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In Madrid…

April 3, 2013

In Madrid, the PP (Spanish right-wing political party) government has attacked the public healthcare system and workers’ rights, for instance, by making pensioners pay for their meds, and discounting money from the salary of workers who are on a sick leave!! It’s all about the cuts. However, how can this be explained?! the Treasure/Department of Treasure — the tax department, so to say — will allow “discounts” if you have gambling debts!!! — which means, that it’s more important to protect people losing money in gambling than to protect people’s health and people’s labor rights.

What does this have to do with a democracy? The people who have amassed fortunes their families would never in a million years be able to spend are consistently protected by our political leaders, in spite of the fact that they are destroying people, culture, civilization and the planet. It’s like back to Medieval Ages!

How is this going to solve the crisis? Madrid will be EuroVegas, a place, as we know, that won’t be about offering jobs respecting human rights and labor rights, but about creating that kind of underworld which has also attracked all kinds of crimes and exploitation of human beings. This is their idea of measures to overcome the crisis. I feel sick, with such lack of ethics and commitment to human beings.

Let people be evicted from their homes, go without healthcare, let public education become a place where teachers are objects voicing a same textbook at the same time (good for publishing houses, again, bad for connecting education to life outside because it’s impossible to develop projects!), and protect the decent abusers. Shame on them!

This is the new war — no weapons, no battlefields, but all about sheer violence.

http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2013/04/01/agencias/1364797814_363149.html

3 comments

  1. I like how you made the connection between economic policies and violence. It is hard to get people in America to understand that you can wage war without firing a single shot. The bankers and billionaires have declared war on the people. You might like Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” if you haven’t read it. She talks about how these policies of austerity were first implemented in Latin America in the 1970’s in Chile by Pinochet and spread to other countries. Unfortunately, its Europe’s turn to feel the pinch but its coming to America, too. Best wishes to you and the people of Spain.


  2. Oh, thanks! I’ll get a copy yes! I did hear about its existence, but I never seem to find enough time to read!!! 😀

    Thanks for your feedback, and your insight. I appreciate.

    I think we’re like heart-mind siblings! But I don’t get my ass down to write amazing articles like you do! 🙂

    By the way, do you read Spanish?
    By the way 2, I’m still hopeful I’ll write that piece on language problems that make Spanish-speakers sound rude!

    Hope is horrible but — it gets some stuff done, eventually! 😀


    • I must have read the book during summer break, I never have enough time to read either.

      I don’t read or speak Spanish but I do use Google Translate when I need to. I am very interested in learning Spanish so I can connect better with my Spanish speaking students and families. It’s on my to-do list.

      When you do finish your writing about language problems and Spanish speakers I look forward to reading it! 🙂



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