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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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- had put Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid on the chopping block ("on the table"), supposedly to "cut the federal debt and deficit", even though Social Security does NOT affect the debt or deficit, and Medicare for All would save billions of dollars in currently-rising health care expenses, and millions of middle class and poor Americans depend on all three safety net programs for their bare survival;

- had appointed a commission to cut federal expenses in order to decrease the debt, which came to be called, very appropriately, "The Cat Food Commission" because its proposals, presided over by the Social Security-hating Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, included Draconian cuts to these safety net programs;

- is now working to facilitate the implementation of "The Cat Food Commission" proposals in his second term as a "Grand Bargain" with other regressive Republicans and Democrats, putting the deficit and debt ahead of creating jobs and helping the poor and middle class, when he doesn't have to worry anymore about electoral backlash for cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid;

- had continued the Bush bailout of Wall Street's fraudulent banksters with tens of billions of OUR money, while doing little for the millions of foreclosed homeowners swindled by the fraud committed by those banksters;

- had refused to have his "Justice" Department prosecute these Wall Street fraudsters who were primarily responsible for crashing our economy in 2008, and from whom he accepted huge 2008 campaign contributions (more than his opponent, John McCain);

- had pushed and signed a health insurance industry welfare act written by insurance companies which will mandate U.S. citizens to buy private health insurance, to the profit and delight of his insurance industry corporate donors, while ignoring the pleas of so many of us who support Medicare for All and the fact that 25 million Americans will still be left uninsured;


- had ignored the massive, increasing poverty and inequality in the United States, accelerated by his Corporatist/Militarist/Wall Street economic policies;


- had refused to create federal jobs programs such as FDR did so successfully to reduce the unemployment of the Great Depression, even when he had majorities of his own party in the House and Senate for the first two years of his reign and they could have gotten rid of the obstructionist Senate filibuster via the "nuclear option" (As Yves Smith points out at : "It seems pretty newsworthy for [Biden] to charge that seven members of the opposition confided to him that their party had adopted a comprehensive strategy to oppose literally everything the new President did ." So, faced with this intelligence, what did the Ds do? End the filibuster with the nuclear option ? Of course not. It's a two-fer: the Ds get to be do-nothings, and whine about it.);

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Ed Ciaccio is a retired teacher who is active in the justice and peace community on Long Island, NY, and a writer whose work is featured at Dandelion Salad and has also been posted on Buzzflash and Information Clearing House as well as OpEdNews.

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