Runaway train on entitlement cuts?
5/16/2012 01:00:00 PM
I’m afraid we are looking as a scenario in which they’ll end up accepting “tax reform” (another word for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations) in exchange for tax hikes on the middle class and benefits cuts to social security and medicare. And they will strut and puff and knock themselves over patting each other on the back for being “responsible” and doing the “hard work” of screwing the American people, including the most vulnerable, in the middle of a depression and at a time when their futures have never been more insecure. Heckuva job.
I don’t know what more to say about this. Voting against them will not stop it. Voting for them will not stop it. So far, public opposition will not stop it. Certainly, there’s little reason to believe that the administration will stop it.
Everyone keeps telling me that they will never cut social security and medicare because they’re popular programs. One would certainly think that should be true. So can someone please tell me what they have to gain by pretending they want to? Honestly, I don’t see it either as a negotiating ploy or a public relations tactic. The only thing I can come up with is that they believe the Village hype that they will be “heroes” for bucking the popular will. And perhaps they will be — not in the public’s mind, of course, but Gloria Borger and Cokie Roberts will think they’re just dreamy and Pete Peterson and his pals on Wall Street will surely be grateful.
Democrats know all this. Becerra should have his district offices inundated with phone calls. People should picket and protest. But I doubt it will do any good. They are determined to do this and they aren’t being honest about the reasons why. (Either that or they are too stupid to be in elective office and that’s saying something.) Bill Clinton is one of the most astute students of the budget in the entire country. He knows very well that he is spouting utter crapola. There is no earthly reason for him to do this except as a reflexive desire to appear reasonable to people who loathe the very air he breathes — or appease Pete Peterson and his pals. Actually, in his case, it’s probably both.
This has the feeling of a runaway train to me. The Republicans have worn them down and they just want to get past the election. Sure, they may get some little token of a tax hike on the wealthy in return. But it will be nothing to the sacrifices that average Americans will have to make. Indeed, this whole formulation is fundamentally immoral — tax hikes on millionaires in exchange for poor, sick old people having to do with less than their already meager guarantee is disgusting. Couldn’t we at least agree to fuck over the sick, old people only as a last resort?
I disagree with digby. Vote against them.