The Real Cost of Austerity: Rats Multiply
When the proponents of austerity and the opponents of “big government” make their case to the public, they emphasize the inefficiencies in public services and the waste of public resources. So the implication is that taxpayers’ money can be saved—and taxes can even be reduced–without actually reducing the public services that taxpayers receive.
One of the solutions proposed by the proponents of austerity and the opponents of “big government” is, of course, the privatization of public services. Many taxpayers take away from such proposals that they will somehow no longer be paying for such services, and therefore, they would be very surprised to learn that their tax revenues are still paying for those services. The only difference is that the people doing the work are being paid much less than public employees are paid and receive much reduced benefits, if any benefits at all, because there is a finite pool…
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