Category Archives: Austerity

They Are The Disaster They Would Prevent

In the 20th Century, our American nation realized that broad and destructive calamities required federal power to manage the business of disaster relief. Beginning even before the Great Depression, this collective response to natural and economic disasters characterized our liberal … Continue reading

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The Margaret Thatcher I Remember

Thatcher, who famously said “there is no society, only families,” was mainly successful at atomizing and attacking the society she denied existed while pretending to fly a flag of freedom over it. Continue reading

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Morning Awful: In One Chart

The blue line shows private sector employment returning back to the level it was at before President Obama took office. The red line shows public sector payroll declining by more than 600,000 jobs over the same period, despite the US … Continue reading

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If You Want to Know How Paul Ryan’s Budget Will Work, Look at the UK

Martin Bashir shows us all exactly what would happen if Paul Ryan’s budget becomes the law of the land. Because it’s the law of the land in Britain, who – today – officially announced it’s in double dip recession. By … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Florida Idiocracy

The University of Florida is eliminating its computer science department to save $1.4 million while increasing its athletic budget by $2 million. That’s right: a flagship university with tens of thousands of computers on campus is prioritizing sports over computer … Continue reading

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Best Political Ad

This recall ad from Wisconsin can stand in for austerity economics everywhere. This is what Republicans mean to enact on a national scale. Unless they are stopped, we will all live in Wisconsin.

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Alabama Will See Things We’ve Never Seen Before

Alabama won’t be getting a new dime of new revenue. Governor Robert Bentley has taken the no-new-taxes pledge, so instead lawmakers will fill the hole with cuts to Medicaid and S-CHIP programs. That’s right, the dermatologist-governor would rather take health … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Paul Ryan Priorities

Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity Poverty will cut spending on every function of the federal government except one: defense. Of course! Because America was only spending as much money on national defense as the rest of the world combined, and … Continue reading

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UK Conservatives (That’s David Cameron’s Party) Enact a Republican Dream Budget

If Paul Ryan were British, tonight he’d be having a the Queen Mother of all wet dreams – only it would be a reality, because today, the British Parliament, fronted and centred by that nice David Cameron and that Pillsbury … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

A Colbert County grand jury added Ashley Greenhill to its indictments in the strangling, mutilation, and desecration of Amanda Leeth Taylor. No one who knew Ashley was at all surprised by the news. But Quad Cities Daily includes an alarming quote: … Continue reading

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Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing

TNR’s Noam Scheiber has found the explanation for the 2009 stimulus package not being big enough, and — shock! Surprise! — it’s Larry Summers’ fault. This will make administration critics on the left feel righteous justification, but the closing ‘graff … Continue reading

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