Neoliberal politicians want to cut social programs that help average people, in order to increase the gap between the rich and the rest.
For instance, former British PM David Cameron claims that austerity cuts are necessary, since U.K. government money is limited. Therefore, Cameron says, if you question austerity, you are “selfish.”
Cameron has a point, in a twisted way.
Suppose that you defend Cameron’s lie that money is limited, and that the U.S. and U.K. governments need tax revenue. And suppose that you also oppose austerity. In that case you would be claiming that U.K. government money is limited, while you want government spending to be unlimited. This is a contradiction. To maintain this contradiction, you live in a dream world. Since you refuse to awaken from your dream-world, you are indeed selfish.
For the U.S. and U.K. governments, austerity is an attack on the lower classes. The beauty of this scam is that it lets neoliberals claim that there is no austerity. After all, the federal government still spends money on weapons makers. Right?
The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was supposed to carry F-35 fighters, but the F-35 program is six years behind schedule and tens of billions of dollars over budget. (Today’s military contractors intentionally produce trash that never becomes operational, so that government dollars never stop rolling in.) Britain initially planned to put 36 of the planes on each carrier, but at $300 million per plane (and rising) this number has shrunk to 12, assuming the planes ever become usable.
What gets me is that, judging by reader comments in British blogs, average Britons love such boondoggles. They boast about these toys. They believe David Cameron’s lies about government money being limited, but they are okay with limitless money being spent on weapons systems. And they wonder why they become poorer each day.
I think Ellen Brown means well, but because of her errors, she ultimately does more harm than good.