On Austerity

This excuse that there is suddenly not enough money to support education, medical care, public libraries, unemployment benefits, etc. is now being used all over the world. We hear these lies so much that eventually many people are bound to believe them.

But none of it is true. There is money aplenty. There are tons of resources. The only thing that changed is that the greedy politicians and bureaucrats have gotten much greedier.

I am absolutely convinced of this because I see it on a smaller scale at my university, for example. All of a sudden, there is no money to continue database and scholarly journal subscriptions. Yeah, right. In the meanwhile, the administrators live in veritable castles with no attempt to practice austerity. Maybe I should publish a photo or two.

No money. Pssst!

20 thoughts on “On Austerity

  1. First, I agree, although I’d have preferred to say it in more complicated ways, with liberal use of the subjunctive and dependent clauses.

    Second, ooh, may I please make editorial comments? Your concluding word, I believe, would traditionally be “Pshaw!”, indicating that you pooh-pooh the rubbish set out in our feeding bowl by the powers-that-be. “Psst” usually indicates a secret is being shared.

    Although, now that I think about it, I suppose ‘psst!’ is twice as appropriate as ‘pshaw!’ in this particular contex 🙂

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    1. I don’t know, I make the “Psst” sound to show scorn. I just made it right now and it is definitely a “Psst.” 🙂 🙂

      I could also use a Grrrr….. to show extreme annoyance. 🙂

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      1. It is just that recently I have heard so many shoking things coming from the mouth of people I have mistakenly considered levelheaded before that I am craving for common sense.

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        1. I’m glad I haven’t actually heard anybody defend this austerity thing because I’m afraid my blood pressure would not be able to withstand that. It makes me angry that people buy into this!

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  2. “Austerity” too often seems to consist of rich and powerful people saying that everyone else can do with less so that they don’t have to change theirown lifestyles one iota.

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  3. I agree, outside of Greece there is no other country right now that seems to be spending beyond its means, particularly if you remove bailout and military expenditures.

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  4. The college I went to froze faculty and staff salaries for at least a year during the Recession, but the President, making well over $400,000 didn’t take even a minuscule pay cut. Made me pretty angry – freezing a salary of between $50,000 and $100,000 is a much bigger sacrifice than freezing a salary of over $400,000 (I guess his total compensation package was $687,340 in 2008). Just another example of backwards “austerity” to cut costs.

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    1. That’s exactly the kind of hypocrisy I’m talking about! What a disgrace. How do such people even find it in themselves to look into the eyes of faculty members?

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  5. Maybe you need to move out of a Capitalist country. Or you are always going to encounter this. In the words of Gordon Gekko……

    Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A.

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    1. I’m sorry your comments were stuck in moderation. I have no idea what happened. The blog is still udner a spam attack, so good comments end up in the spam.

      I apologize!

      As for the greed, I’m as greedy as the next person, which is precisely why I’m upset that the greed of useless administrators prevents me from practicing mine! 🙂

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