More total spent doesn’t mean austerity (for the people) wasn’t done. It means on the whole more was spent. Austerity for the people can be all sorts of things while other spending increases can be in totally different areas.
You could ALSO have 20 percent more people needed food stamps yet they doled out 10 percent less per person (which is austerity as decreases per person, or how it effects each person singularly defines austerity) and the total amount spent goes up admist austerity. These things aren’t linked like a conjoined twin.
The key is knowing WHAT the increases were on. What we do know is that what each person was getting, was cut, thus there was austerity. Yes the austerity could be WORSE, but hey just check out the HIV stats on Greece since they cut their medical services. Look at the prescription drug debacle there. Spain has implemented many cuts as well.
Lets also not forget that there are more eyes watching where there wasn’t before so HOW the numbers are collected have changed, thus the numbers just on that account will be different. There also that some countries could be ‘tanking’ the numbers. Did austerity not happen if the gov’t is purposefully lying about total spent? Could one part of gov’t be working against another part? Sure can.
Let’s give another example and we’ll make it easy. Just like here in the states we could start a war with Iran, and get rid of all unemployment benefits, all food stamps, and whole lot more, yet end up spending MORE. Would we say austerity isn’t happening? That just wouldn’t be true.
It’s not about TOTAL spent. Education cuts, medical cuts, welfare cuts, pension cuts, fewer state jobs, lower wages, and the list goes on and on that has happened in many European nations. Sometimes the unintended consequences kick in and cuts in one area, lead to rises in others. Lower revenue equals bigger deficits. Both unknown unintended consequence spending increases + lower revenue = bigger deficits if those numbers are greater than the amount cut on the people. But the cuts still did happen, even if sometimes they could implement quite as many cuts as was ‘prescribed’.
The answer to fraud isn’t ‘let the people die’, the answer to fraud is to root it out and let the people live. We didn’t get here because Greece was lazy. We got here because of FRAUD on a systemic level around the world, pushed on us by the elite, their bankster minions, their tools in gov’t, who in collaboration with the corporations sold us down the river.
People talk about the ‘unemployed’ don’t deserve this or that, but where are the jobs? Don’t give me that bullshit unfilled job number. That’s horse crap. I’m sure every corporation that isn’t hiring says they are ‘hiring’, that number is as real as the BLS number.
If the skills aren’t there, where is the training? (hint: not having training didn’t use to be a deal breaker) Now it’s an excuse. Oh we have jobs, but you need to be a 10395435 level Mage on WoW along with a thirteen inch cock with more experience than the board of directors combined with impeccable references including the Pope hand written in his blood.
Lots of people with degrees who are obviously capable of being trained, aren’t. There’s also going to ALWAYS be a statistical turnover number as the economy will have jobs that haven’t been filled yet or what not, yet you can’t say thus every ‘number’ means someone could have a job. We all live in different areas, we all can’t live at the same location, or have the attributes to work at every job opening, that doesn’t really exist, and no one will train you to do it. A couple million job openings for people with 10 years experience can’t realistically be filled, and of course this is before the crap hits the fan again, so don’t think those numbers they give out mean anything. One could say there is some variable number out there that we can’t tell via a model, that there is going to be and yet really doesn’t mean these are additional jobs. Someone retired, but the job wasn’t lost….thus that’s a job opening, but not a NET one. Thus our country is nothing more than a bunch of vacuum tube ideologues who don’t know how to read numbers. We don’t know how to focus on the real issues. But it really isn’t that hard. Start with understanding the limitations of numbers, and focus on the structural issues that lead to rampant fraud.
I don’t see much of a distinction between an eco fascist, a printer, or an austere minded wacko. All three are part and parcel with bringing us to an ultimate crash and assuming control over most things. Who controls these ‘different (lol) sides’? The elite. However you want to define that.
Besides people are always thinking in terms of the Federal Reserve system, the monetarist system our founding fathers fought against. We used to have a system which was PM’s for currency, and credit uttered from a National Bank that didn’t owe anyone for creating it. If you utter credit for wealth creating projects, the inflation caused is minimal, while the wealth and JOBS the gov’t creates by fulfilling it’s duty are immense. One could even say that when gov’t uttered credit is , then the gov’t is actively providing the tools for each job created and thus IS helping to create jobs that way as well. Of course gov’t creates jobs, just those that are as ideological bent as any Keynesian from the other side believes THEIR dogma, just like a Keynesian believes theirs.
When the worst thing you have to do is keep an eye on a national bank, then the system is simple to regulate. The monetarists have a far more complex concoction going on, and we the people aren’t in control of jack shit. To them we’re dumb sheep who can’t possibly control such matters, and they create everything under the sun to make that a self fulfilling prophecy of junk.
People keep viewing it like the only way to do things is to borrow from a private bank money they create out of thin air, and to tax the people to pay that back. Even people that hate our system, still think within its confines when judging things. It’s appalling, but I guess a little understandable given how much things have been obfuscated.
How did gov’t create currency before the income tax? Were our founding fathers monetarists? Hell no they weren’t. Monetarism and ALL of its subsets are nothing more than warring ideologies within the construct of the oligarchical principle. Keynesian is losing, so Austrian is winning the ‘battle’…but all of monetarism is losing the war, and the oligarchy will pull their strings and profit off either way or both given enough time and some bad decisions. Unless we end monetarism, they win guaranteed.
No need for austerity or printing. Get rid of the fraud, the broken structure, and let price discovery happen. Then let the gov’t utter the credit for wealth creating projects. Space, water, energy, infrastructure, driven by scientific progress. (guess what people we’ve discovered in our grand progression from caveman still less than 1 percent of the ‘science’ out there…so don’t give me that crap that we science can’t get us further, nor the idiocy of pseudo science, since pseudo science isn’t really science.) The physical economy and what it produces is wealth. Precious metals are a sound medium of exchange, even if it is a gold standard fiat, and a National bank that regulates the credit to foster wealth creation is the setup that works.
What we have is grand scale fraud, that is our problem. We can discuss the ‘behavior’ aspect of it afterwards, but lets get rid of the fraud first. That’s what the issue is. Fuck everything else. Focus on the FRAUD as the driving force behind our efforts.
Then over the next few decades we can all discuss how we want things set up. But it makes no sense to put the cart before the horse, when the driving force breaking everything in the world is the fraud being perpetrated upon us until every gov’t, just about every business, the 99 percent, pensions, safety nets, so on and so forth are completely annihilated. It’s the fraud stupid. It’s the fraud that transpires through a fraudulent structure. Fraud occurring within Fraud.
OF COURSE social security looks bad, that’s the fraud stupid. OF COURSE medicare looks bad, that’s the fraud stupid. OF COURSE state and federal budgets (or spending) looks bad, that’s the fraud stupid. OF COURSE pensions, infrastructure, facilities, so on and so forth look bad numberwise, it’s the FRAUD STUPID.
Fraud elimination and science driven programs are the answer. Glass-Steagall and a return to national banking. Then once again we’ll have a chance to have our republic for as long as we can keep it.
Private business by itself isn’t wealth creation. Only creating wealth, creates wealth. Of which private businesses can be a tool to do that, or not. Numbers aren’t wealth. Physical stuff is wealth. Increasing mankinds power over the universe (think electricity compared to no electricity) is wealth. Private businesses that run within this contstruct are GREAT allocators of wealth. But just owning a business that sells goods made in China isn’t creating wealth because you made a ‘profit’ in the amount of fiat you collected compared to expended during the year. Retail stores don’t create wealth. Jersey Shore doesn’t create wealth.
Of course you’ll have to throw Nerobama out first before any of this can occur. No, dumbshitt romney won’t be any different, and could in fact be worse. Pick your constitutional violation of Nerobama from one of the slips of paper out of a hat and go with it. The hat is full and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Brutal austerity is going on all over Europe, and yet they are STILL spending more! NO that isn’t an oxymoron, it just shows how fucked up the fraud has taken us. Even implementing austerity, can’t slow down the TOTAL spending. The two are different. Yet the fraud has now consumed just about everything.
Quantifying behavior is just as much of a guess as any statistical model. Focus on what’s real, the fraud, not on what Sigmund Fraud thinks about the behavior of people. You throw people under the bus to elicit a more favorable behavior. We’ll never evolve if we only prey on mankinds past baser instincts. Man is reasonable. Use that by focusing on the fraud and not getting ahead of ourselves, and then we can move the fuck on and tackle the next set of issues. We’re stuck in groundhog day yet are worrying about something that will never be inside of groundhog day.
American Credit System (you know what our founding fathers ACTUALLY implemented)