Friday, January 13, 2012

They're Killing Us

I'm not a politically conscious person. I've never been even remotely into politics or kept up to date with the state of affairs. I should, I know. These men and women are shaping the world I live in, I might as well know what's going on. Well, my posture might be about to change as they seemed to have finally started shamelessly killing us.

For someone on the outside, the economic crisis that is currently sweeping smaller European nations might seem overplayed. But from the inside your blood chills when you start paying attention to what's really happening.

I won't lie, some things might not be how I'll phrase them further down but this is what I've heard. This is what reaches the little people, the politically illiterate.

  • The most important aspects of our civilization used to be represented and managed by a Ministry: the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, so on, so forth, such like. We had a Ministry for Culture. They decided it was too expensive and we didn't need it.
  • The national health system used to be (mostly) free; for more crucial, life-saving drugs and treatments the government would pay the bulk of the price if not it's entirety; now, it has been proposed that anyone over the age of 70 with kidney problems that requires to undergo dialysis pay for it in full from their own purse. Dialysis costs €2000 a month. If they can't pay they can't get it and if they can't get it they die.
  • Young graduates have been advised to jump ship and look for work abroad.
  • They have been closing down hospitals, clinics and maternity wards. Even the pediatric liver transplant center. As a result, waiting lists have skyrocketed, people need to drive for miles or even to Spain to get to a hospital and children have died as a result.
  • Some people getting government aid were mistakenly given more money than they should have (around 570 million euros over the years). They are now ordered to pay back the money they were given with funds they didn't have to begin with.
  • The average pension for a retired person in Portugal is €400 a month. Some people in public office (in the present or past) are paid €600.000 a year.
  • Ports have been shut down for a week, workers strike
  • Mass transportation stops almost once a week, workers strike.
  • The government declared workers (and not just public servants, the private sector as well) should work an extra half hour a day. Employers stated they didn't feel that was the right approach and have claimed they would rather cut their worker's pay by 20% instead.
  • The  Madeira Autonomous Region had a budget hole of over 1000 million Euros they only recently disclosed to the mainland. Their government hasn't the money to pay public servants in the next two months. 
  • Also, that said government has failed to pay back pharmacies for the drugs they had been selling. Thee pharmacies were owed 77 million Euros from drugs the government was supposed to make available for the people. They failed to pay. Now patients with blood pressure afflictions must dish out around €60 for a box of pills.
  • A large number of people in positions of power have recently been outed as Freemasons and although I could care less what they believe in or where they shove their fingers in the late hours of the night, I'm concerned of where their loyalties lie and to what lengths they'll go to help and protect their "brothers".

This is madness. This isn't Sparta, this isn't Portugal, this is just shit. More than angry it frightens me. People who have worked their whole lives and have set aside some of their every paycheck so they would have their money back in their golden years are being shamelessly robbed, the government cutting their pension because "times are tough". People who have worked two jobs to do that same things now see only half of their money given back to them because "times are tough". Old people with measly pensions are denied vital drugs and treatments because "times are tough". Seems they're hoping we'll go gentle into that good night so they can stop paying pensions or healthcare all together. Weren't we supposed to be part of the so-called "civilized" world?

And where the fuck is all this money heading anyway? Who are we paying it back to? Europe? And who in Europe is in more dire need of money than us here, dying hungry in our sleep? So, we've been living above our means? I don't doubt that but why realize it now? Is it because the world is coming to an end and we better get our affairs in order?

The thing is we have no one to turn to, no one we believe will step up and take charge and make everything better for us and not themselves. We've been proven time and time again that all they'll do is blame problems on past regimes and kneel down to stronger economic powers.

Seems to me only Coca-Cola still believes in us.


  1. As someone who doesn't live in Europe I can't claim my understanding is terribly clear, but I simply don't understand why European governments are flogging their citizens for money to make up for mistakes that the government made rather than eating some crow rather than filing for bankruptcy or suffering the consequences of pulling out of the EU.

    Would those things be bad?  Assuredly.  Is driving 95% of your population into poverty a viable alternative?  Umm, I don't think so.  But no politician wants to lose face by being the one that oversaw their nation going into bankruptcy or "failing" and pulling out of the EU.

    Nooo, much better to tax the common people into oblivion while at the same time massively reducing the benefits they're supposed to receive for those taxes.  Yeah, that sounds good.

  2. It makes you angry, doesn't it? It makes me feel helpless.
    Pulling out of the EU would cause us to revert back to our old currency which would be worth more or less the paper you wipe your ass with.

    But maybe it would force us to learn how to stand on our own too feet like Iceland did (at least, I think it was Iceland, well one of those cold places).

    People have already started taking out toll booths with shotguns, maybe I should pick up arms as well.

  3. Warsyde, the problem with declaring bankruptcy(in a nutshell) is that then you cant borrow any more money.

    If we take Portugal, the country borrows money every single day to cover expenses, and this is after the recent deep cuts to public programs and wages. So if Portugal declares bankruptcy then Portugal cant borrow money to cover those expenses and the politicians then have to cut even deeper.
    I most cases declaring bankruptcy is the worst thing you can do.