Reid Goes to Bat for SS Once Again

Harry Reid will have to fight not only Republican­s but also Barack Obama if he is to preserve Social Security as we now know it.

Obama contrived with Republican­s to associate SS with the deficit by signing off on a meaningles­s payroll tax cut that represents the gravest threat to the program since its inception. Should Obama win a second term he will go after Social Security with a vengeance as agreed to with the GOP.

Obama is not to be trusted. No one can ever again believe a word the man says. He is a right wing Democrat who has moved farther to the right than any previous Democratic president including Bill Clinton and he will continue to move ever rightward. Already he is unrecogniz­able from the candidate who promised change.

When the chips are down, Reid will give in. He simply has no stomach to fight and defeat the president in a Senate showdown.

The only path that remains for true Democrats is to abstain from voting for a presidenti­al candidate in 2012. It no longer makes sense to vote for a president who does not represent the traditiona­l views of the Democratic Party and who repudiates the legacy of that great institutio­n.

I will not waste another vote on a presidenti­al candidate who does represent my views and I hope many liberals will feel the same and refuse to vote for a right wing candidate regardless of party label.

If Obama goes down to a crushing defeat as he so deserves, it, hopefully, this time, will be a lesson to right wing Democrats that the base cannot be trifled with. The more obtuse among the pundits will insist that the defeat represents a rejection of Obama’s left wing policies even though it is now clear that Obama is moving in the direction of right wing extremism. You only have to consider Obama’s Cat Food Commission – his first overt threat to Social Security – and his stacking it with anti-Social Security hacks. In the past such an attack on the program would have been considered both extremist and political suicide. Obama banked on making changes early in his administration in hopes that they would be forgotten by 2012. His scheme however was transparent from the beginning and recognized for the treachery it exposed and so the contrivance was easily foiled.

If we are not yet convinced that Obama has repudiated his base then consider the fawning approach to Wall Street and his pretense of regulation; his open rejection of the public option and a sweet heart deal for profit health insurance companies; his backroom wheeling and dealing with the pharmaceutical industry to maintain the highest costs in the world in the United States; his support for the banks on foreclosures and mealy mouthed promise of help to Americans facing the loss of their homes. And then there is the extension of the Bush tax cuts, a timid approach to stimulus that contained more tax cuts and inadequate job creation and more recently what appears to be a total abandonment of a government jobs creation policy.

The plan for 2012 must be to send this president down to a humiliating defeat. Yes, a right wing Republican – perhaps only slightly to the right of Barack Obama – will be elected. And then in 2016 – next year of hope – crush the Republican and elect a true Democrat in the tradition of FDR.

The foregoing is at least a plan.  And if it succeeds it will give the lie to Emanuel’s mockery of the left as “fucking retards.”


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One Comment to “Reid Goes to Bat for SS Once Again”

  1. REALITY!!

    ( Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator — http://www.cepr.net/calculators/hc/hc-calculator.html )

    ( Briefing: Dean Baker on Boosting the Economy by Saving Healthcare http://t.co/fmVz8nM )

    START NOW!

    As you all know. Had congress passed a single-payer or government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will. Single-payer would be best. But a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! that can lead to a single-payer system is the least you can accept. It’s not about competing with for-profit healthcare and for-profit health insurance. It’s about replacing it with Universal Healthcare Assurance. Everyone knows this now.

    The message from the midterm elections is clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment, or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT, AND MUST NOT, ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO STAND WITHOUT A STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

    For profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.

    Republicans: GET RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

    Democrats: ADD A ROBUST GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION TO HEALTHCARE REFORM.

    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress you could have pass a robust government-run public option during your lame duck session. You knew what the American people wanted. You already had several bills on record. And the house had already passed a public option. Departing members could have left with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you could have solidified your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make this midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.

    Sincerely

    jacksmith – WorkingClass 🙂

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