Sleepy Time Thought: The UK Double Dip Recession 4/25/2012
Conservatives in England must be celebrating tonight now that they’ve pushed the UK back into a recession. They savagely cut social programs and fired government workers all willy-nilly. They got pretty much everything they wanted: a smaller government that was supposed to save the economy. Shockingly, it didn’t. You cannot drain that much money from a struggling economy without consequences. But of course, that was the whole point, wasn’t it? First, blame the recession on social programs and bloated government instead of the banks. Second, enact harsh austerity measures that hurt the poor and middle class while preserving the perks and bonuses for the rich because they need that money to “save the economy.” Third, after the economy worsens, pretend that the austerity measures were actually working but something else dragged the economy down and you’re only going to reverse some of the austerity measures against your better judgement. Fourth, as the easing of austerity leads to slow recovery, claim that austerity worked after all and it would be foolish to fully restore the social safety net.
What you are left with is a weakened middle class, the poor are devastated, the safety net is frayed and the rich skate away laughing.
Why do you think Republicans are pushing for those same austerity measures here in the US? This is their modus operandi: take control of the government, explode the deficit, bloat the bureaucracy, blame liberal policies for the damage when they lose control and then demand “fiscal responsibility” that just happens to only target progressive social programs. Rinse, repeat. They’ve been doing this for decades.
If the Occupy movement hadn’t derailed their agenda by wresting control of the dialogue away from the right, we might be suffering the same fate as Britain right now.
Sleep tight you filthy liberal scum!