I read a story a few years ago (I don't know if it's true) about two elementary children running for class President. The winner announced they would give everyone free ice cream, which led to their victory.
That's politics at the simplest level; promises that can't be kept and the failure of the politicians to be honest. Tell people what you think they want to know, whether it's realistic, or not.
In Europe, riots are almost a constant occurrence over austerity. The lack of money, wasteful spending and promises to people that could never be met have created an economic situation that has only a few outcomes. All end in the same way: no money, no free stuff and survival might be a little tough over the next few years. Fiscal irresponsibility has ended at the only place it can end.
So, pensions may not be paid; free public funds will end; economies are in turmoil; private business is leaving; people that have only made half-hearted efforts to work are without skills; and there is no clear end in sight.
Oh yeah. There's no free ice cream. Never was; never will be.
In Case You've Wondered
My blog is where my wandering thoughts are interspersed with stuff I made up. So, if while reading you find yourself confused about the context, don't feel alone. I get confused, too.
If you're here for the stories, I started another blog: scratchingforchange.blogspot.com
One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.
I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.