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austerity

This page is about the doublespeak term austerity

Meaning

cuts in government spending on public programs and services

For example

  • Austerity programs cut government spending so that taxes for companies and the rich can be lower.

  • Our schools, hospitals and welfare programs got much less money in those years of so-called "austerity".

Quick Quiz

During austerity programs, government budgets

a. help poor people more

b. help poor people less

c. help rich people less

Contributor: Matt Errey