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A further 17,000 state jobs must go (equal to 1.25m in the US), though unemployment is already 12pc and heading for 16pc next year.
Education must be cut 8pc. Scores of rural schools must close, and 6,900 teachers must go. "The attacks outlined in this report would represent an education disaster and light a short fuse on a social timebomb", said the Teachers Union of Ireland.
Nobody is spared. Social welfare payments must be cut 5pc, child benefit by 20pc. The Garda (police), already smarting from a 7pc pay cut, may have to buy their own uniforms. Hospital visits could cost £107 a day, e
"We are doomed to slavery and death". "Obama is a Marxist." "The crisis was all deliberately created so X, Y or Z (take your pick of any liberal you care to mention) can take over the world and force us all to be liberals." With a few notable exceptions, like Ben Mueller, the rantings on here are typical of conspiracy-theorists, right-wing hermits and those who hope it all goes bad so thay can blame the pinkos who they see crawling up their gardens every night to try to steal their daughters. Grow up the lot of you. Wish hard enough for something awful and you'll probably help make it come true. Thank God (if he exists) I and my family don't live in a world run by some of you.