Orphaned and riddled with debt, and all they got was this lousy empathy

Liberals will often deride conservative policy, like 1996 welfare reform, as “blaming the victim”. A recent CNBC headline takes a different tack, blaming the symptom:
“More Abandoned Children as Austerity Wears On”
Austerity is causing children to be abandoned? Well then why don’t we end this vicious austerity? And then run out of town whoever had the rotten, heartless idea in the first place! 
If only it were so simple. 
But as much as the statist class protests otherwise, austerity is not some devious plan hatched by a right-wing Dr. Evil from his hideout on an obscure Greek island. Austerity is instead the euphemism for big government junkies in Europe trying to cope with coming down from their high. The article begins:
As the euro zone debt crisis deepens and austerity measures take their toll across Europe, the number of young children and babies abandoned across the region has increased, according to local charities.
We hear endlessly about the right’s lack of compassion. Our current leftist president chose “empathy” as the determining factor in his selection of a Supreme Court justice, necessarily implying that his ideological counterparts don’t concern themselves with that emotion.  His government-centered cradle-to-grave mindset so perfectly captured by the nauseating Life of Julia cartoon is how Euro countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece have organized themselves for decades. How’s that working out? Continue reading