Re: your July 19 article, "Greece gets relief, but austerity lurks"
It's about time that our U.S. Republican Party and its majorities in Congress pay heed to the failure of the Greek economic austerity policy. It's the same austerity policy the GOP has been trying to force us into these last six years or so.
You may ask, "Why is the Republican Party pushing for austerity?" The simple answer is the GOP hates our government. We can go back to the big depression when the "trickle down policy" failed big time, or we could start with the revered President Ronald Reagan when he said: "The most frightening eight words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
Then there's Republican Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, who had legislators sign a pledge of "no new taxes," which violated their oath to serve the American people.
Norquist said, "I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." For an expanding nation, does that sound right?
It's no new news that the Republicans vowed they would block and be against anything and everything Obama wanted from Congress - even if it was something that was good for the people.
So what does the GOP want? To privatize the beloved U.S. Post Office; free the trillions of dollars from Social Security and Medicare and all social programs for the people, so Wall Street megabanks can invest your money; no more regulations on mega business or the military-industrial complex; run our government like a business; and keep the subsidies and tax breaks for all the megas. It can be called a plutocracy or oligarchy, but the really wealthy will rule the entire world.