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Greece’s depression is IMF’s idea of ‘progress’
by Systemic Disorder
Wednesday May 8th, 2013 10:27 AM
Austerity programs are designed with ideology in mind, not with economics based on the real world.
The International Monetary Fund congratulated itself last week for the splendid job it is doing in Greece, declaring the country “is making progress in overcoming deep-seated problems.” With an unemployment rate of 27.2 percent, an economy that has shrunk by at least 20 percent and children going hungry, one has to shudder at the thought of what a lack of success might look like.

The depression in Greece is the logical conclusion of austerity, but while Greece is the first in Europe to arrive it is not alone — the composite eurozone unemployment rate reached a record 12.1 percent in March. The eurozone unemployment rate rose to 24 percent for men and women below the age of 25; the European Union-wide rate is nearly as high.

The IMF’s solution? Eliminate more jobs. The IMF graciously mentioned that Greece’s wealthy don’t pay taxes, but nonetheless focused on more structural adjustments in its report.

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