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  •  There is only one problem with austerity. (1+ / 0-)
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    It only ever hurts the poor and lower paid. I'll extend that to much of the middle class, who are all wage-earners of one sort or another.

    Austerity NEVER affects anyone who votes for it, or their families, or anyone with sufficient resources to ride it out.

    They do not share the sacrifice, they simply demand it of us.

    When austerity can be made into a shared sacrifice, then I will support it but I rather suspect that it wouldn't be necessary.

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

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:15:37 AM PST

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    •  It doesn't really matter whom abuse affects. (0+ / 0-)

      Even the abuser is reduced in stature when he gets away with depriving his own kind of the necessities of life. If s/he's been tasked with actually providing, then the offense is double.

      We have to reject the notion that humans have to deserve to live. If they have a right to life, then they are entitled to live and somebody has an obligation to see that they do. In the interest of efficiency, we have delegated those obligations to representatives assembled in Congress. So, if they don't carry out their obligations then, like the unjust steward in the Bible, they have to be sacked.
      The Congress has jurisdiction over all national natural resources and public assets, including the currency.  If they can't manage, then they need to, like Ratzinger, resign.

      The Congress seems full of extortionists.  What do they want to extort? Votes. How do they mean to accomplish that? By visiting deprivation on everyone who has voted on wrong so next time they'll vote right and the less-deprived can say to themselves "there but for my Republican vote, go I."
      Or, think how much the dead-beat dad is loved when he comes home from the pub without a dime and doesn't take it out of the children's hide, after all. What a good dad!

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:16:29 AM PST

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