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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:11 PM

6. The horror of this is that economists, hedge fund managers, bankers and investors are not talking

(or talking far too little) about the human costs of the austerity they are imposing.

What happens to families, to children, to the elderly when austerity means they can't afford heat or shoes or medical care?

Most important, what happens to society?

How long will it take before a "tyrant," a demagogue with easy answers comes forward and fools people into following him or her?

The policies of big business and the government are exacerbating the inevitable discontent of ordinary people whose hopes and dreams are being crushed and will be reduced to rubble and dust because of this economic disaster.

And the people who will suffer the most are the people who had no say in the foolish, greedy decisions that got us where we are.

Divorces. Parents who cannot feed their children abandoning those children. The anguish those parents will face as they decide to walk away. The guilt. The emotional pain.

The grown children who will have to make grotesque choices between caring for their children, keeping themselves going or providing minimal support for their elderly parents.

Those in the upper 1% think they are saints because they hand out turkeys at Thanksgiving and Christmas -- toys for the little ones -- Christmas decorations for the elderly in some assisted living facility funded by their church.

But as they while away their time on the golf course, they remain oblivious to the agony, the everyday misery of the poor -- who are paying the price for the outsourcing and importing that produced the wealth of the 1% and caused economic disaster for everyone else.

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