Fiscal cliff if a hoax.
by Stephen Lendman
Congressional/administration hype, theater, gamesmanship, brinksmanship, and duplicity define yearend fiscal cliff discussions.
Previous articles explained what's at stake. Years ago, Republicans and Democrats conspired to destroy America's social contract.
Militarism, imperial dominance, tyranny, corporate/super-rich priorities, class war, and widening the unprecedented wealth disparity followed.
Economist Jack Rasmus calls fiscal cliff subterfuge "austerity American style."
Media scoundrels conceal what readers and viewers most need to know. Fiscal cliff hype shows what they're up against. Eleventh hour discussions continue.
The New York Times headlined "Senate Leaders Set to Work on a Last-Minute Tax Agreement."
The Washington Post said "Agreement within reach on 'fiscal cliff' deal, officials say."
"Cliff Deal Hinges on Senators," headlined the Wall Street Journal . Senate leaders said they'd "launch a last-ditch weekend effort to avert the so-called fiscal cliff."
Unexplained is that none exists. Hype substitutes for reality. Budget and deficit problems are real. Effective fixes are spurned. Destructive ones are prioritized.
Progressive Radio News Hour regular Paul Craig Roberts told listeners that suspending Afghan military operations for three months would solve things for now. Ending hostilities entirely would do so longer term.
Prioritizing peace over war, using US resources responsibly, enacting sustainable economic growth legislation, re-industrializing America, and job creation would do so in perpetuity.
Obama and party bosses don't explain. Nor do media scoundrels. On December 26, a New York Times editorial headlined "Fiscal Endgame," saying:
House Republicans "rejected (Obama's) overly generous budget deal." They also "rejected their own leadership's proposal."