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I don't know it you know what is happening this weeks/months in Spain. I don't know what the press is telling to another countries, but now living in Spain sucks. Government keeps saying there is no money, and the citizens have to make some sacrifices so they can save money so in some YEARS from now we can live as we were living some years ago. The point is the citizens can't be blamed for the lack of money, because it's polititians and the banquers who spend a lot of money they didn't have and now they can't pay for the things they build or they bought.
They were doing some things that are really f**ng us. Now we have to pay around twice money for attending college, we have to pay for going to the doctor (in Spain it's free, no matter what kind of doctor or where are you from). To keep our scholarship we have to pass the 90% of our subjetcs at college, bills are increasing, people who work for the government are paid less money (I mean police, nurses, doctors, teachers, firemen, and more people), and they already increased VAT twice (now we have the highest in Europe, I think).

But it seems this were not enough. My father works for the government. He works at a hospital, and, like a lot of doctors, nurses and all that people, depends of the government. And now one of the ministers says there are no money to pay them. But also can't pay doctors, nurses, teachers, policemen, firemen, and all the civil servants. It's crazy.
My father is the only person at my home who has a job (I just live with him and my brother, who is still studying), and now we don't know if he's going be payed for long. We don't know it's like a threat so we don't go to demonstrations and strikes ("at least they are still paying me for working, it could me worst") or really Spain is that broke.
So, we have to postpone our holidays until we know that for sure. It seems we found a little place to go and maybe next week Ill be away for a few days, but now, we are fucked up. We have some savings, I finished my degree and don't have to live in the city or pay for college another year, but my brother does. We afortunately don't have a morgage and we own our house, so the situation could be worst... but we have to save as much money as we can >.<

Did you hear about what's happening? What does foreing countries know about this? I'm curious.

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MadeWithLove8 Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what is VAT?

No, I haven't heard much about this, but I haven't been checking the news a lot lately. It's very depressing. I'll ask my boyfriend if he knew anything about this. He checks the news religiously.

This is crazy. Luckily it's not that bad here in the US yet but I think that's only because our government is ignoring the problem. Sooner or later something is going to break. I fear governments will collapse and our corporate system will crash. That might not be a bad thing though, i mean, for there to be a change in our government and our economy style. It would surely be like the great depression though. Fend for yourself, you know?

Ah well... all we can do is hope for the best and make the best out of this right? And be prepared for anything. :hug:
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Anxocunningham Jul 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
VAT is what we call IVA (and what Google translator said xD), they are direct taxes we pay. When you buy something at the market, you pay a little to the government. Until now, if we buy something, the 16% of the total prize were taxes we directly pay to the government. Now it's 21% :S (of course, the price of the things will raise a lot).

Since we can do nothing about economy and governments, the best we can do it call for the "revolution" or something that can force the change as soon as possible, and as pacifically as possible. And then, hope for the best :)
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MadeWithLove8 Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You know after we had this talk I did hear something on the public radio about spain! Not as in depth but still! How are things doing now?

Here... things are just getting more and more politically stupid. :/
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Anxocunningham Aug 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Things are about the same, but they haven't spoken about don't pay to their employees in a while. Now we are more concern about the health service. In Spain, going to the doctor is free. You feel sick, go to the doctor and you don't have to pay. It doesn't matter if you are from Spain, you are just working here, you are a tourist or an illegal inmigrant. All people who need it have their treatment. But now, the government says that they can't afford care for everyone and the doctors won't give any treatment to illegal inmigrants.
Anyone likes it. It's crazy, if someone is ill we have to take care of him/her! It doesn't matter if they were born in Spain, Germany of Bolivia, they are people and any doctor would let them feel sick (or stop giving them treatment).
I know in US you don't think this way, maybe it's weird what I'm saying xD
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MadeWithLove8 Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's only weird because it's not practiced here, but I know pretty much the rest of the world works that way. I sure wish it was that way in the US. haha When politicians say "free healthcare" or anything like that people go Socialist! Communist! It's so terrible. And super conservatives don't even like taxes at all. I really don't mind taxes at all, as long as it's paying for schools, roads, public pools and parks... or healthcare for everyone. Yeah, that's the other popular con to health care like yours here. "I don't want to pay for someone else's broken leg, etc etc." They pay for yours too! BAH! politics here are so frustrating.

At least they're not taking away everyone's health care, and they're still paying government workers... right? :lol:
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Anxocunningham Aug 28, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
You're right, they aren't taking away everyone's health care, and they are still paying their workers... let's see what happens when december comes, if they still have money and they were lying or we are really that broke.
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MadeWithLove8 Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I actually heard about Spain on the public radio yesterday... I think they just said what you've been telling me, I can't remember now. But I thought of you. I hope things are still well. :)
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Anxocunningham Sep 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
He have a lot of things goingo badly lately, they could be talking about any of them xD
We just... we say "vamos tirando". We keep holding on. Hoping for the best, and trying to live a day at a time. We can't really do anything, although people are saying they are going to camp outside the Parlament on September 25, and maybe they will break in. I don't really know :S
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Aelorn Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh honey. That is really bad. But most of the world is having money issues right now. It'll eventually work out. Let's just hope we don't have too many wars while it does, because that'll make it take longer. Just keep doing things that make you happy, keep your chin up, and practice saving money.
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Anxocunningham Jul 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
History taught us that big financial depressions ended in a big war. I hope our polititians learnt something from I and II World War and have some common sense and don't start a third one. But know I'm more concerned about our present and near future. Our president don't know how to rule a country and he's ruining it >.< We were not a big country, work this out could be hardest that should be >.<
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