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It seems that Party who likes to apologize to Corporations — for Our Oceans, getting in the way of, their Profits — is at it again!
Not only are they blaming the Victims of the Bush Great Recession, for not taking one of those non-existent Jobs (there is only 1 job to had for each 6 people that need one) —
The Leader of the GOBP Party is now telling American to brace for the Raising of the Retirement Age — his rationale: It’s the only way we’ll be able to pay for the Afghanistan War!
Jeesh! Don’t they know that the Unemployed, have PAID FOR Unemployment Insurance, just for times like these?
Don’t they know that American Workers have PAID FOR FICA Taxes, just so that we can retire with a meager shred of Dignity?
Don’t they know that these are Social Contracts, that OUR Govt has MADE WITH US — in a effort to carry out the ideal “that all are created equal” —
that none should be cast aside, without hope, without opportunity, without a social safety net…
NO of course Not … the Party of No Way, has some very different type of Contracts in mind …
If the GOBP wins back Congress this Fall (think 1994 part II), be aware, they have a New “Social Contract” waiting in the wings — one that would put Working Class Americans in even MORE dire straits, if that were even possible:
Preserving Social Security
The Gavel — The Speaker, Nancy Pelosi
by Karina– February 5, 2010
Last month, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the top Republican on the House Budget Committee, introduced an alternative budget proposal that would eliminate Medicare and privatize Social Security for older Americans – rehashing failed Bush policies that the American people have soundly rejected.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the Ryan proposal provisions on social security:
Traditional retirement benefits would be reduced below those scheduled under current law for many workers who are age 55 or younger in 2011…A system of individual accounts would be established in 2012. In that year, workers who are age 55 or younger would be able to participate in voluntary individual accounts, funded with a portion of their payroll taxes.
Mind you, this scheme was dreamt up AFTER the Wall Street Fiasco of 2008!
The GOBP, would have us STILL put all our Retirement Nest Eggs, in that rickety Wall Street Basket — just Trust them! They understand compounding!
The ‘Party of No’ May Now Rate a New Label
By Sam Pizzigati, OurFuture.org — March 14, 2010
Rep. Paul Ryan could hardly be more serious. Admirers consider this lawmaker from Wisconsin the top GOP “idea man” in Congress, and Ryan’s proposed new Roadmap for America’s Future is certainly advancing one whopper of an idea.
In a nutshell: With one in ten Americans jobless and one in eight home mortgages delinquent, Rep. Ryan wants to raise taxes on the middle class and slash them on the rich, shove Social Security retirement savings onto Wall Street, and hand insurance companies even more control over the nation’s health care.
The GOP would rather empower Corporations (and even apologize to them) than to help ease the pain and misery of average People — who are themselves far too often the victims of those SAME Corporations!
Perhaps those Small Govt Gophers cut class, that day when the theory of “The Social Contract” was covered in their PoliSci course? Or perhaps they just heard the word “Social”, and proceeded to shut off their brain, and crank up the walkman?
Social Contract Theory
IEP – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Hamilton College, October 15, 2004
Social Contract Theory, nearly as old as philosophy itself, is the view that persons’ moral and/or political obligations are dependent upon a contract or agreement between them to form society.
According to Locke, the State of Nature, the natural condition of mankind, is a state of perfect and complete liberty to conduct one’s life as one best sees fit, free from the interference of others. This does not mean, however, that it is a state of license: one is not free to do anything at all one pleases, or even anything that one judges to be in one’s interest.
Persons are assumed to be equal to one another in such a state, and therefore equally capable of discovering and being bound by the Law of Nature. The Law of Nature, which is on Locke’s view the basis of all morality, and given to us by God, commands that we not harm others with regards to their “life, health, liberty, or possessions“.
The State of Nature therefore, is not the same as the state of war, as it is according to Hobbes. It can, however devolve into a state of war, in particular, a state of war over property disputes.
We don’t have to look far back into history, to see a time when the GOP WAS “swept back” into power, based on vague “feel good” promises of their “Contract with America”, a Pact that did little to promote “life, health, liberty, and possessions” of us average folks … Of course the Rich, and their Corporation sponsors, DID get those extra perks, benefits and Tax Cuts … well, just because … “that’s what St. Ronnie would do”:
Contract with America
The Contract with America was a document released by the United States Republican Party during the 1994 Congressional election campaign.
[…]using text from former President Ronald Reagan’s 1985 State of the Union Address, the Contract detailed the actions the Republicans promised to take if they became the majority party in the United States House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Many of the Contract’s policy ideas originated at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
These bills were not governmental reforms, as the previous promises were; rather, they represented significant changes to policy. The main included tax cuts for businesses and individuals, term limits for legislators, social security reform, tort reform, and welfare reform.
Flash forward about 16 years … Now, the New very-tanned Leader of the GOBP talking-point parrots, is proving how tone-deaf he is, when it comes to “striking that right balance” between pushing all the pain onto the public, while quietly rewarding the Corporations, who would wage war, over all that they see … as long as there’s a Big Profit in it of course.
Boehner suggests raising Social Security age
By Rachel Weiner
In an interview Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) suggested raising the retirement age for Social Security to pay for Afghanistan.
Ensuring there’s enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country’s entitlement system, Boehner said. He said he’d favor increasing the Social Security retirement age to 70 for people who have at least 20 years until retirement, tying cost-of-living increases to the consumer price index rather than wage inflation and limiting payments to those who need them.
“We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we’re broke,” Boehner said. “If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you’re retired, why are we paying you at a time when we’re broke? We just need to be honest with people.”
John Boehner: Explains the need to Raise the Retirement Age to 70
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And about those poor little Wall Street Firms, being oppressed by Govt, that’s grown too Big for Corporate’s own good — Boehner just stepped in it again!
Ants? Really John Boehner?
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Perhaps Boehner should take a PoloSci Refresher Course — or at least take a Poll, about the popularity of breaking those legacy Social Contracts, that Americans grown accustom to.