Portugal Shrugged

June 10th, 2012

Some Randian must have infiltrated the New York Times with this headline:

Portuguese Just Shrug and Go On in the Face of Cuts and Job Losses

There was a time not so long ago when Mr. Marçalo could afford to close his restaurant, the Coffer, one day each week, he said; when he could afford a staff of 12, not 8; and when the daily take was around $2,000, not $1,000 to $1,200 or so. There was a time, too, when he paid a levy of just 6 percent on electricity and gas, not 23 percent; when public services were not being slashed; and when austerity was not the national watchword. With a shrug, though, Mr. Marçalo said, “It could be worse.”