Call me cynical but a frightful thought occurred to me this morning while thinking of today's topic to write about. That frightful thought goes back to something one of the Republican Congressmen said about what it would take to end the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, we have to get something out of this.
By now, even in his Happy Hour stupor, John Boehner has figured out getting any agreement to do anything to the Affordable Care Act is a loser. Knowing how Obama loves to believe he is the adult in the room, some of us would say weak kneed wimp, I will be surprised if we don't see Obama float cuts to Social Security based on the nebulous chained CPI to get a grand bargain so everyone can pretend they are doing America's business instead of Wall Street and the Koch brothers business at our expense.
There is a really perverse logic in all the discussion of "adjusting" it is in actuality cutting Social Security benefits. The piece of phony pretzel logic is that when prices rise people will buy cheaper items. Because of buying cheaper items the fantasy island thinking of Congress believes that costs of living should therefore be adjusted down for seniors, who often times right now must choose between eating or getting medications that are life saving. The median income for those over 65 is $20,000.00 a year or what the Koch's make in about 1 hour or less.
This will be passed off as necessary to help bring down the Federal deficit even though it is falling rapidly and is not the immediate crisis the unemployment crisis Republicans ignore is. Social Security has nothing to do with the federal deficit anyway since all of us pay a payroll tax specifically for Social Security. The only relationship Social Security has to the deficit is that lying con artists from both party's have used the Social Security Trust Fund to hide the real level of deficit spending by the President and Congress, but that is all. It is not an entitlement since all of us have been paying into it for our whole working lives but that is a whole different set of lies.
If this becomes the way President Obama helps Boehner escape the Right Wing sand trap his party has stuck itself in all the Democratic Party Senators and Congress people need to vote down this agreement. As a middle class person I know it is working people's labor creating a product that creates wealth not the 1% playing Casino Royale on the stock market. I have had it with the whole idea I should sacrifice even more so Republicans can give the Koch brothers a tax break while howling about cutting more social spending to pay for the deficit the tax cut created in the first place.
If the Koch brothers have enough money to keep buying our political system they have too much money. We need to detoxify the wealthiest Americans addiction to profits and sticking their hands into working America's paychecks to pay for it. Time to raise taxes on the Rich and see what that does to the deficit and to revitalizing middle class jobs, the only real deficit that exists.