These people leave me beside myself with anger because they are such liars about their desire to help the citizens of the United States. If they are sincere, they have a damn funny way of showing it. Just the other day Barack Obama made noises, after having solemnly promised through his surrogate Joe Biden not to touch Social Security, about how he is OK with cutting Social Security (see, that is exactly what this chained CPI indexing scheme he was talking about will do, it’s a CUT), and then we saw Nancy Pelosi follow along with him, after she herself had come out against monkeying with Social Security.
They have sold out, but as usual. they’ve sold us out to a lesser degree than the Republicans.
Democrats have the advantage right now in their dealings with the Republicans about the so-called Fiscal Cliff. Now we all, as followers of the news, should understand that the fiscal cliff is a fiscal bluff, a manufactured crisis that is to be used to screw the average man out of even more money in favor of the oligarchs. I don’t want to get into that here, it’s already been discussed to death about how this is strategy right out of the pages of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine.
On to my point about what makes me so damn mad about Democrats, it’s really simple, when the Democrats have the advantage, they NEVER press it.
Look here, if the question is Medicare, for example, the Republicans’ position is clear, they want to eliminate or at least cut Medicare, but knowing they can’t get anyone to go along with outright elimination or even an honestly named cut, they push for things like raising the eligibility age. The Democrats on the other side of the bargaining table hem and haw and say they might be amenable to raising the age eligibility. Understand, the Democrats have the advantage. Here’s what makes me go nuts: You NEVER NEVER, NOT EVER hear a Democrat say the obvious thing, which is “No, I don’t think so, but here’s my counter-offer, let’s LOWER the eligibility age to 50 years old!” You just never will hear this at all, not ever, not even one damn time.
It makes me nuts! If you or I were playing poker with these weak, weak, cowardly Democrats (Barack Obama, I am talking right to you) either of us would clean their pockets out in short order.
Look here Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and Reid, when the Republicans ask for cuts to social security, you say “NO, what we Democrats want is a RAISE to benefits and PERMANENT solvency to the Social Security program, and we are going to get it by REMOVING THE CAP completely to the maximum taxable earnings amount. We want ALL taxpayers of ALL income levels to contribute into Social Security, and we are not taking no for an answer! And furthermore, don’t ever bring up Social Security in the context of balancing the budget! You KNOW it has absolutely nothing to do with budget deficits, so shut up about it for once and for all.”
That is how you let Republicans know where you stand. You don’t chicken out and throw the negotiations to the enemy at the first sign of resistance, like dear leader Obama does at the beginning of every deal with Boehner and McConnell.
Do Democrats think Americans are stupid? I’ve been around a long time. I’ve seen real negotiators, guys like LBJ and Nikita Khrushchev. I know the difference. Obama, you are no LBJ.
I am disgusted with Democratic weakness and with lesser-of-the-two-evils politics. I am sick of being played for a chump.
Oh yeah, by the way, Happy Holidays to all! And I mean that from the bottom of my curmudgeonly old heart.