The Great Austerity

August Break photo 11 – A doll and a toy pig look out of the window. Taken while walking the dog.

This morning my thoughts turn to the political. Let me start off by saying that I’m an American and so my opinions are largely targeted towards politics in the US. My blog is a personal blog and I struggle with writing political commentary because it’s so easy to alienate people. However, sometimes I just think my head is going to explode and I just have to say something.

So I begin.

We are watching the slow decline in the economies of the US and Europe, and the trashing of the middle class. This morning AP and I were talking about how the most powerful individuals in the financial sector are making a killing off of the downgrading of the US debt (and now they’ve set their sights on France). As long as you know which way the market is turning, you will make a lot of money. For those of us who are merely plebians, we must sit back and watch our pensions go up in smoke… the government cut our state benefits… unemployment skyrocket…and all the while the corporate elite are laughing all the way to the banks. And the banks are laughing too.

The problems facing our society are huge — beginning with the environment to the pounding that average citizens are taking with the austerity measures in the UK and the US. I only want to ask: To what end? What will the very rich and politically powerful gain when average citizens can no longer afford to buy food or medicine or other goods and services? To what end are they manipulating the markets and hoarding the wealth? There is an old saying in England…the king isn’t safe in his castle when the people are hungry.

2 thoughts on “The Great Austerity

  1. Oh, Kim! Thankyou for saying this,whether you alienate readers or not. We need sensible, ordinary folk to state the case.
    On our local TV news tonight some reporter is cock-a-hoop because Australia is doing well out of the trouble elsewhere. How bloody selfish!

  2. Thanks for the comment, Dinahmow. I really just don’t know what to do anymore. How much outrage can we take? It’s obscene to see how a small minority are making money off the backs of the rest of us while our government(s) keep telling us that we have to have a “shared sacrifice”.

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