……“The primary reason that poverty remains so high,” Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan economist said, “is that the benefits of a growing economy are no longer being shared by all workers as they were in the quarter-century following the end of World War II.”
“Given current economic conditions,” he continued, “poverty will not be substantially reduced unless government does more to help the working poor.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. government seems to think that the answer is cutting more of those services which are helping to keep 80% of the population just barely above the poverty line, cutting Food Stamps since the beginning of the month. Democrats and Republicans are negotiating about just how much more of these programs should be cut, but neither party is arguing that they should not be touched.
USA-s on sisuliselt sama teema nagu Euroopas ja Eestiski. Kõik poliitilise spektri osad on nõus neoliberaalsete reformide vajalikkuses. Debatt toimub vaid nende ulatuse osas. “Kreeka vajab küll kasinust ja tasakaalus eelarvet, aga mitte nii järsku kasinust. ” “Me elasime buumi ajal üle enda võimete ja see pole jätkusuutlik, et niimoodi võlgu elada ja diivani seest raha saada, aga 100 000 töötut on väikeriigi jaoks palju.” Et me vajame kasinuse distsipliini, aga mitte nii ränka kasinust lihtsalt.