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treacle 1
"No" legitimacy? I'll believe it when I see it. The IMF is still in full operation, and people still talk about reducing "entitlements" in order to balance the budget here in the US. I have no illusions that it's in full swing still.
Posted by treacle on January 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
We're still paying taxes to fund the IMF.

Us, as in the USA.

So, not dead yet. Even if austerity == evil.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM · Report this
rob! 3
As an enthusiastic fan of big government, I'm annoyed at both the lack of coverage of shrinking government and the continual shrieking of the right about "socialism." Government spending as a percentage of GDP is now below the long-term average since WWII; it was several points above for most of St. Ronald of Reagan's two terms.

Given the current state of affairs, Obama should either relentlessly publicize his war on government, or take advantage of the actual public perception and bolster agencies and regulations enough to have some beneficial effects.
Posted by rob! on January 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM · Report this
December BLS jobs report Table B-1 tells me total state & local government ed employment, not seasonally adjusted, increased by 7,900 year over year (even as it decreased 102,200 month over month) ... which suggests that the alarming month to month seasonally adjusted decrease of 9,000 may be nothing more than an artifact of seasonal adjustment. At most, it disappears into the margin of error of the underlying surveys.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on January 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM · Report this
p.s., the "fact" Charles claims the WSWS points out has been ignored by "the media" is in fact not quite a fact ... and WSWS does not in fact claim it has been ignored by the media.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on January 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM · Report this
I, for one, think it's probably best that we aren't continuing to pay the salary of teachers who spend all their time in the pubic sector, but maybe I missed something?
Posted by Juris on January 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM · Report this

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