|Demonstration against cuts and austerity in Portugal, February 2012|
This is what is happening all over Europe, including in the country of Portugal, where the 2013 budget is "the toughest in living memory, including income tax increases of about 30 per cent", according to the Financial Times. Portugal has already suffered from austerity cuts driving the small country into its deepest recession in 40 years, with record unemployment. The FT report continues, "Medical fees more than doubled in January. The cost for using emergency services, for example, rose from €9.60 to €20, partly to discourage people with minor ailments from going to hospital. The number of people seeking emergency treatment has since fallen by 10 per cent." For the politicians and the bankers, this still is not enough, and want even more harsh austerity cuts. Europe will probably continue to be in chaos, with riots and protests, as long as the elite insist on these austerity cuts.
In America, we haven't been forced to endure harsh cuts yet, but they're coming. Whether it will be called "austerity" or "entitelment reform", the elite class of America will continue calling for a drop in the standard of living for most Americans, while they get richer, and trillions of dollars are wasted on military adventures.
Lloyd Blankfein, the multi-millionaire CEO of Goldman Sachs, recently stated that he believes Americans should work longer and receive fewer benefits. Elite psychopaths like Lloyd Blankfein will continue fighting to lower your standard of living, to increase theirs.