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Forum Post: Unite to Fight Austerity

Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 27, 2012, 7:29 p.m. EST by TommyNYC (730)
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Nobel Prize winning New Keynesian economist Joseph Stiglitz, who inspired the OWS slogan "We are the 99%": "The only thing that can be done is fiscal stimulus; spending more money."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzMOD-JONNU

But it's not just Keynesian economists who oppose austerity. According to famed left-anarchist philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky: "Austerity just makes matters worse. What is required is economic stimulus and Europe has the resources for that, which would allow countries to grow their way out of the situation and overcome the decline."

http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/editor-blog/143/austerity-measures-and-ecb-policy-a-case-of-class-war-says-noam-chomsky

Marxian economist Professor Richard Wolff in a scathing criticism of Paul Ryan: "The austerity plan of the world's Ryans is simple. Cut government spending on social programs that help millions and use the money saved to instead guarantee government repayment of debt and to slow the growth of that debt.

If that means adding public employee layoffs to already high unemployment, so be it. If that means a long-term decline in the standards of living (stagnant real wages plus declining public services from government), so be it. If it polarizes society into extreme inequalities, OK."

http://rdwolff.com/content/choosing-ryan-embracing-austerity

More arguments against Ryan-austerity from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein: “Ryan's extreme budget ideas were rejected by Congress, including many of his own Republican colleagues,” said Stein. “Americans value Medicare and Social Security, and do not want to be the sacrificial lambs for deficit reduction

http://www.jillstein.org/obama_cleared_path_for_ryan_greens_offer_only_alternative_to_austerity_agenda_say_stein_honkala

And another one by Ralph Nader:

https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/17-1

Edit:

Independent senator Bernie Sanders in opposition to austerity:

http://www.npr.org/2012/05/08/152247984/the-nation-austerity-doesnt-work-anywhere

So, I conclude, this is what we must unify behind. After the election, and I hope that everyone here gets out the vote, this is what we push. Fiscal stimulus. Infrastructure spending. Jobs legislation. The public good. Whatever you want to call it.

Anything but austerity.

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[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20395) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Absolutely.

Fire the repeliccans.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20395) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

LoL!

I was really hoping for something a little more robust

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20395) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

no.no

re

(R)e.peliccan

[-] 0 points by TommyNYC (730) 1 year ago

great moments in pelicans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE8nCNLylEM

[-] 1 points by TommyNYC (730) 1 year ago

Hey, who the hell stikled Scarface? Not cool.

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

Some people will never get it, no matter how many facts, they just can't wrap their head around it.

The ability of banks to make their financial pain everyone's financial pain is the problem. The fact that we talk about the economy as a monolithic entity is the problem. Mainstream economist are the pushers of this flawed structure. The system should not be structured in a way that places the burden of the banks onto the lives of everyone else.

There is no logical reason for this to be. Profitable companies have been closed because the emotions of consumers and those emotions were driven by speculation on WallSt. Gas prices rise and fall based on emotion that then directs trade on WallSt. It's a made up game with made up rules. It's make belief, pretend, a fairy tale, a farce that makes money for lazy people who believe but costs everyone whether they believe or not.

[-] 1 points by TommyNYC (730) 1 year ago
[-] 1 points by TommyNYC (730) 1 year ago

Don't you have your own blog, dude? Why do you have to rant here? Either unite against austerity, or join the neoliza(R)darians.

Unitas non lacertae

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

I would rather rage against your party line support of aimless spending. No jobs bill has been passed, you don't support targeted approaches, you just endlessly justify "deficit spending" which is another way of saying that it's ok for the government to write blank checks but you don't care what it goes to as long as they write them. And you justify handouts from the fed to WallSt as if the theme of Occupy Wall Street escapes you.

You're just a sock for one of the party preachers on this forum and which one doesn't matter because you all sound the same regardless of user name.

[-] 0 points by TommyNYC (730) 1 year ago

I'm a puppet, blah blah blah.

I have never justified handouts to the banks. You are either lying, or being very sloppy.

Here's your jobs bill: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Jobs_Act

Get on the bus or get left.

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

All hype. Wait till the first of the year to see the real shape of the economy. I'm sure you'll rethink your petty campaigning.

[-] -2 points by TommyNYC (730) 1 year ago

You are right about that, the economy will get worse because the gov hasn't spent nearly enough.

Too bad your a (R) and you don't know it. You're lost. At least I know who I am.

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

Ironic

[-] -2 points by CitizenofAmerika (-71) 1 year ago

Keynes didn't know dick. His retarded theories never work and never will.