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08-06-2010, 08:48 PM
:rolleyes: Wow...imagine a story like this from the NYT!!! (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x8892562)

kpete (1000+ posts) Fri Aug-06-10 02:03 PM
Original message NYT: What collapsing empire looks like...

Friday, Aug 6, 2010 12:07 ET
What collapsing empire looks like
By Glenn Greenwald

(Ooooooo...super scary pic of a foggy parking lot!!!! :eek: )

As we enter our ninth year of the War in Afghanistan with an escalated force, and continue to occupy Iraq indefinitely, and feed an endlessly growing Surveillance State, reports are emerging of the Deficit Commission hard at work planning how to cut Social Security, Medicare, and now even to freeze military pay. But a new New York Times article today illustrates as vividly as anything else what a collapsing empire looks like, as it profiles just a few of the budget cuts which cities around the country are being forced to make. This is a sampling of what one finds:

Plenty of businesses and governments furloughed workers this year, but Hawaii went further -- it furloughed its schoolchildren. Public schools across the state closed on 17 Fridays during the past school year to save money, giving students the shortest academic year in the nation.

Many transit systems have cut service to make ends meet, but Clayton County, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, decided to cut all the way, and shut down its entire public bus system. Its last buses ran on March 31, stranding 8,400 daily riders.

Even public safety has not been immune to the budget ax. In Colorado Springs, the downturn will be remembered, quite literally, as a dark age: the city switched off a third of its 24,512 streetlights to save money on electricity, while trimming its police force and auctioning off its police helicopters.

There are some lovely photos accompanying the article, including one showing what a in under-developed and developing countries when an elite-caused financial crises ensues: darkened street in Colorado looks like as a result of not being able to afford street lights. Read the article to revel in the details of this widespread misery.

Meanwhile, the tiniest sliver of the wealthiest -- the ones who caused these problems in the first place -- continue to thrive. Let's recall what former IMF Chief Economist Simon Johnson said last year in The Atlantic about what happens

Squeezing the oligarchs, though, is seldom the strategy of choice among emerging-market governments. Quite the contrary: at the outset of the crisis, the oligarchs are usually among the first to get extra help from the government, such as preferential access to foreign currency, or maybe a nice tax break, or -- here's a classic Kremlin bailout technique -- the assumption of private debt obligations by the government. Under duress, generosity toward old friends takes many innovative forms. Meanwhile, needing to squeeze someone, most emerging-market governments look first to ordinary working folk -- at least until the riots grow too large.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/05/the... (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/05/the-quiet-coup/7364) /

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/us/07cutbacksWEB.html... (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/us/07cutbacksWEB.html?_r=1&hp)

DUmmies...I'l ask this yet again...who's in the White House??? :D

You simply have to love our "Buddies" on DU. There isn't a bigger collection of America haters on this planet. The vast majority of which live right here and no matter what they post, have no intention of leaving the US since they know what a fucking cesspool the rest of the world (with exceptions) is.

08-06-2010, 08:50 PM
The NYT knows a great deal about collapsing empires given they are one.

08-07-2010, 12:27 AM
I'm not worried. I'm sure those cities can spend their way out the trouble they're in.

Dan D. Doty
08-07-2010, 02:17 AM
Now the Moonbats want a break-up of the United States :rolleyes:

Trust me when I say, they ain't going to like that at all.

Every criminal, two-bit thug, child molester, gang member, drug dealer, car jacker, arsonist, rapist, and pyschopath will move right into their claimed territory. And they'll stay there until they've have nothing left in free hand outs, nothing left to get high with, nothing left to steal, nothing left to eat. And sadly, all the other small new nations will have deal with the monster they created; because they'll move into everyone else's territory with plans on eating them out of house and home too.

Welcome to the future.

08-07-2010, 05:58 AM
... they know what a fucking cesspool the rest of the world (with exceptions) is.

LOL! Glad you remembered to qualify that statement :D

08-07-2010, 09:53 AM
LOL! Glad you remembered to qualify that statement :D

But of course!!! :D