Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wishing For Pain

Senate Republicans' "Dr. No" spending hawk warned Sunday that America would experience "apocalyptic pain" with 15-18 percent unemployment and the "middle class destroyed" if it didn't get its fiscal house in order.

"If we don't fix the problems in front of us everybody's going to pay a significant price," Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said on "Fox News Sunday."

Coburn warned of the United States ending up like Greece or Ireland if proper austerity measures aren't taken, or like Spain, Italy or Japan, which are in danger of similar financial collapse.

In May, the IMF and EU agreed to extend a $145 billion bailout package to Greece. In November, a $113 billion bailout package was extended to keep Ireland afloat.

"Everyone else in the world that's doing this today is getting punished," he said of runaway spending.
A: Like Alan Simpson, you can tell that Coburn gets his rocks off talking about how much people are going to suffer.

B: The type of austerity that is currently being forced on Ireland, the kind that Tom Coburn is trying for, is the perfect way to reach 15-18% unemployment and destroy the middle class.

He's arguing for policies that will inflict mass suffering by claiming that mass suffering will occur unless we undertake them.

Then again, none of this makes sense because he's not being honest about what he wants to do.

He thinks poor people have it too good, and if the economy hasn't wrought enough damage, he wants to make sure they feel that those with the least feel more pain.

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