Having had time to digest the so called budget deal worked out by Patty Murray D- Washington and Paul Ryan R-Wisconsin, I find it is a bad deal, it is more proof the Clinton Third Way Democrats need to join the Republican Party, and it flies in the face of actual reality. In short it only works if you are part of the 1%, the corporate masters.
This deal is first of all no deal, if you are a member of the unemployed or the long tern unemployed. It addresses Pete Peterson's and Fix the Debt's faux debt problem that he has spent millions working to convince Americans will be the end of the world if we don't fix it. Forget for a moment that this corporate lying sack of manure doesn't propose anything that fixes his phony debt problem. Social Security has its own tax so is not a part of the rapidly falling deficit in the first place. Medicaid, and Medicare costs are rising because America has one of the most expensive health care systems in the world and one of the least effective.
If you want to fix this contribution to the debt it is as easy as reigning health care costs. Cutting these two popular programs does not address the actual debt problem in any real way.
If you were really interested in fixing the debt you might begin by addressing the actual causes of the debt. Those are not earned benefits like Social Security, which Peterson really wants to put in Wall Streets greedy fingers, thus the totally fabricated Social Security crisis, but are the result of failing to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, ending corporate welfare, and ending our pretensions to colonial empire in our endless yet unfunded wars. It is time Americans stopped dying to defend Exxon-Mobil and the rest of Corporate America's wars for profit while our leaders pretend we are defending freedom the world over.
In the words of Jim Hightower this deal is all hat and no cattle. It is smoke and mirrors to convince the public that Congress is functional. That can't happen until we get the money out of politics by ending our privatized campaign finance thus getting rid of our two dysfunctional political party's who conflate Wall Street profits with the health of the nation. When is somebody going to talk about the deficit that really matters, the jobs deficit and a long term unemployment rate that sits at 2.6% and a real unemployment rate lying somewhere between 14 and 20%, if you include all those who have stopped looking for work, those who no longer qualify for benefits, and those who are underemployed or can only find low wage part- time employment.
The latter, low wage part time employment will be the legacy of the Affordable Care Act with its mandate that all companies with more than fifty employees must pay for health insurance for all those workers who work more than 32 hours weekly. The solution, many companies no only offer 20 to 28 hours weekly.
Paraphrasing that old Johnny Paycheck song from the 1970's take this budget deal and shove it.