Category Archives: austerity

The Founders never guaranteed heat for all

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This is the biggest austerity cut yet. President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget will cut several billion dollars from the government’s energy assistance fund for poor people, officials briefed on the subject told National Journal. … The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, would see funding drop by about $3 billion from an authorized 2009 [...]

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My, what lovely window dressing your demotion has

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Well, this is stupid. The blizzard claimed its first administrative casualty last night: the chief of the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Service, John Peruggia, was demoted in the face of mounting criticism over the city’s inability to get ambulances where they needed to be during last week’s storm and its aftermath. Ambulance delays related to the [...]

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Time Magazine Editor-At-Large: “We thought [austerity] was a bad thing and now embracing as a virtue”

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Add this to the Great Moments In Cognitive Dissonance. Time Magazine editor-at-large Belinda Luscombe sputtered through a seriously weird defense of austerity measures no more than five minutes before CNN transitioned into a story about how firing hundreds of sanitation workers before blizzard season may not have been the best idea in the world. And here’s the [...]

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Irrational Greeks claim they’ve earned their money

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In addition to Nobel Prize-winning economists like Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz saying austerity during a recession doesn’t work, and the ample evidence in Ireland and the Baltics that retraction is tantamount to death by a thousand cuts, for whatever reason these kinds of measures also aren’t very popular. The way Evi Simopoulou sees it, [...]

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