There has been much coverage this year of countries like Greece & Spain needing EEC bail outs & having to introduce austerity measures. These measures attract huge protests from some of the population because pay could be cut & taxes rise. What amazes me is the seeming complete lack of common sense 50% of the human race seems to suffer from! A country's government can be seen as the head of the family, responsible for the care & wellbeing of its members in the best way possible. As in any family how well the members live is dependent on the family income & when that is reduced some "luxuries" have to go - a smaller car, less eating out, less exotic holidays, etc. If cutbacks are not made the family could end up bankrupt, losing almost everything. If the government doesn't make economies, where IS the extra money going to come from?
In the UK the situation seems to be different, though not much, with single mums being interviewed in small flats complaining about how tight money is & how inadequate the benefit payments are, when in the background, amongst the sea of kids toys, is a 50 inch plasma TV with Sky! a £1000 TV plus 20 quid a month subscription & half of Toys R Us in the house? Where, one cannot help asking, did the money come from for that little lot? I've seen other interviews on poverty & debt where the "poor" person had over ten grand's worth of DVDs on shelves behind him, many being boxed sets!
It seems people are encouraged to spend beyond their means without penalty, claim more money from the government when that stops (but can keep the goods) so expect that their government can do the same. Just WHO is paying for all this, then?