Austerity Logic II
November 6, 2012, 9:26 am
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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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HA! I love the reference to that anti-drugs PSA from the 80s. I thought I was the only one who still remembered that.

Comment by RPLong

It’s actually striking how many people remember that ad, vs. how little effect it (presumably) had.

Comment by Sonic Charmer

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