Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thom Hartmann: The nation of Spain ground to a halt yesterday

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Working people across that nation went on strike and took to the streets to protest an austerity budget being pushed by their new government. It's the same sort of social unrest that's followed austerity measures in Greece, the U.K., and Italy. And it's the same sort of austerity budget that Republicans just passed out of the House of Representatives yesterday, approving multi-millionaire Congressman Paul Ryan's budget. In a vote of 221 to 191 - the Ryan Budget passed the House - but is dead on arrival in the Senate.
Ten Republicans joined the unanimous Democratic opposition - although many of those Republicans likely voted "no" because the budget doesn't go far enough in crashing the economy. Under the Ryan Budget - government discretionary spending will fall to its lowest level in 50 years - that means benefits for veterans, senior citizens, the poor, the sick, students - all of it will be slashed. Meanwhile - big oil gets $40 billion in corporate welfare - and Paul Ryan would give American billionaires a $3 trillion tax cut.
If you think what's happening in Europe can't possibly happen in the United States - think again. If the Republicans win in November - their radical billionaire/bankster/oil agenda will tear this nation apart.
(What do you think will happen? Tell us here.)

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