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Podemos Rises in Polls Amid Anti-Austerity Fever in Spain


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Podemos Rises in Polls Amid Anti-Austerity Fever in Spain

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Spain's leftist political coalition, led by the anti-austerity party Podemos, is making new gains in the polls ahead of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections—narrowing the field with the conservative Popular Party (PP), which is only favored to win by a small margin.

There is also speculation the upstart Podemos could unseat the long-established Socialist party (PSOE) to take the runner-up position to the PP for the first time in modern Spanish history.


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¡Viva Podemos!


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Come back to reality. Sanders is no socialist like Podemos represents.


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It's tragic that the US went in the opposite direction. Interesting bit of trivia: The overall life expectancy of the US poor has already fallen to around age 60. Welcome to third world USA.


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US liberals seem to want a sort of socialism that reduces the gap between themselves and the rich while maintaining the canyon between the poor and middle class.


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¿ Where do you get that claim from? I did a little web-searching, and I find that poor folk live to be 70-something just about everywhere in the U.S. (Rich persons live to be high-70-something or 80-something, and the gap has been increasing...)
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And that verb 'fallen' ... I saw recent news that life expectancy of poor and lower-middle-class whites has recently fallen a little, but that life expectancy of same-economic-class Hispanics and Blacks continues to increase.


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The election in Spain this June 26 may turn out to be the most important event in the world this year.

If Spain can join Portugal in having a solidly Left government, it may present a viable alternative to Europe's rightward drift. And unlike Greece, the Iberian Peninsular, joining perhaps with Italy, may be large enough to create an anti-austerity coalition which can defy Germany.

From here, we can only hope.


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"Life expectancy for the bottom 10 percent of male wage earners born in 1920 was 72.9, compared with 73.6 for those born in 1950, the Brookings researchers found. For the top 10 percent, life expectancy jumped to 87.2 from 79.1."

That's 73.6 years for the lower 10%, and 87.2% for top 10%. ... Almost 14 year difference.


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While thinking about this, I recalled these Ray Charles lyrics:
Now baby, listen baby, don't you treat me this way
Cause I'll be back on my feet some day
Don't care if you do, cause it's understood
You ain't got no money, you just a no good
Well I guess if you say so
I'll have to pack my things and go (that's right)
Hit the road Jack

Merkel and Germany have been "too accommodating". Extending and pretending has done neither Greece nor Germany any good. Trying to make European-Globalization work hasn't.
Greece and the rest of the European South defying Germany and repudiating their debt would be good. Of course, that doesn't change the morning after, and life will be austere, by a different name. Hopefully it will be an Iceland sort of good... Ever wonder what happened to Jack after he got kicked out of his girlfriend's house?


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Agree.