What to do? What to do? "I know. I've got it," proclaims President Obama, "We'll cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. I'm so brilliant." Really? Why didn't I think of that?
So is the "debt crisis' just another trumped up scam to steal Social Security?
The so called 'dept crisis' mayhem is what Naomi Klein discusses in her international and New York Times bestseller, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." In her book Klein argues that the free market policies of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics were able to push through unwanted so called reforms in Chile, Russia and the United States while the citizens were reacting to disasters and upheavals.
The shock doctrine was used in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to privatize the New Orleans Public Schools. It was also used to start the Iraq war by creating hysteria over WMD's, which did not exist except in the imaginations and think tanks of the Bush Administration and the corporate media who banged the drums non-stop for war. It's called brainwashing.
I knew there were no WMD's. I lived through the Vietnam War and since my father served in military intelligence Saigon I paid close attention to what went on. I knew all about the Gulf of Tonkin, My Lai Massacre and a myriad of other lies and atrocities our government used to get their message front and center in order to carry out their misdeeds. You see growing up in the military our government's lies directly affected my family. For me it's personal. So I learned to look deeper -- look beneath the propaganda to see what's really going on.
The shock doctrine was used to steal our money and bail out Wall Street and the too big to fail banks by once again chanting, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Millions of Americans, however, weren't buying it and wrote and called by the thousands demanding our leaders not bail them out but let the market self correct and for a brief moment there was a glimmer of hope as the first vote did not pass but alas they just tried again and this time it went through and our government handed over 700 billion of our tax dollars to these corrupt institutions and their criminal occupants with the hopes Wall Street would share this money in the form of loans with Main Street which has not happened.
And now they are implementing the shock doctrine once again. This time it's to steal our Social Security money and get rid of Medicare and Medicaid. It's all lies. Smoke and mirrors. A game of Three Card Monty. Call it what you will. The goal is to steal Social Security and the safety nets that were put in place by the New Deal to protect Americans from economic tsunamis'.
Don't take my word for it; according to Michael Hudson, Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, "This is evil working with evil." They are using this so called "debt crisis' to gut any and all social programs that were set up by the New Deal to protect Americans. Two years ago Obama set up the Debt Reduction Commission and their goals were 1) Cut Social Security 2) When choosing between Wall Street and Social Security to choose Wall Street. "Let no good crisis go to waste." was Obama's former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel's, motto.
This is all a charade as Obama says one thing and does another. This is about using the debt ceiling as a chance to ram through this austerity policy so they can steal Social Security and our safety net and instead give our money to Wall Street, the Pentagon and foreign aid. Hudson continues, "Obama has given 13 trillion dollars to bail out Wall Street and nothing for the people."
In actuality defaulting on the debt is unconstitutional. Section 4 of the 14th Amendment clearly states, "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions...shall not be questioned." Therefore by threatening a debt default the Republicans are violating the constitution. You certainly don't hear Obama mention this fact and he's purportedly a Constitutional lawyer but only when it fits his ideology it seems.On top of that Social Security is solvent. "Let us be clear," Sanders said. "Social Security has not contributed one nickel to our deficit or our national debt." The program that benefits more than 50 million seniors and disabled has a $2.6 trillion surplus, he stressed, and will be able to provide full benefits for every eligible American for the next 25 years. "I am especially disturbed that President Obama is considering cuts in Social Security after he ca mpaigned against cuts in 2008," Sanders added.
But regardless of the truth or facts the dog and pony show of Washington continues their hypocrisy and lies. So what else is new? The Associated Press reported, "The House overwhelmingly passed a $649 billion defense-spending bill that boosts the Pentagon budget by $17 billion and covers the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While House Republican leaders slashed billions from all other government agencies, the Defense Department will see a double-digit increase in its budget as of Oct 1." Barney Frank said, "The military budget is not on the table. The military is at the table, and it is eating everybody else's lunch." Meanwhile we're still in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya's in its fourth month with no signs of stopping.
Jane Hamsher reported in her piece, "Breaking Point: Obama and the Death of the Democratic Party" that in March of 2009 three administration officials called David Brooks to say Obama "is extremely committed to entitlement reform and is plotting politically feasible ways to reduce Social Security as well as health spending."
Then Obama appointed Alan Simpson, former Republican senator from Wyoming, as co-chair of the Deficit Commission. Simpson is well known for his stance that old-age entitlements will bankrupt the country. Obama put Simpson there for a reason so he can pretend he has no choice but to balance the budget on the backs of the old and the poor through cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It's been nicknamed the Cat Food Commission for a reason.
There is a very simple solution to this problem. Merely end the Bush/Obama tax cuts. Just bringing their tax rate back to Clinton era levels would do the trick. Then cut the military budget and end these absurd illegal, immoral wars. Make corporations pay taxes and cut the Cadillac healthcare and pension plans of all members of Congress. They should get the same deal as the rest of us. Put them on Social Security and Medicare and see how all of a sudden none of this would matter. Or, according to Michael Hudson, the Federal Reserve could just print more money.
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