Unfortunately austerity measures are going to run amok on governments worldwide and Obama will continue to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security just like the Republicans want.<quoted text>
Same thing here in Canada with our CONservative gov't. Culture gutted. Environmental norms, its experts and employees gutted, scientific research, gutted. Produce and meat inspectors laid off. All for the sake of "small gov't" which somehow, like in the U.S., always ends up with more employees and bigger budget deficits. Go figure.
As long as the Pentagon, and Wall Street interests do not get hurt, politicians are fine with cuts.
Tea Party Energy vs. Progressive Lassitude in Congress
October 10, 2013 / http://tinyurl.com/lo6fdx9
The difference between the sheer energy levels of far Right and the progressive Left in Congress is stunning. There is no comparison. The extreme Right know who they are: bulls. Their pathway to public recognition comes by defying the Republican Party leadership, thereby securing major media attention. This helps these extremists advance their minority-supported goals of privileges for the few at the expense of the many.
Progressive Left activists, on the other hand, make good speeches and statements but generally defer to their Party leaders who are largely out of gas, except when it comes to raising money from commercial interests.