger tax kickbacks.

      I practice austerity on my own, and am proud to do so. Having selective forced austerity imposed on me is another matter. I would insist a general forced austerity including the rich and connected be tried first.

      We should also talk about what's going to follow selective forced austerity: permanent LIQUIDATION of what the masters consider less productive assets (domestic manufacturing, public education, social services, and ultimately the working middle class).

      •  Great suggestions. Thanks! ~ Jill (0+ / 0-)

        Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

        by jillwklausen on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 09:36:14 PM PDT

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