Monday, May 13, 2013

Austerity Policies Equal Mass Murder

That's no joke, as our federal government, which could do so much to alleviate the suffering of millions of people, prefers to listen to the banksters and not do one goddamned thing about this DEPRESSION out here.

Even though austerity policies are failures and cause all of this suffering, our politicians in D.C. that we supposedly "elect" are embarking on a deliberate policy to force this country into a third world status in some bullshit globalist fantasy that has long since been discredited and debunked:

If suicides were an unavoidable consequence of economic downturns, this would just be another story about the human toll of the Great Recession. But it isn’t so. Countries that slashed health and social protection budgets, like Greece, Italy and Spain, have seen starkly worse health outcomes than nations like Germany, Iceland and Sweden, which maintained their social safety nets and opted for stimulus over austerity. (Germany preaches the virtues of austerity — for others.)

As scholars of public health and political economy, we have watched aghast as politicians endlessly debate debts and deficits with little regard for the human costs of their decisions. Over the past decade, we mined huge data sets from across the globe to understand how economic shocks — from the Great Depression to the end of the Soviet Union to the Asian financial crisis to the Great Recession — affect our health. What we’ve found is that people do not inevitably get sick or die because the economy has faltered. Fiscal policy, it turns out, can be a matter of life or death.

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