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Forum Post: Austerity Hopium

Posted 5 months ago on May 24, 2017, 9:18 a.m. EST by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX
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Cuba is 32nd, 1 position lower than US in average life expectancy. That is: 79.1 and 79.3 years respectively.

The top income earners in America live 4.5 years longer on average than most, who are a lot closer to the bottom than the top. That fact is missed if all you see is the overall mean life expectancy. My guess is that our median is probably closer to 75 years LE, while Cuba's is closer to 79.

If the median life expectancy is closer to the average in Cuba, does that indicate a more equal income distribution or a society in which health care is the same for everyone, because there's a single payer? If so, that's a strong argument against for profit medicine, especially the big pharma extortionists.

Exercise: similar comparison wrt infant mortality rate.

In Britain, Theresa May calls the austerity cuts to NHS that's been said to be causing 30,000 unnecessary deaths per year, "... living within our means." Of course the cost savings all go into the pockets of the ruling aristocracy and wannabes like May love it. Austerians are hopium addicts.

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/government-austerity-demands-die-within-means.html

How many deaths are at the door of the perpetual austerity promoted by Ronald Reagan during his cruel reign of wealth concentration?

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[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 months ago

''Austerians are hopium addicts" .. is a brilliant line!!! Mrs. Mayhem is a fkn RWNJ of THE highest order!! Rentier Oligarchy has GOT to be overthrown! Thanx for great forum-post and link and fyi, see:

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 months ago

thanks. full disclosure: the word "hopium" is borrowed from the NC article that inspired the post and is therein linked.

love the pic - twit and Gary Oldman - and caption

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 months ago

All good agk and a STRONG recommendation to the words contained in the link to my Tweet above, which in ''full disclosure'' .. are words that I did not write - but really rather wish I had, lol! Finally - fyi:

pax ...

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 months ago

Austerity measures are imposed to reduce debt. Spiraling debt grows and wealth becomes more concentrated because of the interest, which is the profit of those who invest in debt. We go into debt, as does our govt. because we have insufficient income. Debt dividends are the income of the banksters and billionaires who own everything.

Do you really think the banksters and billionaires are going to let us or our government, their two biggest cash cows, get out of debt through austerity or any other means we poor mortals can devise? The debt spiral that feeds the parasitic monsters who own everything is the death spiral for the economy and the human race.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 months ago

For further & final ''full disclosure" agk, the clear, concise & conscious words in the Tweet referenced above [ https://twitter.com/Shadz66Shadz6t6/status/868189211869970432 ] are by Dr. Mark Blyth, { https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Blyth } - an excellent political-economist & critic of Neoliberalism's Globalized Turbo-Crapitalism! FYI, here is a great video & transcript with him:

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by grapes (5014) 5 months ago

Everything is achieved at some costs to others. Different people tend to weigh costs differently. The only way that I know that has some chance of changing people's view of austerity measures is to force those who impose those measures live under those measures themselves.

For example, all of our Congressmen who propose and vote for Medicaid cuts must henceforth obtain their government-furnished medical care from Medicaid. Have Congressmen survive on food stamps(no other food allowed). Send their children to underprivileged schools. If they want open borders, have the illegal and/or "white" aliens run over their children while schoolbuses are picking them up and speed off without a trace in a race. We'll save money by not putting up border/"racial" guards.

Eat sleep -- Die!

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 months ago

I'll buy that for a dollar!!!

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 months ago

Ronald Reagan and his masters, Marred Thatcher, Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand, are the source of all evil, after Britain itself.