Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:38 PM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Suicide attempts increasing in crisis-stricken Greece
The number of people in Greece trying to kill themselves is rising as economic crisis deepens, according to official figures.
There were 677 suicide attempts in 2009, 830 in 2010 and 927 in 2011, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said in a written response to lawmakers' questions.
The number is on course for a further rise this year, with 690 incidents registered by police as of August 23. The figures did not clarify how many suicide attempts led to loss of life.
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Suicide attempts increasing in crisis-stricken Greece (Original post)
|Lydia Leftcoast||Nov 2012||#3|
Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:49 PM
jody (26,624 posts)
2. "Single payer health care and a $10/hour minimum wage." That what one DU post recommends.
Wait, it's government policies like that that bankrupt Greece in the first place
Response to jody (Reply #2)
Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:58 PM
Lydia Leftcoast (47,992 posts)
3. Not really--it's instituting generous social welfare policies WITHOUT
raising taxes or cracking down on tax evaders. Did you know that Greece had no real tax law enforcement? Going on the euro (even though the banksters KNEW that Greece was financially unstable) made matters worse, because it became kind of a straitjacket.
Don't believe the right-wing talking points, you know, the ones that always say "Spain and Greece" whenever improvement of social welfare benefits is mentioned. After all your time on DU, you should be more savvy than that. (By the way, Spain's problems are not due to debt--they actually had very low government debt--but to a housing bubble.)
If generous social benefits were the problem, then Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland would be in even worse shape---but they're not, because they tax themselves to pay for their benefits.
Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #3)
Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:02 PM
jody (26,624 posts)
4. Governments can't spend more than its revenue. As you say, it must raise taxes or cut spending.
Of course social welfare policies compete for investment capital and no economist has a solid answer for that problem of how much.