Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 18 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 6/29/11

Health & Food Cutbacks For the Poor to Continue, So As To Keep Taxes Low For the Rich

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   2 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Richard Clark
Become a Fan
  (108 fans)

 Bipartisan talks between the Obama administration and congressional leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties would have a deal, "beyond $1 trillion" in budget cuts, before the Fourth of July recess, Vice President Joseph Biden said recently, after the first of three scheduled meetings.


This will involve massive cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.   Health care programs for the elderly and the poor are the main targets of the deficit reduction talks.   The poor are likely to bear the brunt of the nearly $1.4 trillion gap between what has already been accepted by the group chaired by Biden, and the figure set by Boehner.   Possible cuts for the Pentagon, one of the largest federal expenditures, have been largely taken off the table.


Press reports said the Wednesday session included discussion of a one-year payroll tax holiday for employers, another boondoggle for corporate interests -- to be sold to the public as a "job creation" measure.   However, since Corporate America is already sitting on a cash hoard of $2.6 trillion, which it refuses to invest in hiring new workers (since workers no longer have enough money to buy what they have to sell), another $100 billion or so in "incentives" is unlikely to make any difference.


A one-year partial payroll tax holiday for workers was incorporated into the bipartisan legislation passed last December, combined with extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which the Republicans insisted be included.   While touted by the White House as more "economic stimulus," the small addition to workers' paychecks has been more than gobbled up by the rising cost of gasoline at the pump!   Meanwhile, these same workers will have to pay the taxes that the wealthy have once again succeeded in dodging.


Bottom line


What is taking place here is a bipartisan conspiracy to rob the working class rather than raise taxes on the rich back up to where they were before Reagan took the White House in 1980.   This robbery will mean slashing trillions from Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other social programs, under economic conditions where these social benefits are more needed than ever.   Consequently, no leading Democrat or Republican wants to alert working people about the immensity of the robbery that is being prepared for them.


Toady Obama played his part in downplaying the impact of the cuts, telling NBC News Monday, "There is a way of solving this problem that doesn't require any big radical changes.   What it does require is everybody makes some sacrifices.   And that we make these changes in a balanced way."




Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Must Read 2   Well Said 2   Supported 2  
Rate It | View Ratings

Richard Clark Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Several years after receiving my M.A. in social science (interdisciplinary studies) I was an instructor at S.F. State University for a year, but then went back to designing automated machinery, and then tech writing, in Silicon Valley. I've (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Was Pat Tillman Murdered by an American Sharpshooter to Shut Him up?

New JFK assassination bombshells

Two U.S. presidents implicated by ex-CIA black-ops assassin

The cholesterol - heart disease scam: How the medical-industrial complex is raking in billions at our expense

Four Ticking Time Bombs That Will Soon Ignite a Revolution

The Ultimate Goal of the Bankster-led Political-economic Warfare Being Waged Against Us Is . . . ?

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend