Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Reverse New Deal: A Slow and Subtle Homicide

(These Civil Works Administration laborers are building a Tuberculosis medical facility in Salisbury, Maryland, circa 1933-34. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.)

A new book by two university professors--a political economist from Oxford University and an epidemiologist from Stanford University--highlights how economic austerity is having deadly effects around the globe via "...HIV and malaria outbreaks, shortages of essential medicines, lost healthcare access, and an avoidable epidemic of alcohol abuse, depression and suicide" (see the article New Research: Economic Austerity in US and Europe 'Is Killing People').

Meanwhile, journalist Cathy Mckitrick of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that "Utah Department of Health officials expect reductions in funding for vaccinating uninsured children, for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition-supplement program and, by 2014, for Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to seniors" (see the article Utah's less fortunate most likely to feel sting of sequester).

During the Great Depression, New Deal programs provided work, schools, food, clothing, medical services, and more to those in need. Today, on the other hand, we are making life harder for those in need, so that the super-rich and multi-national corporations are not inconvenienced.

Welcome to the Reverse New Deal. Welcome to a slow and subtle homicide. 

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