One austerity measure that no government will ever consider is to reduce the cost of government.
No political body will vote to reduce their own compensation and perks. The closest thing I heard to a sacrifice was some parliament voting not to give themselves a raise. And, by the way, in what other branch of economic life do the workers vote on their own salary? None.
Politicians destroy jobs of police, firemen, nurses, and teachers: people that actually do something for the ones that pay their salaries. Taxpayers are stupid enough to keep paying the overly paid politicians, while complaining about cuts in service.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.