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Or you can look at austerity logic this way:
Fiscally-conservative type: This runaway spending is unsustainable. Maybe we need to cut it? Or at least slow it?
Social-progressive type: Raise taxes. Got it.
Fiscally-conservative type: Wait what?
Social-progressive type: You said we need to do austerity.
Fiscally-conservative type: Well, cut spending.
Social-progressive type: That’s austerity.
Fiscally-conservative type: Ok…
Social-progressive type: So, you’re saying we need to raise taxes. Way ahead of you.
Fiscally-conservative type: Argh no! I’m saying we should cut spending. Do you not see the diff…
Social-progressive type: Dude, you are so confused. Austerity is austerity!
Social-progressive type: Um, HEY, genius, we TRIED that austerity you were blabbing about.
Fiscally-conservative type: You did?
Social-progressive type: Uh YEAH we did, and I’m never listening to you again. Your entire ideology is now totally discredited.
Fiscally-conservative type: Why? What happened?
Social-progressive type: We tried your cherished ‘austerity’, and it made everything worse.
Fiscally-conservative type: You cut spending and it made everything worse?
Social-progressive type: No, we raised taxes up the wazoo. Value added taxes, sales taxes, marginal income taxes, whatever we could get away with. Spending, we actually kept increasing.
Fiscally-conservative type: What! Why did you do that??
Social-progressive type: Because of YOU, okay! We learned it from watching YOU!
Fiscally-conservative type: Like hell you did. I could’ve told you that raising taxes would be harmful to the economy! That fact is actually perfectly in line with my entire philosophy, and now you’ve proved me right!
Social-progressive type: No, we’ve proved you totally wrong, idiot. You said austerity and we did austerity. Austerity is austerity. Your argument is invalid.
Fiscally-conservative type: !!!
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