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Europe is on fire today as anti-austerity strikes turned violent and police responded by attacking their own citizens. The so-called 'Day of Action' has brought huge crowds of people who presumably aren't working, making the name something of a misnomer.
They're upset. It's understandable. Their socialist-leaning governments ran off with all their money, maxed out the tax-payer credit cards and left them to foot the bill with no benefits.
Where is the perfect utopia they were promised?
And now America is traveling the same path toward fiscal calamity.
This will be us soon. We aren't educating our citizens about why this is happening and why austerity measures have to be taken when the government abuses tax dollars, sending the whole country(ies) into debt.
On twitter a few days back was an outcry over Applebees, Papa John's, and other restaurants and businesses declaring the cuts they'd have to make to afford Obamacare's mandated regulations for businesses with 50 or more full-time employees. The tweeters accused the business owners of being selfish, vindictive (because "their guy didn't win"), and greedy.
But whatevs. They're just happy they still get to keep their foodstamps?
There's no realism in our discussion about this.
And that's what causes the mobs.